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Lectures & Events

Global Opportunities Virtual Career Fair

Monday, Sept. 28, 9 to 11:59 p.m., Remote

In partnership with the CMU US-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Association (IEA), the CPDC presents the first Global Opportunities Virtual Career Fair. This fair was created to bring together international and domestic employers who have international opportunities and/or domestic opportunities with the ability to sponsor a work visa. The fair is open to domestic and international students who are either looking for international employment and/or U.S. opportunities with a sponsored work visa. 

The close collaboration of the CPDC and CMU IEA ensures a high coverage of both domestic and international companies interested in recruiting students globally. Build connections with employers and possibly obtain interview opportunities.

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Stay Grateful: Weekly Gratitude Session 

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 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.

We encourage attendees to bring a notebook and a writing utensil to the session. These are historic times; it will be nice to capture the whole-hearted moments through it all. Facilitated by Angie Lusk, Program Director, Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives.

Join 'Stay Grateful' via Zoom  

Self-Compassion Skills Clinic 

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Remote 

Many of us readily offer warmth and support to our friends who are struggling, yet respond to our own difficult experiences with harsh judgment and self-criticism. Many of us also believe that in order to succeed, we must be relentlessly tough on ourselves. However, research shows that in the long run, self-criticism is linked with symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The practice of self-compassion, which incorporates mindfulness techniques, teaches us how to show up and be there for ourselves when we need it the most: when we are struggling, when we fail, when we notice something about ourselves that we don’t like.

In this four-week skills clinic, you’ll learn how to stop beating yourself up with self-criticism and how to increase your resilience in meeting your more difficult emotional experiences. This skills clinic will include both didactic and experiential components. 

Contact Briana Root at for more information.

Learn more about the self-compassion skills clinic

Get an A in ZZZ's: Coping with Insomnia

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 4 to 5:15 p.m., Remote

This drop-in group for enrolled students will provide background on the science of sleep, sleep hygiene, and relaxation training. Relaxation training and the basics of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques as they relate to insomnia will be covered.

Zoom Meeting ID: 922 9434 0795

The Islamic State Online: Historical Trajectories and New Frontiers

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Remote

This talk examines some of the ways in which the Islamic State has used the online space in the past, how it has navigated different platforms, and the challenges it has faced since the peak of its activity in 2013. Based on interviews with ISIS supporters and fighters, and based on an extensive archive of Telegram data going back to 2015, this talk tries to take stock of where we have been, and the challenges the group faces going forward in the online space. 

Presented in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Analysis.

Register for 'The Islamic State Online' 

Weekly Mindfulness Room Check-In

Tuesday, Sept. 29 to Wednesday, Sept.  30, 5 p.m., Remote  

If you miss taking a moment to relax in the Mindfulness Room, join us for a virtual check-in with the Mindfulness Room team. We'll start each session with a very brief mindful exercise, and then spend the rest of the session connecting and talking about our wellness — what has been challenging, what has helped and the importance of just having good conversation and check-ins with other CMU community members. Open to any CMU community member.

Join the weekly mindfulness room check-in via zoom

University Lecture Series Virtual Program: Margaret Gould Stewart

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m. Remote

Margaret Gould Stewart, Vice President, Product Design, Facebook. Product Designer, User Experience Expert, Tech Ethicist

Register for the ULS lecture with Margaret Gould Stewart  

Virtual Presidential Debate Watch Party

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 9 to 11 p.m., Remote

Join us on Discord for the first 2020 presidential debate! Activities (with prizes) plus post-debate discussion, drop in anytime. Attend 3 debate watch parties with us this fall and get CMU Votes swag. CMU affiliation will be verified to join our server. 

Join the Facebook Event

Tools to Manage Anxiety Skills Clinic 

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Remote

At this three-week skills clinic, you will learn the purpose of anxiety and develop your own toolbox of skills to manage anxiety through practice.

Please contact Sara Troupe, Psy.D. at for more information or to set up a screening appointment.

Humanities+ Speaker Series: Humanities+ Tech 

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Remote 

The Humanities+ Speaker Series aims to highlight the career paths of some of Dietrich College's most successful alumni. These individuals have leveraged their CMU degrees in the humanities to achieve success in a variety of sectors and will share insights, their career stories, and opportunities available in their respective fields. 

Meredith Clark, a 2006 graduate of European Studies and International Relations and Senior Program Manager at Google joins Brett Molotsky, a 1988 English graduate and Vice President, Industry Solutions at Aprimo, to share how their background in the humanities augments the work being done by their STEM counterparts. They will discuss how they apply their degrees in the ever-evolving technology fields. 

Register for Humanities+ Tech 

The virtual FAIR

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Remote

The virtual FAIR has been rescheduled! Join us on Wednesday, September 30th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on GatherTown for round two to explore involvement in student organizations!

