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The McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts are at the center of Duquesne University's Education for the Mind, Heart and Spirit. Founded in 1878 as the first of the University's schools, the College embodies both Duquesne's Catholic tradition and its ecumenical atmosphere. We strive for academic excellence, search for truth, aspire to live a virtuous life, respect the dignity of the h

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Join us tomorrow for an enriching evening featuring Dr. Michael Berenbaum, renowned for his expertise in Holocaust studies and antisemitism.

Learn more: https://www.duq.edu/academics/colleges-and-schools/liberal-arts/calendar.php -details/4dbe7aad-ef1f-408a-a39f-00f2ae6131a3

⭐️⬇️⭐️ Upcoming Event Alert! ⭐️⬇️⭐️

Join us for an evening with Michael Berenbaum, widely considered one of the world's most distinguished scholars of the Holocaust and antisemitism. Dr. Berenbaum draws on his extensive knowledge of Jewish history and thought to explore communities' understanding of this tragedy and its enduring legacy.

📅 Tuesday, March 12
🕕 6:00 p.m.
📍Power Center Ballroom

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but recommended. Reception to follow afterward.

For more information and to pre-register visit this link: https://www.duq.edu/academics/colleges-and-schools/liberal-arts/calendar.php -details/4dbe7aad-ef1f-408a-a39f-00f2ae6131a3

Pittsburgh poet's new collection explores race and identity 03/08/2024

This week, Cameron Barnett, A'11, spoke with 90.5 WESA about his second collection of poetry published by the Pittsburgh-based Autumn House Press. Read more about "Murmur" here:

Pittsburgh poet's new collection explores race and identity Poet Cameron Barnett discusses his second collection, "Murmur."

Why Older Citizens Are More Likely to Vote 02/27/2024

Dr. Kristen Coopie's classroom is an exciting place to be. She co-teaches Presidents and the Constitution with President Ken Gormley and always challenges students to go beyond the surface and look for a fuller story.

Dr. Coopie is a respected expert beyond the classroom as well — most recently sharing knowledge with U.S. News & World Report readers across the country. Check out her insights on the voting patterns of older Americans:

Why Older Citizens Are More Likely to Vote In the U.S., senior voters turn out to protect benefits and participate in their communities.


Lindsey Harris, A'24, epitomizes success. She is a double major in Psychology & English (Writing Concentration) with a Sociology minor. When she’s not studying, she is the Lead Resident Assistant at Des Places and is the second-time President of the Black Student Union (BSU).

As a native of the Pittsburgh area, she chose Duquesne because she wanted to attend a college with a strong campus feel that was close to home. Being in the center of it all downtown was a bonus.

At Duquesne, she has found community through the Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student Inclusion and the BSU.

Her favorite memory with the BSU has been the annual Black Love Day: All The Stars event the club hosts, which celebrates the success of Black and Brown students at the University.

Reflecting on the past few years, she says: “I’ve grown a lot through the opportunities with staff and faculty. They support my dreams.”

Lindsey, already a published writer, intends to work on a book after graduation while she applies for graduate programs to pursue a career in marriage and couples counseling. With confidence in the Psychology Department’s approach to the field, she feels assured of achieving her bigger goals.

“The Psychology Department takes a humanistic approach, which is not the case for most undergraduates elsewhere. I like that I can take that humanistic understanding of psychology and apply it directly to a graduate program,” says Harris.

Photos from Duquesne University Liberal Arts's post 02/14/2024

Love and learning abound at the Center for Hispanic Studies.

Students in the Spanish Conversation and Composition class have gathered insights into Valentine’s Day customs from conversations with native speakers. They’ve now incorporated these insights into lessons for students in local Pittsburgh schools. This year, their work has expanded the Niños y Niñas Bilingües program to four community organizations.

Pictured here are lessons from YMCA-Duquesne Preschool and Environmental Charter School Pittsburgh.

¡Feliz Día de San Valentín!

Civil Discourse Series 02/14/2024

Join us on March 13, from 3-5 p.m., in the Power Center Ballroom for the annual Civil Discourse Series.

RSVP at duq.edu/CivilDiscourse by Monday, March 11.

Civil Discourse Series The Duquesne University series on Civil Discourse is sponsored by the Office of the President to explore the importance of respectful debate even on challenging topics.

Basketball, FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2024: Preview, schedule and stars to watch 02/12/2024

Two Liberal Arts alumnae who played on the Duquesne Women's Basketball team will be battling for a spot on their respective international teams for a chance to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Fatou Pouye studied Corporate Communications and Nina Aho graduated with degrees in International Relations and International Security Studies.

Basketball, FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2024: Preview, schedule and stars to watch Find out all you need to know about the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments taking place across the world from 8-11 February.

Duq honors six soon-to-be saints • The Duquesne Duke 02/09/2024

“I hope [attendees] come away with a sense of the vastness of the Catholic Church. That the Catholic Church is so diverse in terms of its people, its language, its cultures, its races, spirituality, and how much people of African descent have given to the church,” Dr. Greta Tucker said.

