Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Author discusses "sex between straight white men" tomorrow at the University of Pittsburgh

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 4:17 PM

Jane Ward - UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE
  • University of California, Riverside
  • Jane Ward

University of California, Riverside Professor Jane Ward visits Pitt tomorrow to discuss her highly controversial book Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men.

Almost 70 years after Alfred Kinsey and his Institute gave us the Kinsey Scale, Ward’s 2015 book sheds light on how straight-identified men explain the reality of their sexual fluidity. It turns out that for a lot of the men Ward interviewed, it’s not "gay" if the gay sex you’re having reaffirms rather than challenges your masculine identity.


Tomorrow, Ward gives a lecture on her research, titled "The Tragedy of Heterosexuality," from 4-5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning. The lecture is presented by Pitt's Gender and Sexuality Program and is free and open to the public.

The talk takes place in Room 602. The Cathedral of Learning is located at 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland.




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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

WWE Superstars visit patients at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital to serve up championship belts and smiles

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 3:53 PM

WWE's Natalya Neidhart takes a selfie with a young fan at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital Tuesday - PHOTO BY MEG FAIR
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  • WWE's Natalya Neidhart takes a selfie with a young fan at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital Tuesday
WWE’s Smackdown stars Alexa Bliss, A.J. Styles, Natalya Neidhart, Mojo Rawley and Apollo Crews took to Children’s Hospital for a midday visit to patients this afternoon. Accompanied by a horde of photograhers from local publications and a small WWE PR team, the superstars began on the lowest level in a playroom.

Styles challenged a young girl to air hockey while Neidhart chatted with a young boy who shyly showed off his writing skills and Rawley (unsuccessfully) attempted to form a band with some patients using Rock Band guitars in the room.

It felt, admittedly, voyeuristic to be among the sea of cameras that swarmed upon each interaction with lights on. When the cameras dipped back, however, the wrestlers and the kids had an opportunity to warm up to one another.


The five superstars took turns in rooms on several units. Some of the patients visited were under cancer treatment, others in the cardiology and neurology unit. Each child visited was given a child-size replica of the WWE World Heavyweight Title belt that was then passed around and signed.

Giving belts and meeting lots of kids meant that the crew wasn’t always interacting with a fan. Some of the patients had no idea who they were. One youngster exclaimed, “I don’t know what this is!” when his belt was handed to him, which was met with genuine laughter from the crew of athletes.

Bliss showed the young boy how to toss the belt over his shoulder, as it was a little too big for him.

These visits are important to current Smackdown women’s champion Alexa Bliss. When Bliss was 15, she was hospitalized for a life threatening eating disorder. During her treatment, a professional soccer team came to visit patients, including Bliss.

“I wasn’t a soccer fan, but it felt exciting to be visited,” says Bliss. “We’re not here just for the kids who know us.”

Both Natalya and Bliss suited up to enter a room for a young girl who was in isolation. With no cameras allowed, the two dipped in for one of the longer visits.

“She’s so excited to meet you girls,” said the gentleman who handed them the yellow suits to cover their clothes.

“We can’t imagine what these kids have to deal with and fight through every day, so if we can make a moment of their day brighter, we’ve done our jobs,” says Bliss.

Watching Bliss interact with patients is a fun tightrope act between her onscreen character and her real-life personality. Right now both Natayla and Bliss are heels, or villains, so it’s a total warp of the wrestling universe’s current canon to seem them interact so sweetly with children.

“When kids [who are fans] see me come in the room, they’re expecting this fiery character, but obviously I’m not going to be that. I try to be sweet while keeping it a little sassy,” she explains.

These visits are a part of most of the WWE roster’s routine, as the corporation founded Connor’s Cure, a fund through the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh dedicated to pediatric cancer research. The fund is named after Connor Michalek, a young WWE fan and Pittsburgh resident who touched the hearts of wrestlers and WWE’s corporate figures. Michalek passed away from a rare cancer, medulloblastoma, at the age of eight.

