The mission of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is to connect celebrated authors with the community, elevate civic discourse, and inspire creativity and a passion for the literary arts. Our commitment to knowledge, learning, integrity, and artistic excellence guides and informs our work. We endeavor to inspire members of diverse communities by providing opportunities to experience authors who speak on issues that reflect our values such as justice, compassion, civic responsibility, acceptance, courage, and equity.
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures was launched with a lecture by Pittsburgh native Annie Dillard on September 16, 1991 at The Fulton (now The Byham) Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.
Over the years we have connected thousands of Pittsburghers with iconic authors including Kurt Vonnegut, George Plimpton, Margaret Atwood, Edward Albee, John Updike, Alice Walker, Tom Wolfe, Jamaica Kincaid, Arthur Miller, Amy Tan, August Wilson, Susan Sontag, Spalding Gray, and E.L. Doctorow, just to name a few! (See the list of previous speakers.)
We now present five signature series and partner with area schools and non-profit organizations to maximize the impact of visiting authors to our region.
Our volunteer board members bring diverse skills and backgrounds (and their passion for reading) to the stewardship and oversight of a sustainable Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.
President and Chief Investment Officer
The Hillman Company
University of Pittsburgh Library System
Director of Audit
Robert M. Turner II, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
University of Pittsburgh Physicians
Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and
Lena G. Andrews
Vice President of Real Estate Development
Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education
Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Alicia Barbara Harvey-Smith, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Pittsburgh Technical College
VP of Legal and Compliance
Sydney Rochelle Normil, Esq.
Associate (Litigation and Antitrust)
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Pallavi Golla Patil
Founder and CEO
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
VP, Product and Research & Development
Deputy General Counsel
Our talented staff members apply their passion, expertise, and enthusiasm to achieve the dynamic goals of the organization.
Director of Community Engagement
Sales and Ticketing Manager
Interim Chief Administrative Officer
Sales and Event Production Manager
Most of our events take place in the historic facilities of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
New & Noted, Words & Pictures, Poets Aloud
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s South Wing Reading Room