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Lectures & Events

Stay up-to-date on upcoming Dietrich College lectures and events. A full listing is available on the Dietrich College Events Calendar.

Student Academic Success Center Workshop: Writing Your Graduate School Application Essay 

Wednesday, May 31, 3 p.m., Zoom 

Although different graduate schools may ask you to answer different prompts, most ask that you write no more than a two-page application essay. The application essay is difficult to write because you must pitch your candidacy to a few department faculty members who read through hundreds – or sometimes thousands – of other essays. In this workshop, you will receive a crash course in preparing your application essay. This workshop is appropriate for anyone considering applying to graduate school in the near future, but it is expected that participants will come prepared to discuss their academic goals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the genre of the graduate school application essay
  • Learn how to avoid some of the most common application essay pitfalls
  • Develop a plan/timeline for finishing the essay before your respective deadline 

Register for Writing Your Graduate School Application Essay

Panel: Generative AI in Education and the Future of Work 

Friday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Researchers and practitioners in the learning sciences and technology, economics and administration of education will talk about new challenges and opportunities resulting from the rise of large language models (LLMs). The discussion will focus on assessment, formal instruction, professional development and learning on the job. The changing employment landscape will also be addressed.

Register for Generative AI in Education and the Future of Work

International Community Connection Hour

Friday, June 2, 1 to 2 p.m., Remote

Join us in this weekly connection hour hosted by internationals for internationals!

This is open to all internationals (students, staff, and faculty) in the CMU community who want to come together to connect and support each other.

Ife Sinclair, Ph.D
Shubhara Bhattacharjee, Psy.D
Mengchun Chiang, Ph.D

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 969-6481-1810

Student Academic Success Center Workshop: Writing a Related Works Section

Tuesday, June 6, 2 p.m., Zoom

A related work section, or literature review, synthesizes relevant past literature to connect your work to the broader field. It also builds your credibility by showing your familiarity with major developments and trends in the field. However, it is easy for the literature review to become a “data dump” that overwhelms your reader with extraneous or irrelevant information. This workshop will give students strategies and language to connect research into trends and put studies in conversation with each other. We will look at strong and weak examples and focus on the language they use. This workshop is appropriate for students in the sciences and humanities, writing literature reviews in journal articles, research papers, dissertations/theses and more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn strategies for synthesizing relevant past literature and connecting your work to the broader field.
  • Practice putting previous studies in conversation with each other.
  • Learn how to build your credibility by showing your familiarity with major developments and trends in your field.

Register for Writing a Related Works Section

2023 Pride Keynote Lecture: Where Are We Now and How Did We Get Queer with Hugh Ryan 

Wednesday, June 7, Lecture from 12-1 p.m., Simmons Auditorium B, First Floor, Tepper School of Business  

Wanda Heading-Grant, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, invites you to join Carnegie Mellon’s 2023 Pride Month keynote lecture.

Hugh Ryan (he/him) is a writer, curator and author. Back at CMU by popular demand, Ryan is the author of “The Women’s House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison,” winner of a 2023 Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association. His first book, “When Brooklyn Was Queer,” was a New York Times Editor’s Pick. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Buzzfeed, the LA Review of Books, Out Magazine and many others. His lecture will look at the changing nature of LGBTQ+ identity in America today, and how this strange, exciting and sometimes frightening moment we are in has direct parallels to the changes that happened in queer identity at the end of the 19th century. 

This event is in person only. Please register by June 6. On-site registration is available as space permits. You will have the opportunity to indicate the need for accessibility accommodations as you register. If you have any questions, please contact


Culturally Responsive Bystander Intervention Pilot Training 

Monday Jun 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,   

Join the Culturally Responsive Bystander Intervention (CuRB) summer pilot session to learn about identity, power and privilege and practice strategies, skills and tools to be an active bystander!

Online Event Location:  CuRB Interest Form 

Second Annual Juneteenth Welcome Reception with Sankofa

Thursday, June 15, 4:30 to 6 p.m., PNC Foundation Room, Second Floor, Tepper School of Business

We are excited to once again partner with Sankofa, CMU’s Black Faculty and Staff Alliance, to kick off this time of remembrance and celebration to reinvigorate the power of our communal voice for freedom that is informed by the lessons of our past. Allies, supporters and friends are welcome to gather, build relationships and come together in celebration of Juneteenth.

Register by June 14