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Lectures & Events

SafeZone Training

Monday, Feb. 19, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Location TBD

SafeZone is a network of allies made up of CMU faculty and staff members and students who are committed to providing a safe and affirming environment for all at CMU, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. Join us for SafeZone Training if you are interested in becoming part of this inclusive and supportive community. Membership in SafeZone is open to the entire campus community.


Time Management and Mid-Term Prep Consultations

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Hunt Library, Studio B

Sign-up for a 30-minute, one-on-one session geared toward helping you effectively prepare for mid-terms in order to balance your campus involvement without neglecting your ongoing coursework.

Limited seats are available.

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This is a free service brought to you by Academic Development | The Learning Zone.

Volunteer Appreciation Day

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Service. Philanthropy. Education. Activism. Are you involved in any of these? Wear your volunteer shirts, rep your service org(s), and have your photo taken for a snack. Tell how you are making a difference, and celebrate your impact and accomplishments.

Snacks will be given out and photos of students, faculty and staff will be taken who are involved in service in an effort to promote and celebrate a culture of service, philanthropy, and activism.

Book Reading and Lunch Discussion: "Challenges to the Dream"

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 12:00 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center (CUC)

Beginning Friday, January 12, a limited number of copies of the book Challenges to the Dream, edited by Jim Daniels, as well as future book discussion selections will be made available for campus community members to read and commit to participate in the lunch dialogue.

Reserve a copy of the book

SURG/SURF Application Workshop

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., GHC 4307

Workshop on preparing your proposal for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) or a Small Undergraduate Research Grants (SURG).

Pakistan’s Role in Regional Stability

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Giant Eagle Auditorium, BH A51

His Excellency Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry is a career Foreign Service Officer with over 36 years of bilateral and multilateral experience in the field of diplomacy. Before his appointment as ambassador in March 2017, he served as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, spokesperson of the foreign ministry, Additional Foreign Secretary for the UN and Disarmament Affairs, and Director General for relations with South Asian countries where he has remained closely associated with the peace process with India.

Overseas, he has served as Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands, Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York, Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary General of ECO in Tehran, and Pakistan embassies in Washington, Doha, and Cairo.

Ambassador Chaudhry has conducted Pakistan foreign relations as the top diplomat for a number of years. His experience dealing with the international and regional position him uniquely to speak with authority on Pakistani perspective on international politic

Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics.

Dispelling the Myths of Dyslexia Webinar

Thursday, Feb. 22, 12:00 p.m., Online

Did you know that the most prominent symptom of dyslexia is in listening, not reading? Or that the impairments associated with dyslexia are not limited to language, speech or even sound?

Get a first look how the pioneering research taking place in CMU's labs is influencing how we think about dyslexia during this FREE CMUThink webinar.

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Presented by Lori Holt, Professor of Psychology, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Casop: A Requiem for Rice

Thursday, Feb. 22, 8:00 p.m., Trust Arts Education Center (807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222)

A collaboration among Carnegie Mellon University’s Edda Fields-Black and internationally-acclaimed artistic Jonathan Green and Julie Dash, A Requiem for Rice is a lamentation for those who were enslaved, exploited and brutalized on Lowcountry rice plantations. The piece is being presented by a full symphony orchestra and choir as an African and African-American inspired take on a classic requiem.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online.

Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 – Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018

This third Pittsburgh Humanities Festival brings together internationally-renowned academics, artists, and intellectual innovators offering interviews, intimate conversations, and select performances focused on art, literature, music, science, policy, politics, and more-all in a lively, entertaining, accessible format in the Cultural District. It's smart talk about stuff that matters.

For more information, visit Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

MOSAIC Conference on Gender 2018

Saturday, Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

MOSAIC is an annual conference for all members of CMU and Pittsburgh to come together and openly learn, share and discuss topics related to gender and its intersections with other identities in society, with the goal of creating a more responsible and inclusive community.

Register for the conference

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Saturday, Feb. 24, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wright, Cohon University Center

Fleece blanket making activity benefitting Project Linus. Hot beverage and snacks will be provided.

Brought to you by the Student Dormitory Council.

