Carnegie Mellon University

Oct. 6, 2023

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

A chill is in the air, and it's the perfect time to take a break. Whether you want to stay on campus or head out into Pittsburgh, there is something for everyone. We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Fall Break and Travel Signatures

Are you planning on traveling outside of the U.S. for fall break? For any travel outside of the United States (e.g., Canada, Mexico, cruise), ensure your travel signature is current. Check if your Travel Endorsement (page one of a DS-2019 or page two of an I-20) is blank or if it was signed before Oct. 23, 2022, you will need to request a new travel signature in your MyOIE portal.

Gandhi Community Celebration

On Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m., join the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion and the Alliance for Humanitarian Initiatives, Non-violence, and Spiritual Advancement for the annual 2023 Gandhi Community Celebration. In observance of the International Day of Peace, this year's event will feature keynote remarks from Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise. We hope you enjoy this afternoon of community, dance, art, food, and music. Learn more about this event.

Carnegie Mellon Opera: Mozart and Menotti Madness

Enjoy a night at the opera! Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m., Carnegie Mellon Opera presents Mozart's comic singspiel "The Impresario" and Menotti's "The Telephone" in a double bill. Learn more about this event.

Violins of Hope

Movie poster for The Martian featuring Matt Damon

Hope will always prevail. From now through November, Violins of Hope is a new series of educational and cultural programs. This unique project will, through lessons from the Holocaust, demonstrate humanity's amazing ability to rebound from even the darkest of times. The centerpiece of this event is the Violins of Hope Exhibit, which showcases violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Each instrument has a unique emotional history that tells a story of perseverance and hope. Learn more about this program and the story of hope being fostered in Pittsburgh.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks


Pittsburgh International Literary Festival

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Get ready to read! Now through Oct. 15, check out LitFest 2023. These free programs highlight global voices and perspectives, celebrate literature from around the world, and encourage cross-cultural exchange. Join in as Pittsburgh welcomes more than 50 artists representing over 20 countries and nations. With 17 free workshops, panels, author interviews, and special performances for kids, teens, and adults, there is something for everyone at LitFest. Learn more about the event.

Festival Of Combustion

Event poster with text Festival of Combustion

Have a blast! On Saturday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 9 p.m., check out the Carrie Blast Furnaces for the return of the Festival of Combustion! Celebrate the industrial arts and American crafts at the Carrie Blast Furnaces and the creativity and innovation of our region's artists, makers, and builders. The Festival of Combustion features hands-on activities for adults and children alike, with demonstrations and experiences throughout the entire day and evening. Learn more and purchase tickets in advance.

Reel Q: Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2023

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Lights, camera, actions! From Oct. 6-15, check out this year's Reel Q film festival. This year's festival will be held in person at Row House Cinema. Want to stay on campus? Check out a selection of fabulous short films on demand throughout the duration of the festival. Learn more about this event.

Antique Skyscrapers: Rooftop Tour

Image of people on top of a skyscraper downtown

Need some perspective? On Sunday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., climb to the top of four historic Pittsburgh skyscrapers for spectacular views and hear the amazing stories of the people who built them. During this event, you will travel to the Koppers Building, the Oliver Building, the Clark Building, and the Benedum-Trees Building. This private walking tour will ascend to the top of these four classic Pittsburgh skyscrapers for unforgettable views and photo opportunities. Learn more about this event.

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213