Johnstown native and University of Pittsburgh alum Dr. Kathleen George knew early in her life that she wanted to become a writer. Dr. George will share her “Stumbling Blocks to Success” at this year’s Salute to Working Women Luncheon being held from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Pitt-Johnstown Living/Learning Center.
Participants will hear Dr. George’s story of growing-up in her small hometown while attending the local schools from elementary through college. She will discuss how her strong family ties kept her from pursuing her dreams of attending graduate school for writing and why she accepted an offer “she couldn’t refuse” to pursue a graduate degree closer to home, in the area of theatre.
Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. George earned her bachelor’s, Master of Fine Arts, and PhD degrees at the University of Pittsburgh after starting her educational career at Pitt-Johnstown. She has taught and directed various plays at the University of Pittsburgh and Carlow University. She has also taught for Pitt in London and served as faculty and Academic Dean for Semester at Sea. She directed a variety of productions for Pitt’s main stage theatre and for the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival- a number of these listed among the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ten best of the Year. Dr. George has published The Man in the Buick, Taken, Fallen, Afterimage, Aftermath, and The Odds. Her short fiction has appeared in journals and magazines, which include Mademoiselle, Cimarron Review, North American Review, New Letters, and Alaska Quarterly Review. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Dr. George is listed among the Distinguished in Best American Short Stores. She currently resides in Pittsburgh and is married to writer Hilary Masters.
Dr. George will be offering a book signing session before and after the luncheon event.
The seminar luncheon is presented by the Pitt-Johnstown Office of Community Education and Outreach. The cost is $24 per person or $207 for a table of nine. The registration deadline if Friday, April 1. Additional information on the luncheon may be obtained by calling the Outreach Office at 814-269-2099 or visiting their website at www.upj.pitt.edu/outreach.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College,” by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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