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An evening with Bartok – Chatham music department hosts special performance

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 13, 2011

PITTSBURGH (January 13, 2010) … To mark the 130th anniversary of composer Béla Bartók, the Chatham music department presents Bartók’s Piano Masterpieces on Sunday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the James Laughlin Music Hall. Performed by Pauline Rovkah, the free performance will feature some of Bartok’s most stunning works.

For more information call (412) 365-1679 or email

Food activist and author Anna Lappé to visit Chatham on January 26

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 10, 2011

PITTSBURGH (January 10, 2011) … Chatham University’s environmental triumvirate – the Master of Arts in Food Studies Program, the School of Sustainability and the Environment, and the Rachel Carson Institute – along with Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture will host Anna Lappé, author, activist, and co-founder of the Small Planet Institute for a free lecture on Wednesday, January 26 at 5:00 p.m. in the Eddy Theatre on the University’s Shadyside Campus.

Admission is free. For more information call 412-365-2473 or email Directions and parking information are located at

Her lecture, “Firing-Up Food Activism, Cooling-Down the Planet,” promises to be an inspiring talk about sustaining communities and encouraging innovative and democratic solutions to hunger, inequality, and environmental degradation. Ms. Lappé’s journey through the global food system shows us where the problems reside and what people across the globe are doing in everyday actions to challenge and change our world. Her most recent books include “Diet for a Hot Planet” and “Hope’s Edge.”

The Small Planet Institute was founded by and Anna and her mother, Frances Moore Lappé in 2001 to help pursue examples of democracy as a rewarding way of life: a culture in which citizens infuse the values of inclusion, fairness, and mutual accountability into all dimensions of public life, The Institute supports people and projects around the world who work to remake societal rules into shared values, focusing on collaborative public education, media programs, and outreach campaigns.

“Firing-Up Food Activism, Cooling-Down the Planet” is co-sponsored by the following community partners: The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Grow Pittsburgh, Slow Food Pittsburgh, Just Harvest, The East End Co-op, and the Pittsburgh Food Forest.

About Anna Lappe
Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and sought-after public speaker, respected for her work on sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change. Named one of Time’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund.

In her latest book, “Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It” (Bloomsbury), Anna deftly explores the links between today’s global food system and climate change, and offers inspiration for making sustainable food a catalyst for healing the planet. A starred Booklist review calls the book “impeccable, informative, and inspiring.”

Anna can be seen as the co-host of the public television series The Endless Feast and as a featured expert on the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet and the PBS documentary Nourish, among other films. Anna is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and has been on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show and Leonard Lopate Show.

With her mother Frances Moore Lappé, Anna co-founded the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education about the root causes of hunger and poverty. The Lappés are also co-founders of the Small Planet Fund, which has raised more than $750,000 for democratic social movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund’s founding in 2002. Anna’s first book “Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet” (Tarcher/Penguin 2002), cowritten with Frances Moore Lappé, chronicles courageous social movements around the world. Winner of the Nautilus Award for Social Change, Hope’s Edge has been published in several languages and is used in dozens of classrooms, from Toronto to Tokyo. Anna’s second book “Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen” (Tarcher/Penguin 2006) showcases the ecological and social benefits of sustainable food and brings this diet to life with the seasonal menus of chef Bryant Terry.

Anna’s writing has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Anna is also a contributing author to Food Inc., WorldChanging, and Feeding the Future, among other books. She has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O: The Oprah Magazine, Domino, Food & Wine, Body + Soul, Natural Health, and Vibe, among many other publications and appears frequently on television, from PBS and FoxNews to the CBC in Canada.

Her writing and advocacy have earned Anna numerous accolades. In 2009, The New York Times Magazine featured Anna among a handful of “food fighters.” In 2007, she was chosen by the Missing Peace Project for the Compassion in Action Award and in 2006 Anna was selected for Contribute magazine’s “21 Under 40 Making a Difference.” A frequent public speaker, Anna has participated in hundreds of events, from community food festivals to university lectures. She has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at dozens of colleges and universities, including Boston College, Brown University, Columbia University, Dominican University, Northwestern University, Wesleyan, and Yale University.

Anna holds an M.A. in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and graduated with honors from Brown University. From 2004 to 2006, she was a Food and Society Policy Fellow with the WK Kellogg Foundation. She is currently an Innovator with the Glynwood Center for Sustainable Food and Farming and a Senior Fellow of the Oakland Institute. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and daughter.

