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India Day at the Drive In

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Summer 2020 Newsletter

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A Chat with Amy Alznauer, Author of The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity

Part of the Nationality Rooms Programs Virtual Lunch Series

Amy Alznauer, recipient of the Indian Nationality Room Scholarship will give us insight on how she came to write The Boy  Who Dreamed of Infinity.  Her father's discovery of The Lost Notebook of Ramanujan brought about a Ramanujan renaissance in mathematics and had profound implication for the world of number theory.  The discovery also had a deep effect on Amy that radically changed her life.

Bulgarian Lunch



Veni Ventzislavova will present Bulgarian dish Yaritsa po Panaguski (Eggs done Panagurski style) while speaking about her experience immigrating to the U.S. from Bulgaria. This is a virtual event and occurs Friday, May 22nd from 1:00 to 1:30 PM.

Born in Pernik, Bulgaria Veni represented the women’s basketball team Minor Pernik at an early age. She graduated from Sofia University with a BS in Speech Therapy. In 1997, she came to New York City and soon started working in the fashion industry on Madison Avenue with Giorgio Armani and later at Bergdorf Goodman. In 2003, Veni moved to San Francisco and opened her own business – a retail establishment called Vex. She returned to New York and graduated with a  master’s degree in Sports Business from New York University.  She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and teach an undergraduate class in Licensing and Merchandising.  In 2015, Veni Ventzislavova was hired as the East Coast Regional Manager for Dolce & Gabbana and currently, is the Store Director for Givenchy Madison Avenue.

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Support local ethnic restuarants.  In this time of social distancing and Covid-19 related business shrinkage, please consider these community restaurants which are still operational.  Clicking the picture will lead you to a PDF list that will be updated as more information is added to it.  You will learn different cuisines that are currently available, delivery or pick-up options, hours, and contact information.

Lunch in Lusaka

Holly Hickling of Pitt's Honors College and Mathew Tembo of the Music Department take you out for a virtual lunch date from Lusaka, Zambia.  You will learn about the staple food nshima, a cornmeal dish, as well as other culinary delights such as edible leaves and caterpillars.

Holly is a member of the African Heritage Room Committee and a past panelist on the African Heritage Room Study Abroad Scholarship. 

Matthew is a 2018 African Heritage Room Scholarship winner in honor of Dr. Ralph Proctor.  Matthew's research focused on how technology has equalized music in Africa for women musicians.


It is being Zoom broadcast Friday, May 8th at 1:30 p.m.  You must register for the Zoom broadcast to have the password to join.  Register at the University of Pittsburgh Events Calendar.

British Toy Soldiers


Painted metal toy soldiers were once the playthings of children and British toy soldiers set the standard for the world. Toy soldier collector and Britsburgh member, Dave Frankowski, will take you through the steps of making a traditional, glossy painted British guardsman toy soldier.  


Dave will cast a metal figure from a mold, show the steps to prepare the casting, and the stages of painting it. Hobbyists today still make and paint their own figures and he will share his tips for completing the figure on Saturday May 2nd at 2:00 PM.     Learn More

Elizabeth Myers


ChromeCast Elizabeth's candid photos of the National Museum of Ireland's, "The 1916 Rising: Proclaiming a Republic: Ireland, 1916 and the National Collection" on the TV screen over the fireplace.
"show & tell" of the exhibit's official book of the National Collection, written by Darragh Gannon
Talk a little bit about what it's like to visit Dublin & the Republic of Ireland's National Museums
This is a virtual event via Zoom.  Zoom meeting login information is found here.

Covid 19 news tours

As COVID-19 continues to impact the United States and the world, the health and well-being of the Pitt community is our priority. In order to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our campus, The Nationality Rooms tours (which include the privately reserved group tours, walk-in audio guide tours and the occasional casual touring between scheduled classes) are canceled until further notice.

 Confirmed reservations for upcoming tours will be canceled and are available to be postponed to a later date. We encourage visitors to consider scheduling virtual tours as an alternative to in-person visits. To discuss alternatives, cancellation and reimbursement possibilities, please contact Michael Walter, Tour Coordinator.

 We are encouraging all Pitt community members to closely monitor this situation and to visit the Public Safety and Emergency Management website, which is the University’s centralized and reliable source for information on this issue. 

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For information regarding tourism and the Nationality Rooms, affected by the Covid-19 virus.