Women's History Month to feature writers, Motown and more

Dr. Sandra Steingraber
Dr. Sandra Steingraber

Pitt-Bradford will kick off its Women’s History Month activities March 4 with a visit from ecologist, author and cancer survivor, Dr. SandraSteingraber

            Other events will include the annual Empty Bowls and Baskets dinner, a performance by a Supremes tribute group and a literary luncheon.

            Steingraber, an internationally recognized authority on the environment’s links to cancer and human health, will speak at 11 a.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room. She is the author of “Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment” and “Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood.”

            On March 20, the Empty Bowls and Baskets Dinner will raise awareness of hunger while raising money for The Friendship Table. The $10 admission provides a simple meal of homemade soups and breads and a bowl, basket or napkin set to take home as a reminder of those whose bowls and baskets are empty. The dinner will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the University Room.

            Later on March 20, SupremeReflections: The Ultimate Tribute to Diana Ross and The Supremes, will perform some of the greatest music of the Motown period. The show, which is $16 to $20 for the public and $5 for all students, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater. Those attending the show are also invited to attend a pre-show ’60s-themed party with refreshments. The cost for faculty and staff is $12 to $16.

            On March 29, the Women’s History Month Celebration Committee is co-hosting a “Gift from the Sea” literary luncheon with the Bradford Area Public Library’s One Book Bradford. The event, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the University Room, is designed to nourish body, mind and soul as diners lunch, visit and learn about Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book “Gift from the Sea.”

            Lindbergh is the subject of One Book Bradford’s main selection, “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin. Tickets for the luncheon are $10 and are available at the library.

            In the final event, Warren native LouAnne Johnson, a former U.S. Navy journalist, Marine Corps Officer, high school teacher and college professor, will read from her works at noon April 1 in the University Room. Johnson’s best-selling memoir, “My Posse Don’t Do Homework,” has been translated into eight languages and was adapted for the movie “Dangerous Minds.”

            Also during March, Hanley Library will display items related to influential women in the history of Pitt-Bradford in its lobby.

            For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.