Issue Date: 
March 25, 2013


 The Overtones, Pitt coed student a cappella choir, noon March 29, Cup and Chaucer Café, Hillman Library ground floor, University of Pittsburgh Library System, Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, www.calliopehouse.org


Carnegie Museum of Art, Teenie Harris Photographs: Focus on Hair, combines 20 of Harris’s best depictions of hair with reflections on black hair and beauty, ongoing; 20/20: Celebrating Two Decades of the Heinz Architectural Center, through May 19, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Senator John Heinz History Center, 1968: The Year That Rocked America, collection of artifacts and displays revealing how 1968 shaped our country, through May 12; From Slavery to Freedom, antislavery movement to the modern quest for civil rights, including material from Pitt-produced exhibition Free at Last? Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries displayed at Heinz History Center in 2008-09, ongoing, 1212 Smallman St., Strip District.

Frick Art and Historical Center, A Kind of Alchemy: Medieval Persian Ceramics, a look at the diversity of ceramics made in ancient Persia, through June 16, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze, TheFrickPittsburgh.org, 412-342-4075


“Rule of Law Around the World,” four Pitt Law LL.M. students discuss past struggles and future challenges related to rule of law in their home countries of China, Ukraine, and Kenya, noon March 26, 113 Barco Law Building, Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education, 412-648-7023 or http://www.law.pitt.edu/cile

Ian McEwan, celebrated author of Atonement and On Chesil Beach, 8:30 p.m. March 26, William Pitt Union Ballroom, part of Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers series, Pitt Writing Program, Pitt Book Center, 412-624-6508, www.pghwriterseries.wordpress.com  (See pg. 5)

“Reassessing Language Contact in the South Pacific: Taking a Second Look at the Linguistic Outcomes of Imperialism in Austronesia,” Jody Garcia, graduate student, Pitt’s Department of Linguistics, noon March 27, 4130 Posvar Hall, Pitt’s Asian Studies Center, www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc 

“The Iconic Ghetto: Effects on Everyday Lives of African Americans,” Elijah Anderson, a leading urban ethnographer in the United States and director of the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University, noon March 27, Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems, School of Social Work Conference Center, 20th floor, Cathedral of Learning. (See pg. 2)

“Making Prussia Polish: Changing Land and People in Poland’s New Territories, 1945-1960,” Katharina Matro, PhD candidate, Stanford University, 4 p.m. March 27, 3702 Posvar Hall, Pitt’s European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, and Department of History www.ucis.pitt.edu

“Minimum Returns: The Economic Impacts of Pentagon Spending,” William Hartung, director of Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy, 10:30 a.m. March 28, 3911 Posvar Hall, Pitt’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, www.gspia.pitt.edu

“Protecting Trademarks in the Digital Era,” Leland Schermer, president of Leland Schermer & Associates, and Pitt Professors of Law Michael Madison and John Burkoff, noon March 28, Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, Barco Law Building, Edgar M. Snyder Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture, 412-648-1909 or www.law.pitt.edu

“For the Glory of Greece: Looking Forward by Looking Back,” Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Ambassador-at-Large of the Hellenic Republic (Greece), 2:30 p.m. March 28, 2500 Posvar Hall, to be followed by reception, European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center, www.ucis.pitt.edu

“The Future of Innovation and Innovating the Future—Philanthropic Opportunities in Uncertain Times,” Sterling Speirn, CEO, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 2:30 p.m. March 28, O’Hara Student Center, Philanthropy Forum, RSVP to gspiaf@pitt.edu  (See pg. 5)

“Supplementing Lenin: Toward a Communism of Other-Determination,” Nergis Ertürk, associate professor of comparative literature, Penn State University, 4 p.m. March 28, 501 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Global Studies Center, and Department of Film Studies, www.ucis.pitt.edu

“Systems Thinking in Public Health—And Everything Else,” Donald S. Burke, dean of Pitt Graduate School of Public Health, UPMC Jonas Salk Professor of Global Health, associate vice chancellor for global health, and director of Center for Vaccine Research, 4 p.m. March 28, Ballroom B, University Club, Provost’s Inaugural Lecture Series, www.provost.pitt.edu

“Can the Occupier Provide Justice? The Dilemmas of Human Rights Litigation in Israeli Courts,” Michael Sfard, international human rights lawyer and activist, 7 p.m. March 28, Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, Barco Law Building, Pitt School of Law, Lawyering for Social Change Lecture, 412-648-1418, www.law.pitt.edu

“Watergate: Third-Rate Burglary or Historical Turning Point?” panel discussion with five insiders of the Watergate political scandal of the 1970s, 7:30 p.m. March 28, Pitt’s University Club, University Honors College, www.honorscollege.pitt.edu  (See pg. 1)


Pitt Communicators, session focusing on the legal, artistic, promotional, and archival aspects of using photographs and digital images on Pitt’s website and in promotional materials, with speakers Laura Hillock, Pitt associate general counsel; Maddy Ross, associate vice chancellor for national media relations; Chris Jones, senior interactive art director, and Bruce Steele, senior web content editor, both of University Marketing Communications (UMC); and Marci Belchick, UMC executive creative director, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 26, Room 531 Alumni Hall, open to Pitt faculty and staff members, slynn@pitt.edu

“Bridging Humanities and Science,” Leland L. Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology, Penn State University, noon March 29, 548 William Pitt Union, Career à la Carte: Career Exploration for Postdocs and Graduate Students, Office of Academic Career Development, 412-648-8486, register www.oacd.health.pitt.edu

Pitt PhD Dissertation Defenses

Aya Okada, Graduate School of Public Health, “Mobilizing the Donor Public: Dynamics of Development NGOs’ Message Framing,” 10 a.m. March 25, 3600 Graduate School of Public Health.

Kamden D. Hoffmann, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, “A Participatory Approach to Physical Activity Among People With Severe and Persistent Mental Illness,” 9 a.m. March 25, A638 Graduate School of Public Health.

Cavita Kitty Chotoo, School of Medicine’s Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology Program, “Utilizing C. elegans as a Neurological Model to Characterize KCNL-2, an SK Channel Homologue,” 3 p.m. March 26, S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower.

Jonathan Grady, School of Information Sciences’ Graduate Program in Information Science and Technology, “Identifying Experts and Authoritative Documents in Social Bookmarking Systems,” 9:30 a.m. March 27, 522 Information Science Building.

Amy Romanowski, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, “Reconfiguring Desire in Contemporary French Cultural Production,” 11 a.m. March 28, 142 Cathedral of Learning.

Andrea L. Metti, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, “Potential Blood Biological Markers of Alzheimer’s Disease,” 1 p.m. March 28, Fifth-Floor Large Conference Room, Bellefield Professional Building, 130 N. Bellefield, Oakland.

Darlene F. Zellers, School of Education's Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, "Developing an Organizational Understanding of Faculty Mentoring Programs in Major American Research Universities," 2:00 p.m. March 28, 5702 Posvar Hall.

Julien Comte, Dietrich School’s Department of History, “Syphilis and Sex: Transatlantic Medicine and Public Health in Argentina and the United States, 1880-1940,” 11 a.m. March 29, 3703 Posvar Hall.

Heartley Egwuogu, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, “The Longitudinal Effect of Low Kidney Function on Bone Mineral Density and the Association of Body Fat Distribution on Kidney Function Among Afro-Caribbean Men of West African Ancestry,” 1 p.m. March 29, A523 Crabtree Hall.