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Lectures & Events

Stephen and Joyce Fienberg Memorial Lecture

Monday, April 22, 4 to 5:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center

The Department of Statistics & Data Science will present its Stephen and Joyce Fienberg Memorial Lecture in tribute to the late couple for their distinctive contributions to the statistical community.

Sir David Spiegelhalter, eminent statistician and Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge will be delivering the lecture.

Stephen E. Fienberg was the Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science Emeritus. He authored or edited more than 20 books and 500 papers and related publications; his co-authored 1975 book, "Discrete Multivariate Analysis: Theory and Practice," and his 1980 book, "The Analysis of Cross-Classified Categorical Data," are classics in the field.

Joyce Fienberg was a lovely and caring woman whose legendary kindnesses, including to graduate students from distant lands, made a profound and lasting impact in the lives of everyone with whom she crossed paths. On Oct. 27, 2018, while at Tree of Life Synagogue, she became one of 11 victims of a gunman during a rampage that was the single worst attack on American Jews in U.S. history.

Read more about the Fienbergs, David Spiegelhalter, and event details. For planning purposes, there is a registration form on the site for anyone who plans to attend the event.

Reception to follow in the Teresa Heinz Rotunda, Hamburg Hall.

CMU Women’s Coffee, Tea and Me

Monday, April 22, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Please join us as we explore staying strong through to the end of the semester and combating imposter syndrome should it start to sneak up at this critical time! Imposter Syndrome can affect undergraduate and graduate women and female identifying students, so we are going to extend our invitations to undergraduate and graduate students for our last coffee, tea and me of the semester. We anticipate a rich and interactive conversation filled with tools to excel in the final stretch and beyond! 

Location is confirmed though registration.

Social and Decision Sciences SDeStress Event

Monday, April 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Porter Hall 223 D

Join your fellow Social and Decision Sciences friends to melt your stress away as you get ready for finals! Enjoy healthy (and unhealthy) snacks, puzzles, games, stressballs, fidget cubes, paint by numbers, relaxing music, Department of Social and Decision Sciences laptop stickers and dogs to play with!

Fiction and Poetry Reading with María Negroni

Monday, April 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Baker Hall 255 B, Swank Room

María Negroni was born in Rosario, Argentina. She holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from Columbia University. Negroni has taught at Sarah Lawrence College since 1999 and is now Director of the Maestría en Escritura Creativa at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero, Argentina’s first Masters in Creative Writing Program. She has received two Argentine National Book Awards and the Siglo XXI International Prize for Non Fiction for her book Galería Fantástica, among many other fellowships and awards. She has published 15 books of poetry, five collections of essays, two novels and several works of translation. Michelle Gil-Montero has published several book translations and one chapbook of poems. She has been awarded fellowships from PEN, Fulbright, NEA and the Howard Foundation. Her translation of María Negroni’s lyric novel, "The Annunciation" was published by Action Books this spring.

Scott Sagan: "The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding Cliffs on the Backside of the Summit”

Monday, April 22, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53

Scott D. Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, the Mimi and Peter Haas University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Sagan was a lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University and served as special assistant to the director of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.

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Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics and the Institute for Strategic Analysis.

Dietrich College Sophomore Celebration

Monday, April 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Rangos 1 & 2

Dietrich College sophomores, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Dietrich College Sophomore Celebration, a night in recognition of the sophomore class and their accomplishments. Enjoy dinner, games, a fun photo booth and more. RSVP required.

Innovation and the Speed of Change in U.S. National Security

Tuesday, April 23, 12:30 p.m., Gates and Hillman Centers, Room 6115

You are cordially invite to an afternoon talk by General Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


After 39 years in the Air Force, and four years as the nation’s second highest-ranking military officer, General Selva will provide his perspective on today’s security environment; how innovations such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics and human-machine teaming are changing the future of warfare; and how young minds can have an outsized impact on national security.  After providing opening remarks, General Selva will open the floor to questions from the audience.

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Dietrich Connects: What Does it Mean to be First Gen?

Tuesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall 225B

Come chat with members of Dietrich College, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and First Together about what YOUR experience has been being a first generation Dietrich College student! Help us generate some ideas of what you’d like Dietrich College do next year to support first generation college students.  Not first gen? Come out to support your peers who are! Our goal through this discussion is to come up with ways to improve the college experience for our first gen population in Dietrich. Pizza will be served. 

Law, Culture and Ethics Colloquium

Tuesday, April 23, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Swank Room, Baker Hall 255 B

French Club – Je t’écoute

Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Askwith Kenner Global Languages and Cultures Room, 1024 Tepper Building

Advantages for learning French and studying abroad in a francophone country.

Stop Food Waste Day

Wednesday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hoch Commons, Cohon University Center, Second Floor

Become a Food Waste Warrior! Did you know that nearly one-third of the food produced globally is wasted each year? Learn simple ways that you can make small changes that can have big impacts and join us as we take the Stop Food Waste Pledge! Taste samples of delicious recipes that highlight creative ways to reduce waste and help you go further with food.

