Campus News in Brief

CAUSE releases speaker series

On August 24, CAUSE, the Center for African-American Urban Studies and the Economy, announced it will launch its 2009–2010 speaker series at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11.
CAUSE aims to link historians’ interest in race, work, and economic change over time with contemporary analyses of politics, the urban labor force, and employment policies.
CAUSE is part of the history department within H&SS. Each year, CAUSE sponsors a speaker series that features distinguished historians lecturing on African American history in the region and nation. Each lecture begins at 5 p.m. with refreshments served at 4:30 p.m. A book signing will follow each lecture.
On Oct. 9, Kimberly Phillips, an associate professor of history and American studies at the College of William and Mary, will speak on “War, What is it Good For? Black Freedom Struggles, War, and the U.S. Military.” The lecture will be held in the Grand Room of the Tepper School of Business.
The final lecture will be on April 9. Leslie Brown, an assistant professor of history at Williams College, will discuss “Plenty of Opposition... Which Has Been Growing Daily: Gender, Generation, and Change in the Jim Crow South.”
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of breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and two separate panels with several speakers at 8 a.m. It will be held at the Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street.

Campus hosts events for G20

Starting Sept. 24, the leaders of the top 20 economies of the world will meet in Pittsburgh to discuss global economic issues.
In the weeks leading up to the G20 Economic Summit, the university will be hosting several events to inform its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community of the summit and its purposes.
On Wednesday, Sept. 2, the university will host an open town meeting to discuss details related to the summit in Danforth Lounge in the University Center at 4:30 p.m.
On Sept. 10, the Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter of the Tepper School of Business will sponsor an Alumni Breakfast Series at the Rivers Club, at which Tepper professor Chester S. Spatt will speak. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. All alumni are invited and may bring guests. Go to to RSVP online.
On Sept. 14, professors from the Heinz College and the Tepper School, along with local government officials, will talk about the purpose of G20, the issues that will be discussed, and the impacts of the decisions made.
This event is open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public and will be held in McConomy Auditorium at 7 p.m.