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YEAR 2017

April 25, 2017 (Tuesday)

This Meeting rescheduled after cancellation for weather on original date of December 16, 2016.

"Pittsburgh Holocaust Center"

Speaker: LAUREN BAIRNSFATHER, PhD., Director

Lauren Bairnsfather

Website:Pittsburgh Holocaust Center.

In 2015, Lauren Apter Bairnsfather was appointed director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, an affiliate organization of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Bairnsfather oversees a staff of five. The center, established in 1981, relocated to new space at Squirrel Hill Plaza, 826 Hazelwood Ave., in Pittsburgh’s East End where it will offer exhibits and education programs. The grand opening occurred on Oct. 18, 2015.

A McKeesport native, Bairnsfather’s career spans working at the photo archives office of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Spertus Museum in Chicago and Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation in Dallas. She most recently worked in the dean’s office at the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, where she had earned her undergraduate degree and as well as her Ph.D. in history. She also earned a master’s degree in social sciences at the University of Chicago.

April 4, 2017 (Tuesday)

Date has been changed -- April 11 is the observance of Passover, therefore, we will hold our meeting on April 4.

"Congregation Beth Shalom, Celebrating 100 Years"

Speaker: HONEY FORMAN, Centennial Coordinator, Beth Shalom

Honey Forman has twenty three years of in-classroom experience teaching grades K through 8, notably grades 3, 4 and 5 literacy for nineteen years including being Instructional Teacher Leader and Reading Specialist for her Pittsburgh Public School building. For eleven additional years, Ms. Forman was a District Literacy Coach, Reading First Coach, and Literacy Coach for K-8 in multiple buildings.

Ms. Forman worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Education for nine summers as the Evaluator of the Governors Institute for Early Childhood. She has been a National Trainer for the American Federation of Teachers (as well as a local trainer for the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers) for the Reading Comprehension Instruction course for over fifteen years and the Accessible Literacy Framework course for over six years.

Ms. Forman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Sociology. She completed her graduate course work at the University of Pittsburgh receiving a Masters of Arts in Teaching and a Reading Specialist Certificate. Ms. Forman was the first teacher to receive a Professional Development Certificate from the Pittsburgh Board of Education.

Ms. Forman has worked in Jewish education for over forty years having taught both Judaic studies and Hebrew in a number of synagogues and temples in the Pittsburgh area. She was the principal of two Religious Schools including Congregation Beth Shalom. Ms. Forman served as the Rabbi’s Assistant for six years, as office coordinator and is now the Centennial Coordinator for Congregation Beth Shalom.

March 14, 2017 (Tuesday)

"The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh"

Speaker: JO ELLEN PARKER, President of the Carnegie Museums

Jo Ellen Parker

Carnegie Museums website

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.28 million people annually through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.

About the Speaker:

In August 2014, Jo Ellen Parker arrived in Pittsburgh and became the 10th president of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and the first woman to lead the museums.

She came to Carnegie Museums from Sweet Briar College, where she served as president from 2009-2014. Before that she was Executive Director of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) and President of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), a consortium of 12 selective liberal arts colleges. Dr. Parker served her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College, as a faculty member and an academic affairs and student life administrator. There, she taught Victorian literature, women's literature and English composition while serving in the dean’s office. She earned her A.B. in English from Bryn Mawr, her M.A. in English from the University of Kansas, and her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, writing her dissertation on George Eliot.

February 14, 2017 (Tuesday)

"Examining the History of Squirrel Hill through its Buildings: How to Research the History of Your Own Building"

Speaker: KELLEY STROUP, Founder of House History

Using maps and other historical documents to track the history of development in Squirrel Hill lends both historical and local context to the vibrant community we all appreciate today. Development patterns, building materials and historical records of residency provide an insight into Squirrel Hill's history that is not only intriguing but also deeply personal. Gain insight into your community while learning how to get get started with your own architectural research.

About the speaker:
Kelly Stroup holds a BA in historic preservation from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA., as well as an MFA in architectural history and MA in historic preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design. As founder of "House/Story", she parlays her love of historical research and synthesis into the creation of house histories focused on telling the inseparable stories of buildings and their builders, owners, and inhabitants.

January 10, 2017 (Tuesday)

"The Map in the Image -- A 50 Year Effort to Combine Pictures and Maps"

Speaker: DOUG COOPER, Andrew Mellon Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Doug Cooper

About Doug Cooper from CMU Website: CMU Mural .

Combining story, history and memory into panoramic murals has become the theme of Doug Cooper's work. He typically works with local residents and incorporates their lives into the works. He developed his first mural, now at Pittsburgh's Heinz History Center, with a Pittsburgh senior center (1992). In 1994 he completed another with elderly for the Philadelphia Courthouse. The 200 ft-long mural for Carnegie Mellon Center (1996) shows the campus and Pittsburgh in three time periods. The mural series for Seattle's King County Courthouse (2005) depicts the geography, history and land-use patterns of that region. On two occasions, Cooper has used mural projects as vehicles for foreign language instruction. In 1996, assisted by CMU students, a German professor and Frankfurt elderly, he created a 9m x 6m mural for Frankfurt's central market. A similar process was used for the University of Rome mural (2005).

Cooper's recent murals have used the constraints and opportunities of the architectural setting as a source of content. The height, sight lines and circulation in lobbies at corporate headquarters Mascaro (1999) and Michael Baker (2003) and the University of California San Francisco were used as opportunities to depict the histories and aspirations of each institution. The 200 foot-long University of Rome mural in Esquilino (2005) uses ventilator grates as an element to transform a lecture hall into a piazza filled with people enacting the history of the district.

Cooper has authored two books on drawing: Steel Shadows (University of Pittsburgh) and Drawing and Perceiving (Wiley).

Douglas Cooper has taught drawing in Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture since 1976 (where he is Andrew Mellon Professor) and is the author of a well-known text on the subject, Drawing and Perceiving (John Wiley & Sons). For the last 25 years, he has worked collaboratively to produce large panoramic murals (up to 200 feet-long and 15 feet-high) in various cities, worldwide. These murals present a highly personal record of the urban life of each city, including: Frankfurt, Qatar, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Rome, San Francisco and Seattle.