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Lectures & Events

Lize Mogel Public Talk: Counter Cartographies

Monday, Oct. 15, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Porter Hall 100
Lize Mogel is an interdisciplinary artist and counter-cartographer. Her work intersects the fields of popular education, cultural production, public policy and mapping. She creates maps and mappings that produce new understandings of social and political issues. Her work connects the real history and collective imaginary about specific places to larger narratives of global economies. She has mapped public parks in Los Angeles, future territorial disputes in the Arctic and wastewater economies in New York City. She is co-editor of the book/map collection "An Atlas of Radical Cartography,” a project that significantly influenced the conversation and production around mapping and activism.

Presented by the Center for the Arts in Society Speaker Series.


The "Unconventional" Energy – Water Nexus: Marcellus Shale Gas Development in Appalachia

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 12 to 1 p.m., Porter Hall 7E 
The development of unconventional oil and gas (O&G) resources has fundamentally changed energy production in the United States. This development has led to increased demands for fresh water and increased volumes of O&G wastewater. This talk will present two case studies in Pennsylvania: One will focus on disposal of wastewater from Marcellus Shale gas wells to surface water, and the second will focus on disposal of conventional O&G wastewater onto roads.

Sponsored by the Scott Institute and Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.


Discussion on the Issue of Human Trafficking Featuring Rachael Chambers

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6 to 7 p.m., Wean Hall 5312
In 2016, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center was notified of more than 3,500 sex trafficking cases. Western Pennsylvania is no stranger to those horrible crimes; a WPXI story that broke last year detailed the life of a 15-year-old girl caught up in local trafficking. The already sensitive situation is further complicated by society's views of victims, who are often blamed for their abuse and mistaken for consenting sex workers. Though human trafficking is an issue not commonly addressed in America, its existence demands action.

Join the Roosevelt Institute for a discussion on the issue of human trafficking featuring Rachael Chambers, who will speak on her experience working to eliminate San Francisco’s sex trafficking industry. Free food will be provided.

Phi Beta Kappa Fall 2018 Initiation Ceremony

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5 to 6:30 p.m., The Posner Center
The members of Upsilon of Pennsylvania, the Carnegie Mellon University chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, invite you to the initiation ceremony for seniors who have been selected for early initiation into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Keynote Speaker: Sarah Boyle, Senior, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The candidates for initiation: Orchi Banerjee, Decision Science; Anna Beck, Politics & Public Policy and Drama; Sarah Boyle, Global Studies; Alisa Chang, Mathematical Sciences; Shuangni Huang, Decision Science and Art; Grace Huddleston, Global Studies and Art; Jessica Jue, Biological Sciences; Yijin Kang, Computer Science; Mengze Li, Computer Science; Margaret Mertz, Global Studies; Gabriella Orbach, Cognitive Neuroscience and Music Performance; Jia En Phang, Psychology and Art; Nicholas Roberts, Computer Science; Jules Ross, Economics; Yong Xin See, Decision Science and Art; Sarah Simon, Chemistry; Victoria Van Benschoten, Chemistry; Muyu Yang, Computational Biology; Yixiu Zhao, Computer Science; Emily Zhu, Mathematical Sciences.

Reception immediately following the ceremony. The campus community is welcome to attend.

Campus-Wide Book Club Event: Crazy Rich Asians

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5 to 7 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon Center
Join the English Department’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) for a compelling discussion about class status, representations of identity, economics and more! All members of the CMU community are welcome to participate.

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP by Monday, Oct. 15

Andrew Carnegie Prize Lecture: "Brain-machine Interfaces: From Basic Science and Engineering to Clinical Trials"

Thursday, Oct. 18, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Simmons Auditorium A, Tepper Building
Carnegie Mellon University will award the sixth annual Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences to Krishna V. Shenoy, the Hong Seh and Vivian W. M. Lim Professor of Engineering at Stanford University. Shenoy directs the Stanford Neural Prosthetic Systems Lab and co-directs the Stanford Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory, which aims to help restore lost motor function to people with paralysis.

