Carnegie Mellon University

Lectures & Events

Stay Grateful: A Weekly Gratitude Practice 

Tuesday, May 4, 1:30 to 2:30 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. Facilitated by Angie Lusk, program director, Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives.

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UBA Additional Major/Minor Open House

Tuesday, May 4, 7 p.m., Remote

The Undergraduate Business Administration program will be hosting an additional major/minor presentation with student panel to discuss the business minors and additional major.

Register for the Open House 

IDeaS Seminar: Vidhya Ramalingam

Wednesday, May 5, 3 to 4 p.m., Remote 

Vidhya Ramalingam is the founder of Moonshot CVE, an organization that uses technology to disrupt and counter violent extremism globally. She directs overall strategy and oversees campaigns, software development and digital projects in over 25 countries. Under her leadership, Moonshot has pioneered new partnerships with tech companies to respond to violent extremism on their platforms, online intervention programs to pull individuals out of violent movements and the use of automated messaging to disrupt hate groups online.

Vidhya is recognized internationally for her role leading policy responses to white supremacist extremism and terrorism. Following the 2011 attacks in Norway, she led the European Union’s first inter-governmental initiative on white nationalist terrorism and extremism, initiated by the Governments of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands and launched by the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs. She regularly advises Big Tech and Heads of State on tackling white supremacy online, including recently the Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Norway. She has testified before the U.S. Congress on the global threat posed by white nationalist terrorism.

Vidhya also serves on the Board of Life After Hate, an organization set up by former white supremacists to help individuals leave hate groups. In 2020, she was named an Obama Leader by the Obama Foundation.

Register for the IDeaS Seminar

2020 Dickson Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture featuring Lucy Shapiro

Wednesday, May 5, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Remote

Developmental biologist, educator and entrepreneur Lucy Shapiro is the 2020 recipient of the Dickson Prize in Science. Carnegie Mellon's Dickson Prize is awarded annually to the person who has been judged by the university to have made the most progress in the scientific field in the United States for the year in question. Sponsored by the University Lecture Series.

Register for the Dickson Prize ceremony and lecture

Transforming Chronic Pain to Reclaim Your Life

Thursday, May 6, 1 to 1:45 p.m., Remote 

This session is all about how to shift your mindset, so that you are in the driver's seat and know how to approach and work with your chronic pain. This is a two part series. The next session will take place on Thursday, May 13. 


When My Heart Isn't In The Work

Thursday, May 6, 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.


  • Dareen Basma Ph.D
  • Kym Jordan Simmons PhD
  • Viviana Ferrer-Medina Psy.D.

Join When My Heart Isn't in the Work

Sonic Recharge

Friday, May 7, 12 to 1 p.m., CMU Outdoor Stage, CFA Lawn

Immerse yourself in the transcendent sound of crystal singing bowls as Monique Mead, College of Fine Arts faculty member, guides you to a state of deep stillness and relaxation. Bring a towel, blanket or yoga mat and lie comfortably as these pure tones harmonize your mind and body. Or just take a seat and enjoy! We will offer two, 20-minute sessions over the hour, to provide an uplifting way to release stress and recharge your mind.

Immigrant Connection Hour 

Friday, May 7, 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

CAUSE/Heinz College Lecture Series

Friday, May 7, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Remote

CMU's Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) and Heinz College present "Taking Stock: Lessons Learned from Historical and Contemporary Policy Perspectives on Racialized and Violent Policing." Featuring Luther Adams from the University of Washington-Tacoma, author of a well-regarded study of Louisville, Kentucky's Black community and Professor Dan Nagin from Heinz College, an expert on criminology and policing.

RSVP to attend the public forum

Virtual Meeting of the Minds

Monday, May 10 to Wednesday, May 12, Remote

We invite you to come and celebrate undergraduate research and creative inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. Approximately 400 students will share their work virtually through poster sessions, oral presentations, prototype demonstrations and performances.

Join us online to experience student presentations on ground-breaking work and innovative ideas. The pandemic may have altered the ways in which we have been able to engage with one another over the past year, but it certainly didn’t slow down our researchers! We are proud of how our students and faculty have persevered through the challenges to keep pushing the boundaries of their fields. Be part of a true Carnegie Mellon tradition and show your support of our undergraduates and their faculty mentors.

Learn more about the symposium

Event status and details are subject to change. All events are taking place EDT, unless noted otherwise. Check the Dietrich College calendar for more upcoming events.