Learn more about the virtual fair

Team Communication: The Fundamentals of Managing Team Projects

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 6 to 7 p.m., Remote

Teamwork is central to professional life, but most students don't know how to manage a team project so it flows smoothly. This workshop will teach you how to create a teamwork infrastructure that will help you avoid the most common team problems. You will learn strategies for structuring your collaboration, especially on group documents. This workshop will also cover effective strategies for talking with your teammates when problems do occur. The advice in this workshop is based on Dr. Joanna Wolfe's research interviewing hundreds of students and professionals about their team experiences and practices. We will email the Zoom link the day of the workshop. Presented by CMU’s Global Communication Center.

Register for The Fundamentals of Managing Team Projects

Emily Knox: Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 to 9 p.m., Remote

Emily Knox is interim associate dean for academic affairs and an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book, "Book Banning in 2st Century America" (Rowman & Littlefield) is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholar's Series. Her articles have been published in the Library Quarterly, Library and Information Science Research, and the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy. She is also a member of the Mapping Information Access research team. Knox has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University School of Communication & Information and an MA in library and information science from the iSchool at Illinois. This event is free and open to the public. 

Join Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice via Zoom

Decarbonization: A Distinguished Lecture by ICF International's Anne Choate

Thursday, Oct. 1, 12 to 1 p.m., Remote

Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation brings you a distinguished lecture by Anne Choate, the Senior Vice President of Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for ICF International. Her team of more than 1,750 professionals advises commercial, federal, state, and local clients on energy markets, surface transportation, energy efficiency, environmental planning, conservation, and climate change. This event is free and open to the public.

Register for the lecture with Anne Choate

Black Graduate Student Connection Hour

Thursday, Oct. 1, 8 to 9 p.m., Remote

This hour is intended to be a space to explore, discuss, process and share thoughts, feelings and ideas related to your experience as a Black person at this institution and in the world at this time. This weekly, open, drop-in hour is not a therapy group. Please enable your camera while attending.

To join, please email for Zoom ID and Password.

A Conversation with Ambassador Richard Grenell and Stuart Milk 

Friday, Oct. 2, 12 to 1:15 p.m., Remote

Join Ambassador Grenell and Mr. Milk, Founder and President of the Harvey Milk Foundation, on Zoom as they discuss their work on the global decriminalization of homosexuality. 

Register for a conversation with Ambassador Richard Grenell and Stuart Milk

Note: This date of this event was previously listed as Friday, Sept. 25.

Philosophy Colloquium: Democratising Measurement

Friday, Oct. 2, 1 to 2:15 p.m., Remote

Anna Alexandrova of University of Cambridge presents, "Democratising Measurement." Valid measurement is a necessary precondition for causal inference and for testing. In social sciences, we often measure value-laden phenomena such as well-being, educational success, fairness, equality, poverty and so on. What is responsible measurement when value judgments are involved? In this talk I discuss why standard procedures for psychometric validation are not up for this task and how they are currently being challenged by various democratising approaches such as stakeholder engagement and co-creation.

Register for Democratising Measurement
Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Reclaiming Space: Connection Hour with Our Immigrant Community 

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

This weekly connection hour is open to all immigrants in the Carnegie Mellon community who want to come together in a space of support and solidarity during these uncertain times. This event is open to all members of the CMU community.


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

Join Reclaiming Space via the Zoom Meeting ID: 969-6481-1810


Friday, Oct. 2, 1 to 3 p.m., Remote

In a society that has been remade during the pandemic, education stands out as profoundly disrupted. We can see the role education plays, not just in supporting the learning of our youth, but also in supporting the ability of parents and caregivers to work. We have been forced to rethink education — to adapt lessons and other experiences to remote learning. We have had to confront the crucial role technology now plays, and how lack of access leaves some students severely disadvantaged. We have seen that some experiences — lab work, sports, art and music — are nearly impossible to replicate online. And finally, the reliance of our institutes of higher education on international students — which in typical years benefits all parties — has proven to be a significant weakness once the borders closed.

Register for INTERSECT@CMU: Education 

Gandhi Community Celebration

Sunday, Oct. 4, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Remote

Please join us for an afternoon of activities celebrating the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings. Enjoy speeches, inter-faith presentations, cultural performances and student readings about serving the community and building peace with chief guest Dr. Ira Helfand, recipient of the Noble Peace Prize 1985, co-chair of Physicians for Social Responsibility's Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee, co-president of PSR's global federation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and a practicing emergency medicine physician.