Connor’s Cure helps patients access and pay for treatment, and a recent partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research helps with grants for research around pediatric cancer. Stephanie McMahon, a chief brand officer of WWE and RAW’s commissioner, is also a member of Children’s board of trustees.



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Friday, March 10, 2017

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announces plan to provide water filters amidst lead concerns

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 5:16 PM

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This week, Mayor Bill Peduto announced the city has partnered with Peoples Gas and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to invest $1 million in water filters for PWSA customers. This announcement comes amidst concerns about high lead levels in homes across the city.

"While we are working on much-needed, long-term PWSA infrastructure upgrades, as well as systematic changes to the authority's operational and financial inadequacies, this short-term solution will help keep residents safe from unsafe lead levels in their water," Peduto said in a statement.

According to the city, priority will be given to "residents whose lines test at or above 10 parts per billion for lead, those in areas where the PWSA will be doing its own lead service line replacements starting this spring, and to low-income residents."

"The Our Water Campaign is glad to hear that the Mayor's Office has secured water filters for all Pittsburgh residents. These filters are a critical first step as we work to make sure our water system remains a reliable public resource that provides everyone access to clean, lead-free water," Aly Shaw, an organizer with the Our Water Campaign, said in a statement. "We look forward to getting these filters into homes, schools and community centers as fast as possible, and making sure that residents have a seat at the table as we develop longer-term plans for meeting our City's water needs."

Last week, Pittsburgh City Councilor Deb Gross put out a call for funding to provide water filters to protect the city's children who are most vulnerable to lead exposure.

Under the mayor's plan, the filters will be offered to all homeowners in the city, but according to city spokesperson Katie O'Malley, renters will not be excluded. Details are still being worked out to ensure renters get their water filtered.

"We, as the Our Water Campaign, think that renters should be prioritized as many renters are young families and low-income residents," Shaw told Pittsburgh City Paper via email. "We're hoping to work with the mayor and PWSA as they implement this program to ensure that all residents, particularly those most impacted, are provided with filters as soon as possible."

Peoples Gas has pledged $500,000 for the program to be be matched with $250,000 each from the city and PWSA.

"The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) supports Mayor William Peduto’s free lead water filter initiative," PWSA said in a statement. "The PWSA Board of Directors is prepared to contribute $250,000 to the program through a board action at its next meeting on March 24, 2017."

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Workshop performances of new opera about police brutality continue tonight at Pittsburgh's First United Methodist Church

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Another workshop for A Gathering of Sons, commissioned by Pittsburgh Festival Opera, is tonight at this Shadyside church.

Librettist Tameka Cage Conley
  • Librettist Tameka Cage Conley

Gathering of Sons examines police brutality and racial conflict in America through the lives of a young black man, a white police officer, a pair of black parents, and their guardian angels. It was commissioned as part of the Pittsburgh Festival Opera's series Music That Matters, aiding creation of operas that speak to present-day issues.

Attendees at  workshops view selected scenes, and then engage in a discussion about the work with panels comprised of community leaders, activists and artists. Audience feedback informs development of the piece and of future programs. Workshops for the show began in December. All of the workshops are free and open to the public.

Dwayne Fulton, the minister for music at Larimer's Mt. Ararat

Baptist Church, is composer and conductor for this project. The libretto is written by Pittsburgh-based poet and playwright Tameka Cage Conley. Mark Clayton Southers, artistic director of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co., is stage director and one of the featured discussion moderators.


A Gathering of Sons follows 2015's A New Kind of Fallout, the first opera commissioned for the series, inspired by the work of famed Pittsburgh-born environmentalist Rachel Carson.

Composer Dwayne Fulton
  • Composer Dwayne Fulton
Pittsburgh Festival Opera was formerly known as Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.

Attendees at Gathering of Sons workshops can complete a short feedback form to receive a 40 percent discount on tickets to performances in the show's premiere run, June 15-July 8. 


Workshops will be held at 7 p.m. nightly at the following venues:

Fri., March 10, at First United Methodist Church, 5401 Centre Ave., Shadyside.

Wed., March 15, at Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 810 Penn Ave., No. 600, Downtown.

