Friday, August 31, 2007

September 20: Symposium on Church-State Issues at Duquesne

Symposium Addresses Separation of Church and State

The First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion has a long history of interpretation, with implications and consequences ranging far and wide.
School prayer, religious displays near, on or in government buildings, the rights of religious minorities and dissenters, and government funding for private schools are just a few of the issues that spark First Amendment debate.

National experts will explore "Freedom of—or from—Religion: Understanding the Separation of Church and State," at Duquesne University's third annual Faith and Politics Symposium on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Duquesne Room.

The symposium's featured speakers include:
*Bishop Thomas J. Curry, bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Calif.
*John L. Allen, Jr., journalist, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and Vatican analyst for CNN and NPR *Daniel L. Dreisbach, professor, department of justice, law and society, American University School of Public Affairs *Frank S. Ravitch, professor, Michigan State University College of Law

Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
Sponsored by the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the event is free and open to the public. Registration is required as space is limited. For details and to register, visit, e-mail or call 412.396.6388.

Medieval and Renaissance Lectures Fall 2007

Lots on religion:

The University of Pittsburgh’s Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies present:

(Chair of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow)

“Calculating Engines: Minds, Bodies, Sex and Machines on the Eve of the Enlightenment”

Thursday, September 27th at 4:30 in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall at Carnegie Mellon University

The lecture explores the fascination with the idea of creating artificial life and 'thinking machines' in the pre-enlightenment period. It concentrates on the pertinent ideas of Descartes, Hobbes, Pascal, and Leibniz, but ends by exploring the 'anti-machine' of the late seventeenth century, i.e., the malfunctioning sex machines of the notorious John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester.

Sponsored by the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (for more information, see


(Head of Department of English Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland)

Title TBA

Friday, September 28th 4:00 in the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, Room 501

Professor Evans has published on Chaucer, medieval virginity, Margery Kempe, medieval origin myths, Middle English religious drama, Derrida, romance, translation theory, translation in the Middle Ages, the representation of Jews in medieval texts, and fifteenth-century courtly literature, among others.

Jointly sponsored by the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh


(Department of Music, Case Western Reserve University)

"A Maiden, a Shepherdess, and a Queen: The Parisian Assumption Vespers Services and Two Thirteenth-Century Motets"

Thursday October 18th at 4:00 in room 132 of the Music Building at the University of Pittsburgh

David J. Rothenberg, Assistant Professor of Music at Case Western, is a music historian with research interests in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. His articles on topics ranging from Ars antiqua motets to compositions by Heinrich Isaac, Josquin des Prez, and Orlando di Lasso appear in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Musicology, and Musik in Bayern. Current projects include a study of Isaac's liturgical music for Emperor Maximilian I and a book about the confluence of Marian devotion and secular song in music of the thirteenth through sixteenth centuries.


(Department of English, Brandeis University)

"Love in the Renaissance"

Wednesday, November 14th at 4:00
The University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, Room 501

Ramie Targoff is Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at Brandeis University. Her first book, _Common Prayer: Models of Public Devotion in Early Modern England_ (Chicago, 2001) won the prize for Best Book of the Year from the Conference on Christianity and Literature. Her second book, _John Donne, Body and Soul_, will be published by Chicago University Press in 2008. She is currently at work on a book-length study of love in the Renaissance.

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


(Italian and Comparative Literature, UC Santa Cruz) Title TBA

Friday, November 30th at 4:00
The University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, Room 501

Deanna Shemek is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature and Cowell College Provost at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has authored, edited, and translated numerous books and essays, including _Ladies Errant: Wayward Women and Social Order in Early Modern Italy_ (Duke, 1998). She is currently at work on a translation of the letters of Isabella d'Este for the University of Chicago Press and a book manuscript titled "'In Continuous Expectation': Isabella d'Este's Epistolary Dominion."

Questions? Suggestions? Please contact MRST Director Jen Waldron (

Lecture on Northern Ireland September 11

Tuesday, September 11
8:00 p.m.
Sutherland Hall
Lecture--Progressive Loyalism: A Vision of a Shared Future in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.

