Digital Story Premiere Nov. 30

Nov 29, 2021

The event will highlight work by students in the Cal U Honors Program.

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Cal U students are ready to debut another batch of fascinating stories from southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Digital Storytelling Premiere — featuring historical socieites from Brownsville, Carrie Furnace, Bethel Park and Donora — will be streamed at at 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

The presentations will be made by students in Dr. Christina Fisanick’s Honors English digital storytelling class.

Students contact some of the 125 regional historical societies and organizations that participate in the Senator John Heinz History Center Affiliates Program to highlight their collections.

They learn how to work with primary sources and improve their interviewing and writing, while the historical societies use the videos to encourage interest and increase awareness.

The event continues a partnership that began in 2013 between Cal U and the affiliates program.

This semester's work complements an exhibit on display in Manderino Library featuring the work of Pittsburgh artist Ron Donoughe. 

"Brownsville to Braddock: Paintings of the Monongahela Valley" captures details of towns such as Brownsville, California, Charleroi, Monessen, Monongahela, Clairton, Duquesne, McKeesport and Braddock, as well as the Mon River itself. It will be at Cal U through Dec. 3. Details

"Ron's art and my students' digital stories tell the history of the Mon Valley, including the Carrie Furnace, the National Road's impact on Brownsville, Donora's Eldora Park, and an artist and journalist from Bethel Park," Fisanick said.