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Lectures & Events

All events are Eastern (EDT) time, unless otherwise noted. 

Study Abroad Information Session

Monday, Oct. 11, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, CUC

If you’re interested in learning more about study abroad opportunities available to you during your time at Carnegie Mellon, please join us for a Study Abroad Information Session!

Come learn more about how study abroad can work for you! CMU students may study abroad for a semester, academic year or summer in countries around the world, including Carnegie Mellon’s campus in Doha, Qatar. Opportunities for short-term, non-credit study abroad experiences are also available. Study Abroad advisors in the Office of International Education will host the session.

Time Management for Graduate Students 

Monday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m., Remote

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will recognize the importance of creating a structured environment for success and methods for accomplishing what they intend to accomplish.
  • Students will be able to identify and apply techniques to improve the management of time including the Eisenhower Matrix, time blocking, and backward design.
  • Students will be able to understand concepts that assist them in achieving their own best performance including Ultradian rhythms and intentionality

Register now for the Oct. 11 workshop!

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month Film Screening: “The Infiltrators”

Monday, Oct. 11, 6 to 9 p.m., Posner Hall 153

Presented by the Department of Modern Languages and the Dietrich College’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in honor of Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month.

All are welcome!

Stay Grateful: A Weekly Gratitude Practice 

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1:30 to 2 p.m., Remote 

Practices in gratitude can help us regulate our mood, build our resilience, and cultivate increased happiness and satisfaction. Join us to learn some strategies on how to be more grateful throughout your day, and for a weekly opportunity to practice and to share your gratitude with our CMU community. Zoom link is always the same; join us when you can!

Facilitated by Angie Lusk, Program Director, Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives

Join the Practice 

Panel Discussion: Communicating Climate Change 

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Remote

Why has it been so difficult to communicate the reality and the urgency of climate change?  What can be done to communicate these more effectively? Four members of the Carnegie Mellon faculty with address these questions from the perspectives of their research. Brief presentations by each panelist will be followed by discussion including contributions from the audience. 

  • Wendy Arons, Professor of Dramatic Literature, CMU
  • Mikael Kuusela, Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science, CMU
  • David Shumway, Professor of English and Literary and Cultural Studies, CMU
  • James Wynn, Associate Professor of English and Rhetoric, CMU

RSVP for the panel discussion to receive the Zoom link.

This event is part of The Humanities Center Lecture series.

Student Success Center Workshop: Academic Self Care

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m., Remote

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will recognize the importance of reflective practices in academics, and how reflective and regulating behaviors are beneficial in an academic setting.
  • Students will learn how to utilize academically focused affirmations and mindfulness techniques.

Register now for the Oct. 12 workshop!

WestPACS Collegiate Career Fair

Wednesday, October 13, 11 a.m. to -4 p.m., Virtual via Handshake

The Western Pennsylvania Career Services Association (WestPACS) is sponsoring a career fair to connect college students and alumni with employers and graduate schools in Western Pennsylvania. The virtual fair is open to all majors, and employers will be offering internships and full-time opportunities. Register and sign up for sessions on Handshake.

More details on WestPACS

Cyber Sessions Series: Cloud Security - Attack Trends & Making Informed Decisions

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1 to 1:45 p.m., Remote

Join Senior Information Security Engineer Melissa Lucas as she describes the current threat landscape that cloud environments are facing. This talk is intended to inform service managers, IT administrators, researchers, and others using cloud services of the potential threats and disruptions that can occur. Topics covered include attacker motivations and common weaknesses being exploited in the wild over the past 12 months, and what protective measures you can take as a consumer of cloud services.

This webinar is appropriate for system and application administrators and/or those responsible for procuring or managing cloud-based services.

Register for the webinar 

A Zoom login link will be provided in a confirmation email.

IDeaS Seminar: The True Costs of Misinformation

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 3 to 4 p.m., Remote

It all feels like a precursor to a bad joke: What do foreign agents, white supremacists, conspiracists, snake oil salesmen, political operatives, white academics, and a disgruntled bunch of zoomers have in common? The groups have collided in a centrifuge of chaos online, where the tactics they use to hide their identities and manipulate audiences are more prevalent than ever. Social media companies are trying to patch the holes in failing sociotechnical systems, where the problems their products have created are now shouldered by journalists, universities, and health professionals, just to name a few. What can be done to restore moral and technical order in a time of pandemonium?

Register for the IDeaS Seminar

Student Success Center Workshop: Strategies for Concise Writing 

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m., Remote

Concision and clarity are core principles of effective communication. Writing that clearly and directly emphasizes the bottom line helps readers easily and efficiently understand the main point. This workshop teaches simple, effective principles for being more concise and improving the logical flow between sentences and paragraphs. These strategies will help an audience follow the progression of students' ideas and arguments, in both the sciences and humanities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the purpose of concision in academic writing and how wordiness gets in the way of communication.
  • Practice recognizing areas of wordiness in example sentences.
  • Practice implementing strategies for concise writing with example sentences.

Register now for the October 13th workshop! 

Navigating CMUniverse and Connecting with Alumni Mentors

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., Remote

Are you excited about connecting with alumni on CMU's new networking and mentoring platform, CMUniverse?  Come to this workshop to learn how to navigate CMUniverse as well as best practices to interact with alumni mentors.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop. 

Register for Navigating CMUniverse

Tartan Allies

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Remote

Tartan Allies focuses on being an ally to those in the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Tartan Allies is made up of three progressive sessions, with participants free to choose the number they wish to complete. As our name suggests, being an ally is not a passive behavior. Good and effective allies listen, learn and act. Join us for Tartan Allies sessions if you are interested in becoming part of this inclusive and supportive community.