Dr. Anthony Novosel form the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh will kick of this year's Academic Forum with his talk "Progressive Loyalism: A vision of a Shared Future in Northern Ireland in the 1970s." The "accepted wisdom" concerning the "peace process" in Northern Ireland posits that the IRA, Sinn Fein and the "pan-Nationalist Front" (Irish-America, Bill Clinton, The Republic of Ireland, the Social Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) and even the Pope, drove the Northern Ireland Peace process. One cannot understate what Republicanism to end the conflict, between 1988-2007. However, the Republican narrative is only part of the story of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. Another process that underpinned Northern Ireland's current peace process, took place within Progressive Loyalism in the 1970s. This process, if allowed to develop and find its own voice could have transformed Northern Ireland and ended the bloodshed 20 years earlier. However, for reasons not always clear, it was not allowed to develop and in fact found itself under attack from all sides in Northern Ireland. Therefore, this talk will focus on the Ulster Volunteer Force, the Volunteer Political Party, and the Progressive Unionist Party and examine what they proposed and why. Then we will study the pressures, problems, resistance, and political attacks they faced and why they faced these, as they attempted to create an independent and progressive Loyalist voice and a vision of a "Shared Future" for all, Catholic, and Protestant, in Northern Ireland.

Audience: ISLLC members and CBA LLC members
Cost: FreeSponsored by: European Studies Center, Global Studies Program, International Studies Living Learning CommunityFor more information, contact Veronica Dristas - 412-624-2918

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Office Hours Week of September 3

I will not hold drop-in office hours on Labor Day (Monday September 3), but I will be available Tuesday September 4 by appointment. Please e-mail if you need to see me Tuesday.

Friday, August 24, 2007


to Akshar Abbot (BA 2006) who has been awarded the Pitt Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship for 2007.

Elevators in the Cathedral

This should not drastically affect access to the 26th floor, but I thought you'd like to know:

3400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
Facilities Management Division


To: Cathedral of Learning Occupants
From: Facilities Management Division
Date: August 24, 2007
Re: Elevator Service
As you may be aware, elevator car J is currently out of service. Unfortunately, the elevator requires unexpected repairs requiring significant time for completion. Due to the age of the equipment, a major part must be fabricated. At this time, we estimate that the elevator will be out of service through mid- October, 2007.
In an effort to minimize waiting times and inconvenience for passengers, we will institute several operational changes beginning Monday, August 27.
· Until the J car can be placed back in service, Cars E and G will no longer be dedicated to freight use. Both cars will be placed in automatic service for passenger use. Please note that the call buttons for both the E and G cars are located within the door jambs of the elevators, not on the corridor walls. Special signage will be placed near the cars to notify users of the call button locations.
· Major freight deliveries will be restricted to off-peak hours. All deliveries requiring more than an average sized dolly should be made prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m.
· Departments planning office moves requiring the use of the elevator should make advance arrangements by contacting Phil Hieber at extension 4-9546.
· Special circumstances may require that the E car be placed temporarily on attendant service at times. However, we will make every effort to minimize attended operation during this period.
We hope these procedures will provide the best possible service during this period. We are doing everything we can to ensure that the work on the J car is completed as quickly as possible. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Phil Hieber at extension 4-9546. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

APRIL 2008 GRADUATION: Important!

If you wish to graduate in APRIL 2008, please note that the deadline to apply for graduation (at the Dean's office in Thackeray Hall) is FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2007.

(updated with the correct year)

Yoder Student Essay Prize

Don Yoder Prize--Call for Submissions
The Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section of the AmericanFolklore Society invites submissions for the Don Yoder Prize for the Best Student Paperin Folk Belief or Religious Folklife. The Don Yoder Prize honorarium is $400.
Submissions: All research papers by undergraduate or graduatestudents, written after January 1, 2005, published or unpublished at the time ofsubmission, andwritten on a folk belief or religious folklife topic, broadly construed, areeligible. Interested applicants must submit the following materials forconsideration: 1.A cover letter specifying the date when the paper was written; theconference,colloquium, or course where the paper has been or will be submitted;or thepublication in which it will be published. 2. Entries must be fullyfootnotedfor a reading audience, using Journal of American Folklore citationstyle. 3.The paper should be a minimum of 8 pages, double-spaced, with one-inchmargins.PLEASE NOTE: To ensure blind judgment of papers, please remove namefrom thepaper. 4. A short (100-word) biographical statement about the authorand theresearch. 5. A letter from a faculty sponsor endorsing submission ofthe paper.

Deadline: The online and postmark deadline for submissions isSeptember 15,2007. Any materials received after this deadline will not be considered. Electronic submissions of papers are preferred. Papers and other documentsshould be sent as Microsoft Word document attachments. Printed copies may be sent to the address below; please do not submit faxed items. Confirmation of receipt for electronic submissions will be sent. One submission per person, per year, please. The Don Yoder Student Paper Prize will acceptmultiple entries from a student for prize consideration; however, an individual may only be awarded the prize only once.The papers will be evaluated by three judges who are members of both theAmerican Folklore Society and the Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section.The winner will be announced at the Section's business meeting at theSociety's annual meeting.

