Carnegie Mellon University

Lectures & Events

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

Winter Welcome

Wednesday, Jan. 19 to Sunday, Jan. 30

The Winter Welcome events are a great way for students to meet new people, get involved with CMU’s student organizations, build school spirit, participate in service projects and practice wellness as they start their spring semester. 

Visit the Winter Welcome webpage for a list of events.

Friedman Fellowship Info Sessions (Funding for Summer 2022 Internships in DC)

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Remote

Applying for summer internships in DC? Add the Friedman Fellowship to your application process!  This fellowship is for CMU students only, and will provide leadership events and a stipend for low- or non-paid internships in government or non-profit organizations (internships need not be confirmed to apply). This info session will give an overview of the fellowship, application requirements, and have a Q&A with any questions! Members of our CMU DC office will be present as well.


Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

Friday, Jan. 28, 2022
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET


Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
Zoom RSVP 

Friday, Feb. 11, 2022
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET

Applications open Tuesday, Jan. 18 and are due Friday, March 4. Attend one of our information sessions and watch a video about the Friedman Fellowship to learn more and build a strong application!

International Education Showcase 2022

Now through Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 

Presented by the Office of International Education and Study Abroad, the International Education Showcase spotlights events and resources focused on study abroad and international student and scholar services. Our offices also partner with colleagues and students across the university to showcase a broad range of opportunities and events. Our goal is to provide resources to those interested in learning about international aspects of Carnegie Mellon and how you as an international or internationally focused student can broaden your horizons, build skills and stengthen connections within the CMU community and beyond. 

Question? Contact the study abroad office.

Anne Bogart: Towards a Theater 2.0

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Remote

As we emerge from a long pandemic cesura, we find ourselves in situations that require us to change our postures, attitudes and means and methods.  There are highly justified calls for equity, for “decolonizing the rehearsal room,” for dismantling institutional racism, for less hierarchical practices, for kinder work conditions.  Many suggest that a return to theater-making and theatergoing requires the creation of a “Theater 2.0.” There is a great deal to unpack and to reconsider. Can we shift focus and rethink the models that we inherited? What are the pressing subjects to address on the stage?  Amidst the current cultural and political uncertainty, how can the theater contribute to the ongoing conversation?

Presented by the Center for the Arts in Society Speakers Series and so-sponsored with the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and the Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry.

Register in advance for this webinar

Center Open House: Scavenger Hunt Edition 

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 4 to 5 p.m., Remote

Meet the Center team and hop on Zoom to compete your way through a tricky scavenger hunt! Fabulous prizes will be awarded! Follow the Center on Instagram @thecentercmu for a day-of hint. Zoom link will be distributed to all those who register.

Join us for the Open House Scavenger Hunt 

Headspace Webinar: How to Stress Less with Headspace 

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., Remote 

Give stress the day off — every day off. Join Engagement Manager, Cait Ross, for this 45-minute webinar on how meditating for just a few minutes a day can help you reduce stress. We’ll explore the science behind meditation and how Headspace supports it. We’ll also share tips for managing stress, and do a short, calming meditation together. If you haven’t already, sign up for your free CMU Headspace account.

Register for the Headspace webinar

Hot Chocolate & S'mores, Outdoors with Scotty

Thursday, Jan. 20, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Merson Courtyard

It’s winter in Pittsburgh and we all need some warmth. Stop by Merson Courtyard to grab some graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate to make some s’mores and hot chocolate to enjoy while taking a selfie with the new Scotty statue. Share your picture with SLICE on instagram (@sliceatcmu) and we’ll pick a few lucky winners to win some CMU swag! Be sure to wear a mask!

When My Heart Isn't in the Work

Thursday, Jan. 20, 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. Facilitated by Kym Jordan Simmons, Ph.D.

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 942 1035 4081 

Self-compassion Workshop: The Power of Showing Up for Ourselves When We Need It Most

Friday, Jan. 21, 12 p.m., Remote

This Zoom workshop will engage participants in mindfulness practices to build capacity for coping and thriving in the midst of disappointment and distress.

Immigrant Connection Hour

Friday, Jan. 21, 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. 


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

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 969-6481-1810

Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit 

Friday, Jan. 21 to Saturday, Jan. 22

The Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit 2022 is an annual event where hundreds of organizers, artists, teachers, workers, students, community members, and policy makers gather virtually to address the centuries-long and global negative impact of white supremacy and colonization on communities of color and indigenous peoples in the United States and worldwide. Folx are encouraged to sign-up to the Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit newsletter to receive updated information about the summit and town halls.

