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Pitt’s Horror Studies Working Group co-sponsored a panel with the Department of Screen Cultures at Northwestern University and the Department of Arts at Northumbria University Thursday via Zoom. Entitled “Summoning Candyman: A Panel Discussion of the Cinematic Urban Legend” and hosted by the Society for Film and Media Studies’ Horror Studies Scholarly Interest Group, the panel focused on the classic 1992 Black horror film “Candyman.”

‘Black history is Black horror’: Panel discusses legacy of Black slasher film ‘Candyman’

By Lucas DiBlasi, Senior Staff Writer March 19, 2021
The panelists discussed the ways that the film was foundational to Black horror, its shortcomings and the upcoming sequel.
Pitt Program Council hosted Emmy Award-winner Dan Levy for a virtual Q&A Tuesday night.

Dan Levy talks ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ career path at PPC event

By Anna Ligorio, Senior Staff Writer March 17, 2021
According to Levy, he always knew he wanted to be an actor, but he lacked the confidence to pursue his dreams in college.
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.
Noah Cyrus joined Pitt Program Council Friday night for a virtual concert and Q&A. The Grammy-nominated musician performed several original singles and songs from her latest EP, “The End of Everything,” and answered students’ questions about quarantine and the Grammys.

Noah Cyrus helps Pitt community get emotions out with virtual concert

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor March 14, 2021
. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter’s work combines pop with some country elements, and her lyrics are both deeply personal and indicative of problems that many young people face.
Soleil Moon Frye’s documentary, “Kid 90,” now streaming on Hulu, is a teenage story 20 years in the making.

Review: ‘Kid 90’ is the all too familiar life of a Hollywood child star

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer March 12, 2021
Soleil Moon Frye's documentary, “kid 90,” now streaming on Hulu, is a teenage story 20 years in the making.
“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.
African Cuisine, Pittsburgh’s first Nigerian restaurant, opened in Squirrel Hill on Saturday.

African Cuisine brings Nigerian cooking to Pittsburgh

By Hayley Lesh, Staff Writer March 3, 2021
Saudat Lawal, a native of Nigeria who runs the restaurant, decided to open a Nigerian restaurant in Pittsburgh after seeing the lack of options for African food in the City.
In the short film “Thanks to Her,” Millie and Andy are two teens forced to spend time together after being sent to the principal’s office for getting into a fight after Millie’s friend insults Andy for being a lesbian. The film was written and co-directed by Pitt alum Sam Orlowski.

‘I want to see that representation’: Pitt grads develop LGBTQ+ coming-of-age film

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer March 3, 2021
“Thanks To Her” is a recently released short film written and co-directed by Sam Orlowski, a film studies major who graduated from Pitt in 2019.
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