2021 Digital Pittsburgh Humanities Competition introduced | leisure

The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival takes place practically every Wednesday in April at 7 p.m. this year

The conversations, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will be streamed on the Cultural Trust’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Topics covered over the next four Wednesdays include preventing gun violence, baking cookies for social justice, restoring the National Negro Opera House of Homewood, and the perception of black women in popular music history.

On Wednesday, Jonnet Solomon will discuss the history of the National Negro Opera House in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood and the efforts it is making to restore it. The house, once home to figures like Count Basie and Roberto Clemente, was recently added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual list of the 11 Most Endangered Places.

On April 14th, Daphne A. Brooks, professor at Yale University and award-winning critic of black feminist music, takes us on an epic journey through radical sounds from Bessie Smith to Beyonce as she talks about her new book, Liner Notes for the Revolution : The intellectual life of the Black Femnist Sound. “

In Cookie Activism: Using Sugar as a Platform for Justice with Jasmine Cho, on April 21, Cho will speak about her work as a baker in Pittsburgh and how she uses cookie-making and decorating as therapy and Asian-American representation promotes.

On April 28, there will be discussions on how gun violence can be contained. One of the panellists is Kathryn Fleisher, who founded the group Not My Generation after the Tree of Life massacre in 2018.

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