By SUSAN JONES
Wednesday’s announcement that students would not be returning to Pitt’s campuses after spring break is sure to prompt a variety of event cancellations.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in his letter on March 11 said one of the steps being taken to minimize risk to the Pitt community was: “Canceling or postponing all events that exceed 25 participants or that are considered nonessential. When possible, we will seek to replace in-person events with virtual engagements.”
Be sure to check with organizers before going to any event. Those who have publishing rights to the University Events Calendar are asked to monitor their event postings and update accordingly as soon as possible. Events should not be deleted, but just marked as Canceled or Postponed. Contact Anastasia Stolz at AIS38@pitt.edu with any questions or issues.
Here are activities that already have been canceled or postponed:
Pitt Day in Harrisburg, March 17: The annual trip was postponed and instead Community and Government Relations will sponsor a digital day of advocacy. Those interested can share their Pitt stories through a web link and they will be sent directly to their representative and senator.
Creativation, March 20: This signature event for the Year of Creativity was planned to bring Pitt and its surrounding neighbors together at the Pitt Sports Dome. Organizers are not sure when or if it will be rescheduled.
Senate Plenary, March 24: The plenary on mental health — with keynote speaker Kay Redfield Jamison, co-director, Mood Disorders Center, and professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University — has been officially canceled because Johns Hopkins is prohibiting all domestic work-related travel. Senate Vice President David Salcido said they plan to reschedule the plenary in the fall.
Randall Family Big Idea Competition Awards Ceremony, March 26: The awarding of $100,000 to Pitt students with big ideas who spent February and March working in teams on their ideas has been postponed.
Be a Good Neighbor Day, March 28: The annual day to faculty, staff and students to volunteer in the community has been canceled.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: The Pitt institute for older adult students has decided to suspend all Osher courses and all events for the remainder of the spring term. Find their full statement on Facebook.
Several other events have already been canceled (email firstname.lastname@example.org if your event has been cancelled or postponed and we’ll add it to this list):
“Development of Street Art as Community,” March 16, with Ricardo Klein (University of Valencia, Sociology): Canceled
School of Social Work Speaker Series, March 18, with Dean Mona Khoury-Kassabri of Hebrew University: Canceled
Harryette Mullen and Dionne Brand poetry reading, March 19: Canceled
UPMC Anesthesiology Academy of Learning, March 20: Postponed indefinitely
“The Grammar of Being Human: Greek Grammar and American Slavery,” March 18, with Visiting Fellow Emily Greenwood (Yale University, Classics): Postponed
“Blame Wikipedia,” March 25, a talk with Lisa Gitelman (NYU, English and Media, Culture, and Communication): Postponed
IT Vision Town Hall for Students, March 24: Postponed
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