Written application materials should be sent to: Maggie Kruesi, 5339th St.N.E., Washington, DC 20002. If possible, please submit as e-mailattachmentsto Section conveners are:Maggie KruesiAmerican Folklife CenterLibrary of Congress101 Independence Ave., S.E.Washington, DC 20540-4610E-mail: Leonard Norman PrimianoDepartment of Religious StudiesCabrini College610 King of Prussia RoadRadnor, PA

Pitt Arts

From Annabelle Clippinger, director of Pitt Arts:

Greetings Pitt Community,

It’s that time of year again—time for the PITT ARTS campus briefing! This year is special because we celebrate our ten year anniversary of connecting Pitt students with the plenitude and richness of the arts!

1. PITT ARTS has a program called the Cheap Seats Program, wherein we sell to Pitt people greatly reduced tickets to cultural venues. Several times a year, starting this fall, we will send you a flyer with the current shows for sale. You can post and distribute this. Cheap Seats are available to students of all kinds and almost always to staff and faculty, and they may buy up to four tickets per show (there are some exceptions), and they may even buy tickets for non-Pitt people if the purchasing Pitt person attends. We take exact cash, checks, debit and credit cards. Lastly, this is a self-serve ticketing service; students, faculty and staff can reserve tickets anytime the Union is open—the instructions and reservations forms are located outside our office at 929 William Pitt Union in a very prominently marked display.

We sell about 9,700 Cheap Seats a year to the following eleven organizations:

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, $12 for students and $17 for faculty and staff
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, $12 for students and $17 for faculty and staff
Pittsburgh Opera, $16-$33 for students and $26-$43 for faculty and staff
Pittsburgh CLO, $12 for students, $14 for faculty and staff
CLO Cabaret, $12 for students, $14 for faculty and staff
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, students only, $5.50-$34.50
Pittsburgh Public Theatre, $13.50 students, $25.50 for faculty and staff
Quantum Theatre, students $15, $22-$25 for faculty and staff
Guitar Society of Fine Arts, students $10-$15, $14-$20 for faculty and staff
MCG Jazz, $20-$25 students, $32-$35 for faculty and staff
Renaissance & Baroque Society, $10 for students, $15 for faculty and staff

In addition, this year we offer SIX Pitt Nights, which for a great price (only $12 for Pitt Night at the Pittsburgh Symphony for Symphonie Fantastique on September 28th, as low as $18 for Pitt Night at the Opera for Madama Butterfly on October 19th, only $17 for Pitt Night at the Ballet for Don Quixote on October 26th, Pitt Night at the Pittsburgh Public Theater for Amadeus, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pitt Night for Urban Bushwomen and Compagnie Jant-Bi on February 9th costs only $17, and Big Bang with the CLO Cabaret on February 28thstarts at $17. Pitt students, faculty and staff can get optional free transportation with us, enjoy a free dessert reception, and meet the cast and Artistic Directors. These events are splashy and fun. People celebrate their Pitt pride and their love for the arts by participating.

2. Don’t miss Attack of the Cheap Seats on September 12th. Not only will there be great entertainment, but also you can buy cheap tickets for the entire season (or any parts thereof!) to the Opera, Ballet, Symphony, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and the Pittsburgh CLO—and it’s cheaper than subscribing! Get your Lion King tickets there. It takes place from 12-2 PM in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room.

3. PITT ARTS sponsors its 9th annual Arts Fair on September 19th in the William Pitt Union Ballroom. Stop by for a free lunch starting at 11:30 AM and visit with contacts from over thirty arts organizations. Win prizes, and chat with great people as you find out all about what is happening in the arts this academic year.

4. Free Visits: All Pitt students with valid Pitt ID’s, part-time, full-time, grad/undergrad, get in free during the academic year and over holiday break to: The Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Mattress Factory, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, AND our newest partner, The Senator John Heinz History Center! All students need to do is swipe their ID at the admissions desk. Check out,,, or for more information. Free visits are suspended during the summer months. Don’t let students miss the Chihuly exhibit at the Phipps, and the all new super ramped up Dinosaur Hall opens at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in December of this year.

5. Artful Wednesdays: PITT ARTS and Student Life have teamed up for a fantastic program that takes place nearly every Wednesday in the fall from noon to 1 PM on Pitt’s newest stage in the Lower Level of the William Pitt Union, and includes a free lunch and a free exciting performance. Here are but two of the ten features from Artful Wednesdays this year. Come up to the PITT ARTS office at 929 WPU to pick up the complete brochure.

