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.
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.
Washington Consulting Group
The Hillman Company
Director of Audit
Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Lena G. Andrews
Senior Development Officer
Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education
Alicia Barbara Harvey-Smith, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Pittsburgh Technical College
CMU and University of Pittsburgh
Sydney Rochelle Normil, Esq.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Pallavi Golla Patil
Founder and CEO
Retired, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
University of Pittsburgh Library System
Robert M. Turner II, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
University of Pittsburgh Physicians
Deputy General Counsel
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
Our talented staff members apply their passion, expertise, and enthusiasm to achieve the dynamic goals of the organization.
Director of Strategic Operations
Manager of Community Engagement
Event Production Coordinator
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