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Poet Rudy Francisco gave performances of slam poetry in between taking questions Thursday night, in a town hall hosted by the Resident Student Association. In addition to reciting his poetry, Francisco talked about his becoming a poet, activism and his experience as a Black man.

Rudy Francisco speaks on poetry’s political power at RSA town hall

By Lucas DiBlasi, Senior Staff Writer April 9, 2021
Francisco has published five books of poetry revolving around the politics of race, class, gender and religion.
Pitt Missed Connections is an Instagram account with the mission of putting students in contact with a person they wish they had spoken to. An anonymous Pitt student created the account after Pitt shut down due to the pandemic.

Instagram account seeks to reunite students’ missed connections

By Kaitlyn Nuebel, Staff Writer April 7, 2021
An anonymous Pitt student created Pitt Missed Connections on March 8, an Instagram account with the mission of putting students in contact with the person they wish they had spoken to.
“The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook” is part of an anthology series from Belt Publishing that chronicles the many faces of cities in the Rust Belt.

Local writers create anthology of Pittsburgh neighborhoods

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer April 7, 2021
“The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook” is part of an anthology series from Belt Publishing.
Mary Maggic, an artist who works with the intersection of biotechnology and art, is a Carnegie Mellon University alum. Their piece, titled “Estroworld,” is an interactive website that alludes to materialism and industrial toxicity.

‘Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology’ displays interaction of science and art

By Rashi Ranjan, Senior Staff Writer April 2, 2021
Artist Mary Maggic has combined their interests in body and gender politics, biohacking and environmental activism to create “Estroworld."
“Pattern Makers” is a temporary art exhibition from The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, curated by 10 members of Pitt’s history of art and architecture department. The exhibit is open both in person and virtually until May 9.

Pitt students curate ‘Pattern Makers’ exhibition at Westmoreland Museum of Art

By Suln Yun, Staff Writer March 31, 2021
The exhibit tracks the presence and meaning of patterns across a selection of works from Westmoreland’s collection.
Ron Donoughe’s new book, “Brownsville to Braddock,” is a collection of landscape paintings of the Monongahela Valley.

Ron Donoughe paints landscapes from ‘Brownsville to Braddock’

By Sona Sharma, Staff Writer March 17, 2021
Donoughe painted different landscapes across the Monongahela Valley for more than a year, from industrial plants to wide hills and landscapes.
“Open Square” by Luftwerk is one of the works on display at the Mattress Factory’s new exhibition called “Factory Installed 2021.” Luftwerk is one of five resident artists featured in the exhibit, which opens Friday.

Artists explore identity, space in ‘Factory Installed 2021’

By Beatrice McDermott, Staff Writer March 10, 2021
The Mattress Factory’s residency program provides new artists every year with the resources to create “site-specific” works.
Co-authors John Cavanagh and Robin Broad joined Pitt faculty and graduate students Friday afternoon for the launch of their new book “The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed.”

Pitt hosts launch of new book ‘The Water Defenders’

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor March 8, 2021
The book opens with the 2009 death of Marcelo Rivera, a 37-year-old teacher and leader of the National Roundtable on Mining in El Salvador.
Miriam Abelson, a sociologist and associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at Portland State University, spent nine years interviewing 66 transgender men across the country.

‘Men in Place’ charts a changing landscape of masculinity

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor March 5, 2021
Miriam Abelson discussed “Men in Place” with a panel of Pitt professors and students on Wednesday.
Erik Schuckers created and leads “In Our Own Write: Creative Programming for LGBT+ Elders,” a nine-week writing workshop hosted by the Center for Creativity.

Center For Creativity offers writing workshop for LGBTQ+ elders

By Anna Ligorio, Senior Staff Writer March 3, 2021
The C4C is hosting a nine-week writing workshop this semester, called “In Our Own Write: Creative Writing for LGBT+ Elders.”
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