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September 25:

Professional Development Workshop: Coaching in the Multigenerational Workplace. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. "Coaching promotes creativity, breakthrough performance and resilience," Ron Cacioppe said. Your generation may influence your expectations, needs and goals at work and the way you interact with people from different generations. What is your coaching style, and how can you bridge generational differences to effectively equip others with the tools, knowledge and opportunities to develop professionally? In this session, explore practices and resources that enable you to promote success in yourself and others. Register

She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing. 3 to 4 p.m., Webinar. You can discover saving and investing strategies developed especially for women and how you can put them into action. Register.

School of Art and Drama Lecture: Miguel Gutierrez. 6:30 p.m., Kresge Theater, CFA. Gutierrez works across dance, performance, music, and poetry around recurring themes of mortality and the desire for meaning, how identity relates to content and form, and the commingling of the mundane with the sublime. His work has been presented at the Centre Pompidou, Walker Art Center, and MCA Chicago, among many other locations. Presented in collaboration with The Warhol. Learn more.

September 26:

Master of Public Management (MPM) Information Session for CMU Employees. 12 - 1 p.m., 1214 Hamburg Hall. Heinz College's Master of Public Management (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 the MPM program the right fit for you? Join this 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

Professional Development Workshop — Digital Accessibility: Creating Accessible PDFs. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format that has captured all the elements of a printed document as an electronic image that you can view, navigate, print or forward to someone else. It is widely accepted as the standard format for displaying and sharing documents online. Are you responsible for creating digital content that is available online as a PDF? 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 PDF documents online 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. Register.

The Digital Restoration Initiative: Reading the Invisible Library. 4 - 5 p.m., Danforth Room, Cohon Center. Progress over the past decade in the digitization and analysis of text found in cultural objects (inscriptions, manuscripts, scrolls) has led to new methods for reading the “invisible library.” This talk, by W. Brent Seales of the University of Kentucky, explains the development of non-invasive methods, showing results from restoration projects on Homeric manuscripts, Herculaneum material and Dead Sea scrolls. Premised on “virtual unwrapping” as an engine for discovery, the presentation culminates in a new approach — Reference-Amplified Computed Tomography (RACT) — where machine learning becomes a crucial part of the imaging pipeline. You will leave this talk considering that RACT may indeed be the pathway for rescuing still-readable text from some of the most stubbornly damaged materials, like the enigmatic Herculaneum scrolls. Learn more about Seales.

Ordinary Men as Holocaust Perpetrators: A Reappraisal After 25 Years. 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Christopher R. Browning, the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is one of the world’s foremost experts on the Holocaust. Browning’s book “Ordinary Men” is the story of Reserve Police Battalion (RPB) 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings and roundups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but ordinary middle-aged men who committed these atrocities out of the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions. While the book discusses a specific unit, its general argument is that most people are susceptible to the pressure of a group setting and committing actions they would never do of their own volition. Learn more.

Osher at CMU Free Lecture: Mr. Rogers The Musician by Jim Cunningham. 7-8:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. Cunningham, WQED-FM’s senior executive producer, hosts the WQED-FM Morning Show weekday mornings from 6-11 a.m., and the nationally syndicated Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra broadcasts, which air Sundays at 4 p.m. The Osher Evening Lecture Series is free, but registration is required. To register, email or call 412-268-7489. Members may register online for Course ID: 2667.

September 27:

W.L. Mellon Spearker Series presents A. William Stein. 12:30 - 1:20 p.m., Simmons Auditorium, Tepper Building. Stein is Digital Realty’s CEO and serves on its board of directors. Under his leadership, Digital Realty has executed a series of transformational transactions that have sharpened the company’s strategic focus and significantly enhanced its product offerings. Stein has overseen a doubling of the company’s total enterprise value, as well as its inclusion in the S&P 500 Index. Prior to being named CEO in 2014, he served as CFO and chief investment officer. In addition, he has over 30 years of leadership experience at a wide variety of companies. Stein has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master's degree with distinction from the Tepper School.

