Brown Bag Seminar Series

Bring your lunch and join us for presentations and lectures that highlight neighborhood, community, economic, and other social research by our esteemed colleagues. Presenters include local, national, and international social research experts. Lectures are normally from noon to 1:30 pm, unless otherwise noted - and are held in 3911 Posvar Hall at 230 S. Bouquet St., Pittsburgh, PA.

Please note the new location of the seminars this year: 3911 Posvar Hall, which is next to the Hillman Library on the Schenley Oval in the center of campus. On-street metered parking is available, as well as a metered parking lot at Semple and Bouquet Streets. Other parking is available at the Soldiers and Sailors Parking Garage. We will be back at home once the nearby construction is completed.

Please RSVP before attending one of our sessions: 412-624-1019 or

Current and upcoming seminars can be viewed below, and past seminars can be viewed by clicking here.

2016 - 2017 Seminars

Alex Schwartz, PhD

Friday, September 30th, 2016

"Affordable for Who? New York City’s Affordable Housing Plan"

J. Rosie Tighe, PhD

Friday, October 28th, 2016

"Producing and Preserving Affordable Housing in Shrinking Cities"

Kristen B. Crossney, PhD

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

"Modelling Predatory Mortgage Lending"

Grant Ervin

Friday, January 20th, 2017

"Smart Cities and Sustainability"

Michael Blackhurst, Ph.D.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

"Parcel Scale Green Infrastructure Siting and Cost Effectiveness Analysis for Pittsburgh, PA"

Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, AICP

Friday, February 17th, 2017

""Building Community and Ecological Resiliency Through Obsolete Infrastructure Removal""

Donald K. Carter, FAIA

Friday, March 24th, 2017

"Remaking Post-Industrial Cities:Lessons from North America and Europe"