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Title: “The Daily Grind: Making Fair Trade Coffee a Reality”

The Basics: A panel of three experts will discuss the growing prevalence of fair trade organizations and products in response to growing economic hardships for small-scale commodity producers in poor countries. They will discuss methods for creating alternative trade networks and expanding fair trade in Pittsburgh and beyond, as well as possible challenges.

Panelists are: Michael Woodward of Jubilee House Community, Inc., a faith-based organization based in Nicaragua that focuses on development in Central America; David DiOrio of La Prima Espresso Company, an independent coffee roaster in the Strip District and in Carnegie Mellon’s Wean Hall; and Matt Yough of Building New Hope, a local non-profit that supports sustainable community-building in Central America. All have been key players in bringing fairly traded organic coffee to Pittsburgh.

The lecture is part of the University Lecture Series.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: Adamson Visiting Writers Series — Eugene Gloria

The Basics: Poet Eugene Gloria will give a reading of selected works. Gloria is the author of Hoodlum Birds (2006) and Drivers at the Short-Term Motel (2000), which was selected for the 1999 National Poetry Series and the 2001 Asian American Literary Award.

Gloria is a Filipino-American, born in Manila and raised in San Francisco, which are themes that often appear in his work.

Gloria is an associate professor of English and the 2006­–2008 Richard W. Peck Chair in Creative Writing at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

The series is run by the creative writing program in the department of English made possible by the support of the Pauline B. Adamson Fund.

When: Thursday at 8 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: “It’s Time to Act: The Reality of Climate Change”

The Basics: Bill Perkins, a graduate student in the Heinz School, will discuss the history, causes, and projected impact of global climate change from a scientific standpoint. Climate change is caused by greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. Perkins will also cover climate change from national security, policy, and economic standpoints, as well as the local impact of such change. Lastly, Perkins will tell audience members what they can do to contribute to finding a solution.

Perkins is a former U.S. Army officer and certified presenter for The Climate Project.

The lecture is part of the University Lecture Series.

When: Monday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: Center for the Arts in Society Research Forum

The Basics: Hilary Robinson, the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts and author of Reading Art, Reading Irigaray: The Politics of Art by Women, will discuss the work of Luce Irigaray, a celebrated feminist theorist in philosophy, gender, linguistics, and psychoanalysis.

Robinson hopes to expose a wider audience to Irigaray’s work through a clear explanation of the theorist’s main ideas.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Arts in Society.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Hunt Library, Fine and Rare Book Room (fourth floor)