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Ongoing Community Events

Following the October 27 tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue, the University of Pittsburgh remains committed to providing ongoing opportunities for dialogue that promote acceptance and inclusion. Please take advantage of these various programs to continue the important work of building a Pitt community that stands united against ignorance, intolerance, and hatred.

New events will be added to this page as they are announced. Please check back for updates.

Additional resources can be found at Pitt Cares: Stronger Than Hate.

Upcoming Events

Community Conversation: Anti-Semitism in America
December 13, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Heinz Field, Hyundai Club (West Club)

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is hosting a community conversation centered on anti-Semitism in America and the implications for American Jews and the Pittsburgh community. Post-Gazette Editor David Shribman will moderate the discussion with a panel that includes:

  • Dr. Kathleen Blee, Dean, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and member, Congregation Dor Hadash
  • Deborah Lipstadt, Author, Denying the Holocaust and Antisemitism Here and Now, and modern Jewish history professor, Emory University
  • Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, Rabbi at Tree of Life *Or L'Simcha Congregation
  • Joshua Sayles, Director of Community Relations, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

To register, visit or call 412-263-1541.

Recent Events

Reflections on the Tree of Life Synagogue Attack: A Panel of Scholars Discuss Anti-Semitism, Racism, Hate Crimes, and Organized Hate
From Analysis to Action: Building Bridges, Championing Change

December 3, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2500 Posvar Hall

The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law are partnering for an event open to all faculty, staff, and students to address the systemic issues that contribute to acts of violence against minority, marginalized, and stigmatized populations.

The program will begin with a one-hour panel discussion: “Reflections on the Tree of Life Synagogue Attack: A Panel of Scholars Discuss Anti-Semitism, Racism, Hate Crimes, and Organized Hate.” Panelists include Dean Kathleen Blee and Professors William Carter, Vivian Curran, and David Harris. The panel will be introduced by Pitt’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Pamela Connelly, who will also moderate a Q&A immediately following the panel.

For those who can stay, the program will continue at 3:00 with a 90-minute “speed networking” session: “From Analysis to Action: Building Bridges, Championing Change,” facilitated by Dr. Erika Gold Kestenberg, Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice Consultant. During this activity, participants will have an opportunity to network across a number of discussion groups focusing on Religion-related Bigotry/Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia; Racism/Racial Justice; Immigration; LGBTQIA+ Rights; and Combating Hate Groups. To maximize collaboration, attendees are encouraged to bring information about organizations doing the work in these areas or related programs.