University of Pittsburgh

A Celebration of the Writing of Pitt's Founder

September 28, 2012
Frick Fine Arts Building Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Join us in exploring the writing of Pitt's founder on Friday, September 28, 2012 in the Frick Fine Arts Building.  

Reading Hugh Henry Brackenridge 1748-1816

A panel discussion of modern chivalry

12:00 - 1:30 PM Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Hugh Brackenridge was a writer, lawyer, state legislator, educator, justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, founder of The Pittsburgh Gazette (now the Post-Gazette) and The Pittsburgh Academy - now the University of Pittsburgh. Panelists will lead a discussion on Brackenridge and his work Modern Chivalry, along with discussions on the early years of Pitt and Pittsburgh and notions of how a book can have something to say about the public's understanding and investment in law, politics, letters, and education.  

Panelists include:
Jean Ferguson Carr, Director of Women's Studies, Associate Professor of English

Courtney Weikle-Mills, Assistant Professor of English

Bernard Hibbits, Professor of Law


University Library System Archive Exhibit

11:00 AM -3:00 PM Frick Fine Arts Cloister

The University Library System (ULS) exhibit will include the original charter of the University of Pittsburgh, along with books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, and other materials from the eighteenth century that relate to Brackenridge, the history of the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the rise of Pittsburgh as an industrial city.  The exhibit will feature early editions and significant works of Brackenridge, including Modern Civalry (1804), Incidents of the Insurrection in the Western Parts of Pennsylvania in the Year 1794 (1795), and Six Political Discourses Founded on the Scripture (1777).  


Faces to names: 225 Years of Pitt Chancellors' Portraits 1787-2012

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM University Art Gallery

Faces to Names is a collection of historic treasures showcasing the University of Pittsburgh chancellors' portraits complemented by etchings and architectural drawings of Pitt's prestigious and beloved landmark new-Gothic building, the Cathedral of Learning.  Among the display are 19 portraits of chancellors, including the portrait of Brackenridge, painted by Gilbert Stuart, and a portrait of his wife, Sabrina Wolfe Brackenridge, painted by Rembrandt Peale.  


Refreshments Provided

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