Between the Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Reed Smith Celebrates 140 Years

Attorneys and staff at global law firm Reed Smith’s Pittsburgh office marked the firm’s 140th anniversary with a cocktail reception September 7th. About 375 leaders and executives from area corporate, nonprofit, government, education and civic organizations attended, including The Heinz Endowments, Hillman Family Foundations, PNC, Allegheny Health Network, Carnegie Mellon…

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

“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?

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

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…)

3 Not-​So-​Simple Questions, Part II

Editor’s note: This is part two 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 first of the questions is below,…
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