Public Panel on Aligning with Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday, April 25, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Hamburg Hall A301

In collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College, the Brookings Institution and the Metro 21 Smart Cities Institute are pleased to convene a public panel to highlight the value proposition for cities and communities aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This session will examine how the proposed ONEPGH strategy reflects the data-driven focus on equity and sustainability in the SDGs and highlight the extensive network in Pittsburgh already working on the implementation of the SDGs, including city officials, civil society organizations, the private sector, youth, universities and foundations.

Sarah Mendelson, head of Heinz College in Washington, D.C., and Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, will moderate. Panelists are: Mayor Bill Peduto, City of Pittsburgh; Jerry MacCleary, Chairman and CEO, Covestro LLC; Leah Lizarondo, Co-Founder and CEO, 412Food Rescue; Anthony Pipa, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, the Brookings Institution.

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Philosophy Colloquium: Accuracy and Verisimilitude: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Thursday, April 25, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., Baker Hall A53 (Steinberg Auditorium)

Miriam Schoenfield (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Philosophy Colloquium

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Weekly Meditation Sessions - Consciousness and One-pointed 

Thursday, April 25, 6 to 6:45 p.m., The Mindfulness Room, Ground Floor of West Wing

Two types of meditation are practiced, one after the other. Meditation on Consciousness: the aim of this technique is to feel the universal oneness and consciousness. One-pointed Meditation: the aim of this technique is to achieve control over the mind by learning to focus.

Sponsored by CaPS.

Fresh Check Day 2019

Friday April 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Grass Triangles (near the Fence)

The biggest mental health and suicide prevention event on campus. The event features different expo style booths that address different mental heatlh issue through fun activities.

Partly funded by your student activities fee, GSA and SDC.

BXA Kaleidoscope: Student & Alumni Showcase Reception

Friday, April 26, 4 to 7 p.m., College of Fine Arts, Third Floor Foyers & Ellis Gallery

All are welcome to join the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs' yearly creative exhibition Kaleidoscope! The showcase will run April 25 through 30, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26 in the College of Fine Arts third floor foyers and Ellis Gallery.

BXA students have prepared a diverse array of creative work for the community to view — 2D and 3D art, videos, live performances, interactive pieces and much more. BXA seminars II and III will display their final course projects, and for the first time, alumni work will be displayed digitally in honor of BXA's 25th anniversary. Read more about this year's Kaleidoscope in the press release.

My People Aren’t from the Isle of Lesbos: Poverty and the Rise of Intersectional Social Movements in Atlanta, 1980-1996

Friday, April 26, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Baker Hall A53 (Steinberg Auditorium)

Andrew Pope is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy in Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Sponsored by the Department of History and the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE).

Calling All Fraternities: Confronting Violence Against Women

Sunday, April 28, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Doherty Hall 2210

PIER guest speaker Valerie Shute: Stealth assessment — what, why and how?

Monday, April 29, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Baker Hall 336 B

Games can be powerful vehicles to support learning, but this hinges on getting the assessment part right. In the past couple of years, we have designed, developed and evaluated a number of stealth assessments in games to see: (a) if they provide valid and reliable estimates of students' developing competencies (e.g., in the areas of qualitative physics understanding, creativity, and persistence); (b) if students can actually learn anything as a function of gameplay; and (c) if the games are still fun. Shute's presentation will cover the topic of stealth assessment in games to measure and support important 21st century competencies. Shute will describe why it's important, what it is, and how to develop/accomplish it. Shute will also provide lots of examples and videos in the context of a game developed called "Physics Playground."

Book Salon 2019: "Inventing Whiteness"

Tuesday, April 30, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Rachel Mellon Walton Room, Posner Hall

Carnegie Mellon University's Department of English 2019 Spring Book Salon presents "The Invention of Whiteness: Exploring David Brown's English and Empire and the Intersection of Literary History, Race and Visual Data." A panel discussion will feature Richard Purcell (CMU's Department of English), Alex Reinhart (CMU's Department of Statistics & Data Science) and Amanda Godley (University of Pittsburgh's School of Education). A light lunch will be served before the discussion.

Sponsored by the Department of English.

PIER Edbag-guest speaker Valerie Shute

Tuesday, April 30, 12 to 1:20 p.m., Baker Hall 340 A

The importance of various “21st century skills” to success in school, on the job, and life in general (time management, creativity, empathy, problem solving, collaboration, etc.). See the paper here for more details. This paper illustrates a way to measure some of these slippery but important constructs. Shute, V. J. & Wang, L. (2016). Assessing and supporting hard-to-measure constructs. In A. A. Rupp, & J. P. Leighton (Eds.), The handbook of cognition and assessment: Frameworks, methodologies, and application, (pp. 535-562). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Celebration of Education Awards

Tuesday, April 30, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Simmons Auditorium, Tepper Building

An annual event to recognize outstanding teaching, mentorship and educational innovation from across the university. Award recipients will be celebrated for their contributions to the educational experience of CMU students and to the teaching mission of the university.

The celebration is open to the entire campus community. The ceremony will be followed by a reception.

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Check the Dietrich College calendar for more upcoming events.