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Pittsburgh Humanities Festival 

When: Feb. 24-March 4 2018
Phone: 412-456-6666
Price: Ticket prices for featured events vary
In what the programmers and directors hope will be an annual event, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center of Carnegie Mellon University have announced the lineup for the 2018 Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, which runs Feb. 24 through March 4. The festival seeks to explore the theme of Continuum: Past, Present, Future, and illuminate the value of learning about the humanities and community.

“The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival is a celebration of humankind and its works,” says David Shumway, co-director of the festival. “We are interested in talking about all the things humans make and do, and we do that by inviting people who have interesting things to say to either give exciting presentations or engage in conversations.”

More than a dozen “Core Conversations,” held at the Trust Arts Education Center, are just $5, and include Rick Sebak; comics artist Ed Piskor; and Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. Other provocative topics featured are ethics and AI systems, the current state of sexual politics on campus, musician Lou Reed, and whether offensive monuments and statues should stay or go.

Among the featured events are PostSecret: The Show, a talk by NPR’s Guy Raz, and National Geographic Live — Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.

Shumway added that more kid-friendly events, such as a puppet show at the August Wilson Center, have been included this year. He hopes that attendees of all ages can learn and take something away from the variety of programming.

“The fact that the employment profile of the area has changed so drastically — medicine and education are now the two main employment areas,” Shumway says. “Those changes indicate strongly that we have an audience here that will appreciate this kind of event and the community can benefit from having these conversations and experiences brought to Pittsburgh year after year.” -Lauren Ortego


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