Black History Month-Office of The Dean - Carnegie Mellon University

Black History Month 2014

Schedule of Events

Please join us for the following featured events during February & March 2014

Wednesday, February 12

Webinar Conversation:  The African American Experience in Higher Education

“The State of the African American Professional Part 1”

2:00-3 pm

University Center, Class of 1987

Sponsored with support from Black Faculty & Staff Association & Student Affairs


Saturday, February 15

Black History Quiz Bowl @ SPIRIT Late Night

10 pm – 1am

University Center, Kirr/Wean Commons


Wednesday, February 19

Multicultural Student Panel:  Diversity & the CMU Experience

Featuring representative from CMU Multicultural Organizations

Join leaders from various student organizations on campus as they discuss diversity and the CMU experience.

5-6:30 pm

Mudge Piano Room

Light refreshments will be served.


Friday, February 21

Featured Speaker

CAUSE Lecture Series

“Dark Reflections of Power: Black Performance Culture and the End of Subversion”

Refreshments 4:30, Lecture & Discussion 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53

Presented by Stephanie L. Batiste, Associate Professor of English and Black Studies at University of California at Santa Barbara

African-American culture and identity are overwhelmingly associated with resistance to racial and national oppression. But award-winning author and former Carnegie Mellon University faculty member Stephanie L. Batiste will challenge this notion by arguing that early 20th century African-American artists, musicians, writers and other cultural producers were complicit with the United States' segregated and imperialistic power in order to feel included.
Batiste will present her theory in a lecture sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE),

Friday, February 21

Young African Leaders Association:  Africa Week

Dear Mandela Movie Screening & Discussion
Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A 6:30-8:30 pm

Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, February 22

Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh

Career Boot Camp- Session 2

Interviewing and Negotiations

Hamburg Hall, Room 1004 

10am to 1pm

Featuring Facilitators: Jamie Timms, Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Rent a Car Company

Sahar Momand, Program Coordinator, PROGRESS ([Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society)

The ULYP of Greater Pittsburgh invites students (undergrad/graduate) to join them for this professional development event.  For more information please contact


AB Film Screening:  12 Years a Slave

University Center, McConomy

 Price: $1 w/CMU ID, $3 without CMU ID

Tickets can be purchased outside of McConomy Auditorium 30 minutes prior to screening

Runtime: 2 hrs 14 min.; Showtimes: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11:00pm; Sunday, Feb. 23: 8:00pm

From :  "In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery."  Trailer: Watch it on YouTube here.


Saturday, February 22

Spirit Presents:  SOUL

8-10 pm

Mellon Auditorium

A showcase of Pittsburgh talents including music, spoken word and so much  more.


Monday, February 24

Lecture:  The Contributions of the African American Music Experience

4:30 pm (new time)

Wean 5415 (new location)

Please join us for an engaging conversation about the contributions of African American music. 

Dr.  Kenneth A. Keeling, Sr., D.M.A., Professor Emeritus of Music will be the featured lecturer.

Sponsored by SPIRIT & Student Affairs


Wednesday, February 27

Lecture:  The SPIRIT Legacy:  A panel discussion

5-6 pm

Margaret Morrison A14

Please join local Pittsburgh alumni who were instrumental in the founding of Carnegie Mellon’s Spirit organization and its commitment to the African American experience for our campus community.


Pittsburgh Cultural Performances

A small number of subsidized tickets to the following Pittsburgh Trust shows will be available to our student community.  Please contact M. Shernell Smith at 412.268.2075 or email for more information on how to.

February 27, 2014

Soweto Gospel Choir

Byham Theater

7:30 pm

Subsidized ticket cost $8


March 1, 2014

Porgy and Bess

Benedum Center

2 pm (matinee show)

Subsidized ticket cost $10


AB Films Screening: The Butler

University Center,  McConomy on Saturday, March 1 at 9:30pm and Midnight. Tickets can be purchased outside McConomy 30 minutes before each showtime.

Price: $1 w/CMU ID, $3 without CMU ID

Tickets can be purchased outside of McConomy Auditorium 30 minutes prior to screening

Runtime: 2 hrs 12 min.; Showtimes: Saturday, March 1: 9:30pm, Midnight

From "As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society."

6th Annual Kinks, Locks & Twists: Environmental and Reproductive Justice Conference™ 2014

March 6-9 at Carnegie Mellon University.

Visit for all details.

The Kinks, Locks and Twists Conference™ offers women of color and allies a unique space to explore the dynamic relationship between the health and well-being of our bodies, communities and the ecosystems in both a local and global context.

KLT also serves as an incubator to share models and develop practices to solve the problems caused by living in an increasingly toxic world. In a world that devalues the voices of women and girls and the wisdom of our foremothers, this KLT Conference offers women across ethnicities, nationalities and cultures an opportunity to remember, celebrate and connect to legacies with rich relationships to the land.