Wed., March 29, at Kaufmann Auditorium, 1825 Centre Ave., Hill District.


Wed., April 12, at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Homewood.


Reservations can be made by calling 412-326-9687. or online at pittsburghfestivalopera.org.





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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pittsburgh affordable-housing advocates rally in East Liberty; decry public subsidies to luxury development

Posted By on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Affordable-housing advocates occupying the intersection of Centre and Penn avenues in East Liberty - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • CP photo by Ryan Deto
  • Affordable-housing advocates occupying the intersection of Centre and Penn avenues in East Liberty
The completed Eastside and Bond apartment complex in East Liberty is perched directly above the MLK East Busway transit stop, and is a block from amenities like Target, Giant Eagle and a plethora of restaurants. In a sense, the apartment complex with 360 brand-new units is a perfect example of how city living can be extremely beneficial to residents of any income bracket: great public-transit access, close to grocery stores, and quality living conditions.

Unfortunately for Pittsburghers of lower- and middle-income means, living in Eastside and Bond isn’t attainable; a one-bedroom apartment there starts a $1,900 and two-bedroom units start at $2,300. And a group of affordable-housing advocates are upset about it.

On March 9, more than 60 people filled the intersection at Centre and Penn avenue, in front of Eastside and Bond, to protest the lack of affordable housing at this complex and other new luxury apartment units that have been filling the area. In addition to the 360 units at Eastside and Bond, developer Walnut Capital has recently created 555 luxury units in the area.

The advocates placed furniture in the intersection to highlight how luxury apartments are making it harder for low-income residents to find affordable places to live in and around East Liberty. The group rallied for 35 minutes in the street. Some cars honked in anger, while other drivers gave thumbs ups. Pittsburgh Police officers eventually directed traffic around the rally, and let the rally-goers exit the street when they were finished.

Alethea Sims, of the Coalition of Organized Residents of East Liberty, says longtime East Liberty residents are leaving the neighborhood en masse, even when given a Section 8 subsidized housing voucher.

“We can take a voucher and go any place,” says Sims. “But why can’t we use that voucher here? Why aren't there mixed-income units here?”

East Liberty Development Inc. statistics from 2015 show that East Liberty had 866 subsidized units, comprising about 32 percent of the rental units in the neighborhood. This is actually one of the higher percentages of affordable-units of any Pittsburgh neighborhood. However, these stats were compiled before the completion of the 360 Eastside and Bond luxury units. Additionally, the waitlist for subsidized housing in East Liberty is incredibly long and low-income residents have to wait between two to five years to be placed.

Additionally, a February TribLive article highlighted how local tax abatements have been going to developments for years, even on projects that supply no affordable units. Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and local school districts typically grant property-tax relief to developers as incentives for new construction projects. Housing advocates at the rally pointed out that East Side and Bond, owned by Mosites Construction and Development Company, and three nearby luxury apartment complexes owned by Walnut Capital, received a combination of more than $12 million in city and school-district tax cuts.

“We put millions of dollars of public money into these buildings, without any affordable units in return” said Helen Gerhardt, of housing-advocacy group Homes For All. “That is how you get displacement.”

Even though many developers are granted local tax cuts, they are not required to build affordable units in return. Typically, developers only undertake mixed-income or affordable developments when they can secure large grants from state and/or federal governments. It’s rare for developers to build affordable units without these grants. Currently, there are only about seven such developers in the region who pursue these grants, including Action Housing and Trek Development.

Walnut Capital or Mosites didn’t return request for comment by press time.

Homes For All's Gerhardt called on developers to help East Liberty residents, instead of just focusing on profit-driven development. "These developers only care about profits," she said. "About $3.6 million of our money when to the [Eastside and Bond] development, and none of those units are affordable."

