Chatham News

Chatham Faculty Member Co-Authors Research On Reducing Wrongful Criminal Convictions

PITTSBURGH:  According to research by the Innocence Project, eyewitness mis-identification of criminal suspects using police lineups is the most common cause of wrongful convictions of innocent people in the United States. A new research study highlighting how to improve this critical element of police work has been published by researchers at Carlow University, Chatham University and Harvard Medical School.

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Dr. Jean-Jacques Sene Receives Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

PITTSBURGH:  Dr. Jean-Jacques Sene,  Associate Professor of History; Cultural Studies; Conflict Studies; and Global Focus coordinator, at Chatham University was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to South Africa to work with Sol Plaatje University in South Africa and Dr. Jesmael Mataga on curriculum development to insert the Conflict Studies discipline in the curricular offerings of Sol Plaatje University and train a first cohort of 18 – 20 students in the fundamentals of the field “Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.”

Chatham University will eventually send, every year, students to Kimberley, South Africa, who would enroll in the program and simultaneously fulfill their 3-credit International Field Experience Core Curriculum Requirement with built-in service learning assignments.

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2017 Black History Month Events at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University is proud to sponsor the following activities and events in commemoration of Black History Month throughout the month of February. Additional information (and registration where necessary) is on the events calendar and

Black History Month Kickoff Lunch featuring African Drummers
Wednesday, February 1: 11:00 a.m., Anderson Dining Hall
Head to Anderson for lunch and enjoy listening and dancing to African drummers. Note, cost is normal meal plan or lunch cost.
Sponsored by Parkhurst & Office of Student Affairs

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Chatham University announces Dean’s List for Fall 2016 term

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University is pleased to announce the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 term. To be eligible for Dean’s List, students must carry a GPA of at least 3.5 and complete a minimum of 12 credits for a letter grade. The full list is available here.


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.
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.
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 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
Featuring: Beethoven Op. 109 Sonata in E Major, Chopin 4th Ballade, and Schumann Kreisleriana, Op. 16.
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


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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