Pittsburgh Events and Activities

Credit: David Reid / VisitPittsburgh

Credit: David Reid / VisitPittsburgh

At each year's convention, NeMLA sponsors activities in our local host city to show attendees all that the city has to offer, with cost of admission discounted for you thanks to NeMLA's sponsorship.

Where pre-registration is required, a link to your user account is included with the event below.

Sponsored Activities

Willa Cather's Pittsburgh Walking Tour

Thursday, April 12, 2:15 PM

Willa Cather

Meet in the foyer of the Omni William Penn to embark on a 90-minute walking tours of what Willa Cather saw in downtown Pittsburgh during her period of residence from 1896 to 1906, and the decade she came back to visit from 1906 to 1916. The tour will highlight landmarks from Pittsburgh at the turn of the century.

Price: Free.

Tour of the Senator John Heinz History Center

Friday, April 13, 10 AM

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1212 Smallman St

A Smithsonian Institution affiliate and Pennsylvania's largest history museum, the Heinz History Center includes six floors of permanent and changing exhibitions that tell the story of Western Pennsylvania. The Center includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and the Detre Library and Archives.

Price of tour tickets with NeMLA discount: $11.

NeMLA convention attendees also enjoy a $2 discount on admission to the Heinz History Center when presenting conference badges at admissions!

Tour of the SPACE Art Gallery and its Marx@200 exhibit

Friday, April 13, 1-2 PM

Saturday, April 14, 1:30-2:30 PM

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Credit: P Nasarow and N. Gereljuk [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

812 Liberty Avenue

NeMLA invites you to receptions at the SPACE Gallery, a short distance from the Omni William Penn, to enjoy light refreshments and a tour of a unique exhibit, Marx@200—inspired by the 200th birthday of Karl Marx on May 5, 2018.

Marx@200 is a spirited, thoughtful, and international exhibit that responds to some of the big social and economic issues of our time. The artists engage with Marx’s image/work, confront capitalism, and dream of revolution. Included are an equal proportion of male and female artists from more than a dozen countries, including Angola, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy and South Africa. This exhibit is curated by Carnegie Mellon University professors Kathy M. Newman (English) and Susanne Slavick (Art). It is sponsored by the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Click here for more information about the exhibit. 

Receptions and tours follow the Comparative Literature and Pedagogy and Professionalism and Anglophone Literature and Diversity Special Events.

Price: Free

The Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh

Friday, April 13, 2018, 1-2 PM

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3960 Forbes Ave

The University of Pittsburgh's largest library, the Hillman houses 1.5 million volumes. Collections include the African-American Collection, the Alliance College Polish Collection, Archives of Scientific Philosophy, the Curtis Theater Collection, the East Asian Library, the Gertrude and Philip Hoffman Judaic Collection, the Japan Information Center, the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection, and the Nesbitt Collection of Children's Literature. The Hillman Library also features a rotating selection of John James Audubon prints from the University of Pittsburgh's copy of The Birds of America, one of only 120 complete collections in existence. The library also features other graphic and sculptural works, some on loan from the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Price: Free.

Please meet the tour guide on the ground floor of Hillman Library, next to the main service desk (on your right as you enter).

Carnegie Museum of Art

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4400 Forbes Ave

Founded in 1895, this museum holds a distinguished collection of contemporary art, including film and video works. The museum presents 15 changing exhibitions and 1,800 works annually, and its permanent collection includes 35,000 works in European and American decorative arts dating as far back as the late seventeenth century, works on paper, paintings, prints, sculptures, and installations. The museum has notably strong collections of both aluminum artifacts and chairs. The museum also features the Heinz Architectural Center and the Hillman Photography Initiative.

Free admission on Sunday, April 15. 

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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4400 Forbes Ave

Founded in 1896, the museum maintains an international reputation for research and is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the United States. The museum holds 22 million specimens, of which about 10,000 are on view at any given time and about 1 million are cataloged in online databases. Its dinosaur collection includes the world's largest collection of Jurassic dinosaurs and its "Dinosaurs in Their Time" exhibition offers the third largest collection of mounted, displayed dinosaurs in the United States. Notable specimens include one of the world's only fossils of a juvenile Apatosaurus, the world's first specimen of a Tyrannosaurus rex, and a recently identified species of oviraptorosaur named Anzu wyliei. Other major exhibits include Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems, Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, Benedum Hall of Geology, Dinosaurs in Their Time, and Powdermill Nature Reserve, established by the museum in 1956 to serve as a field station for long-term studies of natural populations.

