Duquesne Honors College Students, Daisy Wilson Artist Community to Unveil Partnership
The Daisy Wilson Artist Community hopes to renovate the boyhood home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson on Bedford Avenue in the Hill District for future use as a residence, workshop and performance space for artists, musicians and writers.
Throughout the semester, students in the Community and University Honors Seminar deepened their understanding of August Wilson, the neighboring Hill District and the process for developing a strategic plan.
"The question students had to answer was, ‘How can the Honors College and Duquesne students best become involved in the development and re-use of August Wilson's boyhood house?'" said Dr. Evan Stoddard, associate dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, who taught the service-learning course.
"The strategic plan addresses those issues and questions."
The plan is part of Duquesne's ongoing commitment to the Hill District community. The University has a longstanding tradition of programs in the Hill, including pharmacy, health care and educational services. Additionally, outreach to the neighborhood is a focus of the University's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.