Throughout the year, JOA Scholars are offered access to various cultural and intellectual events around Pittsburgh. Some events are free and open to the public, such as the numerous lectures offered at Carnegie Mellon University, or certain presentations sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Other events require tickets that the JOA Scholars purchase on their own. Frequently situated in the Cultural District, or on the campus of either CMU or Pitt, these events offer scholars opportunities for enriching experiences outside of the school day. Many JOA-sponsored events are cross-disciplinary and might correspond to curriculum in a literature or social studies class. Some of the globally-oriented events also count for scholars in the Global Competence Initiative.
The Director of the Scholars Program will provide announcements of events electronically, and students are welcome to seek events other than those recommended. All events must be approved by the Director for credit. While attendance at two “events” per semester, with at least one being of an intellectual nature, is expected of all JOA Scholars, the decision as to which events to attend is left to the discretion of the student. The objective is to foster a sense of curiosity on the part of the student while allowing her to realize the control she exercises over her choice to expand her world.
Always cognizant of the social component essential to a female learning environment, the Director encourages scholars to attend events together, to make plans to grab dinner before an in-person lecture or Zoom together to a remote event—and most importantly, to discuss their experiences in the world beyond our campus.
In order to gain credit, scholars are required to publish a blog post (at least a few paragraphs long) about the event, within a week of attendance. Events must occur outside of school hours, thus excluding mandatory or voluntary school field trips. Because Joan of Arc Scholars should always seek to learn and experience new things, they may not repeat attendance at the same event(s) from year to year. Luckily, even in a remote environment, our community is rich with cultural and intellectual opportunities!