Byron Hurt Locker Room Talk or Toxic Masculinity

Saturday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., MOSAIC Conference, Doherty Hall Room 2210

Byron Hurt will give the keynote address at the MOSAIC Conference, co-sponsored with the Grand Challenges – Gender Based-Violence Course.

For more than 20 years, Hurt has been using his craft, his voice, and his writings to broaden and deepen how people think about gender violence, race, music, visual media, and food justice. As an activist, Byron has served as a gender violence prevention educator. The former Northeastern University football quarterback was also a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics. Hurt also served as an Associate Director of the first gender violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.

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SURG/SURF Application Workshop

Sunday, Feb. 25, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., GHC 4102

Workshop on preparing your proposal for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) or a Small Undergraduate Research Grants (SURG).

*DACA: Pursuing the American Dream

Monday, Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m., Wright, Cohon Center

Lunch Discussion with Casa San José

Curious about the DACA policy and how recent changes have affected fellow immigrant college students? Join us for a thoughtful discussion with Casa San José, a community resource center that advocates for Latinos through the immigration and integration process. Lunch will be provided by PACE.

Please register on the Bridge.

Contact Katherine with any questions.

Kiltie Band Mid-Winter Performance

Monday Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, CUC

The Kiltie Band, under the direction of Paul Gerlach, will perform its mid-winter concert.

Heinz College Presents, Former Congressman Jason Altmire: "How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It"

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m., HBH 1206

Students RSVP in Campus Groups. Faculty RSVP by emailing Barb Diecks. Lunch will be provided.

Former Pittsburgh-area Congressman Jason Altmire will discuss the current state of politics in America. Drawing upon interesting scientific and academic research into the way partisans think, he will offer solutions to the historic polarization that divides the country. He is the author of the 2017 book "Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It.”

Lecture Series: Dread Scott

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Kresge Theatre, CFA

Dread Scott describes his work as “revolutionary art to propel history forward.” Working in a range of media including performance, photography, screen-printing, and video, he challenges viewers to reexamine unifying ideals and values of American society, often by focusing on African American experience. His art has been exhibited/performed at the Whitney, MoMA PS1, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.

Presented in collaboration with the Center for the Arts in Society and the Humanities Center.

Sanjay Patel: Everything I Learned in the 17 Years Since I Graduated

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Baker Hall 125C

Sanjay Patel, a 2000 graduate of the Dietrich College, is a serial entrepreneur and founder and CEO of GuestBook, a hospitality enablement software platform. He return to CMU for a lecture in the Dietrich College Entrepreneurship Series.

Since receiving his degree in information systems, Patel has proven to be able to foresee opportunities new technologies have in business. He previously founded Perpetuating, a services company focused on the leading edge of technology, successfully taking the company from eCommerce, to business IT, to becoming one of the premier companies in the mobility industry. Perpetuating eventually grew into a mobile app and software development firm rated in the top 6 by Apple. It also completed mobile innovation and digital transformation for many Fortune 500 B2B and Top 50 B2C brands globally. Patel's career has covered the intersection of technology, business and the arts.

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Anna Bikont, "Poland and The Holocaust. How My Country Struggles with its Difficult Past"

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Room TBA

Anna Bikont is a non-fiction writer and journalist for Gazeta Wyborcza, the main newspaper in Poland which she helped found in 1989. In 2011 she received the European Book Prize for the French version of her book My z Jedwabnego. In 2015 the English version, The Crime and the Silence. Confronting the Massacre of the Jews in wartime Jedwabne, published by Farrar Straus and Giroux, was selected in the 100 Notable Books of the Year by New York Times and won one of the National Jewish Book Awards. Her last book Irena Sendlerowa. W ukryciu (“Irena Sendler. In Hiding”) tells the story of a Polish woman, Righteous Among the Nations, who saved Jewish children.

Brought to you by the Department of History.

FORGE Welcomes Bibhuti Aryal to Campus

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 8:00 p.m., Porter Hall 125C

Bibhuti is the founder and president of the Rukmini Foundation, which does amazing work helping to improve the lives of underprivileged Nepali girls by empowering them through a holistic program of quality education, supportive mentoring services and a physical well-being program. In addition to presenting on his foundation, Bibhuti will be leading a discussion about education justice and refugees. All are welcome to join.