If you are a member of the Carnegie Mellon community, complete our Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit Interest Form.

Register for the Racial Justice Summit

C# Virtual Game Night

Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 to 10 p.m., Remote

Join C# a cappella and choir for a fun night of virtual games! Feel free to drop in at any time during the event.

Join the game night via Zoom
Meeting ID: 998 0618 6684 Password: 590440 

IDeaS Seminar: Misinformation, Mistrust & Media: The Story of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

Monday, Jan. 24, 5 to 6 p.m., Remote 

Jaime E. Sidani, PhD, MPH, CHES & Beth L. Hoffman, MPH
University of Pittsburgh

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the topics of vaccine hesitancy and vaccine misinformation to the forefront. While the presence of these phenomena is well-documented, less is known about strategies to effectively counter the spread of this misinformation and the historical context of the anti-vaccine movement. Synthesizing recent research on COVID-19 vaccine uptake with research on anti-vaccine rhetoric on social media, this presentation will integrate the current landscape of vaccine hesitancy into a broader historical framework. This presentation will also provide attendees with strategies for developing tailored messages to respond to vaccine misinformation and promote vaccination among their online and offline networks.

Presented by the Center for Informed Democracy & Social - cybersecurity (IDeaS).

Learn more about the seminar and register

Endgame: Decarbonization — How Do We Get There?: Exploring EVs, Electrification and Policy Priorities in the Transportation Sector

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1 to 2 p.m., Remote

While nations make underwhelming progress on global climate commitments and the Biden Administration plans implementation of its newly-passed infrastructure package, a U.S. strategy to transition to clean energy hangs in the balance. Any approach must involve electrification of the transportation sector — no small lift. How can we ensure that the future of vehicle electrification and charging is contributing to critical decarbonization goals? Join us on Zoom for a discussion of how we get there.

Co-hosted by the Block Center for Technology and Society & the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

 RSVP by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 25 (1 hour before the event).

Graduate Women Gathering: Virtual Paint Night

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 4 to 5 p.m., Remote

Join us for a virtual paint night! Stop by the Center before 2 p.m. to pick up your paint kit, along with some tea and snacks! From 4-5 p.m., hop on Zoom and we’ll paint, sip some tea, and eat some snacks together. Register before Thursday, Jan. 20 to guarantee a paint kit.

Join us for the Graduate Women Gathering Paint Night

Soup Crawl 

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 5 to 7 p.m., Dining Locations TBA

Join Dining Services for the 4th Annual Soup Crawl! Pick up a ballot, sample delicious soups across campus, and cast your vote at any participating dining location or drop off your ballot at the Cohon Center Information Desk. This event is free and open to all students! Specific dining locations to be announced soon.

Plus, there’s more! Once you cast your ballot, get a coupon for a free full cup of your favorite soup to be used on Wednesday, Jan. 26 between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Student Perspectives on Study Abroad Virtual Panel 

Thursday, Jan. 27, 4 to 5 p.m., Remote

Each year, returned study abroad students share their experiences with the campus community through interviews, photography, and the Study Abroad E-Peer Advisory. More information can be found on the International Education Showcase website.

Dietrich Deep Dives: Increasing Vaccination Rates with Text Nudges

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Remote 

Featuring Silvia Saccardo, assistant professor, Department of Social and Decision Sciences

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that unvaccinated individuals are at a significantly higher risk of testing positive and dying from COVID-19 than those who are vaccinated. Safety concerns, fear and misinformation have fueled vaccine hesitancy, although forgetfulness and procrastination also have been cited as barriers. In this second Deep Dive, behavioral economist Silvia Saccardo will show how simple, inexpensive text messages have successfully nudged individuals to schedule and show up for their vaccination appointments. Working with researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles in early 2021, Saccardo found messages that emphasized vaccine accessibility and included “ownership” language were the most effective type of reminder study participants received.

Register for the Deep Dives webinar

A question and answer session will follow the presentation. You may ask questions during the event, and you are welcome to pre-submit questions.

Submit questions for the Q&A

You will have the opportunity to indicate the need for accessibility accommodations as you register. If you have any questions, contact Brittany Wideman at