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January 17:

Advancing a Clean Environment and Clean Energy: Lessons from the Trenches and a Look Ahead. 12 - 1:20 p.m., Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201. The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation kicks off its 2019 Distinguished Lecture Series with a fireside chat featuring veteran policymaker and recognized environmental leader Katie McGinty — a Scott Institute board member — and deep decarbonization expert Karl Hausker. McGinty will present stories and strategies on tackling tough environmental challenges drawing from her experiences as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Hausker will present on the division within the climate policy community between those who advocate 100 percent renewable pathways, and those who advocate a broader range of technologies, including nuclear and/or carbon capture options in addition to renewables. He will explore strategies for bridging this divide to effectively address this toughest of environmental challenges. Register and find out more.

January 18:

W.L. Mellon Speaker Series: Homaira Akbari. 12 - 1 p.m., Simmons Auditorium B, Tepper Building. Akbari is president and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, LLC, a global strategy advisory firm providing services to leading private equity funds and large corporations in the sectors of Internet of Things, cybersecurity, big data and analytics, and supply chain visibility. She serves on the board of directors of several Fortune 500 companies, including Banco Santander S.A. (NYSE: SAN), Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), Gemalto N.V. (Euronext: GTO) and Veolia (Euronext: VIE). Akbari has held senior management roles in Fortune 1000 companies, including Microsoft, Thales, SA, and Liberty Media subsidiary, Trueposition. She has served as the president and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions. Under her leadership, the company had record performance. She successfully sold SkyBitz to Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS). Akbari holds a Ph.D. with honors in particle physics from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from the Tepper School of Business.

January 21:

MLK Children's Programming. 1 - 2:30 p.m., Kirr Commons, Cohon University Center. Students from Pittsburgh Linden K-5 School will unveil an art display about the life and social impact of Dr. King.  Musical selections and short monologues will be featured.  All children present will receive a special educational activities booklet about the life of Dr. King.  Refreshments will be served. Find out more.

20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center. As part of Carnegie Mellon University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, high school and college students from across western Pennsylvania will read poetry and prose pieces on their experiences with racial or cultural differences. Jim Daniels, the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English, created the awards program in 1999 to provide a safe space for students to talk honestly about their shared experiences with discrimination. Find out more.

January 22:

Introduction to Virtual Reality Workshop. 10 a.m. - noon, Sorrells Library Den. Are you interested in experiencing VR? Have you wondered how VR tools might be used to expand or support your research? Virtual Reality is an exciting way to engage with different environments, experiencing our world and worlds we can only imagine. Attend the workshop to learn more about different approaches to VR as well as background into using VR in educational settings. By attending this workshop you will also have the opportunity to use VR equipment and experience these virtual worlds. If you cannot attend the workshop, please stop by the VR Office Hours in the Den at Sorrells Library every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Jan. 23.

MLK Day of Service. 4:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, Cohon Center. Join fellow CMU community members for a signature service project packing lunches for those facing homelessness. The bagged lunch project will benefit the Light of Life Rescue Mission's Emergency Shelter Program.

January 25:

MLK Interfaith Breakfast. 8:30 - 10 a.m., Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center.  Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King Jr. Members of the Carnegie Mellon community are invited to an informal breakfast with campus and community interfaith leaders followed by fellowship and conversation about the life and legacy of Dr. King through the lens of faith, activism and social justice. This year’s topic will focus on “Healing from Hate” and feature a talk from Saleem Ghubril, executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise. Find out more.

January 26:

MLK Day of Service. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Danforth Lounge, Cohon Center. University volunteers will engage in projects throughout the city over the course of the day. The program will begin with a light breakfast prior to departure.

January 28:

Symposium — Paradox: Frames and Biases in Art and AI. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Miller ICA, Purnell Center for the Arts. Organized by Eunsu Kang and Elizabeth Chodos, panel members include Manuela Veloso, Alexandra Chouldechova, Jillian Mayer and Sey Min. Learn about the exhibition Paradox: The Body in the Age of AI. 

January 30:

Master of Public Management (MPM) Information Session for CMU Employees. 12 - 1 p.m., 1214 Hamburg Hall. Heinz College's MPM program imparts management skills and policy understanding, forging leaders of the future with the same Heinz College formula used in its full-time programs: Technology + Analytics + Leadership Practice = Career Impact. The part-time curriculum is flexible and accessible to busy professionals, allowing you to earn your master’s degree in the evening in as little as two years. And because it’s an on-campus program, you enjoy the vibrancy of learning with seasoned professionals from CMU and Pittsburgh's major sectors, allowing you to build diverse networks. Is MPM the right fit for you? Join this relaxed session to learn more about the program curriculum, admissions process and hear from current CMU employees in the program. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by emailing Amy Seymour at

January 31:

Dickson Prize in Science Lecture. 4:30 p.m., Simmons Auditorium A, Tepper Building. Dr. Emery N. Brown, the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at MIT, the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the recipient of this year's Dickson Prize in Science. The award is given by CMU annually in recognition of substantial achievements or sustained progress in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering, computer science or mathematics. Brown's outstanding achievements have earned him the distinction of being one of only 21 people elected to all three branches of the National Academies of Science. He is considered the "world's expert on statistical analysis of neuronal data," according to CMU faculty nominator Robert E. Kass, and his research on anesthesia has been "truly transformative" to that field. After receiving the Dickson Prize, Brown will give a lecture titled "The Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia." Find out more.

February 1:

Black Male Summit Lecture by Derrick Brooms. 4:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center. Brooms is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati. ​His research and activism focus on educational equity, race, racism and identity development. Brooms is the author of "Empowering Men of Color on Campus:  Building Student Community in Higher Education."

February 8:

Lecture: “Soul Values & American Slavery” by Daina Ramey Berry. 4 p.m., Simmons Auditorium, Tepper Building. From the moment of birth and before, those invested in buying and selling human beings put a price tag on enslaved people. This fiscal marker served as a projection of future worth as well as a monetary value of a market price. Regardless of what the figure meant, enslaved people created their own system of valuation that neither the auctioneer nor enslaver could control. Exploring enslaved people’s inner spirits expressed in plantation records, newspapers, testimonies and letters brings us to an entirely different system of values that are the focus of this presentation. Berry is the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and associate dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Sponsored by the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy. Find out more.

February 11:

Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture by Khalil Gibran Muhammad. 4:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. Muhammad, a leading scholar on racial justice in America, will share his perspective on “Race, Inequality, and the American Democracy.” Muhammad is a professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. His research focuses on the racial politics of the criminal justice system, from laws to policing and punishment. His award-winning book, “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America,” chronicles the formation of black criminality in contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants. Sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion and the University Lecture Series. Find out more.