The Carnegie Prize, given by the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, recognizes trailblazers in the mind and brain sciences whose research has helped advance the field and its applications. As part of the award ceremony, Shenoy will present a talk on “Brain-machine Interfaces: From Basic Science and Engineering to Clinical Trials.”

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Teaching Languages in the Era of Social Media, Hyper-collaboration and Immersive Technology

Thursday, Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m., The Askwith Kenner Global Languages and Culture Room, Tepper Quad 1024
You are invited to a lecture by Dr. Greg Kessler, an internationally renowned expert in the field of Computer Assisted Language Learning and L2 pedagogy. 

“The awareness of developments in emerging technologies can be equally exciting or intimidating depending on your perspective. Smarter tools mean that teachers need to be more informed about how, when and why to incorporate such tools. Such decisions suggest that educational technology teacher preparation is now more important than it ever has been.”

Dr. G Kessler is associate professor of instructional technology and computer assisted language learning at Ohio University.

Sonja Smets (Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam) Philosophy Colloquium

Thursday, Oct. 18, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., Baker Hall A53 
Sonja Smets works at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam.

What Data Can Teach Us About Our Favorite Novels: Benjamin Blatt - Kick-Off for New Human Analytics Undergraduate Minor

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Gates Hillman Complex 4307
Co-sponsored by CMU's Departments of English and Statistics and Data Science, two events kickoff a new interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Humanities Analytics.

The main event will be a presentation by award-winning data journalist Benjamin Blatt with a reception to follow

RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 17

Earlier in the day, please join us for the HumAn Hack-a-thon at 1p.m. in Sorrells Den for those interested in hacking on some of Ben Blatt’s data. 

Get the Scoop on History Courses 

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Baker Hall 246A
In addition to enjoying three fine flavors from Dave & Andy's — Double Chocolate Chunk; Coffee, Cookies & Cream; and Malted Vanilla Chip (sorbets too) — this is an easy opportunity for you to talk informally with faculty and program advisers about the rich array of upcoming History Department courses.

Sponsored by the Department of History

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CMU Creative Writing Program 50th Anniversary

Thursday, Oct. 25 - Saturday, Oct. 27, Baker Hall
Carnegie Mellon University’s Creative Writing Program was one of the first—and remains one of the only—undergraduate programs of its kind. This fall, the program will celebrate its 50th anniversary. To mark this occasion, there will be a series of events, including panel discussions and opportunities to meet current students and reconnect with classmates and professors. There will also be a party.

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Liron Cohen, Cornell University (Pure and Applied Logic Colloquium)

Thursday, Oct. 25, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., Baker Hall A53

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Under Construction: Internships

Thursday, Oct. 25, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
Sophomores in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences are invited to attend "Under Construction: Internships" to learn how to navigate the ins and outs of the internship experience. This is an opportunity for students to meet and network with alumni in a variety of fields and to learn the values of internships. They will also learn how to use their experiences to make decisions on future course work and how to consider an internship as a testing ground for future career plans.

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Inauguration of Our 10th President, Farnam Jahanian

Friday Oct. 26 – Saturday, Oct. 27
Join Carnegie Mellon University in celebrating its 10th president, Farnam Jahanian, with a series of inaugural events during Homecoming 2018.

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Money, Politics, and the Weaponization of the First Amendment

Monday, Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall 100
A lecture by Ellen Weintraub, Vice-Chair, Federal Election Commission

Ellen Weintraub, a Federal Election Commissioner since 2002, has been a leading voice for clean and fair elections, free of foreign influence. She is a regular commentator on NPR, CNN and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes shows.

This event is co-sponsored by the University Lecture Series and the CMU Pre-Law Program.

Bistro Night

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5 to 8 p.m., Schatz Dining Room, Cohon University Center
Join us for Bistro Night featuring a special Halloween-themed series of prix fixe menus each including a three-course served dinner ending with a gourmet dessert. Use your block, DineXtra, cash, credit or debit to experience this fine dining experience on campus. Dress up in your Halloween costume and receive a discount on your meal. It’ll be a spooky night to remember!

Check the Dietrich College calendar for upcoming events.