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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Calendar Highlights

March 22:

CMU Africa in Rwanda Annual Update Seminar. 1:30 - 3 p.m., Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201. Michel Bezy, associate director of Carnegie Mellon University Africa in Rwanda, will discuss the progress and results of this unique CMU master's degree program. The objective of this annual seminar is to generate interest and involvement from the CMU community. This year, Dr. Bezy also will discuss the new research center that was recently launched in Kigali and is open to any person interested in research on the African continent.

March 23:

Discover Dietrich. 11:30 a.m., Baker Hall Coffee Lounge. Open to the campus community, all of the Dietrich College's academic departments, in addition to the Humanities Scholars Program (HSP) and Quantitative Social Science Scholars (QSSS) Program, will be on hand with project poster presentations from faculty and students, and information about upcoming courses, majors and minors. There also will be refreshments and a chance to win a prize from the CMU bookstore for any student who attends. Learn more.  

And Celebrate Dietrich. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., CFA Lawn. Dietrich College students, faculty and staff will enjoy food and games. Activities will range from a nacho bar to a photo booth and oversized board games. There will be a chance at prizes for students and giveaways for all who attend. Find out more.

Biking Forum. 12 - 1 p.m. and 4 - 5 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. This will be an informal Q&A session about biking on campus and in the city. For new and veteran bike riders and cyclists, this session will help make your commute safer and more fun. Handouts provided, including the Urban Biking Companion booklet and the Pittsburgh Bike Map, plus others. Hosted by the Bike Advisory Committee.

Managing Art & Social Impact featuring Zeyba Rahman. 12 - 1:20 p.m., Hamburg Hall A301. In an increasingly diverse and globalized world with rapidly expanding access to technology and cross-cultural experiences, the arts play a critical role in fostering mutual understanding across divides. In the age of communication, this approach lends powerful support to cultural diplomacy efforts, to advance social justice and positive societal change. In the lecture, Rahman will draw upon her experiences as a curator, festival producer, artistic director, cultural policy advisor and foundation officer to discuss the how the cultural sector can bridge sectors and borders, and also provide insight about how to engage the arts medium to facilitate, manage and evaluate social change. Rahman joined the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an operating foundation of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in 2013 as senior program officer for the Building Bridges Program. Rahman manages the Building Bridges Program’s national grant making to support projects that advance relationships, increase understanding and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.  This event is presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Dietrich College. Find out more and RSVP.

The Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History presents "Rape Hysteria and the Sexual Economy of Race: French Accusations of Sexual Assault Against African-American GIs, 1944-1946," by Mary Louise Roberts, the Distinguished Lucie Aubrac and Plaenert-Bascom Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 4:30 p.m., Breed Hall, Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall 103.  Roberts is the author of "What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II (2013)." She won the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize and the French Historical Studies’ Gilbert Chinard Prize. The book has appeared in French, Chinese, Japanese and Czech, and forms the basis of a French documentary film, “Les Femmes de la libération,” produced by Maha Productions, Paris.

March 24:

Artist talk and book presentation, "Other Russias," by Victoria Lomasko. 8 p.m., City of Asylum Lomasko has been a fixture at Moscow's political trials and protests since the mid-2000s, documenting the tumultuous processes that shape today's Russia. Working in the genre of “graphic reportage,” Lomasko came to prominence for her drawings of the “Forbidden Art-2006” trial and for her documentation of the protests over the arrest of Pussy Riot. The talk and book presentation coincides with her exhibition, "Other Russisas, Angry," at the Ellis Gallery, CFA 312.  Lomasko’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Tatyana Gershkovich (Carnegie Mellon University), Liz Park (Carnegie International), Jon Platt (University of Pittsburgh), and Rob Rogers (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Moderated by Sean Guillory ( Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages. Learn more.

March 27:

The Center for International Relations and Politics and the Institute for Strategic Analysis present Major General William Rapp, commandant, U.S. Army War College, who will speak on "The Importance of Improving Civil- Military Relations."  4:45 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Rapp is the 50th Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1984 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He earned a master's degree  in political science, a master's degree in national security policy and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. Find out more.

March 27-31:

Energy Week. This week-long celebration hosted by CMU's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation focuses on five themes: the Future of Energy, Innovation, Research, Policy and Education. Most events will be held in the Cohon University Center unless otherwise noted. See the agenda for more details.

March 28

Generations in the Workplace Roundtable Discussion. 10 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. What are the defining characteristics of various generations in the workplace? How can working in cross-generational groups foster collaboration? Share insights about your communication and work preferences with others while learning their preferred styles. This roundtable is for staff members who want to discuss ways to navigate generational differences and how to leverage these differences when working towards shared goals. Register online.