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Port Authority of Allegheny County leadership quietly shaken up, advocates ask for more transparency

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Port Authority bus picking up riders - CP PHOTO BY AARON WARNICK
  • CP photo by Aaron Warnick
  • Port Authority bus picking up riders
One Feb. 24, the Port Authority of Allegheny County board added a last-minute agenda item announcing that Port Authority CEO Ellen McLean’s contract would not be renewed past June. The item wasn’t listed in the board meeting’s initial agenda, and when McLean spoke earlier in the meeting, she didn’t mention her imminent departure. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in a story headlined “Port Authority forces out McLean, seeks executive with more transit experience,” that some board members didn’t know about this decision until the night before the Feb. 24 board meeting.

At the time, Port Authority board chair Bob Hurley wouldn’t elaborate on the decision to cut ties with McLean, only saying that the decision between the board and the CEO was “mutual.”

"This transit agency has come so far from where we were just a few short years ago, which is why I believe now is the right time for me to pass the torch to someone else," McLean said in a statement issued after the Feb. 24 meeting.

On March 3, a TribLive article stated that Hurley will likely leave the Port Authority board and his seat will be replaced by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s chief of staff Jennifer Liptak. Port Authority vice chair Jeffrey Letwin will likely step into the chair role. Allegheny County’s initial announcement of this shift came on March 3 and was at the end of a statement containing a laundry list of legislation that Fitzgerald had introduced to Allegheny County Council; there was no mention of Hurley departing the Port Authority Board.

On March 7, Fitzgerald nominated Hurley to serve on the county’s Airport Authority board. Fitzgerald says he wanted to see Hurley, who is also head of the county’s economic development team, on the Airport Authority because the county owns thousands of acres of developable land surrounding the airport. “The plan was always to move [Hurley] to the airport,” says Fitzgerald. “There is so much economic development opportunity there.”

However, Fitzgerald provided no comment on why Liptak would be joining the Port Authority board in the March 3 TribLive article, but told City Paper earlier today that he is confident in Liptak because “she does a good job wherever she is.”

Liptak, who Fitzgerald says will be leading the search for the new Port Authority CEO, has served in county government for years and offers a breadth of experience in budgeting and development, but with little official public-transit experience. But Fitzgerald says Liptak has been “involved in every transit decisions we make,” and she has “good relationships with all the stakeholders that deal with transit in the region.”

All of these big shifts with little public notice has made some advocates wary of the board-appointee process. Molly Nichols, of the public-transit-advocacy group Pittsburghers for Public Transportation, wonders why these big decisions happened so quickly and relatively quietly. She is calling for more transparency when board members are appointed.

“PPT would like to see more transparent processes for board appointments, including naming the qualifications of appointees and holding public hearings,” says Nichols. “This would give the public the opportunity to ask appointees how they plan to serve the transit riders of Allegheny County.”

This isn't the first time that Fitzgerald's handling of board appointments has come under fire. Although he has since abandoned the policy, after taking office in 2013, he required all board members to submit undated letters of resignation that Fitzgerald could activate at any time. There was also some tumult when Fitzgerald ousted PAT's former director and put his own appointees in power positions, also in 2013

Fitzgerald’s Port Authority appointees, like Liptak, don’t require any confirmation by county council or any public vetting. Hurley’s appointment does need approval by county council, but out of hundreds of Fitzgerald’s appointees, council has only failed to confirm one, a man indicted on federal embezzlement charges in 2010.

But Fitzgerald says the timing of Port Authority CEO leaving and Hurley moving boards shouldn’t be taken as upheaval at the Port Authority. He says the reason these changes were made quickly is because the authority is stable. “It is not like we have all these problems we have to make changes, it’s just the opposite,” says Fitzgerald.

In terms of increasing public participation in the appointee process, Fitzgerald believes the current system works fine as is.

“We get a lot of folks who suggest board members,” says Fitzgerald. “At the end of the day, the elected officials are given the responsibility that these agencies run well. If it doesn't run right, we are going to be the ones taking responsibility.”

This sentiment somewhat echoes a statement made by Steve Palonis, of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85, after the announcement of McLean’s departure. Palonis said in the Post-Gazette, “Rich [Fitzgerald] is the guy in charge and this is what he wants to do.”

