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Second Public Reading of Hill District’s ‘1000 Stories’ Set for Friday

A group of Duquesne students and community members will present the second public reading of oral histories at the Hill House Association's '1000 Stories' project on Friday, Dec. 7. The free readings are open to the public and will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Hill House Kaufmann Center, 1825 Centre Ave.

Nine stories have been added to the collection this semester through a Duquesne service-learning course taught by Dr. Susan Goldberg, assistant professor of psychology.

"These stories highlight the history and memories of the Hill District, focusing on the promising future anticipated as a community," said Goldberg. "The past readings have highlighted personal resilience that current and previous residents have exhibited with the help of the Hill House. The project works to help change the misconceptions about the Hill District.

"It is a very rich cultural history with great potential for the future," she said. "Both the past and the future are missing from public discourse about the Hill. The goal is to help bring the rich history and moving stories to Pittsburgh and Duquesne."

The project is part of a 10-year initiative to document compelling stories of resilience, redemption and transformation in the Hill District neighborhood. Through their courses, Duquesne students have helped create 21 of the 36 total stories recorded to date. 

"Dr. Goldberg's class is an excellent example of the ways in which service-learning enables our students to explore disciplinary concepts, such as personal narrative, in meaningful ways that also provide significant community contributions," said Dr. Lina Dostilio, director of academic community engagement.  

This project, one of the longstanding collaborations between the University and the community, results from a partnership between the Office of Service-Learning and the Hill House Association. Outreach to the neighborhood is emphasized in the University's  2010-2015 strategic plan.

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