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October 19, 2021

La Roche Literary Society Announces 2021-22 Schedule

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 19, 2021 – Learn what it takes to climb Mount Everest, explore a new type of literary genre and study the lyrics of Broadway with the La Roche Literary Society from October 2021 through March 2022.

The Literary Society will host the following presentations, which are free and open to the public, at La Roche’s campus in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.

“Pittsburgh to Mount Everest: The Adventure of a Lifetime” 
Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. 
Ryan Room, Zappala Campus Center

La Roche alumnus Jeffrey Srdomski ’96 will share his personal experience and photos of climbing Mount Everest in April 2019. Mr. Srdomski has climbed not only Mount Everest but also mountains in Alaska, Antarctica, Africa, Russia and Argentina.

“Creating Genre: Biography in Poetry and Prose” 
Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. 
Ryan Room, Zappala Campus Center

Dr. Janine Bayer, chair of the La Roche English Department, will discuss her recent publication of a literary biography of poet Samuel Hazo: “Before the Pen Runs Dry: A Literary Biography of Samuel Hazo.” The presentation will explain how Dr. Bayer created a new type of literary biography and the challenges of this venture without a model to emulate.

“Stages of Faith” Musical Presentation 
Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m. 
Location TBD

La Roche Chaplain Father Peter Horton, accompanied by Liturgist and Associate Professor of Music at St. Vincent College Dr. Tom Octave, will give a fresh eye to the lyrics of Broadway musicals.

La Roche adheres to COVID-19 safety measures that align with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Allegheny County Health Department. Visitors must wear facing coverings in all indoor settings on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

Initiated in the early 1980s, La Roche University’s Literary Society provides a forum for scholarship and discussion on literature and other issues.

Please contact Sister Rita Yeasted, Ph.D., SFCC, at 412-536-1216 or for more information.

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,300 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.