March 29:

A Radical Solution to the Race Problem by Quayshawn Spencer, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. 4:30 p.m., Baker Hall 136A Adamson Wing. Recent work in the philosophy of race has focused on how the word "race" is used to classify people in contemporary American English in ordinary life, and the trend has been to develop a one-size-fits-all race theory for the diverse ways that Americans use "race."  In contrast to this trend, Spencer will attempt to understand the meaning of "race" in a single race talk in American English: Office of Management and Budget (OMB) race talk, which Americans use to self-report their race(s) in many formal communications (e.g. job applications, college applications, mortgage loan applications, etc.).  After studying OMB race talk, Spencer finds the OMB meaning of "race’" is a biological meaning and that OMB races are biological and biologically real groups of people.  Co-sponsored by Victor M. Bearg Science and Humanities Scholars Speaker Series and the University Lecture Series.

Staying the Course: Navigating Your Priorities. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Do interruptions keep you from being as effective as you would like? Priority management isn’t solely about identifying our priorities and creating to-do lists. Staying on track of your priorities entails managing interruptions and asking for help. In this workshop, you will focus on identifying common interruptions and develop strategies to minimize their occurrence and impact on your progress. You will then identify when and how to ask for help when feeling overwhelmed by meeting priorities and deadlines. Register online.

March 30:

What They Don't Want You to Know. 12:30 p.m., Posner Hall 151. Vishwas Prabhakara, an information systems and economics major who graduated in 2002, will share some of the decisions he made throughout the first 15 years of his career, and what he wishes he knew when making those decisions. Prior to becoming general manager of Yelp Reservations, known as the easiest to use and fastest growing restaurant management and reservations software, Prabhakara was CEO of BeRecruited and helped millions of high school student-athletes pursue their passions while saving over half-a-billion dollars in tuition. He has also held senior level positions at ESPN, Digg and was founder and CEO of Fanvibe.  Learn more.

"Art Under Attack" by Erin Thompson, professor, John Jay College, CUNY. 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Instability and conflict in Syria, Egypt and other countries rich with the remains of our shared past have led to a recent rise in the looting and destruction of archeological sites. The damage done is incalculable, threatening our knowledge of the past as well as the cultural identity of regions where archeological sites serve as reminders of diversity and tolerance. Terrorist organizations are funding their activities through the sale of looted antiquities and releasing propaganda videos of fighters destroying “idolatrous” antiquities and using ancient ruins as the backdrop for executions. Thompson’s talk will address the legal and policing strategies currently in place to address the looting crisis. She will examine other less traditional, but perhaps more promising, proposals, from marketing campaigns that attempt to persuade collectors not to buy, to computer scientists producing 3-D reconstructions of destroyed antiquities from crowdsourced photographs to the use of drones to monitor vulnerable archeological sites. Thompson is America’s only full-time professor of art crime. Co-sponsored by the Center for Arts in Society, the Humanities Scholars Program, the Department of History and the University Lecture Series.

Assert Yourself. 9 - 11 a.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. Assertive communication is one of the most effective and diplomatic ways to deliver ideas, thoughts and opinions. This active workshop will provide participants with key strategies for communicating assertively while demonstrating respect for others. Register online.

Global Communication Center Workshop: Presentation Skills. 5 - 6 p.m., Ideate Studio A, Hunt Library. Have you ever sat through a tedious or confusing presentation? This workshop will help you create effective oral presentations that present your research in a clear, engaging and memorable way. We will discuss strategies to convey your presentation’s bottom line; innovative research on designing visually effective PowerPoint slides; and public speaking techniques for effective verbal delivery. This popular workshop is appropriate for all levels. Register online.

April 1:

TEDxCMU. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center. TEDxCMU is a conference at Carnegie Mellon that brings together some of the world’s most bold and innovative thinkers to give the talk of their lives. This immersive, daylong conference shares the talents of CMU’s speakers and performers with the Pittsburgh community to create the magic that is TEDxCMU. Find out more.

April 4:

Three Minute Thesis Competition Finals. 5 – 6:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center. Be there to hear engaging presentations about research from CMU's 10 Ph.D. student finalists and vote for the People's Choice! The competition also will be webcast live on the Alumni Association Facebook page where alumni can vote for the new Alumni Award. For more information about the Three Minute Thesis Competition, and to watch championship rounds from previous years, visit

April 5:

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation presents "Designing a Utility of the Future" by Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customer Operations at ComEd. 12 - 1:20 p.m., Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201. Jensen is responsible for overseeing all customer services, including Customer Financial Operations, Customer Care Center, Customer Field Operations, Energy Efficiency and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). ComEd delivers electricity to approximately 3.8 million residential and business customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.  Find out more and RSVP.