Free admission on Sunday, April 15.

Running and Walking Tours

Roberto Clemente Bridge. Credit: VisitPittsburgh

Roberto Clemente Bridge. Credit: VisitPittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh (or “dahntahn” as the locals know it) is full of history, from the French and Indian War to the Underground Railroad. Learn about Fort Pitt, the Diamond Market, and more of Pittsburgh’s fascinating history on a 5k running tour or a 3k walking tour. Runs are at a casual pace, to accommodate all abilities on this guided tour. So get your run in and learn about the city! The tour is stroller- friendly.

Sign up at http://www.pittsburghrunningtours.com; NeMLA members get 10% off with promo code NeMLA18.

Suggested Activities

The Mattress Factory

500 Sampsonia Way

Mattress Factory / VisitPittsburgh

Mattress Factory / VisitPittsburgh

The Mattress Factory was founded in 1977 by artists to support artists working in residence to create site-specific installations. Since then, the museum has presented and commissioned new installations and performance works by more than 750 artists. The museum supports established and emerging artists through a residency program that provides leadership, guidance, resources, and opportunities to create artwork that is unconventional, challenging, and thought-provoking. The museum’s flexibility and inventiveness allows artists to respond to developments in technology, explore audience interaction, and challenge traditional artistic ideals and practice.

Tuesday to Saturday 10 AM-5 PM, Sunday 1-5 PM. Admission: Adults $20, Seniors $15, veterans half-price, Students $15, Pittburgh-area university students free.

Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov

Translated by Elisaveta Fen, directed by Philip Winters
Rauh Theater at Pittsburgh Playhouse
222 Craft Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Anton Chekhov

Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13, 8 PM
Saturday, April 14, 2 PM and 8 PM
Sunday, April 15, 2 PM

Professor Serebryakov and his young, beautiful, second wife arrive at their country estate with news of their plan to sell it to subsidize their lifestyle. The complex inner workings of family and unrequited love serve as backdrop for the drama that unfolds within the estate. Uncle Vanya is one of Anton Chekhov’s greatest works, powerfully staged by Point Park’s extraordinary Conservatory students.

Price: Adults $20, Seniors $10, Students $10.

Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky Street

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The largest museum in the North America dedicated to a single artist, this seven-floor museum houses an extensive collection of art and the archives of Pittsburgh-born pop art icon Andy Warhol. The museum has 17 galleries, 900 paintings, 2,000 works on paper, 1,000 published unique prints, 77 sculptures, 4,000 photographs, and 4,350 Warhol films and videotaped works. Group tours are available. 

Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10 AM to 5 PM, Friday 10 AM to 10 PM. Price: Adults $20, Seniors $10, Students and Children 3–18 $10. Half-price on Friday 5 to 10 PM.

Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh

4200 Fifth Avenue

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The Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and governments. Tours are conducted year round. The public is invited to experience their ethnic identity and ancestral roots. The rooms are also in use as University classrooms.

Tours: Monday to Saturday 9 AM to 2:30 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 2:30 PM. Price: Adults $4, Youths (6–18 years) $2.

Bike the Burgh Tours

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These tours appeal to both locals and visitors. With NeMLA 2018's theme, "Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds," what better way to discuss space and landscape than by moving through it? Biking or walking are both good opportunities to be outside and to be physically active while (re)discovering the Steel City and, lest we forget, having lots of fun! Tours take place on the major plateaus of Pittsburgh and at a relaxing pace, so everyone can attend, no matter what fitness level you have. All tours will consist of moderate on-street biking, riding protected bike lanes and designated bike trails. Bring your own bike or rent from Bike the Burgh. All tours start and end on 1049 Penn Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. Tours are also available in German. For a reservation, please call 412-246-9494.