Read more about the exhibit honoring the lives of Black Catholic saints in The Duquesne Duke:

Duq honors six soon-to-be saints • The Duquesne Duke Ember Duke | Staff Writer Six Black Americans are in the process of becoming saints through canonization, and The Catholic Studies Department is holding a special exhibit to bring awareness for Black history month. In [...]


Ecstatic. Joyous. Grateful.

There are lots of words to describe yesterday’s Day of Giving and how we're feeling.

Not only did we meet our matching goal, but we also raised more money for the College than we did last year.

These funds will go towards life-changing opportunities for our students to reach their bigger goals.

Thank you.


We’re so thankful for our amazing community today.

So far, we’ve raised over $21,000 for the College.

Time is running out — but we still believe we can make this our most successful Day of Giving yet.

Help change our students’ lives tonight: https://dayofgiving.duq.edu/giving-day/80546/department/80552

Don’t you… forget about 🎶 There are only a few hours left! Your gift - no matter the size - helps ignite the spark for our students. ❤️💙

Make your gift: https://dayofgiving.duq.edu/


Dean Kristine Blair would like to thank you for helping us raise over $14,000 for the Day of Giving so far.

Your generosity today will help Liberal Arts students achieve their bigger goals and access life-changing opportunities through the College.

Let’s keep the momentum going and set a giving record!

Make a difference now: https://dayofgiving.duq.edu/giving-day/80546/department/80552


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Make a difference for a Liberal Arts student now: https://dayofgiving.duq.edu/giving-day/80546/department/80552

Today, we join Duquesne University in celebrating the 9th annual Duquesne Day of Giving—a 24-hour virtual fundraising extravaganza. Together, we unite for a day of generosity and make a lasting impact on the Duquesne community.

Join our CEO and proud Duquesne University '94 alum, Shea Murtaugh, in the festivities! Shea and James Murtaugh '93 will match donations to the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000. Their own support is being directed to Duquesne Media, which is home to majors in Digital Media Arts, Multiplatform Journalism, Sports Information and Media, and Strategic Public Relations and Advertising.



The Day of Giving is here! Join us in supporting the College and honoring the legacy of Fr. Henry J. McAnulty.

Your gift empowers us to develop innovative programs, support student research, assist with internships, and provide community engagement opportunities.

Every dollar you donate is matched up to $11,200, doubling the impact of your generosity.

It’s 9 a.m. – and we’ve met over $2,000 of our goal. Let’s keep the momentum going and set a record this year!

Make a gift today: https://dayofgiving.duq.edu/giving-day/80546/department/80552


Meet Bethany Kaser, a PhD student in the Duquesne University English and Theater Arts Department and a proud recipient of the American Association of Colleges and Universities's K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award.

Specializing in Victorian studies and women's and gender studies, her work this past year earned two awards at the Graduate Research Symposium and recognition at the International Toy Research Association Conference.

Bethany's commitment extends beyond research; she focuses on inclusion of neurodivergent students, student-parents, and addressing climate justice in higher education. In her winning portfolio for the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, she emphasizes "using strong discussion skills to give all students a voice" and supporting first-generation graduate students.

She says mentorship played a significant role in getting to where she is today.

"The mentors I've worked with in CTE and the English Department have been monumental in my academic and professional development," she acknowledges. Duquesne's resources, from conference funding to the Gumberg Library, have played a crucial role in her success.

Congratulations, Bethany!

Photos from Duquesne University Alumni Association's post 01/31/2024

We’re so lucky to have such great Day of Giving ambassadors ❤️💙

Triathlon Earns CTCA Academic Honors - Duquesne University Athletics 01/29/2024

Going for gold and the Dean's List 🏅📚

Congratulations, Ainsleigh Cardone, for being a Scholar All-American Honorable Mention!

Triathlon Earns CTCA Academic Honors - Duquesne University Athletics PITTSBURGH -- The Duquesne University triathlon team was well represented in the College Triathlon Coaches Association (CTCA) fall academic honors announced this week. The Dukes, who posted a 3.475 team GPA in its first semester of competition, received recognition as a Scholar All-American Team, wh...


As the oldest College at Duquesne, our students have a century-long tradition of graduating with strong critical thinking, ethical decision making, creative problem solving, and effective communication skills.

This has led our current students and recent graduates to land internships and jobs at organizations such as Walt Disney World, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Penguins, UPMC, and more.

Your support on this Day of Giving on February 7th empowers them to continue these impactful internships and positions, shaping them into future leaders.

Save the date and learn more: https://dayofgiving.duq.edu/giving-day/80546/department/80552


A snowy day on the Bluff ❄️


Today, we mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As part of Unity Week, members of the Duquesne community are participating in the Allegheny County Bar Association's annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast and Program in the Hill District.

➡️ You can livestream the event here: https://www.facebook.com/ACBAHomerBrownDivision

Liberal Arts Student Finds Her Path 01/09/2024

Meet Kelly Leach, a Duquesne trailblazer who fearlessly navigated a shift in her academic journey, finding her passion in Liberal Arts as a history and women’s and gender studies double major. Her advice to students: "Go for it and don't be nervous — the support system is so strong!"

