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6 things to do in October

  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Pitt-Bradford

Go birdwatching in Bradford

Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m.

Enjoy some crisp fall weather with a guided bird hike on the Pitt-Bradford campus, led by local bird expert John Fedack. First, Fedack will give a talk on birdwatching, then he’ll take the group birding in the 200-acre forested Quintuple Mountain property on the south edge of campus.

Where: Mukaiyama University Room, Frame-Westerberg Comments, Pitt-Bradford

Tickets: Free and open to the public

Join the Homecoming festivities

Monday, Oct. 3, to Sunday, Oct. 9

Celebrate Homecoming with a week of events — starting with a 2 p.m. kick-off event for students at the William Pitt Union Plaza, the festivities include a scavenger hunt, painting night, TED-style keynote talks, fireworks and of course Pitt football taking on Virginia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 8.

Where: Various locations on the Pittsburgh campus

Tickets: Many events are free; check the Pitt athletics website for football ticket pricing.  

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Through Saturday, Oct. 15

We’re halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate. Check out a mariachi concert Oct. 2 at the Schenley Plaza tent and a lecture on migration and motherhood on Oct. 12. End the month Oct. 15 with the 40th annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival on the Posvar Hall Patio.

Where: Varied

Tickets: See individual event pages on the Pitt Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion website

Learn about trans health care

Thursday, Oct. 6, to Saturday, Oct. 8

The 2022 TransPride Health and Wellness Conference aims to educate health care professionals and community members on care for gender-diverse individuals. Speakers will discuss health care needs across a number of areas, with keynote talks on topics like gender-affirming surgery and transgender justice.

Where: Virtual via Zoom

Tickets: $25 for students, and free for trans, nonbinary and gender diverse attendees

See art beyond the binary

Wednesday, Oct. 12, noon

Join curator Isaiah Bertagnolli in a walkthrough of the University Art Gallery exhibition of work of pioneering trans artist Greer Lankton, who used drawings and sculpture to explore spaces beyond the male-female binary.

Where: Frick Fine Arts Building

Tickets: Free

Hack together a health care solution

Friday, Oct. 21, to Saturday, Oct. 22

Interested in health or tech? Sponsored by the Pitt School of Pharmacy, students in the Pitt Challenge Hackathon will gather in teams of up to four to implement a tech-based solution to an important issue in health care in a single weekend, competing for thousands of dollars in prizes.

Where: Benedum Hall

Tickets: Free with registration


— Patrick Monahan