Carnegie Mellon University

April 5, 2024

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Have you heard about the eclipse? It’s on Moonday! Bad puns aside, a lot is happening this week celestially, as well as on campus and in the city! Plus, we’re only a week away from Carnival, everyone’s favorite weekend of the year. Get excited, Tartans; this week is going to be big! We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

The Center's gAyPRIL Series: Cookies & Clothing, A Gender Affirming Clothing Swap

On Tuesday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m., join the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion at Welch House for cookies and a gender-affirming clothing swap. Bring clothes you no longer wear and leave with something pre-loved that feels true to you! Plus, when you register for Cookies & Clothing, you can provide feedback about the kinds of gAyPRIL events you’d like to see this month! Register for this event.

20,000 Species of Bees Reception, Screening, and LGBTQIA+ Resource Fair

On Sunday April 7, at 2:30 p.m., the CMU IFF is hosting a resource fair and reception highlighting the many local associations, organizations, and providers who help bring the community all together and keep everyone safe! There will be local honey to sample and a delicious spread of meat, fish, cheese, and snacks from Spain and France, which Chantal’s Cheese Shop generously and lovingly provided. Plus, stick around for a screening of 20,000 Species of Bees, a coming-of-age tale about a young trans girl’s sunbaked summer amongst her great aunt’s apiary in the Basque countryside and how it shapes her identity and relationship with her family. Learn more about about this event.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Blown Away Hot Jam

Image of contestants on Blown Away

On Friday, April 5, at 6 p.m., check out this month’s Hot Jam. The Pittsburgh Glass Center features Leana Quade, Jon Capps and Ryan Thompson, competitors on Blown Away Season 4 in this month’s open house event. The critically acclaimed and award-nominated competition series Blown Away features ten glassblowers who turn up the heat for a heated competition in North America’s largest hot shop for a chance to win a prize package worth $100,000. Everyone is invited to watch Quade create hot glass art in action and learn about her process and experience on Blown Away. Learn more about this event.

Forging The Frick Collections

Image of a Vermeer painting of two people looking out and overlayed text Forging the Frick Collections

Beginning on April 6, check out The Frick Pittsburgh as they partner with New York-based The Frick Collection for the first time to unite the collections of 19th-century industrialist Henry Clay Frick and his daughter, philanthropist Helen Clay Frick. Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt: Forging the Frick Collections in Pittsburgh & New York explores the Fricks' shared passion for art collecting, how their iconic acquisitions shaped the museums they established, and how the world defines great art today. Learn more about this event.

Tartan Day 2024

It’s a great day to be a Tartan! While we think it’s a great day to be a CMU Tartan every day, Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., it’s an extra special day to be a Tartan in Pittsburgh. Join the local Scottish-American community for Tartan Day 2024 to celebrate all things Scotland. On April 6, 1320, the Declaration of Arbroath was signed, asserting Scotland’s sovereignty over England’s territorial claims. Tartan Day commemorates the signing of Scotland’s Declaration of Independence. Scottish Americans set aside this day every year to reflect on and celebrate their heritage. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Celtic music, bagpiping, great kilt demonstrations, highland dancers, raffles, and more. Learn more about this event.

War of the Romantics

Event poster with text war of the romantics the future of music after Beethoven

Did you know there was a classical music war during the 19th century? On Sunday, April 7, at 4:30 p.m., hear Carnegie Mellon University’s All-University Orchestra perform works by composers involved in this cultural conflict. Under the direction of AUO Music Director Dr. Jeffrey Klefstad, the AUO will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture to his A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Franz Liszt’s Symphonic Poem Nr. 3 “Les Preludes,” and Johannes Brahms' Symphony Nr 2. in D-major. This event is free and open to the public, no registration required! Learn more about this event.

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