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5 activities to kick off the spring semester

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There’s plenty of fun and learning to be had in the first month of the year. From social justice workshops to a night of jazz and art exploration, here are five can’t-miss activities in January.

Make new friends and discover new joys

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1–3 p.m. and 5–7 p.m.

The Spring Activities Fair is a reminder that it's not too late to join a club, make friends and try new hobbies. This event is a meet and greet for anyone looking to learn more about extracurriculars at Pitt.

Where: William Pitt Union, Main Floor, 3959 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15260

Tickets: This is an unticketed event.

Dreams no longer deferred

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

The annual MLK Social Justice Symposium is one way Pitt honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s speakers and workshops will center on the theme, From Surviving to Thriving: Culturally Relevant Emotional Wellness.

Join in community conversations encompassing a wide breadth of justice-oriented topics, including inequity, resilience and healing.

Where: William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tickets: This is an unticketed event, but registration is required.

A night of jazz and art

Sunday, Jan. 22, 6–7 p.m.

Renowned jazz percussionist Thomas Wendt presents the music of Thelonious Monk in concert with paintings by Norman Klenick. This performance — billed as an exploration of the relationship between music, visual art and mental health — is co-sponsored by Pitt’s Center for Bioethics and Health Law, City of Asylum, the Department of Psychology and the Year of Emotional Well-Being

Where: City of Asylum, 40 W. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15212

Tickets: Registration TBA

Mask making and mental health

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Spend an evening creating ceramic masks with the team behind I'm fine., a statewide mental health art initiative. Workshop facilitators will lead a discussion linking the historical significance of masks and the healing power of visual arts. Participants are encouraged to craft a mask expressing their emotional landscape and are invited to display their creations at a future exhibition on Pitt’s campus. The workshop is funded through the Year of Emotional Well Being.

Where: Cathedral of Learning, C4C: The Understory (Cathedral B-50), 4200 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tickets: This is an unticketed event, but registration is required.

Celebrate Indian independence

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2–5 p.m.

India Republic Day is one of three national holidays celebrating when the country’s postcolonial Constitution of India took hold. Don’t miss the on-campus celebration, replete with food, dance and a short film spotlighting Indian culture.

Where: Frick Fine Arts Building, Auditorium and Cloisters, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, 15260

Tickets: This is an unticketed event, but registration is required.


— Nichole Faina