Carnegie Mellon University

September 24, 2021

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Autumn is officially here! Besides pumpkins and colorful leaves, fall also brings with it lots of festivals, farmers markets and fun activities. We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email, as well as the fall season here at Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh!

OIE & CMU News & Events

Craig Street Sidewalk Sale: Sept. 25

CMU is supporting the S. Craig Street Sidewalk Sale this Saturday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., between Winthrop and Forbes. There will be live music on the patio of the Irish Design Center from 2 to 6 p.m. featuring OrangeG, Matthew Crowe feat and Kate Beck. Many Craig Street merchants will be participating. CMU Police is assisting with tables and chairs, and posters promoting the event are being printed and donated by CMU.

ULS Lecture with Nicole Austin-Hillery

Nicole Austin-HilleryThe University Lecture Series (ULS) features a diverse range of lectures and performances by artists, scholars, and experts. Civil and human rights leader Nicole Austin-Hillery, J.D., Executive Director of the US Program at Human Rights Watch, is the featured ULS speaker at a virtual event Thursday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. A 1989 graduate of CMU's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nicole Austin-Hillery now leads Human Rights Watch's efforts to end violations in abusive systems within the United States. Learn more or attend the lecture at

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Pittsburgh Great Race: An Annual Tradition

The annual Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race started in 1977 when former Pittsburgh Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri established the race as a "community fun run." Since that inaugural competition, more than 250,000 people have participated in the Great Race, making the event the largest 10K race in Pennsylvania. The popular fall fitness classic has expanded to include a 5K run/walk, a running clinic, the Junior Great Race, Great Race Expo and more. This year's race is scheduled for this weekend, Sept. 25-26. Learn more or register to participate at

Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival

Blues & Heritage festival poster

The Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival (HBHF), which will take place Oct. 1-2 at Highmark Stadium, is about hope, roots, and the connections that music makes across races, neighborhoods, and beliefs. The August Wilson African American Cultural Center celebrates that diversity and hopes that you will join them, hoping for a more humane TODAY, and a brighter TOMORROW. View scheduled artists and purchase tickets.

Asian Lantern Festival at the Zoo

Asian Lantern Festival poster

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is embarking on a bold new adventure in 2021 with the opening of the Asian Lantern Festival, an evening experience that will shine a light on conservation, community, and diversity. Select nights from Saturday, Aug. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 30, the Zoo will illuminate the city with the glow of colossal, wildlife-themed, handcrafted lanterns. These towering steel and silk sculptures will encompass three connected themes: the Zoo, global species conservation partnerships, and Asian culture. The Asian Lantern Festival is a family-friendly nighttime event that requires a separate ticket from Zoo daytime admission. For tickets and more details, visit

Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest

The Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival, which is the ultimate in hometown Pittsburgh food and fun, is back at Kennywood Park! The annual celebration of the #CityofDumplings, taking place this year on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 6 p.m., will feature our city's favorite food from over two dozen restaurants, chefs, and pierogi purveyors who will be serving up hot and delicious pierogis, creative pierogi-inspired dishes, dessert pierogis and more! Learn more or purchase tickets.

Lawrencville Farmers Market

basket of corn and hot peppers

The Lawrenceville Farmers Market is a non-profit program of Lawrenceville United. They are committed to increasing food access in our community, to growing local agricultural businesses for long-term sustainability, and providing a vibrant resource for the Lawrenceville community. The market takes place every Tuesday, from 3 to 7 p.m. in Arsenal ParkLearn more.

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