Issue Date: 
November 16, 2015


World Music Festival, travel the globe through a diverse assortment of music with the Pitt African Music and Dance Ensemble, University Gamelan, and Carpathian Music Ensemble, 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Lower Lounge William Pitt Union, www.music.pitt.edu 

Pitt Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert, showcasing big band standards and contemporary classics in annual fall concert, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, www.music.pitt.edu

Heinz Chapel Choir Holiday Concerts, ring in the holiday season with the choir’s seasonal showcase, Dec. 3-13, Heinz Chapel, www.music.pitt.edu


Carnegie Museum of Art, Hélio Oiticica, the first comprehensive U.S. retrospective of the influential Brazilian artist, through Jan. 2; The Neapolitan Presepio, showcasing a handcrafted Italian nativity scene, a holiday tradition since 1957, Nov. 27 through Jan. 11; Carnegie Trees, display of several towering, 20-foot Colorado spruce trees decorated with handcrafted ornaments that celebrate the beauty of winter, 

Dec. 3 through Jan. 11; The Propeller Group’s The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, the funerary traditions of South Vietnam through a visual, musical reenactment, through March 21, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, www.cmoa.org  

Phipps Conservatory, Winter Flower Show and Light Garden, festive showrooms and a holiday winter light garden, Nov. 27 through Jan. 1, One Schenley Park, Oakland, www.phipps.conservatory.org 

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, The Mysterious Nature of Fungi, selections from the Hunt Institute Art and Library collection illustrating the identity of these ubiquitous yet peculiar organisms, through Dec. 17, Hunt Library, 5th floor, 4909 Frew St., Oakland, www.huntbotanical.org

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age, showcasing nearly 200 pieces inspired by landmark moments in interstellar discovery and our fascination with all things Space Age, through Jan. 24, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, www.carnegiemnh.org 


“Celebrate 50 Years of the Slavic Department,” Sergey Gandlevsky, Russian poet and writer, 1 p.m. Nov. 16, Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for Russian and East European Studies, crees@pitt.edu 

“The Black Radical Tradition: Freedom, Emancipation, and the Question of the Human,” Anthony Bogues, Brown University Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory and Africana Studies and African and African Diaspora Art, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, Global Studies Center, Year of the Humanities in the University, www.humanities.pitt.edu 

“Are Children and Women for Sale? Yes, and It’s a $150 Billion Industry,” Noel Busch-Armendariz, professor and director, Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, University of Texas at Austin, noon Nov. 17, 2017 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt School of Social Work, www.socialwork.pitt.edu 

“Rescue & Prevent: Responses to Europe’s Migration Crisis,” panel discussion, including Joanna Kakissis, foreign correspondent for National Public Radio; noon Nov. 17, 4217 Posvar Hall, Pitt European Studies Center, Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence www.ucis.pitt.edu 

“Fernando de Szyszlo and the Conceptual Turn in Cultural Policy,” Claire Fox, professor of English, Spanish, and Portuguese, University of Iowa, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 602 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, www.hispanic.pitt.edu

“Spinach and Tobacco: Making Shakespearian Unoriginals,” Peter Holland, McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, University of Notre Dame, 4 p.m. Nov. 19, University Club Ballroom A, ACC Distinguished Lecturer Series, Year of Humanities in the University, www.humanities.pitt.edu 

“Climate Impacts and Regulation: The Future of Coal Power Plants and the U.S. Power Grid,” Paulina Jaramillo, assistant professor, Carnegie Mellon University Department of Engineering and Public Policy, 4:30 p.m. 

Nov. 19, Alumni Hall Connolly Ballroom, Pitt University Honors College, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, www.honorscollege.pitt.edu

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series Presents: Ed Roberson, Northwestern University distinguished artist- in-residence, author of Voices Cast Out, Iowa Poetry Prize winner, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Pitt Department of English, www.pghwriterseries.wordpress.com

“Shakespeare and the Humanities Symposium,” Peter Holland, the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, Notre Dame, and Pitt’s Nancy Glazener, associate professor of English, and Jennifer Waldron, director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, noon 

Nov. 20, Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, Year of Humanities in the University, www.humanities.pitt.edu

“Discussion of Current Latino Issues in Pennsylvania,” Leslie Acosta, Pennsylvania House of Representatives member, 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Pitt Barco Law Building’s Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, Center for Latin American Studies, bravo@pitt.edu

