Chatham News

Author and Ageism Expert to Lecture at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University will be presenting a lecture by Ashton Applewhite on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., at the Eddy Theater, on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Ashton, considered an ageism expert, has devoted herself to understanding the causes and cures of ageism – the socially accepted discrimination in our society, the “ism” no one talks about. With wit, insight and knowledge, she debunks the myths and stereotypes of declining cognition, health, and beauty in the over 40 population. Come be inspired and entertained. Lena Dunham loves her and so will you.

About Ashton Applewhite
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. In 2016, she joined PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year. Ashton has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, has written for Harper’s, Playboy, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? Ashton speaks widely, at venues that have ranged from universities and community centers to the TED mainstage and the United Nations. Ashton is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age. Read more about Ashton Applewhite at:


Chatham University Hosting International Higher Education Summit on April 18, 2017

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University will host the International Higher Education Summit on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at its Shadyside campus in Pittsburgh. The event features panels and discussions featuring 11 presidents and senior academic leaders from universities in Canada, Pittsburgh and Europe along with representatives from Google and the City of Pittsburgh.

The event will kick off at 8.50 AM with keynote speaker, Professor Justine Cassell from Carnegie Mellon University. Her talk, “The Future of Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work: Implications for Higher Education”, will be followed by four panel discussions.

Panel topics will include:

  • The future of higher education and the role of governments
  • Access, inclusion, and immigration
  • A university’s role in making the planet sustainable
  • Activism on campus

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Chatham University Launches an English Language to Undergraduate Degree Pathway Program for International Students

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has launched Pittsburgh Pathways, a new program that teaches non-native speaking students English, while also allowing them to earn up to 36 undergraduate credits towards a degree at Chatham University or another university.

Students enroll in Pittsburgh Pathways for two or three terms, depending on their language level, and receive a combination of English as a Second Language (ESL) and undergraduate academic courses of their choosing. Upon successful completion of the program, Pathways students receive guaranteed admission to a degree program at Chatham University or can transfer their credits to another institution.

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Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Callie Crossley, to Give Lecture and Receive Hollander Award for Women’s Leadership

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University has announced that Callie Crossley is the recipient of the 2017 Barbara Stone Hollander ’60 Award for Women’s Leadership, presented by the Women’s Institute at Chatham University. Ms. Crossley will visit Chatham University to accept the award and give a presentation entitled “Unreality Check: Journalism in the Era of Fake News” on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7PM, in Eddy Theater on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus. The event is free of charge with registration. To register for the event, please visit

Ms. Crossley is a radio host and frequent commentator on WBGH in Boston, NPR, Beat the Press, and Basic Black. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Politico, The Washington Post, NECN’s Broadside, CNN’s Reliable Sources, On the Media, the PBS NewsHour, and PRI’s The Takeaway. She was formerly a producer for ABC News 20/20. Crossley produced Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, earning her an Oscar nomination and an Emmy Award.

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Creative Writing Program Hosts “Dialogues: Writing in Divided Times” on April 6th

PITTSBURGH: The Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program will sponsor Dialogues: Writing in Divided Times on April 6 from 5:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Welker Room, James Laughlin Music Hall, on Chatham’s Shadyside campus.  The event will feature readings and conversations with four authors, Li-Young Lee, Cornelius Eady, Danez Smith and Adriana E. Ramirez.

Writing in Divided Times will begin with readings and performance by Smith and Ramirez from 5:15-6 p.m., where books will be available for purchase. Following a 6-7:30 p.m. dinner on your own, readings by Lee and Eady will take place from 7:30-8:15 p.m.  A panel discussion featuring all authors is scheduled from 8:15- 9 p.m., with book sales and a reception wrapping up the evening from 9-9:30 p.m.  The writers will take questions that will address what poetry might accomplish in divided times, and how it might be used to navigate hostile environments, whether personal, cultural or political.

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Chatham University Launches Master of Science in Athletic Training

PITTSBURGH:  The National Athletic Training Association (NATA) Board of Directors, in cooperation with the commissioners of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) recently agreed to establish the professional degree in athletic training at the master’s level.  That means that the athletic training profession will require a Master’s degree for entry-level positions beginning in 2022.

In response to this change, Chatham University has launched a Master of Science in Athletic Training (3+2 program), allowing students to earn both a bachelor of science in Exercise Science and master of science in Athletic Training at the end of five years of study. Applications for fall 2017 enrollment are now being accepted.

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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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