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E. Maxine Bruhns served as the Nationality Rooms director for 54 years before retiring in January.

Between the world and E. Maxine Bruhns: Lessons from a life of advocacy

By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor August 4, 2020
Despite Bruhns’ passing earlier this month at the age of 96, she continues to enrich the Pittsburgh community with the work she completed during her 54-year tenure as the director of Pitt’s Nationality Rooms.
E. Maxine Bruhns, the former director of Pitts Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs, passed away Friday at 96.

E. Maxine Bruhns, former Nationality Rooms director, dies at 96

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Acting Editor-in-Chief July 18, 2020
E. Maxine Bruhns, the former director of Pitt's Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs, passed away Friday at 96. Bruhns served as director for over 50 years and retired in January.
The Finnish and Iranian (pictured) Nationality Rooms are in the fundraising process and will be coming to the Cathedral within the next few years.

Pitt to revisit plans for Finnish, Iranian rooms

By Ashton Crawley, Staff Writer March 3, 2020
The Finnish and Iranian rooms will most likely be due for a review of their progress with the University in August, according to Maryann Sivak, the assistant to the director of the Nationality Rooms.
Maxine Bruhns served as the Nationality Rooms director for 54 years before retiring in the beginning of January.

Nationality Rooms director Maxine Bruhns retires after 54-year Pitt career

By Martha Layne, Staff Writer January 27, 2020
Maxine Bruhns, Pitt’s former director of the Nationality Rooms, officially retired on Jan. 1 after a 54-year career at the University.
Opinion | Classes should not be held in Nationality Rooms

Opinion | Classes should not be held in Nationality Rooms

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist January 16, 2020
Nationality Rooms, while beautiful, are typically unsuitable for class, as they pose far too many issues for effective instruction.
Old News: The case of the two Jagiellonian globes

Old News: The case of the two Jagiellonian globes

Old News is a bi-weekly blog dragging up ancient Pitt history. Here, we’ll retell some of the weird, interesting or relevant stories we find in The Pitt News’s archives at Documenting Pitt.
By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor October 10, 2019
In this week's edition of Old News, news editor Emily Wolfe covers the construction of the Polish Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning during World War II and the story of its Jagiellonian globe.
The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh’s reynas prepare to enter the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room on Sunday.

Philippine Nationality Room opens doors to public

By Martha Layne, For The Pitt News June 12, 2019
Upbeat instrumental music filtered through the Cathedral of Learning Sunday as ceremonial dancers twirled and spun in traditional outfits, celebrating the opening of the new Philippine Nationality Room.
The Philippine nationality room is currently under construction on the third floor of the Cathedral has a dedication date set for June 2019. (Photo by Jon Kunitsky | Staff Photographer)

Iranian, Finnish and Philippine rooms coming to the Cathedral

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor August 20, 2018
Three new nationality rooms are set to open their doors in 2019 – rooms representing Iranian, Finnish and Philippine heritage.
The Quo Vadis organization briefly restored the tradition of serving tea before Nationality Room tours Feb. 2 and 3. (Photo by Betty Shen | Staff Photographer)

Quo Vadis gives visitors taste of tradition

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News February 5, 2018

Quo Vadis is now known as the student organization that gives tours of Pitt’s 30 Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning — but it wasn’t always this way. According to Yasemin Sonel, a...

The Chinese Hu Vase (1939) in the Chinese Room was first displayed in 1939 to represent Chinese craft during the 19th and 20th centuries. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

Students design displays for Nationality Rooms

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer December 7, 2017

Within the brightly lit rotunda of the University Art Gallery, people politely shuffle around a wall map already crowded with pushpins indicating spots where visitors’ hometowns and family origins are. This...

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