Issue Date: 
March 28, 2016


Phipps Conservatory, Spring Flower Show: Masterpieces in Bloom, see the works of Van Gogh, Monet, and other famous artists through breathtaking botanical renderings, through April 10, 1 Schenley Park, Oakland, www.phipps.conservatory.org

Carnegie Museum of Art, Jane Haskell’s Modernism: A Pittsburgh Legacy, showcases the artist and former museum board member’s own artworks and pieces from her private collection, through May 16; Teenie Harris Photographs: Great Performances OffStage, celebrates performances of all kinds as produced or experienced by Pittsburgh’s African American community and captured by Pittsburgh’s beloved photographer, through July 17, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, www.cmoa.org

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, features the largest exhibit of flying reptiles ever mounted in the United States, through May 22, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, www.carnegiemnh.org   


“Public-Private Partnerships: The Best Governance Structure to Create Transformation Change,” William Generett Jr., president and CEO of UrbanInnovation21, discusses how public-private partnerships can positively affect the diverse communities and residents of the Pittsburgh region, noon March 31, William Pitt Union Lower Lounge, the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy, University Honors College, Discussions on Governance Lecture Series, www.thornburghforum.pitt.edu

“The Anthropocene Epoch in Cosmic Evolution,” David Grinspoon, astrobiologist and Planetary Science Institute senior scientist, presents a taxonomy of planetary catastrophes meant to illuminate the current era of human-driven and planetary-scale changes, 4 p.m. March 31, 154 Chevron Science Center, Pitt Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Year of the Humanities in the University, www.humanities.pitt.edu

“The Sovereignty of the Senses,” Ann Cvetkovich, professor of English and of women’s and gender studies, University of Texas at Austin, uses Queer and feminist art installations to discuss notions of sovereignty as a collective experience and practice rather than an abstract concept, 5 p.m. March 31, University Club Ballroom A, Pitt Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, www.wstudies.pitt.edu

“The Queer Politics of Coalition,” Karma Chávez, associate professor of rhetoric, politics, and culture, University of Wisconsin, discusses how we might theorize and engage radical coalition politics, 6 p.m. April 1, 332 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, www.wstudies.pitt.edu

“Trans! Just for the Fun of it!” Kate Bornstein, celebrated author and performance artist in the Queer and Trans communities, uses postmodern theory, Tibetan Buddhism, and slapstick humor to discuss gender identity, 5:30 p.m. April 2, David Lawrence Hall, Pitt Department of Sociology, Pitt Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, www.wstudies.pitt.edu  


“Doing the Body in the 21st Century Conference,” a transdisciplinary discourse on the ways scholars think about the body, March 31-April 2, University Club and Cathedral of Learning, Pitt Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, www.body.pitt.edu 


The Mathematics of Being Human, co-written by Michele Osherow and Manil Suri, professors of English and mathematics, University of Maryland Baltimore County, uses humor to explore whether the precision of poetry can match the precision of an equation, 8 p.m. March 30- April 2, Henry Heymann Theatre in Pitt’s Stephen Foster Memorial, Pitt Departments of English and Statistics, Year of the Humanities in the University, www.humanities.pitt.edu

Music on the Edge: Ensemble Linea Residency Concert, presents the France-based ensemble as it completes its residency at Pitt by performing a selection of pieces by Pitt graduate composers, 8 p.m. April 4, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Pitt Department of Music, Year of the Humanities in the University, www.music.pitt.edu 

PhD Dissertations

Rebecca Slavin-Phillips, Dietrich School’s Department of Religious Studies, “Tradition and Individualism in Suburbia: An Ethnographic Study of Orthodox Jewish Women,” 10 a.m. March 28, 2628 Cathedral of Learning 

Sangeun Shin, Graduate School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’ Department of Communication Science and Disorders, “Word Frequency Effects on Lexical Selection: Evidence from a Picture-Word Interference (PWI) Task,” noon March 28, 4017 Forbes Tower

Nandita Mukhopadhyay, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Human Genetics, “Computational Methods for Calculating Meiotic Recombination from Nuclear Pedigrees,” 10 a.m. March 29, 309B Parran Hall

Margarita A. Delgado Creamer, Dietrich School’s Department of Religious Studies, “The Funerary Buddha: Material Culture and Religious Change in ‘The Introduction of Buddhism to China,’” 8:45 a.m. March 30, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

Adrienne R. Washington, Dietrich School’s Department of Linguistics, “(Re)structuring Structures, Speech and Selves: Yoruba Language Learning and Redevelopment in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil,” 12:30 p.m. March 30, 2809 Cathedral of Learning

Andrew Jeske, Dietrich School’s Department of Linguistics, “The Development of English Vowels by Native Spanish Speakers,” 10 a.m. March 31, 2818 Cathedral of Learning

Nana Zhang, Dietrich School’s Department of Biological Sciences, “Variation and Local Adaptation in Stress Response using Statistical Analysis and Bioinformatics,” 10 a.m. April 1, A219B Langley Hall

Katherine Parker, Dietrich School’s Department of History, “Contentious Waters: The Creation of Pacific Geographic Knowledge in Britain, 1669-1768,” 10 a.m. April 4, 3703 Posvar Hall

Katie Jo Black, Dietrich School’s Department of Economics, “Essays on Rural and Regional Economics,” 10 a.m. April 8, 4913 Posvar Hall

Shawn McCoy, Dietrich School’s Department of Economics, “Natural Disasters, Risk-Salience, and Public Health,” 2:30 p.m. April 8, 4940 Posvar Hall