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Pittsburghers mark International Women's Day with strike and protests

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 4:24 PM

New Voices organizers at Dom Costa's office - CP PHOTO BY REBECCA ADDISON
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  • New Voices organizers at Dom Costa's office
In January, thousands of women took to the streets of Pittsburgh to rally for women's rights like equal pay and reproductive justice, and to put a stop to gender violence. In large part, the marches in Pittsburgh and around the country were spurred by the presidential election of Donald Trump, a man who many in this country have by now heard saying of women: "Grab them by the pussy."

After the protests of Jan. 21, women were encouraged to take the energy spawned by disdain for America's sexist president, and use it to continue the fight to improve women's rights.

And today, on International Women's Day, Pittsburghers did just that. Along with participating in a strike at 3 p.m. where women walked out of their jobs as well as forms of unpaid labor, activists have been using the day to draw attention to issues currently being considered by the Pennsylvania legislature.

Among them are House Bill 77 and Senate Bill 3, which would limit abortion access across the state. Earlier today, members of the activism organization New Voices visited the office of state Rep. Dom Costa (D-Stanton Heights) to express their opposition to the local legislation.

"Black women and femmes deserve access to abortions and access to reproductive health care, and we demand that our representatives represent us," said Daunasia Yancey at Costa's Morningside office, before leading a group of a dozen in chants of "trust black women."

New Voices founder La' Tasha Mayes entered the office to talk to Costa's staff who told her the representative would be voting against HB 77. The group also planned to visit the office of state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (D-Summerhill).

"People are emboldened these days to act in opposition to so many of the communities that we hold dear, but we know it's important to resist," Mayes said. "We should trust black women to make these decisions for ourselves. We have to be unapologetic in our call for abortion access and in our call for reproductive health care."

From 4-6 p.m., there will be a Pittsburgh International Women's Strike rally at the City-County Building, Downtown.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

CAKE Comedy's Kickstarter to perform in Pittsburgh ends Friday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 3:40 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX ROSENFELD
  • Photo courtesy of Alex Rosenfeld
CAKE Comedy, the touring collective of Carrie Gravenson, Abbi Crutchfield, Kaytlin Bailey and Erin Judge (it's based off their names), are taking a unique approach to booking their 2017 tour. Instead of using Kickstarter to mitigate tour costs, they're essentially using it as a box office. If they sell over $1,000 in tickets for a given city, they'll play the gig. If they don't, they won't, and nobody gets charged.

It's possible you haven't heard of CAKE, but it's a safe bet you've seen each of them somewhere. Back in 2012, they performed as the Pink Collar Comedy Tour and have stayed active performing and writing in the time since. Pittsburgh City Paper spoke with Kaytlin Bailey (the CAKE's "K") via email to discuss their strategy.

CAKE’s Kickstarter approach to booking this tour is a cool way to reduce financial risk and open a direct line to your fans. I like it. I’m curious, have you ever regretted giving to a Kickstarter? What was it and why?

I've given to a lot of Kickstarters, I love being a part of cool ideas! I've never regretted giving to a Kickstarter project but I wish I didn't have to use my crowdfunding budget to help with so many of my friends medical & personal emergencies! I blame the system, it's terrible that people have to solicit donations for chemo. Maybe Kickstarter could replace the NEA but it shouldn't replace healthcare!

Can you explain how this idea came together (to book the tour this way)?

I got drunk at a party hosted by Kickstarter & whined about how frustrating it is to put a tour together that is mostly AWESOME, but a few cities just don't work out. So we're running around barely breaking even because it costs money to produce these shows! I wanted a way to guarantee that every city hit a minimum break even amount, which for the 4 of us is $1,000. And Taylor Moore from Kickstarter said, "I think we can do that!" So we're giving it a shot.

How did you choose which cities you would (potentially) perform in?

We looked at a map. We knew we wanted to go through places we loved, like DC, Asheville & Raleigh, but we wanted to hit new cities too like Pittsburgh & Indianapolis!

If you were to add a new member, which first name initial do you think would work best? Would you want it to be CAKED? CAKER? CAKES? CAAKE? CAKEY? Or like a whole new word altogether?

