September 25: "Toward a More Peaceful World" Harriet Fulbright is president of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, which seeks to promote world peace and nonviolent conflict resolution through international collaborations and education. Her lecture will emphasize the importance of international education, with examples of lives transformed by study abroad. (4:30pm in Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100))
September 24: "The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker." New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse will discuss his new book which details how life has grown tougher for America’s workers, young and old, middle-class and low-wage, white collar and blue collar, male and female, and what this painful trend will mean in this fall’s elections. He also examines how much of the American workforce is working more but earning less. Wages have stagnated, health and pension benefits have grown stingier, and job security has shriveled. (4:30pm in Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100))
September 10: Monthly educational meeting of the local Sierra Club. This month's talks feature Gary Baranowski, director of the Horticulture Technology training program at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild on the Northside, where city youth learn marketable skills while growing orchids and hydroponic vegetables, and Pete McQuillen, who will speak about an alternative approach to the end of life, "Green Burials for Pittsburgh." For information on the monthly meeting series, contact Don Gibbon at email@example.com (though I'll be standing in for him this month while he's off on another adventure).
(7:30-9 p.m. at the Phipps Garden Center at 5th and Shady; free)
September 10: "Green-Collar Jobs: Laboring into the Next Economy" a program from the Bioneers radio series Revolution from the Heart of Nature, featuring Manuel Pastor, Maria Elena Durazo and Alexia Salvatierra. Keep an ear out for future broadcasts of the Bioneers radio series; the schedule hasn't been set yet. (7:30-8 p.m. on WRCT 88.3, in conjunction with the local public-affairs radio show Left Out)
September 9: "Green Jobs for the Steel City: Growing the New Energy Economy in the Pittsburgh Region," a panel discussion on local, state, and national efforts to create green jobs, boost the economy, reduced dependency on fossil fuels, and combat global warming. Speakers include USW president Leo Gerard, Sen. Jim Ferlo, Rep. Chelsa Wagner, Rep. Matt Smith, County Executive Dan Onorato, Charles McCollester of IUP, Bill Cagney of IUOE Local 95, and Will Thompkins of the Pittsburgh Project. Sponsored by the Blue-Green Alliance of the Sierra Club and United Steelworkers, Green for All, NRDC, Working America, League of Young Voters, PennFuture, and GTECH Strategies. (7-9 p.m. at the Pgh Federation of Teachers at 10 S. 19th St. on the Southside).