KNOWbodies: Knowledge Through Perspective Speaker Series

As we continue to invest in our community outreach efforts, we’re excited to announce this latest way that we are acting as a resource for learning and connecting with one another. Our goal is to look at individual experiences, gifts and knowledge to bring our community a wide variety of monthly topics.

In March 2022 we will begin charging a small fee for tickets to our speaker series. $10 (per ticket) for member and $15 for non-members. The only exception will April 24 (Angelo Merendino), which was rescheduled.
Advance registration is required.

Please direct all questions to Nadine Ostrowski at or 412-828-8566.

Sunday, Feb. 20 at 7:30pm

Feng Shui: How and why our lives are affected by our spaces

With Fawn Chang

Join us to learn how and why our lives are directly affected by the places we live, work, learn and heal. This talk will be presented by Fawn Chang, an Interior Designer, Feng Shui Expert, and Color Marketing Expert. Fawn is an industry insider, on the cutting edge of the latest color and design trends. For nearly 30 years, Fawn has been demonstrating how and why our lives are directly affected by the places we live, work, learn, heal and more. Her designs have been the leading edge of the trend in Feng Shui to live a healthier and happier life through conscious design of the built environments in which we live, work, play and heal. Her book, The Gentle SHIFT, is scheduled for release in 2021.

Doors open at 7pm, talk begins at 7:30pm.

Sunday, April 24 at 7:30pm

In Conversation

Photographer Angelo Meredino

A great conversation requires two people, talking and listening. Angelo believes that a great photograph requires the same. Although he went to school to study photography, life has been Angelo’s best teacher. When taking photographs, he tries to capture moments that resonate with his heart. Usually, he says, these moments are simple and right in front of him. Veering from our format to date with our series, Angelo will join us in a conversational format with an interviewer.

View Angelo’s TED Talk titled, “Community on Social Networks Sharing Experiences and Healing

Doors open at 7pm, talk begins at 7:30pm.

Sunday, May 22 at 7pm

The Secrets Hidden In Our Handwriting

With Michelle Dresbold

Michelle Dresbold

Nationally recognized handwriting expert, author, speaker, and artist, Michelle Dresbold, has drawn on her skills to engage live and televised audiences, provide legal assistance in hundreds of trials, and fascinate readers of her syndicated columns and nationally published book, Sex, Lies, and Handwriting.

As the only civilian graduate of the United States Secret Service’s Advanced Document Examination Program, Michelle provides expert services to prosecutors, private attorneys, and police departments throughout the United States. She has been consulted in cases ranging from embezzlement, fraud, and forgery to arson, stalking, and murder. Her testimony has been cited as a key factor in many of these trials, solidifying her reputation as one of the top handwriting analysis experts in the nation.

Michelle has appeared on nationally televised programs including the Today Show, CBS Early Show, Fox News, History Channel, and Discovery Channel’s Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer.

Doors open at 6:30pm, talk begins at 7pm.

Sunday, Dec. 12 at 7:30pm

So You Want to Know More About Your Family History

With Kate Townsend

Kate assists clients in discovering their own family history utilizing the know-how of an experienced investigator. Having previously worked as an investigator at a large financial institution as well as investigative firms, Kate conducted complex due diligence, fraud and anti-money laundering investigations. She puts the same sleuthing skills she harnessed in the high-stakes corporate world to task when she conducts research for her clients. If a record exists, she has the determination and expertise to locate it while providing detailed and thoughtful analysis. Kate specializes in conducting research in Pennsylvania (particularly Western and Central), West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

Doors open at 7pm, talk begins at 7:30pm.

Sunday, Sept. 12 at 7:30pm

History and Culture of the Seneca Nation

With Dr. Joe Stahlman

Dr. Stahlman is an Indigenous Anthropologist, the Director of the Seneca Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Office, and the Director for the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, New York.

Dr. Stalman shared with us some of the rich history and culture of the Seneca Nation, as well as the deep roots between Seneca Chief Guyasuta and the Fox Chapel area.

Click here to view a recording of Dr. Stahlman’s talk.

Sunday, Oct. 17 at 7:30pm

Haunted Pittsburgh

Just in time for Halloween with Tom White!

Tom is University archivist and curator of special collections in the Gumberg Library at Duquesne University and an adjunct lecturer in Duquesne’s History Department and La Roche University.

The award-winning author of eleven books, including ‘Forgotten Tales of Pittsburgh’, Tom will explore the history and cultural meaning behind some of our region’s supernatural legends.

Doors open at 7pm, talk begins at 7:30pm.

Sunday, Nov. 14 at 4:00pm

Living a Life of Community Service

With Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

The eldest of Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s eleven children, Kathleen grew up instilled with advice from her father that as the oldest of the next generation, she and her siblings had a particular responsibility … to be kind to others and work for their country. In addition to serving as the first woman Lt. Governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003, Kathleen is the former Director of Retirement Security at the Economic Policy Institute. She has also served as chair of the Governor’s Retirement Security Task Force for the State of Maryland, was a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General and is an accomplished author. Kathleen will be sharing her experience on living a life of community service and sharing some stories about her legendary family.

Doors open at 3:30pm, talk begins at 4pm.