Scholars Forum 2020-2021 Schedule

Industrial Tour of the Carrie Furnaces
Sept. 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Join us for a tour of this National Historic Landmark.  You’ll learn about Pittsburgh’s steel industry heritage, the site’s iron-making technology, its workers, and their culture.

Tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
October 3, 2020 - All Day
Join us in experiencing 19,000 years of history all in one day.  We will Dig into archaeological evidence that reveals the earliest signs of human habitation, experience everyday 19th century rural life, visit a 16th century Monongahela Indian Village, and compare two 1770s era structures to spotlight the similarities and differences between European settlers and Eastern Woodland Indians.
A Pittsburgh Anthology
Sept. 30, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Join us for a tour of Pittsburgh Anthology an exhibition that celebrates stories of creative life in Pittsburgh as prompted by Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection across time and media. The works shed light on the many ways that artists, whether local or passing through, engage with the people, landscape, and built environment of the city.
Introduction of the 2022 Scholars Class
October 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m., in the McGonigle Theater

Please join us for the induction of the 2022 Scholars Class.

Terry Tempest Williams Virtual Lecture
October 12, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. Erosion: Essays of Undoing explores the many forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion, and trust.

Scholars Parent Night
October 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Parents of the Junior and Senior class are invited for a presentation of the year ahead and to meet each other.  A Q&A will follow. 
Zoom College Discussion with Alums Simon Hebert and Brian Sproule
October 29, 2020 at Time TBA
True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
November 5, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

For more than three decades, Alabama attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, had advocated for people who are poor, incarcerated and condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination from the criminal legal system.  Join us for a screening of the HBO documentary True Justice, an intimate portrait of this remarkable man that follows his struggle to create greater fairness in a system that continues to threaten the country and challenges viewers to confront it.  A Q&A led by Rev. Cornell Jones will follow the screening.  He is the Group Violence Intervention Coordinator for Allegheny County Prison System.

It is highly recommended that you watch the 2019 biographical legal drama Just Mercy co-written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton before our event on the 5th.

The Warhol Collection
November 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Let us POP on over to the Andy Warhol Museum and check out the permanent collection.
Ta-Nehesi Coates Virtual Lecture
December 7, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

An essential voice of our times, National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates will present on his debut novel, The Water Dancer, “a work of both staggering imagination and rich historical significance.”

Unnatural Selection - Changing an Entire Species
December 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Please join us for a discussion of "Changing an Entire Species" (Part 3 of Unnatural Selection), a TV documentary series that presents an overview of genetic engineering and particularly, the DNA-editing technology of CRISPR, from the perspective of scientists, corporations and biohackers working from their home. Part 3 focuses on the consequences of editing genes that may be considerable and far-reaching.

Gino DiMatteo is working on this topic of his Senior Thesis and will lead our post-screening discussion. You may watch the hour long documentary at any time prior to our discussion day.

Art and Society in the Middle Ages - Metropolitan Museum
January 7, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a virtual visit to the Metropolitan Museum of art where we will explore works of art and architecture that reveal daily life, beliefs, and cross-cultural exchange in medieval Europe.

The Green Mister Rogers
March 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Few people have done more to form the moral imaginations of children—indeed, today’s adults—than Mister Rogers. Ordained as a Presbyterian minister, Mister Rogers drew on theological resources to speak to all manner of moral issues, including the obligation to care for the created order.

Join Beatrice Institute for a webinar on the environmental ethics of Mister Rogers. The panel will feature Prof. Jason King (Theology, St. Vincent College) and Prof. Sara Lindey (English, St. Vincent College), authors of the forthcoming book, Mister Rogers’ Green Neighborhood.

U.S. Wealth Inequality and Fratelli Tutti: A (Catholic) Reflection from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
March 10, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Duquesne and Siena College are co-sponsoring a series of lectures on Pope Francis's latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, with particular attention given to the encyclical’s critique of neoliberalism’s theory of political economy.  The first lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 10 from 4-6 pm (via Zoom). The speaker is Ray Boshara, Director and Assistant Vice President at the St. Louis Federal Reserve.  His complete bio is on the attached flyer. Registration is required.  To register, click on this link or the link in the attached flyer.

Care for the Environment - A Catholic Intellectual Approach
April 8, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Jarrod Kinkley, former Central Catholic campus minister, went on a journey to hike the Appalachian Trail for 6 months. He will be speaking about this experience as well as leading a spiritual excursion into nature through poetry and selected readings that discuss sustainability for the environment from faith-based perspectives on stewardship. This short hike will take place, (weather permitting) in Frick Park on March 25th at 3:00pm.

Guys & Dolls Dress Rehearsal
April 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us for our 2021 Spring Musical "Guys & Dolls!" Widely considered to be one of the greatest musical comedies of all time, "Guys & Dolls" features a lively cast of characters that includes gangsters, showgirls, and missionaries, and some of Broadway's most memorable music.

How to Be an Antiracist
April 14, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Join the Kegley Institute of Ethics and CSUB Campus Programming for the 34th Annual Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture, featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Dr. Kendi's lecture is titled "How To Be an Antiracist."

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist scholars. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is a contributor writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News Racial Justice Contributor. He is also the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.