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Oct. 1: Carnegie Mellon Hosts 19th Annual International Festival Oct. 8-10


Abby Houck     

Carnegie Mellon Hosts 19th Annual
International Festival Oct. 8-10

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's 19th annual International Festival, "What's Happening to Diplomacy?" is scheduled for Oct. 8-10. All events will take place in Carnegie Mellon's University Center and are free and open to the public. A full schedule of events is available at The following are festival highlights.

Campus Conversations: A Deliberative Loop on America's Role in the Global Community
4:30 - 6:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8
Connan Room

For the past five years, Carnegie Mellon has been using the concept and practice of Deliberative Polling(r) and other forms of democratic dialogue to inform the work of campus decision makers. In preparation for this event, participants will receive a copy of the "Issue Guide on America's Global Role" developed by Public Agenda, a community partner of the Campus Conversations initiative. Individuals interested in registering for this event, which includes dinner, should send email to

Keynote Lecture
12:30 - 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9
Rangos Ballroom

Distinguished Service Professor Jendayi Frazer is known worldwide as a policy leader and expert on African Affairs. Before joining Carnegie Mellon's faculty in 2009, she served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Her current research focuses on strengthening regional security cooperation and economic and political integration in Africa. She is also co-director of Carnegie Mellon's new Center for International Politics and Innovation (CIPI), where she is particularly interested in utilizing technology and applying innovative solutions to core issues of development and governance in Africa. Tickets for the lecture, which includes lunch, are available at the University Center Information Desk.

Global Volunteerism: Becoming a Global Citizen
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10
Rangos Ballroom

Global service organizations including Amnesty International, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Building New Hope, Global Links, Unite for Sight, American Red Cross and others will provide opportunities for visitors to engage in a variety of impact projects.

International Festival Awards and Address by Heinz College Alumni
3 - 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10
Connan Room

The inaugural International Festival Awards will recognize individual students and student organizations whose programs and research contribute to the festival's theme.  The Office of International Education will provide grants for award winners to continue their work throughout the academic year. In addition, Heinz College alumni Elisa Echeverría and Jacques Jean will speak. Echeverría has served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala and has worked on the Obama Election Campaign in Puerto Rico. She currently is the transition manager for the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, Calif. Jean is the founder of the Universal Learning Centre, which brings quality educational tools to Haiti, his native country. He also is the leader of the Enterprise Application Rationalization Program for Honeywell International, where he works with all Honeywell Business Groups to optimize IT services and minimize spending. While at Carnegie Mellon, Jean worked as a linguist technician for the DIPLOMAT Project.