About Us

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, 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, citizenship, acceptance, courage, and equity.

Our Story

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 Board

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.



Christopher Amar

Vice President
AB Bernstein

Vice President

Sheila Washington

Washington Consulting Group


Kevin Lavelle

Managing Director
The Hillman Company


Pam Connelly

Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky


Lena G. Andrews

Senior Development Officer
ACTION-Housing, Inc.

Karina Chavez

Executive Director
Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education

Emilie Hammerstein

Associate Attorney
Littler Mendelson

Susan B. McIntosh

BNY Mellon

Susan Morris

Communications Teacher
CMU and University of Pittsburgh

Sydney Rochelle Normil, Esq.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Nicole Shapiro

Community Representative

Kornelia Tancheva

University of Pittsburgh Library System

Stephanie Taylor

Senior Manager
Operational Risk and Compliance
Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh

Ron Vassel

Deputy General Counsel


Stephanie Flom

Executive Director
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

Our Staff

Our talented staff members apply their passion, expertise, and enthusiasm to achieve the dynamic goals of the organization.

Stephanie Flom

Executive Director

Shanna Carrick

Director of Strategic Operations

Lisa Christopher

Manager of Community Engagement

Caitlin Leasure

Event Production Coordinator

Nancy LeDonne

Bookkeeper & Office Manager

Our Venues

Most of our events take place in the historic facilities of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Wide shot of the Carnegie Music Hall audience listening to a lecture

Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland

Ten Evenings

Wide shot of the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall audience listening to a lecture

Carnegie Library Lecture Hall

New & Noted, Words & Pictures, Poets Aloud

People listening to a lecture in the Carnegie Library International Poetry room

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s South Wing Reading Room

Made Local

Map of the Venues

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Upcoming Lectures

Headshot of Rebecca Senf

Rebecca Senf


Picture of Caroline Kim & Alexander Chee

Caroline Kim & Alexander Chee


Photo of Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams

OCT 12

Lee Gutkind headshot

Lee Gutkind

OCT 19