“Emerging Africa in a Global Economy,” Ndubuisi Ekekwe, holder of two doctoral and four master’s degrees, including a PhD in electrical and computer engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and founder of African Institution of Technology, 9 a.m. Dec. 3, 209 Mervis Hall, UCIS African Studies Program, International Business Center, jsaslawski@katz.pitt.edu


Pittsburgh Film Colloquium presents: Film Analysis and Analytical Iconology, Luc Vancheri, Pitt visiting scholar from the Universite Lumiere Lyon 2, France, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 407 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt Department of Film Studies, Pittsburgh Film Colloquium www.filmstudies.pitt.edu

“German and Careers,” Tom Dzimian, director of career services, German American Chamber of Commerce, discusses career opportunities through learning German, and the state of German-American business development, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Fifth Floor Event Room, Alumni Hall, Pitt Department of German, www.gaccpit.com 

Department of French and Italian Faculty-Graduate Student Seminar, faculty and graduate students will present their latest research findings to members of the department and the community at large, 3 p.m. Nov. 20, 501 Cathedral of Learning, Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, www.frenchanditalian.pitt.edu 

“Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait,” documentary screening, featuring a real-time soccer match from the perspective of 17 cameras, the first event in a collaboration between Pitt School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Film Studies Program, “Bodies in Motion,” 6 p.m. Nov. 23, 407 Cathedral of Learning, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Year of Humanities in the University, jrf16@pitt.edu 

“Texts with External Objectives,” Roman Osminkin, postgraduate student at the Russian Institute of Art History and poet, presents an unconventional lecture, part performance, artist talk, and poetry reading, 3 p.m. Dec. 3, Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt Center for Russian and East European Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, www.ucis.pitt.edu


Good Kids, by Naomi Iizuka, codirected by Kimberly Griffin, a Chosky Teaching Artist-In-Residence at Pitt, and Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, assistant director, Pitt Department of Theater Arts; inspired by the 2012 Steubenville High School rape case, the play explores the public aftermath of a sex crime and its cover-up; through Nov. 22, Henry Heymann Theatre, Pitt Department of Theater, Year of the Humanities in the University, www.play.pitt.edu 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, directed by Victoria Rhoades of the prestigious Shakespeare & Company, bringing The Bard to life in his most popular comedy, through Nov. 22, Charity Randall Theatre, Pitt Department of Theatre Arts, Year of the Humanities in the University, www.play.pitt.edu

PhD Dissertations

Sira Akavipat, Pitt School of Information Sciences’ Telecommunications and Networking Program, “Energy Reduction in LTE Access Network Operation and Planning,”1 p.m. Nov. 17, 502 Information Science Building

Heba Khalil, Pitt School of Nursing, “OPRMI and COMT Gene-Gene Interaction Effect on the Inter-Individual Variability in Postoperative Pain and Response to Opioid,” 10 a.m. Nov. 18, 446 Victoria Building

Joshua Joseph Sturm, Pitt School of Medicine’s Center for Neuroscience, “Development and Plasticity of Intrinsic Connectivity in the Central Nucleus of the Mouse Inferior Colliculus,” 9 a.m. Nov. 19, 1495 Biomedical Science Tower

Courtney Roper, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, “Association Between Particulate Compositional Changes During Filter Extraction and the Interpretation of Filter-Based PM2.5 Toxicology,” 2 p.m. Nov. 20, 5th floor Conference Room, Bridgeside Point

Chelsea Eddington, Dietrich School’s Department of Psychology, “Effects of Within and Cross-Language Ambiguity on Word Learning and Processing,” 10 a.m. Nov. 23, Glaser Auditorium, Learning Research and Development Center

Erin K. Steer, Pitt School of Medicine’s Department of Cellular and Molecular Pathology, “Implications of an Interaction between PINK1 and VCP for Parkinson’s Disease Pathogenesis,” 1 p.m. Nov. 24, 1101 Scaife Hall 

Alba Tuninetti, Dietrich School’s Department of Psychology, “Nonnative Phonetic Perception in Adult L2 Learners,” 1 p.m. Nov. 24, Glaser Auditorium, Learning Research and Development Center

Vanessa Ante, Pitt School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, “LeuO Regulation of Adaptive Responses in Vibrio Cholerae,” 2 p.m. Nov. 30, 402 Bridgeside Point II 

Kidane Ghebrehawariat, Pitt Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, “Parametric Inference on Quantile Residual Life,” 10 a.m. Dec. 1, 309B Parran Hall

Nahed Saad Alsayed, Pitt School of Nursing, “Testing a Model of Health-Related Quality of Life in Women Living with HIV,” 1 p.m. Dec. 2, 451 Victoria Building