Register for Gandhi Community Celebration

Psychology Colloquium: How to Know

Monday, Oct. 5, 12 to 1 p.m., Remote

Celeste Kidd from the University of California, Berkeley will discuss Kidd’s research about how people come to know what they know. The world is a sea of information too vast for any one person to acquire entirely. How then do people navigate the information overload, and how do their decisions shape their knowledge and beliefs? In this talk, Kidd will discuss research from her lab about the core cognitive systems people use to guide their learning about the world — including attention, curiosity and meta cognition (thinking about thinking). The talk will discuss the evidence that people play an active role in their own learning, starting in infancy and continuing through adulthood. Kidd will explain why we are curious about some things but not others, and how our past experiences and existing knowledge shape our future interests. She will also discuss why people sometimes hold beliefs that are inconsistent with evidence available in the world, and how we might leverage our knowledge of human curiosity and learning to design systems that better support access to truth and reality.

For further information, contact

Combatting Disinformation One Month from the Election: What State and Local Policy Makers Can Do

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Remote 

Carnegie Mellon University will present an Artificial Intelligence (AI) roundtable in partnership with the Block Center for Technology and Society and the Center for Informed Democracy and Social cyber-Security (IDeaS). With the 2020 presidential election approaching, disinformation campaigns aimed at creating confusion, spreading falsehoods and increasing hostility among voters threaten U.S. democracy. Yet, there is a worrying trend of disinformation groups beginning to go beyond the presidential election and target state and local governments, which often are ill prepared to identify and respond.

Lear more about Combatting Disinformation and register 

CIRP Policy Forum: Panel Discussion on Women Leading Navy Technological Innovation 

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Remote


  • Vice Admiral (Retired) Jan Tighe: First Female Numbered Fleet Commander (US Tenth Fleet/Fleet Cyber Command)
  • Captain Ann Casey: Commanding Officer of the Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group
  • Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (Information Warfare/Surface Warfare) Shirley Dulux
  • Captain Tracy L. Hines: Commanding Officer of the Hopper Information Services Center
  • Command Master Chief (Information Warfare/Surface Warfare/Aviation Warfare) Patricia Kelly: Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
  • Lieutenant Erica Leinmiller: One of the First Generation of Female Submarine Officers
  • Captain Danielle Lukich: Director for Information Warfare, Naval Special Warfare Development Group

Moderated by Carol Goldburg, co-founder of Women in the Social Sciences; executive director, Undergraduate Economics Program. Presented in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Analysis and CMU Women in the Social Sciences, a joint initiative of CIRP's Policy Forum and the Office of the Director of Undergraduate Economics.

Register for the CIRP Policy Forum

40th Anniversary of the Rhetoric Program 

Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Remote

Join the Department of English as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Rhetoric Program and to honor the legacy of Richard Young.

Contact Jen Loughran at for more information and the Zoom link.

Libraries Speaker Series: Harrison Apple

Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Remote

In their talk "I Can't Wait for You to Die: A Community Archives Critique from the Pittsburgh Queer History Project," Harrison Apple discusses the origins and revised mission of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project as a reflection of the precarious definition of community archives within the field of Library and Archival Science. Stemming from conflicts over the authority of professional archives to arrange and steward community knowledge, "I Can't Wait For You To Die" outlines the limitations of the archival apparatus to produce the conditions for social liberation through acquisition, and offers suggestions for how to operate otherwise in the interest of the community of records themselves.

Harrison Apple is co-founder of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project, an oral history and community archiving project focused on queer after-hours nightlife. Apple is currently a Ph.D. candidate of Gender and Women’s Studies with a minor in the School of Information at the University of Arizona. Apple’s writing has been published in Transgender Studies Quarterly from Duke University Press,, and the Introduction to Transgender Studies from Harrington Park Press.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend the webinar.

Register for 'I Can't Wait for You To Die' 

Centering Blackness as an Anti-Racist Method

Friday, Oct. 9, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Remote 

The Department of Modern Languages invites you to the first of our series of virtual talks and events, “Here and There: Anti-Racist Perspectives from the U.S. and Beyond.” 

Bucknell University's Nicholas R. Jones is the author of "Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performances of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain" (Penn State University Press, 2019), editor of the book series "Routledge Critical Junctures in Global Early Modernities," co-editor (with Cassander L. Smith and Miles Grier), of "Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies: A Critical Anthology" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018) and author of numerous articles. For more information, email or

Mindfulness & Technology

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12 to 1:15 p.m., Remote

This workshop will allow students to reflect on and explore their relationship to technology (i.e. social media, e-mail, internet use, etc.); particular attention will be given to the relationship between technology use and the cultivation of mindfulness and the ability to be psychologically and emotionally present. The concepts of "mindfulness" and "mindlessness" will be explored in relation to the broader task of creating a satisfying and meaningful life. 

Zoom ID: 915 7167 0057

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.