Chatham News

Chatham Professor of Music, Mike Boyd, Receives Award for Work

PITTSBURGH:  Michael Boyd, Assistant Professor of Music at Chatham University, has been selected as the 2016 winner of the FETA (Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts) Prize in Sound Art for his work Confessional

The FETA Prize in Sound Art was established in 2013 to promote a broad range of contemporary American sound and installation arts.  This year, 28 blind submissions were sent from artists residing in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and the United States.  As recipient of the Prize in Sound Art, Professor Boyd will receive a $1,000 monetary award.

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The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment Announces Spring 2017 Eden Hall Speaker Series

PITTSBURGH:   The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment will host a broad range of speakers during the Spring 2017 semester.  All events will take place at the Esther Barazzone Center on the Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA.  Events include:

Thursday, January 12, 3:50-5:50 p.m.
GEORGE  SCARLETT
The spiritual and ethical case for sustainability
National leading child psychologist and professor at Tufts University, George Scarlett examines the relationship between spiritual development and the natural world.

Tuesday, January 24, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
NANCY KLEHM
Film screening and discussion – Weedeater
A documentary about the social ecology work of Nancy Klehm, an ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, and permaculture grower.

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Chatham University Receives Grant From Staunton Farm Foundation In Support of Words Without Walls

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has announced that it has been awarded a grant of $11,200 from Staunton Farm Foundation in support of the Maenad Fellowship, a new program within Words Without Walls, a creative partnership between the Chatham MFA Creative Writing ProgramAllegheny County Jail, State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House.

Beginning January 2017, the Maenad Fellowship will support women who are in recovery from substance abuse, including those who have graduated from Sojourner House, a residential treatment facility for addicted women and their children. The fellowship will encourage a continuing writing practice through a community of writers, and provide $500 Giant Eagle gift cards to each participant in 12-week writing workshops that will be held on the Chatham campus. Participants will craft a collection of  their own writing, which Words Without Walls staff will help them design and share in a public reading of their work at the end of the 12-weeks.

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Educator and author on School Choice issues to speak at Chatham University on January 17th

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University’s Education Department is proud to welcome Dr. Susan Uchitelle as she presents “Lessons Learned from Desegregation Programs that Apply to All Students and Teachers”.  This presentation will take place on January 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Welker Room in the James Laughlin Music Hall on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

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Chatham University Spring 2017 Music Events Announced

PITTSBURGH: The Chatham University Music Program has announced the Spring 2017 Musical Performance calendar.  Unless otherwise noted, all performances are free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Pauline Rovkah, Director of the Piano Program, at rovkah@chatham.edu or 412-365-1679.

Spring 2017 Music Events

Faculty/Guest artist 
January 8, 3:00 p.m.
Campbell Memorial Chapel
Faculty Voice Recital
The program of operatic scenes, portraying amazing heroines such as Norma, Joan of Arc and Medea. Featuring music by Bellini, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Cherubini and Wagner.
Kelly Lynch, Soprano and Walter Morales, piano

January 12, 7:00 p.m.
James Laughlin Music Hall
Sounds of Canada“: Songs by Canadian authors. Daphne Alderson, contralto and John Marcinizyn, guitar

February 25, 3:00 p.m.
James Laughlin Music Hall
Robin Meloy Goldsby:  Pianist, Composer and Author

Friday Afternoon Musicale series, 4:00 p.m.
James Laughlin Music Hall

January 20
Music by Haydn, Schubert, Liszt and Debussy
Menghua Lin, piano

February 17
Piano masterworks: Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin
Gerald Lee, piano

March 17
Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Part VI
Walter Morales, piano

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Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program Receives NEH Grant

GRANT TO FUND EXPANSION OF WORDS WITHOUT WALLS

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today that it has been awarded a $50,000 Humanities Access “challenge” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to expand Words Without Walls, a creative partnership between the Chatham MFA Creative Writing ProgramAllegheny County Jail, State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for mothers and their children.

Chatham’s grant is among $16.3 million in funding approved by the NEH for 290 projects in 43 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico supporting a variety of humanities-based research and programs.  The Humanities Access grant program provides grants to help enhance and support existing cultural programs for youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations. In order to receive the full amount, the institutions and organizations receiving this grant must match the NEH funds with the same amount of money raised from non-federal, third party donors. Donations to Words Without Walls in support of the matching grant can be made on Chatham’s online giving page.

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Chatham University Launches Rachel Carson (Class of ’29) Healthy Planet Awards Program and Scholarship

PITTSBURGH:   Chatham University today announced a new awards program and scholarship for high school and community college students that celebrates the legacy of scientist, author, environmentalist and Chatham alumna Rachel Carson, class of 1929.

The Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award will be awarded to one deserving student nominated from each high school and community college throughout the United States, who embodies the spirit of Rachel Carson in his or her dedication to sustainability and community development. Healthy Planet Award recipients will also receive preferred consideration for the Rachel Carson Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship to attend Chatham University.

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Joseph Bathanti to Read at Chatham University for Words Without Walls Reading Series

PITTSBURGH:  Joseph Bathanti will read on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 8:30 pm in Rea Coffee House at Chatham University as part of the Words Without Walls Reading Series. A book signing and reception will follow the reading. This project is supported in part by a grant from the A. W.  Mellon Foundation. The reading is free and open to the public.

Joseph Bathanti was born in Pittsburgh, on July 20, 1953, and grew up in an Italian neighborhood called East Liberty. His father was a steelworker and his mother was a seamstress, both children of immigrants who arrived from Italy and France in the early 1900s. As a teenager Bathanti held a number of working class jobs: he was a hod carrier for a contractor, carrying bricks in a box on his shoulder; a busboy; a dishwasher; a truck driver for a flower shop; a stock boy and a roofer.

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Pittsburgh’s International Women’s Forum Provides Funding in Support of the 2017 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics

PITTSBURGH:  The Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), a global organization comprised of more than 6,500 dynamic women leaders in thirty-five countries and seventy-six forums around the world, has provided financial funding to help support the 2017 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics event. The gift was made in honor of Elsie Hillman, who passed away in 2015.

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