"#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media" by Cass Sunstein

Friday, March 2, 12 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center

A limited number of copies of this book (as well as the other book discussion selections) will be available for campus community members with the commitment to participate in the lunch dialogue.

Reserve a book

Allies Open Mic Night - Shine a Light

Friday Mar. 2, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Location TBA

For more information please contact CMU’s Center for Diversity & Inclusion.

Deliberative Forum: Free Speech, Inclusion & Campus Policy

Saturday, Mar. 3, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Rangos 1 & 2, CUC

Given the tensions arising on campuses across the nation around the issue of free speech, this campus conversation will allow participants to engage in dialogue about freedom of expression and the interplay of rights and responsibilities within institutions of higher education. This campus conversation aligns with the MLK book reading and discussion of #Republic wherein Sunstein writes, "a stress on democratic deliberation is likely to fit, far better than any alternative, with the most reasonable judgments about particular free speech problems."

Lunch provided.

Sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion and the Program for Deliberative Democracy.

Interrogating Notions of "Colorblind" Language Studies

Tuesday, Mar. 6, 3:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m., 4625 Wean Hall

This talk will question the idea that language studies programs are safe havens of multicultural exchange free from racism and ethnic bias. It will examine how inequitable access, treatment, and experiences in multilingual contexts challenge our values of multiculturalism.

The presentation will be given by Dr. Uju Anya, assistant professor of second language learning in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and a research affiliate with the Center for Study of Higher Education at Penn State University.

Steiner Lecture in Creative Inquiry: Bruce Sterling

Wednesday, Mar. 7, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, College of Fine Arts

A futurist, journalist, science-fiction author and design critic, Bruce Sterling is best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which defined the cyberpunk genre. His nonfiction works include The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier (1992), and Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the next fifty years (2002) – a popular science approach on futurology, reflecting technology, politics and culture of the next 50 years. Sterling has also initiated various projects like The Dead Media Project, The Viridian Design Movement and Embrace the Decay.

In 2003 Sterling was appointed professor at the European Graduate School, where he has taught courses on media and design. He has written for many magazines, including Newsweek, Fortune, Harper’s, Details, Whole Earth Review, and WIRED, where he has been a contributing writer since its inception. He has appeared on Nightline, The Late Show, Morningside, MTV, and TechTV and in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Nature, I.D., Metropolis, Technology Review, Der Spiegel, La Stampa, La Repubblica, and many other venues. Currently he lives in Turin, Italy.

This lecture is made possible by the Sylvia and David Steiner Speaker Series and the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.

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Learning Engineering: The Art of Applying Learning Science at Scale

Thursday, Mar. 8, 4:30 p.m., Rangos 1&2, CUC

Bror Saxberg, vice president of learning science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), will give Carnegie Mellon University’s 2018 Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture. Saxberg will discuss how, with rapidly changing information-rich tools now causing careers to transform faster and faster, there is more value than ever in having learning environments reliably transform what each person can decide and do from where they start—to what's needed—throughout their lives. However, most of at-scale learning environments, at school, in higher education, at work and elsewhere, have not made effective use of the accumulation of learning science over the last few decades to improve. 

Free and open to the public.

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2018 Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture: Bror Saxberg

Thursday, Mar. 8, Rangos 1 & 2 Ballrooms

Bror Saxberg, vice president of learning science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), will give Carnegie Mellon University’s 2018 Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, March 8 at noon in the Cohon University Center’s Rangos 1 & 2 Ballrooms.

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Women in Data Science (WiDS) Pittsburgh@CMU Conference

Friday, Mar. 9, Cohon University Center

Women in Data Science (WiDS) is an international conference initially located in Stanford, CA with 80+ satellite conferences across every continent except Antarctica. In 2017, over 75,000 people attended the conference in person and via the livestream and Facebook Live.  

