Celebrating the Legacy of Barbara LazarusEducator, Mentor, Activist
A celebration of the life and work of Barbara Lazarus, associate provost for academic affairs, will be held at the university on Friday, Oct. 17, in the Hamburg Hall Auditorium. Lazarus died this past July after a long battle with cancer.
A winner of Carnegie Mellon's Doherty Prize, Lazarus touched the lives of hundreds of students and staff through her efforts to give women and minorities increased access to non-traditional occupations. She was an inspiration to manya passionate colleague, a trusted mentor and a treasured friend.
"Barbara brought to Carnegie Mellon her compassion, understanding and spirit of activism and worked tirelessly for inclusion and understanding," said Indira Nair, vice provost for education. "Those of us who knew her learned to recognize when we would be swept into the work she inspired."
From her arrival at Carnegie Mellon in 1985, Lazarus advocated a level of awareness and education that made the university community ask new questions, think in different ways and launch reflective discussions on the difficult issues of access, equity and justice. She asked philosophical questions but sought answers that would lead to action and institutional transformation. Practical advice was the hallmark of her mode of mentoring.
Her work reached beyond the people she knew personally. She was an internationally influential activist whose steadfast aim was to adjust institutions to people rather than people to institutions. She brought an open mind, a sense of wonder and a deep appreciation of the diversity and possibility in people to everything she did.
Join the university community on Friday, Oct. 17, to celebrate Lazarus' life and work and to highlight the many remarkable programs that she initiated to bring people together to think, plan and act.
Throughout the day, panelists will highlight the key ideas behind her approach to research and education. Participants will have a chance to reminisce and to come away with renewed energy, inspiration and ideas.
Schedule of Events
8 a.m., Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m., Welcome and Introduction
9 a.m., "Creating Access: Inviting Girls and Women into Mathematics, Science and Technology"
10:15 - 10:45 a.m., Break
10:45 a.m., "Messy Problems, Dirty Hands, Having Fun: Undergraduate Research and the Heart of the University"
12: 15 - 1 p.m., Luncheon (prior registration required)
1 - 2:15 p.m., "Sharing Remembrances of Barbara"
2:30 p.m., "Organizational Change Through the Eyes of a Mentor"
3:30 - 4 p.m., Break
4 p.m., "Empowering Women: The Early Years"
5: 30 p.m., Closing Remarks
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