Carnegie Mellon University

March 15, 2024

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Ah, spring in Pittsburgh, we hope you’ve enjoyed the last few days of sunshine and warm weather! Even if it doesn’t feel like spring now… Luckily, some great events are happening this week to make up for the colder weather. We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email.

OIE & CMU News & Events

Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade Featuring the Pipes and Drums Band

Image of carnegie mellon's pipes and drums band marching in the st. patrick day parade

On Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m., head downtown for one of Pittsburgh’s most anticipated events! Everybody at Carnegie Mellon knows of Andrew Carnegie's Scottish heritage. Lesser known, perhaps, would be Andrew Mellon's Irish background — his parents, Thomas and Sarah Mellon, were from Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Carnegie Mellon's Pipes and Drums band will again be part of Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Parade begins at the Greyhound Bus Station and the route is 1.4 miles long, full of spectacle from floats, marching units, and bands. Can’t make it into the city? You can also check out the parade via live streamed online by several news channels. Learn more about this event.

Focus Group for Trans and Gender Diverse Students

Event poster with text focus group for trans and gender diverse cmu students join us to share your perspective and feedback on graduation and job search tollkits for tgd students

Want to make a difference for future and current Tartans? On March 20, at 5:30 p.m., join CaPS to share your perspective and feedback on graduation and job search toolkits for TGD students! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Learn more about this event.

Pirouette Machines. Fluid Components: Artist Talk by Ioana Vreme Moser

Image of Ioana Vreme Moser and circuitry with a blue overlay

On Thursday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m., learn how an ex-ballerina transitioned from ballet to fluid computers, handmade semiconductors and cosmetic synthesizers. Learn about the seductive side and hidden narratives of circuitry in relation to natural systems, salty fluids and minerals, and discuss the importance of alternative hardware forms in the context of global electronic shortage and environmental decay. Learn more about this event.

What is Safety and Who Defines It?

On Wednesday, March 20, at 12 p.m., learn about diverse viewpoints and maintaining a safe environment. Controversial speakers often ignite passionate debates on college campuses. These events raise important questions about free speech versus hate speech — and the delicate balance between allowing diverse viewpoints and maintaining a safe environment. We invite you to join us for a circle to share perspectives on what safety means in divisive moments and who defines it as we develop a culture of civility on campus. Learn more about this event.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Sound Series: KMRU with special guest Low Lumens

Image of artist KMRU

Sound surrounds us and transports us! On Thursday, March 21, at 8 p.m., check out sound artist KMRU. Nairobi-born, Berlin-based sound artist KMRU (aka Joseph Kamaru) has carved out a unique place in ambient, experimental electronic music, often featuring field recordings of environmental sounds. KMRU carries with him a repository of listening experiences from Nairobi and beyond, expanding his sonic practices. Pittsburgh-based sound artist Low Lumens (aka Danny Bracken) will also open the evening! Learn more about this event.

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