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About Chatham’s Master of Arts in Food Studies
The Master of Arts in Food Studies is one of the few graduate food studies programs in the U.S and the only one to offer both sustainable agriculture and culinary arts and cuisine within a liberal arts environment. The Master of Arts in Food Studies at Chatham University is unique in its emphasis on a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing intellectual and practical experience from field to table.

Graduates gain analytical and experiential knowledge of global and local food systems. Academic courses provide a critical framework, emphasizing the ways people relate to food within a cultural and historical context. Food Studies is the interdisciplinary domain that includes agricultural and culinary history as well as sociological, cultural, political, economic, and geographic examinations of food production and consumption. Students will study how food, from farm to table to compost, shapes people and the global environment. The curriculum connects real world problems with ethics, theory, history, communication, research skills, and experiential knowledge, offering concentrations in food politics, history and culture, and food markets and marketing.

Chatham names Patty DeMarco, Ph.D. as new director of the Rachel Carson Institute

By: Paul Kovach, Chief Communications Officer
December 20, 2010

PITTSBURGH (December 20, 2010) … To further the legacy of its most renowned alumna, Chatham University has hired Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D. as the new director of the Rachel Carson Institute, according to an announcement by Laura S. Armesto, Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. DeMarco, who will begin her new role in January 2011, is the former executive director of the Rachel Carson Homestead in Springdale, Pa.

“Over the past five years Dr. DeMarco has transformed the Rachel Carson Homestead into a regional focus for issues surrounding sustainability and the environment,” Dr. Armesto said. “Dr. DeMarco’s passion for educating others about Carson’s impact on our society will be a tremendous asset for Chatham’s Rachel Carson Institute, especially as we approach the 50th anniversary of Rachel’s most significant work, Silent Spring, in 2012.”

With Dr. DeMarco’s arrival, the Rachel Carson Institute will become part of the University’s new School of Sustainability and the Environment under the leadership of David Hassenzahl, Ph.D., its founding dean. The Rachel Carson Institute was established at Chatham in 1989 to continue the legacy of Chatham’s most distinguished alumna by promoting the awareness and understanding of significant and current environmental issues through national and regional conferences, debates, lecture series, seminars, panel discussions and other educational programs. Carson, who graduated from the former Pennsylvania College for Women in 1929, is considered the founder of the modern environmental movement because of the impact of Silent Spring, published in 1962.

“As an integral part of the School of Sustainability and the Environment, the Rachel Carson Institute will focus on articulating her environmental ethic in practical applications,” Dr. DeMarco said. “The new campus will model how a sustainable community functions and offer practical study and learning opportunities across a wide spectrum of interests. The Rachel Carson Institute will become an internationally notable center for analysis and communication of Rachel Carson’s principles applied to today’s issues.”

The Rachel Carson Institute also presents the Rachel Carson Leadership Award to women who exemplify leadership and excellence in their work toward the preservation of the environment. Past recipients include Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam, founder of the Student Conservation Association (2007); Sandra Steingraber, ecologist, author, poet, and cancer survivor (2001); Maya Lin, artist, sculptor and designer of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Washington, D.C. (1999); Theo Colborn, zoologist, senior scientist, and director of the Wildlife and Contaminants project at the World Wildlife Fund (1997); and Teresa Heinz, Chair of the Heinz Family Philanthropies and of the Howard Heinz Endowment (1995).

“I especially want to thank Dr. Nancy Gift for her work as acting director as the RCI transitions to the School of Sustainability and the Environment,” Dr. Armesto said. Thanks to her dedication, the Institute has remained a vital part of Chatham’s mission. Dr. Gift will continue as assistant professor of environmental studies and a valued member of Chatham’s faculty.”

About Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D.
Dr. DeMarco has long been a leader in energy, economic development, and environmental policy analysis. In her current position as Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association, she has brought attention to environmental and sustainability issues by hosting many events that have brought experts to Pittsburgh for public forums. She has also been active in building coalitions and spearheading community action around these issues in Pittsburgh and elsewhere.

Dr. DeMarco has served in both private and public organizations and academic institutions as Associate Dean for Administration and Advancement at the University of Alaska at Anchorage, as Commissioner of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, as President of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, and as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Office of Policy and Management on the State of Connecticut.

Dr. DeMarco holds a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Pittsburgh and has completed postdoctoral work at Yale University and at the Boston University School of Medicine.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

In Memory: Karen Lake Buttrey ’67, Member of the Board of Trustees

By: Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D., President
November 29, 2010

I am very sad to inform you that we have learned that Karen Lake Buttrey ’67 passed away yesterday in Indianapolis following a month-long battle with stomach cancer. Karen served on Chatham’s Board of Trustees since 2004 and contributed greatly to the Board and her alma mater through her intellect, character and warm personality. We will miss her greatly – as a Board member, as an alumna and as a friend.

