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March 27:

Professional Development Workshop — The Strategic Focus: Developing a Plan to Achieve Objectives. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Setting goals and objectives is only the starting point for success. Are you on track to achieving your personal or organizational objectives? Attend this workshop and explore strategies to move your objectives forward. In this workshop, you will explore and practice a strategic approach to planning, measuring and achieving your goals and objectives. Register.

CMWA Lunch & Learn: Nutrition Basics for Women's Health.  Noon - 1 p.m., McKenna & Peter rooms, Cohon Center. Women are often flooded with conflicting diet and nutrition information, and it is easy to become overwhelmed when trying to make healthy choices. Join Kylie Walker, nutritional therapy practitioner and CMWA member, as she cuts through the clutter and brings it back to the basics. Learn fundamental nutrition information and the corresponding health impacts to build a healthy lifestyle. Find out more.

March 28:

Digital Accessibility: CMS and Your Website. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Are you responsible for using the university's Content Management System to create digital, electronic, multimedia or other content that is available online? Learn to design your digital materials to foster a more technologically inclusive environment in our diverse campus community, so that persons with disabilities can access your electronic resources — including websites, audio and video content — using software, e-readers and mobile and other devices. In this interactive workshop, learn to apply the principles of digital accessibility to your specific needs. Participants will have the opportunity for assisted hands-on work on their digital projects to make them accessible. This program is offered by Marketing and Communications. Register.

March 29:

Professional Development Workshop — Maintain Your Focus: Getting Things Done. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Do you find it challenging to stay focused on your priorities? Not all activities are equal, and even rewarding activities can get in the way of your true priorities. Learn how to distinguish important tasks from urgent tasks and avoid wasting time on activities that are not a priority. Identify strategies to manage your time effectively, avoid distractions and maximize your efforts toward your highest priorities. Register.

MLK Keynote Lecture — Reframing Conversations about Race: The Unspoken Truth by Carol Anderson. 4:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium. Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African-American Studies at Emory University and a New York Times bestselling author. Her research and teaching focus on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States. Anderson's most recent book, "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide," received the National Book Critics Award in the criticism category and was described by The New York Times Book Review as "an extraordinarily timely and urgent call to confront the legacy of structural racism ... and to show its continuing threat to the promise of American democracy." The talk is sponsored by the President's Office, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, CAUSE and the Dietrich College Humanities Scholars Program.

Panel Discussion: Marx and the Totalitarian Temptation. 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Marx was used by a number of 20th century communist regimes as an intellectual guide for both revolution and state building. Is there something in Marx's work that tempted these regimes to become totalitarian? During this panel, we will consider these questions in regards to Romania, East Germany, the Soviet Union and the United States. Learn more.

March 31:

Sci-Fi Author Lecture Series, Book Signing & Pizza and Writing Workshop. 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium and Connan Room, Cohon Center. LA author Jessica Cluess ("A Poison Dark and Drowning") and Pittsburgh author Carrie Ann DiRisio ("Brooding YA Hero") will be talking genre books and writing in a free event, sponsored by the CMU student club Partners in Speculative Fiction and Parsec, Pittsburgh's premier science fiction organization.

  • Lecture by Jessica Cluess 10 - 11 a.m., in McConomy Auditorium
  • YA writing workshop by Carrie Ann DiRisio at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Connan Room

Free lecture and workshop, no registration necessary. Book signing and free pizza between events. Free parking in the East Campus Garage.

April 6:

A Nation Divided: Interaction Orders of Race and the High Cost of Unconscious Racism in Everyday Life. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53. This talk is about Race in the U.S. and how it has become embedded in the taken-for-granted structures of day-to-day interaction, to produce unconscious forms of racism that go on every day – yet remain hidden. Waverly Duck and Anne Warfield Rawls will identify a set of interrelated phenomena we call “Interaction Orders of Race,” “Fractured Reflections,” and “Submissive Civility,” that provide novel ways of understanding race in everyday interactions. In this presentation they will present data from interactions between Americans who self-identify as black and white. They argue that the expectations of everyday life differ for Black Americans, who experience what Du Bois called “Double Consciousness.” Because Black and White Americans inhabit different Interaction Orders, with distinct methods of sense-making, divergent expectations by race often lead to tacit misunderstandings across racial groups. Find out more

April 10:

Book Salon: Race & American Progress. 4:30 - 7 p.m., Rachel Mellon Walton Room, Posner Hall. What does progress for racial equality really look like? In two new books that examine periods of American history in which ideas about race shifted dramatically, authors Doug Coulson ("Race, Nation and Refuge," SUNY Press) and Gregory Last ("Untimely Democracy," Oxford Press) tackle these thorny, vital questions. Coulson and Laski will hold a conversation, moderated by Andreea Ritivoi and Kathy M. Newman, to discuss race and American democracy. Reception to follow. Find out more.

April 23:

Faculty and Staff Blood Drive. 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Rangos 3, Cohon University Center. All participating donors will receive a free recycled tote bag. To schedule an appointment, visit and enter group code CU040018, or contact Debra James Bailey at Walk-ins are welcome.