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October 25, 2022

La Roche Literary Society Announces 2022-23 Schedule

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 25, 2022 – The La Roche University Literary Society invites the public to a free series featuring poetry and book readings, lessons of perseverance, and the story of Black theater in Pittsburgh.

The Literary Society will host the following presentations at La Roche’s campus in the North Hills of Pittsburgh from November 2022 through March 2023.

“The World as We Know It Is Falling Away” 
Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. 
Ryan Room, Zappala Campus Center

Jane Greer, poet and founder of “Plains Poetry Journal,” will read from her recently published third collection of poetry, The World as We Know It Is Falling Away. Please note that this presentation will be on Thursday.

“One Holocaust Survivor’s Journey” 
Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. 
Ryan Room, Zappala Campus Center

Lee Goldman Kikel’s father survived the Auschwitz ghetto encampment. She will discuss her memoir of her father, Perseverance: One Holocaust Survivor’s Journey from Poland to America.

“Black Theater in Pittsburgh: A History” 
Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. 
Ryan Room, Zappala Campus Center

Mark Clayton Southers, steelworker turned actor, director, and founder of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, will discuss his own journey and the story of Black theater in Pittsburgh. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Playwrights Theater, he recently purchased the elementary school he attended as his new theater in the Lower Hill.Initiated in the early 1980s, La Roche University’s Literary Society provides a forum for scholarship and discussion on literature and other issues.Please contact Sister Rita Yeasted, Ph.D., SFCC, at 412-536-1216 or for more information.


About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, and health and medical sciences as well as interior architecture & design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,200 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.