I don't think we can afford a new member! Besides, where would be put them? Carrie & I use the middle seat to thumb wrestle.

What’s the right amount to drink before going on stage? Stone sober? A little tipsy? No limit?

All the CAKE girls are different but I like about one and a half drinks. I like to bring half a whisky on stage.

How do the four of you like to spend your off time on tour? I’m sorry this is a boring question.

We're all comics with a lot going on. Abbi is shooting the second season of Tru TV's You Can Do Better. Erin & I are both writers. Carrie headlines all over...so we're pretty busy. For fun Abbi does nail art, Carrie has a book club she's obsessed with, Erin does yoga & I rope strangers into awkward conversations at bars.

Anything you’d like to add that I didn’t ask about?

Come to the show! We're a delight & so funny!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Three more performances of 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' at Pittsburgh's August Wilson Theater

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Martin McDonagh's 1996 play is both exceptionally funny and exceptionally bleak. This weekend offers a rare chance to see it performed by Ireland's Druid Theatre Company, which premiered Beauty Queen way back when and is now taking it on a 20th-anniversary U.S. tour.

Marty Rea and Aisling O'Sullivan in "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" - PHOTO COURTESY OF STEPHEN CUMMISKEY
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  • Marty Rea and Aisling O'Sullivan in "The Beauty Queen of Leenane"
The play centers on the fraught (to say the least) relationship between 40-year-old Maureen (Aisling O'Sullivan) and Mag (Marie Mullen), the aging mother she cares for in their isolated small town in the west of Ireland. Wily Mag's insecurities and manipulations run up against Maureen's desire for happiness, love and escape.

McDonagh's hilarious, raucous, sharp-witted plays, also known for their sudden violence, have been frequently produced in Pittsburgh, including The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Pillowman. Beauty Queen has been staged here, too — but not by Druid, and certainly not under the direction of Garry Hynes, who helmed both the premiere production and the Tony-winning staging.

The play builds the comedy on such pain and loneliness, especially Maureen's; whatever of the character's arrested development isn't communicated in the script is brought home by O'Sullivan's heartbreakingly adolescent body language. Mullen (who played Maureen in the original production) portrays selfish Mag with cruel guile and a knowingly insincere old-lady smile.

Opening night last night drew a packed house at the August Wilson Center, but tickets remain for tonight's show and tomorrow's matinee and evening show.

Tickets are $21-46 and are available here.

The show is part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

The August Wilson Center is located at 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at on Saturday at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 2:27 PM

The dominance of Wikipedia can no longer be denied. A local expression of a national initiative to address some of the online encyclopedia's biases takes place this week.


Once upon a time (not that long ago, actually), students were warned against even reading Wikipedia. The issue is that Wikipedia was open-source and editable, by anyone, anonymously. Information can be purposefully edited to be misleading, or missing something, or biased in some way.

One well-documented bias is gender. The flood of young men in the computer sciences means that the large body of information on Wikipedia skews toward the interests of that demographic.


Wikipedia is huge, with more than five million articles in English. It’s also free. Warning people against using it really isn't an option anymore. So in an attempt to offset the bias, many museums, universities and science organizations all over the globe have organized edit-a-thons, events bringing together experts and interested people to edit and improve specific entries.

2016 Art+Feminism Edit-A-Thon at Carnegie Mellon University - CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2016 Art+Feminism Edit-A-Thon at Carnegie Mellon University

Art+Feminism is a national organization that began organizing Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon’s in 2014 to address the bias created by the lack of women editors. (Fewer than 10% of contributors to Wikipedia identify as female, according to the organization.)

The Carnegie Museum of Art hosts one such edit-a-thon this Saturday (just in time for Women’s History Month). No prior Wikipedia editing knowledge is necessary. The museum will offer tutorials for beginner Wikipedians at 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., as well as reference materials and expert support. Bring your own laptop if you can, as the museum’s supply is limited.


The Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
event takes place Sat., March 4, from 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Hall of Sculpture. The event is a safe and inclusive space for everyone, regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or race.


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