Carnegie Mellon University

IPS Policy Forum Fall 2021

Lecture details are subject to change.


Dr. Jennifer Golbeck, "It Hasn't Even Been A Year: Social Media and Disinformation in the US Since November 2020"

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET on Zoom

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Join us for a discussion with Jennifer Golbeck, Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, as she discusses some of the more significant events since the November 2020 election - including the insurrection and COVID-19 - and the paths forward for measuring, understanding, and intervening in US domestic online extremism.

This event is the inaugural lecture of the Social Cybersecurity series within the IPS Policy Forum, presented in partnership with the Center for Informed Democracy & Social Cybersecurity.


Professional Journeys Discussion: Gloria D. Steele

Friday, September 24, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET on Zoom

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Join us for a conversation on diversity, inclusion, and how personal experiences impact a career path with Gloria D. Steele, current Chief Operating Officer of CARE and previous Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID.

About Gloria D. Steele

Gloria D. Steele began her role as Chief Operating Officer of CARE in January 2021. A career member of the US Government’s Senior Executive Service, Ms. Steele served as Deputy Assistant Administrator at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she led the Bureau for Asia for nearly four years starting in January 2017. She oversaw a program budget of $1.6 billion in 30 countries and a staff of 1,300 in fiscal year 2020. Prior to this assignment, she served as USAID’s Mission Director for the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, and Mongolia, with a program budget of over $500 million from 2010-2015.


Panel Discussion: The Challenges of the Latino Community in the Pittsburgh Region

Friday, October 8, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET on Zoom

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Join us for a panel discussion of the challenges of the Latino community in Pittsburgh, including living conditions and the effectiveness of public engagement. IPS Professor Ignacio Arana will moderate the discussion. Joining him will be:

  • Monica Ruiz-Caraballo, Executive Director, Casa San José 
  • Belkys Torres, Executive Director for Global Engagement, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sister Janice Vanderneck, Founding Director and current Director of Civic Engagement, Casa San José
  • Guillermo Velázquez, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation

This event is generously co-sponsored by the University Lecture Series.


Dr. Erica De Bruin, "Militarized Policing in the United States and Abroad"

Friday, October 22, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET on Zoom

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Dr. Erica De Bruin joins us to discuss the effects of militarized policing in the United States and its effects around the world. 


A Conversation with General H.R. McMaster

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET on Zoom

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*Please note that all questions for General McMaster to be considered during the Q&A portion of the event must be submitted by close of business on Thursday, October 28 via the registration form. 

About General H.R. McMaster:

Until recently, H.R. McMaster was the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018.

From 2014 to 2017, McMaster designed the future Army as Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command. As Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, he oversaw all training and education for the Army’s infantry, armor, and cavalry force. His extensive experience leading soldiers and organizations in wartime includes Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012; Commander, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 -2006; and Commander, Eagle Troop Second Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Desert Storm from 1990-1991. McMaster also served overseas as advisor to the most senior commanders in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.


US Military Spheres of Influence: A Veterans Day Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 11, 2021
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Zoom
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Join us on Veterans Day for a conversation on the role the US Armed Forces plays in achieving US strategic goals and in influencing US domestic- and foreign-policy decisions. 

IPS Professor and US Marine Corps Veteran Daniel Hansen will moderate the discussion. Joining him will be IPS Military Fellows:

  • Commander Fred Bertsch, US Coast Guard
  • Lieutenant Colonel Steve Curtis, US Army War College
  • Commander Kim Manuel, US Navy


A Conversation with HRH Ambassador Reema Al Saud

This event has been postponed until the Spring 2022 semester. Please check back for further details.

As the first female Saudi Arabian Ambassador to anywhere in the world, current Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States Her Royal Highness Ambassador Reema Al Saud joins us to discuss her efforts in advancements for women in Saudi Arabia, sustainability, and the diversification of Saudi Arabia's economy away from oil, and more.