September 26th, Namoli Brennet
The talent and joy of singer/songwriter Namoli Brennet is so extraordinary that you may not even notice that she is transgender. She is an amazing spokesperson for GLBT people and issues with her wit, and musical and lyrical brilliance.

October 3rd, Arte y Pureza Flamenco
Glimpse you own Spanish Gypsy self as Maria Peña sings for the Arte y Pureza Flamenco Company dancers and carries on a musical conversation with guitarist Antonio Moya.

6. We have MUCH in the way of literature regarding current arts information, including quite literally, hundreds of press releases, and promotional information about current shows in the arts community. From time to time we may send pertinent/ applicable information to you through interoffice mail or email. If you have a student with an arts-related question, and you don’t know the answer, feel free to:
Call us at 4-4498
Go to our website at, which has tons of information.

7. Free Arts Encounters

PITT ARTS is not a club and students do not join our organization; however, Pitt undergraduate students can sign up to be on our email distribution list by visiting our website at and signing up to be on our D-List by clicking the “Get Involved” button to register. Students will then receive our weekly e-calendar of events from which they can choose to participate simply by going on-line to register for a program. They will subsequently be notified about their RSVP status and will be given program confirmation details. We will offer 110 free arts programs to undergraduates this year, ranging from symphony to film to ballet, to opera, and so on, all art. Transportation, food and tickets are pre-arranged and are COMPLETELY FREE to the undergraduate student.

PITT ARTS does not sell: Pitt Theatre tickets, Pitt Theatre semester passes, Kuntu Repertory Theatre tickets, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT) tickets or Music Department tickets of any kind. Students can call 624-PLAY for theater tickets, 4-4125 for Music tickets, and 624-7298 for Kuntu tickets. PICT tickets can be purchased by calling ProArts Tickets at 412-394-3353.

The #61, #71, #500 and #501 buses run back and forth from Pitt to the downtown Cultural District. We have a great directions sheet in our office on how to get to and get around in the Cultural District and to the amenities of the North Side.

Annabelle Clippinger, M.F.A.

929 William Pitt Union
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tel: 412-624-4462
Fax: 412-624-1662
Cel: 412-862-9736

Fall Office Hours

My drop-in office hours in the fall term will be Monday 2:30-4 pm. If you need to see me at other times, please e-mail for an appointment.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Interested in Harvard Divinity School?

Professor Orbach received an e-mail about an upcoming program at Harvard Divinity School for potential theology graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds:

The deadline to apply is September 21.

Here is the text of the e-mail:

> The Diversity and Explorations Program intends to attract talented
> undergraduate students who are underrepresented in graduate
> theological education, namely African American, Latino/a, Asian
> American and Native American students, as well as others whose
> experiences and backgrounds suggests a commitment to diversity and an
> interest in ministry, social justice, or professional careers and
> their intersections with graduate theological education. Forty (40)
> students will be selected to participate, and all participants will be
> provided with travel and lodging for two nights.
> Please contact me at or call our office at
> 617-495-5796 if have questions about the program, would like to
> receive materials in the mail.
> Angela Counts
>Admissions Officer
> Harvard Divinity School

> *******************************************
> Harvard Divinity School
> October 24-25, 2007
> "Exploring Opportunities in Ministry and Graduate Theological Studies"
> (The following is an abridged schedule. Participants will receive a
> full day’s itinerary at registration.)

> Dinner provided. (Students arriving before 2 PM can receive a lunch
> voucher.)
> • Participants arrive throughout the morning and afternoon;
> registration; hotel check-in
> • Participants attend open classes throughout the day
> • Participants are invited to a reception and dinner with the Dean
> of Harvard Divinity School, alumni/ae, current students, faculty, and staff.
> Faculty speaker to be featured.
> Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided
> • Panels and presentations throughout the day; opportunities to sit
> in on classes, to meet current students, and faculty, and to learn
> about funding for graduate theological education
> • Panel discussions and information on:
> Admissions and financial aid overview
> Funding graduate theological education
> HDS Alumni/ae and Careers panel (Information on careers in ministry,
> social justice, and media, doctoral programs, and more)
> Master of divinity (MDiv) and master of theological studies (MTS)
> curriculum
> Information on ministry studies, field education, and spiritual
> life at HDS
> Program in Religion and Secondary Education
> • Lunch with the HDS community
> • Optional evening events to be scheduled. Opportunities to attend
> events open to the public, across Harvard University.
> • Alumni/ae organizations present during program: HDS Alumni/ae of
> African Descent and HDS Latino/a Alumni Association
> Please note that some HDS faculty members and HDS offices will hold
> open office hours, and Andover-Harvard Theological Library will be
> open to visitors
> Applications must be submitted by Friday, September 21, 2007. Students
> will be notified by Wednesday, October 10 regarding selection. Once
> the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid has received confirmation
> of attendance, arrangements will be made with participants for travel
> and lodging (local students may waive lodging). Participants register
> on October 24 at Harvard Divinity School, where they will receive
> program materials and a detailed schedule of programs activities and
> other events at HDS and Harvard University. Please visit our website
> at for
> program flyer and application forms, or email
> to request an application by mail.
> We welcome you to visit our website at for
> information about Harvard Divinity School.

