Sunday, March 5, 2017

Being Human - Theme of This Year's Pittsburgh Humanities Festival


Bassem Youssef at Byham Theater on March 25 at 8 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center of Carnegie Mellon University announce the theme, “Being Human” and schedule for Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, March 24 – 26, 2017.  The Festival will take place throughout Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and neighboring locales.

Events will be held Friday, March 24, 2017 through Sunday, March 26, 2017, throughout Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, as well as at select venues of partnering organizations.  Highlights of this year’s Festival include, featured events: Bassem Youssef: The Joke is Mightier Than the Sword, The Writers of the Onion and A Conversation with Kathleen Neal Cleaver and Denise Oliver-Velez.

At the heart of the Festival are twenty-four intimate conversations and interviews, collectively called the Concurrent Sessions, which will feature internationally-renowned academics, artists, and intellectual innovators on Saturday and Sunday, March 25 & 26, in three Cultural District venues. The sessions focus on art, literature, music, science, policy, politics, and more—all helping us to explore what it means to be human. It’s smart talk about stuff that matters.


Additional partner events include Carnegie Nexus series: The Bang on a Can All Stars presented as part of The Warhol Sound Series, taking place at Carnegie Museum of Art-Lecture Hall; Faces of Identity: a film presentedin partnership with Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival at Carnegie Museum of Art-Theater and Diversity in Dance workshop presented by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

To view the complete schedule, visit TrustArts.org/SmartTalk.

Tickets and Information
Tickets are on sale now for Concurrent Sessions and Featured Events, including a new All Access Pass to experience everything that the Festival has to offer.  Seat locations, price levels for each venue, as well as select your own seat are available online, visit TrustArts.org/SmartTalk.
Concurrent Sessions Pass (general admission) $20; Student Concurrent Sessions Pass (general admission): $10

Featured Event Tickets (per featured event) $50, $25, $20; Student Tickets: $45, $20, $15
All Access Pass (admission to all Concurrent Sessions and all Featured Events): $120; $70; $60.  Student Pass: $105, $55, $45
Partner Events are ticketed and sold separately.
All online purchases are subject to a handling fee. To purchase tickets, visit TrustArts.org/SmartTalk, the Box Office at Theater Square, or call 412-456-6666.

Venues
August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Byham Theater,101 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Carnegie Museum of Art, Theater, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Carnegie Museum of Art, Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

About Pittsburgh Humanities Festival
The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center of Carnegie Mellon University, first launched in 2015, is a three-day gathering of internationally-renowned academics, artists, and intellectual innovators in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The second Festival, March 24 – 26, 2017, will offer intimate conversations, interviews, and performances focused on art, literature, music, science, policy, politics, and more—all helping us to explore what it means to be human. It’s smart talk about stuff that matters.

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