"The Horror Genre as a Social Force" Scholar Community

The Pitt Honors "Horror Genre as a Social Force" Scholar Community is partnering with other units on campus and Pittsburgh-based organizations to hold several events on this topic throughout the academic year. Partners include the Global Horror Studies Archival and Research Network, Pitt’s Horror Studies Working Group, the University Library System’s George A. Romero Collection and Horror Studies Archive, and the George A. Romero Foundation.


The best kind of learning is always somewhat scary...isn't it?


Below is a current calendar. Further updates for these events will be posted when they become available. All events are virtual unless otherwise noted.

Aug. 24, 2020: Opening of an exhibit featuring archival materials from the George A. Romero Collection in Pitt’s Horror Studies Archive. On view in-person in the newly renovated Department of Archives and Special Collections gallery at Hillman Library; exhibit planned to run throughout the fall semester. Sponsored by Pitt’s University Library System. Hillman Library, 3rd Floor Exhibit Cases, 3960 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

Oct. 9, 2020 (For Students): Information session at 2 p.m. for students interested in learning more about the scholar community! View flyer for link.

Oct. 9, 2020 (For Pitt Faculty): Initial gathering at 4 p.m. for faculty interested in learning more about the “Horror Genre as a Social Force” Scholar Community sponsored by the Honors College. Please join us for a discussion led by Adam Lowenstein, professor of English and Film/Media Studies at Pitt and a board member of the George A. Romero Foundation, and get a sneak preview of all the exciting special events lined up for this year. All Pitt faculty are welcome, and no previous experience in horror is required!  Please contact Everett Herman at everettherman@pitt.edu to request an invitation to the event.

Oct. 13, 2020: Reading at 7 p.m. with Daniel Kraus, co-author (with George A. Romero) of the new novel, "The Living Dead," and co-writer (with Guillermo del Toro) of the novel, "The Shape of Water." Sponsored by the University Library System. View flyer.

Oct. 17, 2020: Special event at 7 p.m. celebrating the 25th anniversary of the pioneering horror film "Tales from the Hood," with the film’s director, Pittsburgh’s own Rusty Cundieff. Sponsored by the University Honors College.

Oct. 20, 2020: “Women in Horror” writers panel at 7 p.m, featuring readings and conversation with four major women authors, including the award-winning Kathe Koja. Sponsored by Pitt’s University Library System. View flyer.

Nov. 9, 2020: Final Girls Berlin Film Festival "Best of the Fest": A screening of new female-directed short horror films will be available for a week preceding the event. On Nov. 9, the curators and directors will join us for a Q&A, representing countries from all over the world. Sponsored by Pitt’s Horror Studies Working Group and the Global Studies Center.

Nov. 11, 2020: Programming and Film Festival Workshop with Elinor Lewy and Sara Neidorf: Final Girls Berlin Film Festival head programmers Elinor Lewy and Sara Neidorf will discuss the process of running a film festival and programming horror films, with emphasis on women-directed horror. Sponsored by Pitt’s Horror Studies Working Group and the Global Studies Center.