Liberal Arts Student Finds Her Path

This meeting 60 years ago in Jerusalem changed a millennium 01/05/2024

Explore the insights of Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Graduate Director and Associate Professor of Theology, in this article recounting the 1964 meeting between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras. Breaking a 500-year silence, they ushered in a new era of dialogue. Today, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I continue the pursuit of unity.

This meeting 60 years ago in Jerusalem changed a millennium Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras met on the slopes of the Mount of Olives in January 1964 to forge a new path toward unity.


And that's a wrap. Thanks to everyone in our community who helped make this semester incredible. We're wishing you a restful and relaxing break. See you back on the Bluff soon!

Da Selected by Columbus Crew in MLS Superdraft - Duquesne University Athletics 12/20/2023

Bigger goal achieved: International Relations major and African Studies minor Jayden Da joins the 2023 MLS Champions Columbus Crew as their first-round pick in the Superdraft.

Da Selected by Columbus Crew in MLS Superdraft - Duquesne University Athletics Pittsburgh, Pa. – Junior forward Jayden Da of the Duquesne University men's soccer team became the first student-athlete in program history to be selected in the first round of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Superdraft, presented by Adidas, Tuesday, as he was selected with the No. 29 pick by the Co...

Photos from Duquesne University Liberal Arts's post 12/15/2023

Congratulations to our December graduates! We wish you the best as you begin the next chapter of your lives. Words can't describe how excited we are to see what you accomplish next.


Today is the day! Congratulations to Zach and all of the other 2023 graduates. ❤️💙

Transition has been a dominant theme throughout Duquesne University Liberal Arts double major Zach Petroff’s life. As a child he moved over a dozen times. As a U.S. Marine, Zach did two combat deployments in two very different parts of the world, the Gulf of Aden and Helmand Province, Afghanistan. And when going back to school after working in auto sales for several years in his native Ohio, he transferred from Kent State to Pitt to ultimately finding a home at Duquesne.

Once here, he was immediately introduced to the supportive community Duquesne prides itself on. Coming in, “I knew I wanted a little more intimate experience with my educational experience. So, I ended up coming for a tour,” he said.

Petroff initially felt out of place as an older, non-traditional student among the students who were still in high school, but upon discovering the new Union Broadcast Center and the Director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Media, Don Maue, seeking him out, he knew he was in the right place. “I left that day knowing that I would come here.”

His journey at Duquesne has afforded him the opportunity to build other meaningful relationships with faculty, staff and his success coach, who all walked alongside him.

As a double major in Multiplatform Journalism and History, he spent a lot of time in College Hall. Petroff joined the staff of the Duquesne Duke student newspaper as the opinion editor, was active in the Society of Professional Journalists and the Student Veterans of America chapter. “I really need feedback. I really thought I needed feedback to grow as a writer. And that is something I got in spades.”

In addition to the classroom relationships, he valued the community he became a part of at the Veterans Center in Libermann Hall. Led by Chris Boissonnault, himself a retired Marine, the Center provides a quiet space where veterans can relax, form bonds, study and get access to any services they might need. “It can be really intimidating walking onto campus, feeling old, being the old guy, but the Veterans Center is a great place to meet up, talk about shared experiences, gain valuable information, and really kind of create a bond. The Veterans Center played such a pivotal role. I think it helped me grow into the person I am now.”

In his final column for the Duke, Zach reflected on his unique journey. “What I will forever engrave in my heart is how these professors (Dr. Pamela Walck, Dr. Mike Dillon and Prof. Margaret Patterson) believed in their students, even when the students may not have believed in themselves.”

Next up for Zach, he will start a job as a staff reporter with the Butler Eagle newspaper. “I am really excited to get into the field of journalism at such a pivotal time in its history,” he said.

Photos from Duquesne University Liberal Arts's post 12/07/2023

Students in Liberal Arts chatted with Dean Kristine Blair and decorated their graduation caps today in College Hall. Oh, and we should probably mention the unexpected visit from Taylor Swift.

Photos from Duquesne University Liberal Arts's post 11/30/2023

Meet Reilly Zimmerman ’20. Duquesne University Media alumna. Video producer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. 2023 Emmy winner.

“My time at Duquesne really led me to where I am with the Penguins,” she says. “Without Duquesne’s excellent and extensive journalism program and involved alumni, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”


Braden is ready for Duquesne’s Day of Giving. Are you? duq.edu/supportduq

Photos from Duquesne University Liberal Arts's post 11/20/2023

Cranberry sauce met compelling discourse last week when students in The Duquesne Debating Society exchanged views on Thanksgiving. Is the holiday great because it’s a time to be appreciative or do other holidays offer a better time for reflection? Is the food delicious or overrated?

Turkey talk aside, the Debating Society, housed in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, provides students with a platform to hone crucial skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, and the ability to articulate and defend diverse perspectives. Beyond fostering intellectual growth, the student organization cultivates confidence, teamwork, and the capacity to engage in constructive dialogue – a foundation for success in academia, professional life, and civic engagement.

Regardless if you think Thanksgiving is the best holiday or not, we hope that this week is filled with fun and festive memories with friends, family, and loved ones.

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