Explaining the Hate:  A Psychological Perspective on the Origins of Prejudice by Chante Cox-Boyd, associate teaching professor in CMU's Department of Psychology. 4:30 p.m., Baker Hall A53, Steinberg Auditorium.  Recently, America has experienced an increase in overt acts of prejudice against minority groups.  Many argue that the old attitudes of the past have arisen and the social norm of acceptance of bias has changed leading to more acts of violence against stigmatized groups.  At the same time, there are those who embrace diversity and express a great deal of tolerance towards others.  In this presentation, Cox-Boyd will discuss the psychological underpinnings of prejudice. 

An Era of Tenuous Majorities Continues. 4:45 p.m., Baker Hall 136A. The Center for International Relations and Politics presents Morris P. Fiorina, the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution. Fiorina has written widely on American politics, with special emphasis on the study of representation and elections. He has published numerous articles and written or edited 13 books. Fiorina has served on the editorial boards of a dozen journals in political science, political economy, law and public olicy, and from 1986-1990 served as chairman of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2006, the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association awarded him the Warren E. Miller Prize for career contributions to the field. Find out more.

April 6:

Innovation with Impact. 4:30 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center. Innovation with Impact is a grand poster/performance exhibition of graduate student projects and research from across the Pittsburgh campus. The event is part of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (April 3-7), which celebrates the contributions, research, projects, teaching and service of graduate and professional students.  The Graduate Student Teaching Award winner, the Graduate Student Service Award winner and the Three-Minute Thesis winner will be recognized.  Find out more.

April 7:

Spark the Movement. 7:30 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center. Funded by the Division of Student Affairs, ACS Scholars and Holleran Scholars, the Spark the Movement Showcase is a compilation of visual and performance art regarding education and/or empowerment about social issues such as gender, race, sexuality, mental health and sexual assault. The main goal of the showcase is to provide a way for the audience to empathize with the stories being presented on stage by presenting them in an artistic medium. Find out more.   Get tickets online.

April 12:

Student Employee Appreciation Lunch. Noon to 1 p.m., Rangos Hall, Cohon University Center. Registration is now open for the Student Employee Appreciation Lunch. Campus supervisors can host their student employees and join them for lunch to celebrate the great work they do while attending college. Entertainment will be provided by the Originals, one of Carnegie Mellon’s all-male a capella groups. Registration deadline is March 31. Admission fee is $7.50.

A Spectrum of Strategies: Empowering and Communicating Effectively with Students on the Autism Spectrum. Noon – 2 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Do you teach or support students with autism, and you’re not sure how to adapt to their communication style? Do you suspect a student may have autism and want to know more about how to empower them to be a strong self-advocate? Join the Office of Disability Resources and Evolve Coaching for an interactive lunch-and-learn session. We’ll review the basics of what autism is, provide practical strategies for how to communicate effectively with these students, and demonstrate how to promote students’ independence and positive social relationships. A light lunch will be provided. This training is open to all CMU faculty and staff. Register online.

April 13:

National Academy of Engineering Regional Meeting and Symposium. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m, Software Engineering Institute. The regional meeting of the National Academy of Engineering will be followed by a public symposium in which nationally and internationally recognized experts will discuss the frontiers of cybersecurity. Find out more.

An Evening with National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis of the Blue Ridge Hiking Company. 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Davis has logged over 13,000 miles on six continents, including thru-hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail, Colorado Trail, Vermont’s Long Trail, numerous trails in Europe, and the Appalachian Trail (three times). Her most recent book, "Called Again," chronicles her record-breaking A.T. hike (47 miles per day for 46 days) and has been called “an inspired exploration of the meaning of commitment” by Kirkus Reviews. She’s been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and the CBS Early Show. Sponsored by the CMU Explorers Club and the University Lecture Series.

April 20:

Olympus Spring Carnival Show & Tell 21. 4:30 - 6 p.m., McConomy Auditorium; reception follows in the Connan Room, Cohon University Center. The program will include a Focus on Research with professors Andreas Pfenning and Adam Feinberg; a Focus on Startups and Spinoffs with Ph.D. alumni Tonia Simakova and Sanna Gaspard and Ph.D. candiate Amber Lucas; Meet the Students with Austin Webb, John Choi, Kerolos Mikaeil and Justin Weinberg; and Olympus Connects with Viola Gauci, program lead at X, and "A peek inside the Moonshot Factory. Free but registration is required. Find out more and register.

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