Global Studies Tuition Remission

- Announcement –
Fall 2007 Competition Global Studies Tuition Remission Fellowships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Global Studies has a limited amount of funds available for Tuition Remission Fellowships (TRFs). TRFs may pay a partial or full term's tuition. The closing date for applications for TRFs for Fall Term 2007 is Wednesday August 29 2007. Winners will be announced in early September and will be expected to begin their Fellowship immediately. The scholarship amount will be credited to the student’s PeopleSoft account for the 2081 term (Fall 2007). Student Fellows will be required to work a maximum of 10 hours per week during that term.

Student Fellows will support the Global Studies Program in projects relating to student recruitment, orientation, and events. They will learn about the Program and may need to give presentations to various student audiences. They must enjoy working with other students and be able to relate to their needs.

1) Students must be currently enrolled in Global Studies -- Undergraduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate, or Global Studies Track of the Bachelor of Philosophy in International & Area Studies (BPhil-IAS) -- and must demonstrate progress towards completing their Global Studies Certificate or Degree.
2) Minimum QPA: Undergraduate Certificate students: 3.0; Graduate Certificate and BPhil students: 3.25. Note: First-term students are ineligible for TRFs; please apply after grades for the first term have been received.
3) Ability to present information to students and organizations (good public speaking and presentation abilities); strong interpersonal skills for work with other students.

Benefits: Partial or full tuition remission for one Term.

To apply, send the following materials:
1) Completed Application Form (provided below), including working email and phone number where you can be contacted to arrange an interview
2) Cover letter explaining how you are qualified and why you want this Fellowship
3) Curriculum Vitae, including relevant work and course experience
4) Most recent transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)

Send to: Elaine Linn, Global Studies Program, 4100 Posvar Hall.
Questions? Contact Elaine Linn at

(Type or print clearly)

1. Name: __________________________________________________________
2. Candidate for what degree?: ________________________________________
3. School & Department: _____________________________________________
4. Advisor’s name, phone number & email: ______________________________
5. Are you (circle one):
a. An Undergraduate Global Studies Certificate student
b. An Undergraduate BPhil-IAS student
c. A Graduate Global Studies Certificate student
6. Amount required for 2081 tuition (Fall Term 2007): $ _________________
7. Tuition (circle one):
a. In-State
b. Out-of-State
8. PeopleSoft I.D. #: ____________________
9. Pitt E-mail address: _________________
10. Other email address: _________________
11. Telephone: _________________________
12. Local Street Address/City/State/Zip Code: ________________________________________________________________
Return this form along with the following by Wednesday August 29, 2007:
Cover letter explaining how you are qualified and why you want this Fellowship
· Curriculum Vitae, including relevant work and course experience
· Most recent transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)

Send to: Elaine Linn, Global Studies Program, 4100 Posvar Hall.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Language Study--Next Summer!

Something to think about:

From: "Schine, Robert" <>
Subject: Re: Announcement of the Middlebury / Brandeis School of Hebrew
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 11:53 AM

Brandeis University-Middlebury School of Hebrew

Middlebury College and Brandeis University have announced the establishment
of the Brandeis University-Middlebury School of Hebrew, which will open in
the summer of 2008 as the tenth language school at Middlebury's Vermont
campus. The curriculum of the seven-week session will focus on modern
Hebrew, and enrolled students will adhere to the Middlebury College Language
Pledge, a formal commitment to speak the language of study and no other for
the entire summer session. The school will also offer optional coursework
for qualified students interested in developing their linguistic skills in
classical Hebrew.

For more detailed information, contact Middlebury College Language Schools
Director of Institutional Collaboration and Marketing Jamie Northrup at
802-443-5856 or
For the full press release see:
For a general description of Middlebury's C.V. Starr Language Schools:


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