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December 12:

Osher at CMU Lecture Series presents Natalie Schifano and "Women's Work: Not Just in the Kitchen, A Survey of Women Artists from the Renaissance Period."  7 - 8:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. Women artists have played a role in the history of art since before the time of the Renaissance. However, art historians did not give them the recognition they deserved until recent times. As a result, few people are aware of the artistic tradition and significant works they have created. The first major retrospective of women artists did not take place until 1976, and that show only featured the work of painters. It is only in this century that women artists have had more access to and involvement in fine arts education, participation in exhibitions, and the writing of art history itself. This lecture will introduce participants to European women painters from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It will present an overview of the economic, social and political climate of the era and relate the role of the artists to the times in which they lived. Admission is free, but registration in required. To register, email or call 412-268-7489. Members may register online for Course ID:2814.

December 14:

CMWA's Barbara Smith Women's Mentoring Program Information Session. 12 - 1 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. The mentoring program, sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Women's Association, is designed to facilitate supportive relationships by matching individual women staff members who are willing to act as mentors with those who wish to be mentored. Mentor relationships center on professional interests and aspirations, including career advancement, educational opportunities and job-related issues. Since 1994, the program has matched over 350 women with mentors. Find out more.

December 27:

Roots of Steel Benefit Concert. 6 p.m., silent auction; 7 p.m., music, Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. CMU alumnus and Tony Award winner Billy Porter will headline the benefit concert for the congregations affected by the Tree of Life shootings. Porter will be joined by Joe Grushecky, Chris Jamison (“The Voice”), Erik Cavanaugh (“America’s Got Talent”) and more than a dozen musical theater actors, including Lenora Nemetz, Billy Hartung and Leigh Ann Larkin. Find out more.