In 1995, Carnegie Mellon University’s Professor Raj Reddy organized a meeting in Shadyside of the world’s foremost digital thought leaders to discuss the feasibility of electronic libraries. The idea of very large Internet libraries had been gestating in Reddy’s mind for about 15 years, but it was not until then that desktop computers,…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading A virtual library bit by byte
The increasingly popular genre of creative nonfiction has taken a new turn with the publication of “Shadows on a Wall: Juan O’Gorman and the Mural at Patzcuaro” by Hilary Masters (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005, $24.95). This book-​length essay combines fact and fiction with artistic metaphor, autobiography and imaginative technique to describe an…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Juan O’Gorman and the Mural at Patzcuaro
Ten years ago, the death knell tolled for a much-​vaunted plan to re-​energize Downtown Pittsburgh through an explosion of eminent domain and new retail. The ambitious plan, led by Mayor Tom Murphy, succeeded in creating a gleaming new building that housed a Lazarus department store, as well as an unfortunate remodeling of the…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Downtown Pittsburgh enjoys a new resurgence
The year is 2020. You’re driving home from work, listening to your favorite satellite radio station. An announcer interrupts with breaking news: Smallpox has broken out in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of patients are flooding hospitals, with untold more infected. The public is panicked. Local officials are scrambling to maintain control.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading UPMC vies to become the nation’s vaccine center
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