Chatham News

Art Exhibition: “Celebrating Chatham: Student Selections from the University Art Collection” Opens March 19 in Chatham Art Gallery

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has a remarkable and distinctive art collection and, as part of its 145th anniversary celebration, is hosting Celebrating Chatham: Student Selections from the University Art Collection from March 19 – April 1, 2015. This exhibit will feature works from the collection that are not usually on public view.  Highlights include paintings of Chatham’s first buildings, “Old” Berry (built in the 1860s) and “Old” Dilworth (built in 1889), a bronze sculpture of Ralph Waldo Emerson by the artist who created the Lincoln Memorial, and a collage by Lynda Benglis, a leading feminist artist.

The Opening Reception for will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Chatham University Art Gallery.  In conjunction with the Opening Reception, Prof. Beth Roark will present “Remembering Chatham”, a short talk lavishly illustrated with historic images of the University and its students dating from its founding in 1869.  This talk will take place at 5:15 pm in the Woodland Hall classroom (next to the Art Gallery).

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Words Without Walls Book Launch at Chatham University on Friday, March 27th

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University will host a book launch on Friday March 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm in Chatham’s Mellon Board Room to celebrate the release of Words Without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence, and Incarceration published by Trinity University Press. Featured readers will be Jennifer Ashburn, Eric Boyd, Toi Derricotte, Heather McNaugher, Sarah Shotland, Sheryl St. Germain, and Christine Stroud. A book signing and reception will follow the reading. The reading is free and open to the public.

About the Anthology and Words Without Walls
Words without Walls is an anthology of more than seventy-five poems, essays, stories, and scripts by contemporary writers that provide models for successful writing, offering voices and styles that will inspire students in alternative spaces on their own creative exploration. Created by the founders of the award-winning Words Without Walls program, the anthology strives to challenge readers to reach beyond their own circumstances and begin to write from the heart. Each selection expresses immediacy—writing that captures the imagination and conveys intimacy on the page—revealing the power of words to cut to the quick and unfold the truth. Many of the pieces are brief, allowing for reading and discussion in the classroom, and provide a wide range of content and genre, touching on themes common to communities in need: addiction and alcoholism, family, love and sex, pain and hope, prison, recovery, and violence. More information at Trinity University Press.

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Rachel Carson Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability is sponsoring on Saturday, February 21st at 7 PM in Chatham’s Eddy Theater a special screening and panel discussion on the documentary film, The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson.  This groundbreaking documentary examines the life of Chatham alumna, Rachel Carson ’29, and the profound implications of her environmental work.

The panel will discuss the intersection of science, advocacy and film and will feature: Dr. Patricia M. DeMarco, President, DeMarco & Associates; Dr Crystal Fortwangler, Faculty, Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham University; Dr. Lou Martin, Faculty, Department of History, Political Science, and International Studies, Chatham University; and Dr. Peter Walker, Dean, Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham University as moderator.

The event is free for College and High School Students (with ID) and $15 for general admission tickets.  Registration on or MyChatham.
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National Touring Dance Company, Step Afrika!, to Perform at Chatham on Feb. 27

PITTSBURGH: Step Afrika!, one of the top 10 African Dance Companies in the United States, will be performing for free on Friday, Feb. 27th (7:00PM – 10:00PM); at the Eddy Theatre on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Admission is free, but donations for the Class of 2015 Senior Gift will be accepted.

Founded in 1994, Step Afrika! is a professional dance company based in Washington DC, who’s mission is to educate the modern world in the tradition of stepping. They have expanded to become a national and international touring company, with an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding. View promotional video.

Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. It reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theaters and performs globally as a cultural ambassador. More information at

For more information, visit or contact the Office of Student Activities at (412) 365-2990


Judith Tannenbaum to Read at Chatham University for Words Without Walls Reading Series

PITTSBURGH:  Judith Tannenbaum will read on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm in the Welker Room on the campus of Chatham University.  The reading is part of the Words Without Walls reading series. It is free, open to the public, and a book signing and reception will follow the reading.

Judith Tannenbaum has taught poetry in a wide variety of settings from primary school classrooms to maximum security prisons. She taught at San Quentin for four years in the 1980s and subsequently created Arts in Corrections’ newsletter Memo: Arts and their Manual for Artists Working in Prison. This work led to two of her books — Disguised as a Poem: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin and a two person memoir, written with San Quentin student Spoon Jackson, By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives.
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For the 4th Year in a Row, Chatham Admitted to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

PITTSBURGH: For the fourth consecutive year, Chatham University has been admitted to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement.
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Chatham University 2015 Black History Month Activities Announced

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University is proud to sponsor the following activities and events in commemoration of Black History Month throughout the month of February.  If registration is required, please register on Sponsored by:  Black Student Union, Jennie King Mellon Library, Parkhurst Dining Services, Relay for Life & Office of Residence Life & Student Activities – Student Affairs.

Black History Month Display
February 1-28
JKM Library

Black History Month Celebration at Relay for Life
Friday, February 6
Noon-Midnight, AFC Gym

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Ready-to-Run Training Helps Women Candidates Prepare for the 2015 Municipal Elections

PITTSBURGH: To help address historically low levels of representation of women in Pennsylvania government, The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is holdings its 4th annual Ready to Run™ Campaign Training for Women on Saturday, January 31st at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

According to PCWP data, at the state and local government level women comprise only:

• 17.8 percent of state legislators (representatives and senators)
• 19 percent of municipal executives (e.g. mayors)
• 37.5 percent of county officials (e.g. councilmembers, etc.)
• 35 percent of elected school board members
• 27 percent of the state’s more than 1300 various elected judicial offices

At the same time, there is only one woman serving as a statewide elected official and none at all in the state’s congressional delegation. Research shows that when women run, they win at the same rates as men. If the state is going to increase the number of women holding public office, it needs more women candidates.
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Chatham University and Propel Schools launch the Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps

PITTSBURGH: Propel Schools, a non-profit federation of public charter schools, and Chatham University launch the Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps program in an effort to put more K-12 teachers in urban neighborhood schools.

Students accepted into the program will have the tuition for their Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Chatham University paid for by Propel Schools in exchange for two years of employment as a full-time teacher in a Propel School following the completion of their degree.

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