What Does It Mean to Be Curious?

A discussion series in which we invite panelists from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds to have a free-ranging discussion of the nature, capacity, and challenges of curiosity.  Interested in getting involved? Contact Kate Joranson at k.joranson@pitt.edu

Curiosity + Unfamiliar Spaces

Friday, January 25, 2019
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University

RSVP: https://pcdpittsburgh.wordpress.com/2018/12/26/curiosity-unfamiliar-spaces/

What does it mean to be curious about unfamiliar spaces?

Join this free-ranging discussion where we explore how people create with and contend with seemingly inaccessible languages, vocabularies, scripts, social spaces, and wild spaces.


  • Nina Barbuto, Director, Assemble
  • Marijke Hecht, Graduate Student, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • Darrell Kinsel, Co-founder, Boom Concepts
  • Kyle McDonald, Artist


  • Kate Joranson


Curiosity Dialogues: Making Connections in Spite of Our Fear

March 22, 2018
Noon-2 p.m.
Hillman Library, Amy Knapp Room

Curiosity can be born out of fear and trepidation while it can also come from a desire to connect and find commonalities. How are these intertwined? People may be afraid but also want to know and share. We fear, but we are wired to want to connect.

We will offer a two-hour discussion-based program where participants will dig into their own experiences, listen deeply to others, and reflect on experiences of being othered. Facilitators will foster an environment where we explore social identities and how we perceive ourselves and one another. This discussion will create a space where we come to inhabit transdisciplinary terrain in the humanities and social sciences.



¿Se Puede Cultivar la Curiosidad? 

Miércoles 8 de Noviembre de 2017
7-8:30 p.m.

Alphabet City, en Northside de Pittsburgh
Gratis RSVP

¿Cómo la curiosidad de una persona se compromete, desafia y se encarna a través del lenguaje? Este panel será en español, con traducción disponible para aquellos que quieran escuchar en inglés. Reservaremos tiempo al final para que el público reflexione sobre la experiencia de escuchar tanto en inglés como en español.

La discusión del panel será discutido en español, con traducción al inglés disponible.


  • Rosamaria Cristello, Directora Ejecutiva, Centro Comunitario Latino
  • José Díaz, Curador en Jefe, Museo Andy Warhol
  • Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD, MPH, FAAP, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Associate Professor, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Angelica Ocampo, Presidenta y CEO del Consejo de Asuntos Mundiales de Pittsburgh

Co-moderadas de discusión

  • Kate Joranson, Directora, Frick Fine Arts Library, Universidad de Pittsburgh 
  • Silvia Duarte, Subdirectora, Ciudad de Asilo de Pittsburgh

Descargar la aplicación "Hearing Hotspot"

  1. Accede a la App Store (iPhone) oa Google Play Store (Android).
  2. Búsque “Hearing Hotspot”
  3. Puede encontrar la aplicación con este logotipo. Es publicado por Williams Sound.
  4. Seleccione "Get" y luego "Install" (iPhone), o simplemente "Install" (Android)
  5. Espere a que la aplicación descargue e instale, y ya ha terminado!


Can Curiosity be Cultivated?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
7-8:30 p.m.

Alphabet City, on Pittsburgh’s Northside

How is a person’s curiosity engaged, challenged, and embodied through language? This panel discussion will be conducted in Spanish, with headset translation available for those who would like to listen in English. We will encourage audience questions, and reserve time at the end for the audience to reflect on the experience of listening in both English and Spanish.

The panel discussion will take place in Spanish, with English translation available. Please bring headphones and download the Hearing Hotspot App.


  • Rosamaria Cristello, Executive Director, Latino Community Center
  •  Jose Diaz, Chief Curator, The Andy Warhol Museum
  •  Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD, MPH, FAAP, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Associate Professor, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  •  Angelica Ocampo, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh


  • Kate Joranson, Head, Frick Fine Arts Library, University of Pittsburgh
  • Silvia Duarte, Assistant Director, City of Asylum

Downloading the Hearing Hotspot App

  1. Go to the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android).
  2. Search for “Hearing Hotspot.”
  3. You can find the app with this logo. It is published by Williams Sound.  
  4. Select “Get” and then “Install” (iPhone), or just “Install” (Android).
  5. Wait for app to download and install, and you are finished!

Downloads (PDFs)



Information about the Fall 2016 Series

Do Disciplines Engage Curiosity Differently?

Thursday, October 13, 2016


  • Michael Madison, Director, Innovation Practice Institute, School of Law
  • Jim Maher, Provost Emeritus and Physicist
  • Barbara McCloskey, Chair, History of Art and Architecture
  • Jason Rosenstock, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine


Can Curiosity Promote Healthy Living?

Thursday, December 1, 2016


  • Ketaki Desai, Executive Director, eCenter@LindenPointe
  • Willa Doswell, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Linnea Glick, Assistant Director, PITT ARTS
  • Lynne Williams, Physician, Co-Founder, Jeremiah's Place



Information about the Fall 2015–Spring 2016 Series

What is curiosity and can it be learned?

November 18, 2015


  • Alison Langmead, History of Art and Architecture & School of Information Sciences
  • Aaron Henderson, Studio Arts
  • Edward Stricker, Neuroscientist & Dean of University Honors College
  • Paolo Palmieri, History and Philosophy of Science


Can sites cultivate curiosity?

December 10, 2015


  • Richard Pell, CMU/Center for PostNatural History
  • Kirk Savage, History of Art and Architecture
  • Steve Tonsor, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Barbara Weissberger, Studio Arts


Can tools enable curiosity?

February 17, 2016


  • Nathan Clark, Computational and Systems Biology
  • Eric Moe, Department of Music
  • Jocelyn Monahan, School of Information Sciences
  • Jeff Suzik, Falk Laboratory School


What is curiosity in action?

April 6, 2016


  • Gretchen Bender, History of Art and Architecture
  • Carol Greco,  UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Delanie Jenkins, Studio Arts
  • Cori Richards-Zawacki, Department of Biological Sciences 

Videos from our seminar series