The Starting Line: Why and How Retirement Saving Should Begin Now. 3 to 4 p.m., Webinar. You can learn how to evaluate and manage debt, find additional ways to save, create a budget and begin to plan for retirement. Register

Dining Services Grand Opening: The Underground, 4 – 6 p.m. Unwind and indulge in samples from the menu including a build-your-own ice cream sundae bar, get a FREE chair massage, play a board game with friends and enjoy live music while you check out the new space! Find out more.

2018 Kerr Lecture: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media by Cass Sunstein.  5 to 6 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, will give a lectureon how the internet is creating new threats to democracy. Social media companies, such as Facebook, can sort us into groups of the like-minded, creating echo chambers that amplify our views. Sunstein will describe how the online world creates "cybercascades," exploits "confirmation bias" and assists "polarization entrepreneurs." And he will explain why online fragmentation endangers the shared conversations, experiences and understandings that are the lifeblood of democracy. In response, Sunstein will propose practical and legal changes to make the internet friendlier to democratic deliberation. This event is co-sponsored by the University Lecture Series. Learn more.

September 28:

Mental Health First Aid. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon University Center. In the Mental Health First Aid public education program, learn risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, build understanding of their impact and hear an overview of common supports. This eight-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect individuals to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). To register, sign up online. This program is offered by University Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services.

Concert: Ultimedia Concept, Music From the Future. 7:30  p.m., Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts. Composer Eric Ross, with videos by artist Mary Ross (USA), and his ERA Ensemble present their Ultimedia Concept, Music from the Future. Eric Ross performs on guitar, piano, synthesizer, and is a Master of the Theremin, one of the first electronic instruments. His ERA Ensemble features Kenan Foley (percussion), School of Computer Science faculty member Roger Dannenberg (horns), and School of Music faculty member Ben Opie (saxophone). Eric's compositions include elements of jazz, classic, serial, electronic, and avant garde. Mary's videos, projected in performance, are organized, arranged, and edited to his music. In an hour-long performance, the Rosses will present their most recent work, the Boulevard d'Reconstructie (Op. 54). This event is free and does not require tickets.

October 1:

International Translation Day Celebration. 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., Askwith Kenner Global Languages and Cultures Room, Tepper Quad 1024. Professional translators around the world are recognized for their work on International Translation Day (Sept. 30). Carnegie Mellon's departments of Modern Languages and English are holding an Open House to celebrate International Translation Day and the launch of the departments' new combined degree, the Master in Global Communication and Applied Translation. As cultural and economic globalization evolve, the efforts of the world’s professional translators are becoming increasingly vital. At the Open House celebration, there will be short presentations on translation studies by faculty and students as well as an opportunity to learn about the new master's degree program. In celebrating International Translation Day with this free event, the departments of Modern Languages and English hope to acknowledge the important work of language professionals and translators, who facilitate international and intercultural dialogue, the circulation of ideas and the peaceful cooperation among nations. All are welcome. Please RSVP as refreshments will be provided.

October 2: 

LaunchCMU, A Technology Startup and Research Showcase. 2 - 6 p.m., Swartz Center, Tepper Quad, 3rd Floor. See the latest and hear presentations from CMU students, faculty and alumni startups. And network with other entrepreneurs and investors while continuing to browse the Demo & Poster Session. Refreshments will be served.  Find out more.

Art Lecture: Saba Innab. 6:30 p.m., Kresge Theater. Artist and architect Saba Innab questions the meaning of architecture in this time of increasing deterritorialization and alienation. Her work has been exhibited at the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans, the Marrakech Biennale, and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw. She worked as an architect and urban designer on the reconstruction of a Palestinian refugee camp in Northern Lebanon, which was nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013. Organized in collaboration with Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018. Learn more.

October 3:

Andy Awards Ceremony and Reception. Noon, McConomy Auditoriium, Cohon Center; Reception in Rangos Hall following the ceremony. Named for Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, the Andy Awards are a tribute to the spirit of teamwork and dedication embodied by the staff at Carnegie Mellon. Individual staff members and teams of colleagues whose work has had a significant impact on the university are recognized for their outstanding performance through the Andy Awards program. See his year's nominees.