Information on the service and memorial contributions can be found in the following obituary.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Karen’s husband Don and her family at this time of loss.


1945 — 2010

Karen Lake Buttrey, philanthropist and community leader, passed away on November28. Karen was born October 3, 1945, to Thomas H. Lake and Marjorie L. Lake in Omaha, Nebraska. She was married for 25 years to Donald W. Buttrey, a local attorney.

Both Karen and Don have been long-time members of Second Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and elder. Karen also served on the Endowment Board at Second Church.

Karen was graduated from Tudor Hall in Indianapolis in 1963. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) in 1967 from Chatham College, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Karen also received Masters Degrees from the University of Pittsburgh (Educational Research) in 1972, and from Indiana University (Educational Psychology) in 1979. She was also a Participant in the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Development Program. Prior to her marriage, Karen was employed in educational and interior design positions.

Karen served as a member (Honorary Chair) of the Advisory Board of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. The Lake Institute was envisioned and created by Karen and Don in 2002, to honor the legacy of Karen’s parents and to ensure that their values and commitment to faith and philanthropy will be passed on to future generations. The Institute seeks to build a scholarly foundation, through research, teaching and public service, for the exploration of the idea that religion plays a vital role in philanthropy.

At the time of her death, Karen served on the Boards of Trustees of Chatham, McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and the Advisory Board of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. She served on several other boards throughout her life.

Karen provided generous support to her church, the United Way, the American Red Cross (Tiffany Circle Member) and The Salvation Army. She also supported numerous other charitable organizations, including The Women’s Fund and The Lacy Leadership Society.
In addition to her life of service, Karen loved to travel, play golf, exercise and was an avid reader. She was an active, vibrant woman in all areas of her life.

Karen is survived by her husband Don, three stepsons, Greg, Alan and Jason, her daughter-in-law Karen, her aunt Katherine Snyder, numerous cousins and her beloved dog, Cleo.

Karen was not only generous with her time and commitment to the community, she was an extremely loyal and generous mentor and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 North Meridian Street, with visitation at the Church from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, Indiana University (for the benefit of the Lake Institute), or the charity of your choice.

Student-curated exhibition utilizes never-before-seen works to explore Western views of African art

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
November 11, 2010

PITTSBURGH (November 8, 2010) … Works from the extensive Cheryl Olkes Collection of African Art at Chatham University once again will be on display through a student-curated exhibition and will feature art on public view for the first time. How to Look at African Art, curated by students in University’s Art 368: Museum Education and the Visual Arts class, contrasts the way Westerners view African art with the way Africans themselves view and appreciate the art they create.

The opening reception will be Thursday, November 11 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and the exhibition will continue through Thursday, December 2. The Chatham University Art Gallery is located in Woodland Hall on the University’s Academic Quad and is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information call 412-365-1106 or email For directions and parking information

“Westerners have appreciated African art as “fine” art for over one hundred years and avant-garde artists like Picasso and Matisse first recognized it as an exciting and new visual experience. Unfortunately, little concern was given about who made these works, and why, and what this art meant to a particular culture,” explains Elisabeth Roark, Ph.D., Chatham’s associate professor of art who has studied the Olkes Collection since its acquisition in 2001. “This perspective has changed since the 1970s, when Cheryl Olkes first began her interest in African art, and scholars and curators are studying African art within a cultural context and exploring how African cultures view their works.”

Each year students in the Art Museum Studies program utilize the Olkes Collection to study African culture, then propose an exhibition theme based upon their research. The students are responsible for selecting the works, organizing the displays and creating all exhibition materials.

“Through their own individual research our students have juxtaposed how Western audiences have viewed African art with how these cultures not only display but utilize their art. And because of the scope of the Olkes Collection, we’ll be able to display items that haven’t been seen by the public.”

About the Olkes Collection of African Art
After graduating with a bachelor’s in English from Chatham in 1970, Cheryl Olkes earned a master’s in journalism at Ohio State University and a doctorate in communications at the University of Texas. She and her former husband, author Paul Stoller, collected art, books, beads and textiles during many trips to Africa throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Olkes was owner and director of Harmattan Arts of Africa Gallery in Washington, D.C. and through their extensive research of African art, Olkes and Stoller co-authored “In Sorcery’s Shadow: A Memoir of Apprenticeship Among the Songhay of Niger” in 1989. Chatham’s Olkes Collection represents the largest of its kind in western Pennsylvania, while other works from her estate are displayed at galleries across the country, including at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit