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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Two children dance during Sunday’s Polish Festival in the Cathedral of Learning.

PolishFest 2022 spreads cultural knowledge and awareness on campus

By Gabriella Garvin, Staff Writer November 14, 2022
Upon entering the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room on Sunday, a rich aroma of fried dough and pierogies, as well as the sounds of Lithuanian and Polish folk music, greeted around 150 visitors.
Abagail Kraus leads a tour of the Early American nationality room in the Cathedral of Learning on Saturday.

Witches, human bones, zombies and more: Student-run program hosts annual Halloween Nationality Room tour

By Madilyn Cianci, Staff Writer October 23, 2022
Student-run program Quo Vadis hosted its annual Halloween tour of 10 Nationality Rooms on Friday and Saturday. Open to the public, these tours allowed the community to get a deeper understanding of Pitt’s historic Nationality Rooms.
Zach Hartman, a computer engineering and classics major, nationality room tour guide and the Quo Vadis president in the Cathedral of Learning’s Polish nationality room on Monday.

Nationality Room tour guides gain cultural, educational experience

By Jessica McKenzie, Senior Staff Writer March 1, 2022
Zach Hartman, a senior computer engineering and classics major, said he attended nationality room tour guide training sessions during his first year at Pitt, where he discovered his love for learning about the cultures the rooms represent.
A video titled “Victorian English Christmas Village” posted on Nationality Rooms Programs’ Youtube channel and the Nationality Rooms website for the Virtual Holiday Open House.

Nationality Rooms Open House presents holiday traditions and culture

By Betul Tuncer, Senior Staff Writer December 6, 2021
The Nationality Rooms Holiday Open House is an opportunity to share people’s culture and traditions with the Pitt community, and the themes for this year’s event are winter holiday traditions, cultural performances, traditional holiday crafts, and winter and holiday recipes.
The Polish Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning.

Polishfest 2021 keeps tradition alive with informational videos

By Katelyn Kruszewski, Staff Writer November 17, 2021
Pierogies, paper cuttings and polkas are only a small portion of Polish culture. To learn more about Polish heritage, students are invited to virtually attend Polishfest this week.
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 15, 2020
Nationality Rooms, while beautiful, are typically unsuitable for class, as they pose far too many issues for effective instruction.
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