Institute for Politics and Strategy presents Jorge Quiroga, former president of Bolivia. 4:30 p.m., Simmons A, Tepper Quad. Quiroga is president of FUNDEMOS, a Bolivian public policy think tank. Originally elected Bolivia's vice president in 1997, Quiroga served as president from 2001 to 2002. He was the youngest person to have ever held the office. He has also served as the Minister of Finance and Under-Secretary of Public Investment and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Planning. Since leaving office, Quiroga has been a primary leader in the Bolivian opposition and ran for the presidency on his own right in 2005 and 2014. He was the recipient of the World Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum, and he has served as governor for the World Bank, Andean Development Corporation, International Finance Corporation and the International Monetary Fund.

October 4:

MentE Info Session. 12 - 1 p.m., Connan Room, Cohon Center. Attend an information session about Carnegie Mellon Women's Association four-year partnership with Panhellenic Council's MentE (Mentorship for Enrichment) program. If you are interested in establishing a mentoring relationship with a student, we encourage you to apply. Applications will be available beginning Monday, Oct. 15. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 24. Find out more.

Dining Services Grand Opening: La Prima Espresso, 2 – 4 p.m. Experience the newly renovated Italian-style espresso bar while you enjoy samples of coffee and fare from La Prima’s local food partners, Mediterra and Common Plea. Stop by for a chance to win a La Prima gift basket and other great giveaways! Find out more.

October 5:

The Ghetto in Global History: A Book Symposium. 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., Posner Center. Presented by the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE), this event will feature Dan Michman, head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, and Mitchell Duneier, department chair and the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, in a discussion on “The Ghetto in Global History,” written by CMU’s Wendy Z. Goldman and Joe W. Trotter Jr. Learn more.


October 9:

The Sandwich Generation: Balancing Your Personal Life with the Needs of Your Older Parents or Loved Ones. 10 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Many of us reach a point in life when parents or elderly relatives begin to require more of our time and attention, and at times our financial support as well. Balancing work, family and care-giving responsibilities can present some challenges, and there are no simple solutions. This workshop provides an overview of information to help you cope with your personal life while dealing with your family’s needs. This program is offered by Guidance Resources, the CMU employee assistance provider. Register.

Art Lecture: Zoe Leonard in conversation with Rhea Anastas. 6:30 p.m., Carnegie Museum of Art Theater. Zoe Leonard's work in photography and sculpture uses repetition, subtle changes in perspective, and shifts in scale to re-engage viewers with the process of seeing. In her work, poetic observations of daily life are often tied with a pressing activist impulse. She has had major solo exhibitions of her work at the Whitney, MoMA, and the Reina Sofía, among others. Leonard will be in conversation with Rhea Anastas, an art historian, critic, curator, and associate professor at UC Irvine. Organized in collaboration with Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018. Learn more.

October 10:

Writing for the Web. 9:30 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. People read and digest words on web pages unlike any other medium. For this reason, your messaging needs to be tailored to your site visitors’ preferences and habits. In this workshop, you will learn how to effectively write for the web, best practices and tools to check your writing. Though the principles and tools discussed in this workshop will help you with any website you create, we will be focused on the new design templates for the university’s content management system (CMS). You are welcome to bring your computer to this session, but it’s not required. This session is offered by Marketing and Communications. Register.

October 11:

Professional Development Workshop — Leadership Begins Within: Developing Self-Awareness and Engaging Reflective Practice. 9 to 11 a.m., Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center. Gaining a deep understanding of yourself, your habits, and your assumptions is an important part of building skills as a leader. This session identifies sources and strategies for building self-awareness, and explores the importance of reflective practice in leadership development. You will leave with an action plan/approach to increase your intentional reflective practice. Register.

October 23:

Art Lecture: Alex Da Corte. 6:30 p.m., Kresge Theatre. Alex Da Corte's theatrical paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations mix personal narratives with glossy commercial aesthetics to creative immersive otherworldly environments that are simultaneously dazzling and terrifying. He has had solo exhibitions at the New Museum, MASS MoCA, and the ICA Philadelphia. Organized in collaboration with Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018. Learn more.