Register for Tartan Allies

Paws to Relax Pet Therapy

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 to 8 p.m., Mindfulness Room, 1st Floor West Wing 

The Mindfulness Room welcomes Carnegie Mellon staff member Janice French, and her dogs, Bree and Sandy, as they join us in the Mindfulness Room for an abbreviated return of our Paws to Relax program. We know there's a lot of interest in our pet therapy program, and we are working with our partners at Animal Friends to build a consistent volunteer list for spring semester.

Janice will have one dog with her each week, and we welcome you to stop by for a "paws" in your day!

Virtual Bystander Basics for Staff/Faculty 

Thursday, Oct. 14, 10 to 11 a.m., Remote

Whether staff, faculty or students, this training is for you. It examines bystander intervention strategies and how to proactively shift campus norms. Participants will learn to directly intervene, delegate to someone else and create a distraction.

Register for this training

When My Heart Isn't in the Work 

Thursday, Oct. 14, 4:15 to 4:45 p.m., Remote

This is a space for students to come together in community, and to share and process the different ways we navigate our experiences within White-dominant spaces. This will be a consistent space, free of judgment and expectations. Come every week or come when you can; we will be here.

Facilitators: Dareen Basma, Ph.D., LPC ; Kym Jordan Simmons, Ph.D. ; Mengchun Chiang, Ph.D.

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 942 1035 4081

Heading Right to the Point: Discussing the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks with Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant

Thursday, Oct. 14, 5 to 6 p.m., Remote

The University Libraries and CMU’s Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Wanda Heading Grant invite you to join us for "Heading Right to the Point: Discussing the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks through the Lens of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice with Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant," an intimate conversation around Rebecca Skloot’s, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." This will be an engaging, thought-provoking, and timely discussion around systemic and institutional bias and oppression and the ethics of medicine and research. 

The first 20 people to RSVP will receive a free copy of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" in advance of the event. To be eligible for the complimentary book you must have a valid CMU ID and be available to pick up your book from Hunt Library by October 14. 

Sponsored by University Libraries and Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer.

Register for the discussion

Immigrant Connection Hour

Friday, Oct. 15, 1 to 2 p.m., Remote 

Join us in this weekly connection hour, hosted by immigrants for immigrants!

This event is open to all members of the CMU community.


  • Dareen Basma, Ph.D.
  • Shubhara Bhattacharjee, Psy.D.
  • Mengchun Chiang, Ph.D. 

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 969-6481-1810

Critical Race Theory Within & Beyond the University 

Friday, Oct. 15, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Remote

Join us for a conversation on critical race theory, sponsored by CMU’s English Department in collaboration with Dietrich College’s Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. We will discuss recent public and scholarly debates surrounding this topic and consider opportunities for progress from diverse perspectives.

Register for the conversation

Pittsburgh Formal Epistemology Workshop & Center for Formal Epistemology Talk: Wald Randomness and Learning-Theoretic Randomness

Friday, Oct. 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Remote

Francesca Zaffora Blando, Carnegie Mellon University

Remote via Zoom

Passcode: Bayes?

CAUSE 25th Anniversary Conference Part III: Modern Black Freedom Struggle, the Digital Age, and New Politics 

Friday, Oct. 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Remote 

Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) 25th Anniversary Conference

“African American Urban History from Past to Future Tense: Thoughts on the State of a Field” 

The conference will be held virtually over five successive Fridays from September 17 through October 15.

The first two events (Sept. 17 and 24) will feature panels, “Celebrating the Scholarship and Professional Career of Dr. Earl Lewis.”

Weeks three through five will explore transformations in African American urban life, politics, and history from the advent of the transatlantic slave trade through the late 20th century.

RSVP for the Oct. 15 CAUSE event

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month Film Screening: “Dolores” 

Sunday, Oct. 17, 4 to 6 p.m., Posner Hall 153

Presented by the Department of Modern Languages and the Dietrich College’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in honor of Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month.

All are welcome!

Information Systems Information Session

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7 to 8 p.m., Remote

The Information Systems (IS) department is hosting an information session where prospective transfer students will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor and current IS students to learn more about the major and ask any questions related to the program and transfer process. This session is open to students in all departments and colleges with an interest in IS.

Sign up for the IS Information Session

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos

Thursday, Oct. 21, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Remote 

Join Dietrich College and the Spanish and Latin Student Association in celebrating Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Learn how the Dia de Los Muertos started and the traditions that make it unique in a lecture led by Lisa DiGioia-Nutini, owner of Mexico Lindo Mercado and Galeria de Artesanias.

Register for the celebration

Want to be a Better Communicator? Attend the MAPW Information Session

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 12 p.m., Remote

The English Department’s master’s degree in professional writing has been a popular choice for many CMU staff seeking to become more effective communicators. If you’re interested to learn about the Master in Professional Writing (MAPW) program, the English Department is hosting a virtual information session at 12 p.m., Wednesday, October 27. The MAPW teaches professional students to create and execute verbal and visual information strategies (including for print, online, social media and multimedia) and develops their skills for careers as writers, communication specialists and information designers. The first and preferred master’s degree application deadline is Wednesday, January 5, 2022. The English Department is waiving the GRE requirement for applications submitted for fall 2022 and fall 2023.

RSVP here to receive the zoom invitation.  


Find out more about the MAPW program.