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NEA Big Read @ Duquesne: Welcome!


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NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


Gumberg Grant

 Duquesne University is one of 78 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2019 and June 2020. The NEA presents NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

For more information on
the Big Read, click here!

Kick-Off Event

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, all upcoming Big Read events have been canceled or postponed.

We will share more information as it becomes available.


Memoir Workshop

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Where:  Curriculum Center, Gumberg Library 5th floor

How do you preserve a memory? What sensory details does that include? Join Caitlyn Hunter, doctoral student in the English Department at Duquesne University, for a workshop that explores the characteristics of Creative Nonfiction and discusses how Hope Jahren’s prose exemplifies memoir.

Register for the workshop here.

Keynote Address with Emily Graslie 

When: Monday, March 23, 2020 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Where: Student Union Ballroom

Join us for the keynote address of the NEA Big Read @ Duquesne, featuring Emily Graslie, the renowned science communicator and Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum in Chicago. This event is free and open to the public!

Find more about Emily Graslie here!

Growing Toward the Light:

Pittsburgh Nature

A Juried Amateur Art Competition & Exhibition 

When: March 9 - 31

Where: Gumberg Library Popular Reading Area

Submission Deadline: February 28

Join us for an art exhibition held in conjunction with the NEA Big Read @ Duquesne, featuring artworks inspired by trees, plants, seeds, botany, or themes of nature reflected in our Big Read book, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. To submit an entry, click here!

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Gumberg Library will host programming in support of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant structured around the best-selling memoir, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren 

Hope Jahren

Photograph: Ressler Photography

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