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Pitt to revisit plans for Finnish, Iranian rooms

The Finnish and Iranian (pictured) Nationality Rooms are in the fundraising process and will be coming to the Cathedral within the next few years.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Philippine Nationality Room opens doors to public

The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh’s reynas prepare to enter the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room on Sunday.

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.

Iranian, Finnish and Philippine rooms coming to the Cathedral

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)

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.

Quo Vadis gives visitors taste of tradition

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)

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 sophomore and the public relations officer for Quo Vadis, the club’s duties used to be a little differe...

Students design displays for Nationality Rooms

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)

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 map is just one part of “Narratives of the Nationality Rooms: Immigration & Identity ...

Professor unearths Israeli heritage

Many of the carvings and inscriptions in the Israeli Heritage Classroom reference Hebrew literature and biblical imagery and are similar to designs found in first-century Galilean architecture. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

By Zoe Pawliczek | Staff Writer

November 28, 2017

Professor Jodi Magness embarked on a mission in 2011 to excavate the Huqoq synagogue in Israel with little idea of its contents — and with only an ancient village as its possible location. Unsure of whether they would find anything, Magness’ team randomly picked a square as their first dig site and d...

New nationality room to celebrate shared Korean culture

New nationality room to celebrate shared Korean culture

By Kelechi Urama / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015

After he moved from Tokyo to Pittsburgh with his wife and children to attend graduate school at Carnegie Mellon, Jim Nakajima visited the nationality rooms twice. Though he considers the Austrian Room his favorite because of its regal decor, he feels a special connection to the Japanese Room.“[The Japanese room] ...

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