The WiDS Pittsburgh@CMU conference will be held Friday, March 9th in the Cohon University Center and will include Keynote Speakers, Technical Vision Talks, and networking events.  Current confirmed speakers include:

Marlene Behrmann, University Professor, Department of Psychology and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University

Maria Mori Brooks, Co-Director of the Epidemiology Data Center; Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Vice Chair for Education, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Kathryn Roeder, Vice Provost for Faculty, UPMC Professor of Statistics and Computational Biology, Carnegie Mellon University

Manuela Veloso, Head and Herbert A. Simon Professor, Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University

Early bird registration deadline is Friday February 23rd.  Register soon to reserve your space. Questions can be directed to Rebecca Nugent.

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Ice Hockey Make-a-Thon

Monday, Mar. 12 – Friday, Mar. 16, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., MakerWing, Hamerschlag Hall C 101

The application to participate in the world's first Ice Hockey Make-a-thon is now open.  Among applications by students of all majors and degree types, 25 CMU students will be selected to learn about sports safety from the Pittsburgh Penguins and about cutting-edge materials from Covestro.  Using these materials and resources in the MakerWing, student groups will develop solutions to the challenge of prototyping new ice hockey boards that still allow regular movement of the puck but reduce player injuries.  The innovative solutions resulting from this event will be publicized locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Due to CMU students owning the resulting intellectual property, the Penguins and Covestro aim to offer partnerships to implement successful ideas.  There is no cost to participate in this event, hosted over Spring Break.

Holly Lewis: The Politics of Everybody: Feminism, Queer Theory and Marxism at the Intersection

Thursday, Mar. 22, 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall 100

Texas State University Philosophy Professor Holly Lewis will be speaking from her book, of the same title, in which she calls for a new, materialist queer theory. Lewis points us towards to a politics of liberation that is intersectional, transnational, and grounded in lived experience.

This event is part of the Carnegie Mellon University Humanities Center’s Marx@200 lecture series.

Carnegie Mellon’s International Film Festival Opening Night

Thursday, Mar. 22, 7:00 p.m., McConomy Auditorium

Carnegie Mellon University’s International Film Festival opens with "Life and Nothing More” followed by an exclusive Q&A with the film’s director, Antonio Mendez Esparza. The film follows the everyday life of an African American family living in northern Florida as they struggle to stay afloat in a society that marginalizes them. Regina, a working single mother, finds having life outside of her children and her job difficult. Andrew, her teenage son, spends his time taking care of his four-year-old sister and yearning for his jailed father, while being terrified of ending up in the same place. After an incident threatens her son’s future, Regina wakes up to the fact that she must overcome family tensions and advocate for him.

Director Antonio Mendez Esparza’s observational style allows the film to navigate strained relationships and the intersections of race, class, and gender in a complex and honest way. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for general admission.

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Sponsored by the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

MLK Keynote Lecture Featuring Dr. Carol Anderson: Reframing Conversations about Race: The Unspoken Truth

Thursday, Mar. 29, 4:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, CUC

Dr. Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her research and teaching focus on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States. Anderson's most recent book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, received the National Book Critics Award in the criticism category and was described by The New York Times Book Review as "an extraordinarily timely and urgent call to confront the legacy of structural racism ... and to show its continuing threat to the promise of American democracy."

Sponsored by the President's Office, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, CAUSE, and Dietrich College's and Humanities Scholars Program.

Talking Black in America: A film screening with executive producer Walt Wolfram

Wednesday, Apr. 11, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Rashid Auditorium, Gates-Hillman Center 4401

Walt Wolfram is the William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University and director of the North Carolina Language and Life Project

A panel discussion follows the screening:

  • Fred Brown, President and CEO, Homewood Children’s Village
  • Professor Waverly Duck, Department of Sociology, U. of Pittsburgh and Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy, CMU
  • Dr. Lovie Jewell Jackson Foster, Ph.D., Prevention Specialist, Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families
  • Dr. Tamara Sanders-Woods, Principal Colfax Elementary and Middle School (PPS)

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Department of English, CMU; Language Technologies Institute, CMU; Center for Urban Education and School of Education, U. of Pittsburgh; Department of Linguistics, U. of Pittsburgh.

Media Sponsors: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Group (WESA/WYEP)/

Save the Date: 2018 Thomas M. Kerr, Jr. Lecture ion Law and American Society

Thursday, Apr. 26, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Professor Jonathan Turley, Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law. Professor Turley is a nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law. Topic will be announced soon.