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Celtic Culture 2020

The Nationality Rooms Programs invite you to the annual Celtic Culture Celebration.  We are featuring cultural programming from the Irish, Welsh, and Scottish Room Committees.

We are proud to present enriching and educational programs about each of the Celtic nations and the activities of the Room Committees.  The celebration will include lectures such as Irish architecture, Scottish clans, Welsh poetry and storytelling, highland dances, music, musings from a dairy farmer in Ireland and much more.  These vignettes will show that we are not far from our heritage as we connect our local stories with our families and friends abroad.


Join us on Saturday, October 24th by registering at:

Noon- 2 p.m.-  Irish Irish:

3-5 p.m.- Welsh

6-8 p.m.- Scottish


Living in the US has taught Rafael the importance of food and how it shapes us culturally. For most of his ventures in Pittsburgh, his aim has been to introduce and educate people in the Filipino cuisine.  He is raising awareness of the importance of quality food through urban farming.  His future endeavor includes opening a small eatery focused on contemporary Filipino- American cuisine.

Chef Rafael will be demonstrating his cooking of fried rice with pork belly with a side of eggplant and mango salad.

The Virtual Lunch will be on Zoom.  You will receive the Zoom link and passcode after you register at 

The title of the event is the Nationality Rooms Virtual Lunch with Chef and Agriculturalist Rafael Vencio.

October 2nd, 2020 1:00-2:00 PM

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.

Register at the Pitt Calendar of Events.


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.

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