Chatham News

Presentation on Environmental Implications of Dietary Guidelines with Miriam Nelson, Ph.D. on April 16

PITTSBURGH:  The Chatham University Falk School of Sustainability Food Studies Program is hosting a presentation on Thursday, April 16 at 2 PM by Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., who serves on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Food Sustainability and Safety.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Welker Room in the James Laughlin Music Hall on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Free parking is available in the lot off of Murray Hill Avenue.  For additional information on this event, please call 412-365-1347.

About the Subcommittee on Food Sustainability & Safety
New in 2015, the Subcommittee on Food Sustainability and Safety collected data on the environmental implications of different food choices and considered these findings in their dietary recommendations.  This has created a robust dialogue and some controversy within the government in regards to the incorporation of agriculture production practices and environmental factors into nutrition-related guidelines. Here more about this important issue during this talk.

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Dr. Natalie DiNicola to speak about sustainable food systems on March 30 at Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus

PITTSBURGH:  The Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University is hosting a Leaders Engaged in Advancing the Dialogue (L.E.A.D.) “Dig-in Dialogue” event on March 30, 2015 at 5:30 pm in the Lodge at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, located at 6035 Ridge Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. The event will provide the opportunity to engage in conversation about sustainable food systems, nutrition and modern agriculture and meet others in the community who are interested in discussing and learning more about these topics, as well as networking and dialogue with Natalie DiNicola, Ph.D., Vice President of Sustainable Agriculture Partnerships, Monsanto. Event is by invite only. 

In her work leading Monsanto’s sustainable ag partnerships team, Dr. DiNicola oversees the development of public-private partnerships to improve food security, conserve natural resources and improve the livelihood of farmers around the world through the adoption of technologies and practices. She has worked with Monsanto for 13 years in several roles, including global environmental stewardship, government affairs and global regulatory structures. Previously, DiNicola was a Federation of Animal Sciences Societies Congressional Science Fellow in Washington, D.C., where she worked on issues related to agriculture and environment, and focused on the use of science in policy-making.

Dr. DiNicola has a doctorate in environmental toxicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental biology from St. Mary’s College.


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Chatham University Names Dr. Jessie B. Ramey as Inaugural Director of its Women’s Institute

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA has announced that following a national search, Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D. has been selected as the inaugural director of the new Chatham University’s Women’s Institute.

Dr. Ramey is a historian, scholar, author and public policy expert with a focus on gender, race, working families, and U.S. social policy.  She is currently a visiting scholar in women’s studies at the University of Pittsburgh and an adjunct professor in history and the Humanities Scholars Program at Carnegie Mellon University. She was formerly a New Faculty Fellow (two-year postdoctoral fellowship, teaching and research) in women’s studies and history at the University of Pittsburgh through the American Council of Learned Societies.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Chatham University. The new Women’s Institute represents a significant commitment to gender equity both on campus and in society at large. I am excited to be a part of this forward-looking and crucial work for the twenty-first century,” says Dr. Ramey.

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ABC News Correspondent, Cokie Roberts, to Give Public Lecture April 1 at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH:  Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC News, is Chatham University’s Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics for the 2014-15 academic year.  The Elsie Hillman Chair is an honor that is awarded by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University with financial support from the Hillman Foundation. Recent honorees have included NPR anchor, Gwen Ifill, and Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine.

Ms. Roberts will deliver a public lecture at the Campbell Memorial Chapel on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus at 6:00 pm on April 1, 2015. Registration is available on the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics website. The evening is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University and the Hillman Foundation.

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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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