Between the Issues

Harvest Celebration Commemorates From Slavery to Freedom Garden

by PQ Staff
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Harvest Celebration on Friday, September 15th commemorated the first season of plantings in the From Slavery to Freedom Garden at the Frick Environmental Center. The new, beautifully curated planting space is an extension of the From Slavery to Freedom Exhibit at the Heinz History Center. The…

Rock ’N Soul Gala Remembers The Stanley Theatre

by PQ Staff
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 2017 Rock ‘n Soul Gala raised $458,000 and 450 seats were sold. Lead sponsor of this year’s Gala was KeyBank and Presenting Sponsor, UPMC and UPMC Health Plan. Gala guests enjoyed dinner on the Benedum stage with live entertainment by Vintage Trouble, followed by a dessert…

The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh Welcomes New President & CEO

by PQ Staff
On the evening of Thursday, September 14, the Board of Directors of The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh hosted a community reception at The Pittsburgh Golf Club to introduce new President & CEO Wendy Pardee to community leaders and stakeholders. View the event photo gallery below.

Democracy, Populism, and the Tyranny of the Experts, Part XI

As far as reigning in annoying experts is concerned, Congress and the judiciary are a bust, albeit with a few tiny bright spots on the distant horizon, twinkling away like dying lighthouses on a storm-​tossed sea. But what about the Presidency?

Hornets’ Nest

Anyone looking at the back of my house would see it — the lamp just outside my back door stuffed with hornet accretions, the nest shaped like a rugby ball but twice the size.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala 2017 Raises $4.1 Million for Cancer Research

by PQ Staff
The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala 2017, “A Future Without Cancer,” recognized nearly 900 of the region’s leaders and longtime supporters in attendance who are responsible for raising more than $4.1 million to support the efforts of scientists and clinicians at the region’s only National Cancer Institute-​designated comprehensive cancer center.…

Fly Away Bash Benefits Food Bank Backpack Program

by PQ Staff
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank headquarters was transformed into a must-​visit destination on Friday, September 8 as guests enjoyed dinner, drinks, dancing and an unforgettable giveaway — all while benefiting an important cause.

Family House Supports Mission with 34th Annual Polo Match

by PQ Staff
To support the Family House mission of providing affordable, home-​like accommodations to patients and families who travel to Pittsburgh for medical care, the organization hosted their 34th Annual Polo Match on Saturday, September 9.

When Experts Judge the Experts

by Greg Curtis
In my last post we examined the (pathetic) attempts of Congress to control the tyranny of the experts. Fortunately, Congress isn’t the only weapon in the battle against expert oppression, even at the Federal level. Let’s take a look at the judiciary.

Steelers Ready to Go: Breaking Down the 53

The Steelers trimmed their roster to 53 by the Saturday deadline, and the acquisitions of cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Vance McDonald signal that this team is built to win now. Ben Roethlisberger has already mulled retirement once, James Harrison can only hold off retirement for so long, and…

Democracy, Populism, and the Tyranny of the Experts, Part IX

by Greg Curtis
“The complexity of modern life has steadily whittled away the functions the ordinary citizen can intelligently and comprehendingly perform for himself…When he sits down to breakfast and looks at his morning paper, he reads about a whole range of vital and intricate issues and acknowledges…that he has not acquired the…

Garden Warfare

Having a vegetable garden sounds like a gentle, relaxing and easy hobby. Dig a few holes in the dirt, put a few plants in, water, and before you know it — bushels and bushels of pest-​free, perfectly ripened vegetables in the summer.

3 Not-​So-​Simple Questions, Part III

Editor’s note: This is part three of a feature that began in the pages of the Fall issue of Pittsburgh Quarterly. We invited the heads of the region’s top independent schools to address three important questions, in 200 words or less for each. The second of the questions is below,…

Will Someone Please Tell Me What This Bitcoin/​Blockchain Thing Is All About?

by Thomas L. Wentling Jr.
Everyone has heard of Bitcoin by now (by convention, it’s capitalized when used as a protocol and lower case when used as a unit of exchange, like a dollar), but very few understand the importance of the “blockchain” technology that underpins it. This article expresses no opinion one way or…

Democracy, Populism, and the Tyranny of the Experts, Part VIII

by Greg Curtis
Freedom is better, even when it’s worse. We might think about experts the way we think about stop signs (bear with me on this…)
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