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