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August 18-25:

First-Year Orientation. The week-long orientation program for incoming undergraduate students is a dynamic and engaging experience that introduces students to the expectations, culture and traditions of Carnegie Mellon. Find out more.

August 22:

Convocation. 5 - 6:15 p.m., in the Tent on the CFA Lawn. University leadership, faculty and staff will welcome the Class of 2023 in a formal academic ceremony marking the start of their college experience.

August 24:

Craig Street Crawl. 3-5 p.m., Craig Street. Students can round out their Orientation week at the Craig Street Crawl. The block party on Craig Street between Forbes and Fifth avenues introduces students to the neighborhood business district with food, music and activities.

September 5:

Tuition Benefits Open Forum. 12 - 1 p.m., Rangos 1, Cohon Center. Hosted by Staff Council and the Office of Human Resources, the Tuition Benefits Open Forum is open to all staff members who are interested in learning more about the tuition benefits available to Carnegie Mellon staff members. Members from the Human Resources benefits team will be on hand to present a summary of benefits and address any questions. To help prepare for the session, questions are being solicited in advance. Please submit your questions by Thursday, Aug. 29. If you have questions about the forum, please contact Lynn DeFabio, chair of the Staff Council Benefits Committee, at, or Becky McGhee, senior benefit administrator, at or 412-268-5076.

The Dark Web Unveiled. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Gates Hillman 6501. All alumni, parents and students are invited to this provocative talk by current student, senior TJ Johansson. The internet may be a place of art, drama, memes, science and adventure, but more than anything else, the internet is a place for spies. At every turn you take, there are soldiers and thugs scribbling your location, tracking the movement of your hands and building a profile of who you are and what you want to click — whether you like it or not, you are being watched. Johansson will introduce you to a network of guards who are happy to look the other way for free, giving some the serenity of peaceful browsing, but others a cloak under which to sell, steal, shout and kill. Together these guards make a place where people are not as much persons as they are ideas of what a person can be and the risk-reward balance heavily favors the delusional. This place is the Dark Web. $5 per person, free for current CMU students. Find out more.

September 7:

Settler Colonialism in the United States. 9:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Porter Hall 100 and Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. During this one-day event, participants will learn about the underlying narratives of settler colonialism in the United States such as Terra Nullius, Manifest Destiny, and Doctrine of Discovery: How did these narratives develop? How were they implemented? How do they continue to shape United States-Indigenous relations and the current experiences of Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples alike? Attendees will also explore the history and legacy of settler colonialism in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania. The morning is a symposium with four guest speakers. In the afternoon, the CMU and Pittsburgh communities will gather informally to ask the four experts questions, discuss ways in which the topic impacts lives in Pittsburgh, and brainstorm forms of community engagement. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Society and the University Lecture Series. Find out more.

September 9:

Alumni General Planning Meeting. 7 p.m., Alumni House, 5017 Forbes Ave. Strategies about the promotion, engagement and community development of the Pittsburgh Alumni Network are discussed. All alumni, faculty, staff and current students are welcome. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month. For more information, contact Mara Kohls at

September 13:

The Future of Business, Technology and Society INTERSECT@CMU. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tepper School of Business. This year's daylong conference features  panel discussions on Health Care Innovation.

  • Panel One: Artificial Intelligence and Health Care: How can AI impact the development, delivery, and experience of health care?
  • Panel Two: Science of Science Fiction: What will the future of medicine and health look like and how will both science and the arts help to shape that future?
  • Panel Three: The $3.68 Trillion Question: How do we tackle the issues related to the costs, pricing, and policy design of wellness and health care?

    Find out more.

September 14:

Ligonier Highland Games. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Idlewild Park, Ligonier, Pa. Join CMU for the 17th year of this fantastic Scottish Heritage festival and competition. Enjoy competitions between pipe bands, individual pipers and drummers, fiddlers, harpers, Scottish dancers and Gaelic Mod singing. Watch men in kilts toss cabers (phone poles), ladies hurl haggis, and hurling demonstrations. Observe Scottish breed dog shows, ponies, professional singers, dancers, comedians, bands, harping, fiddling, sheep herding, massed pipe bands performance, arts and crafts and the Southminster Ringers handbell team. Find out much more.

September 17:

Neuroscience Institute Lecture. 12 p.m., TBA. Eddie Chang, the Jeanne Robertson Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, will give a lecture titled "The Encoding of Speech Sounds in Human Temporal Lobe."  Chang's research focuses on the discovery of cortical mechanisms of high-order neurological function in humans. 

Scott Institute Lecture. 12 - 1:20 p.m., Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201. Join the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation for a lunchtime tech talk featuring Scott Institute Professor of the Practice and Energy Futures Initiative Principal Joseph Hezir. The Carnegie Mellon Heinz College and Chemical Engineering alumnus will discuss carbon dioxide removal's role in climate change mitigation. Find out more.

CMU Night at PNC Park. The fourth annual Carnegie Mellon Night at PNC Park features the Pirates hosting the Seattle Mariners at 7:05 p.m. Buy your tickets online — $23 for a corner box seat or $18 for a seat in the infield grandstand — and you’ll receive a free Pirates hat in CMU colors with the Carnegie Mellon wordmark on the side. Prior to the game you can enjoy discounts on food and beverages from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the concessions area behind sections 133-135. Purchase your tickets online.

Osher at CMU Lecture with Maxwell King, author of "The Good Neighbor." 7 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center. "The Good Neighbor," the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this unque and enduring American icon. Drawing on orginial interviews, oral histories and archival documents, King traces Rogers' personal, professional and artistic life through decades of work. King is the CEO of the PIttsburgh Foundation. Books will not be sold at the event. Reservations required by phone, 412-268-7489, or email,