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November 13:

Frederick Douglass on Science: What He Said, Why He Said It, and What He Thought It Ought To Be. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Porter Hall 100. Eric Herschthal will discuss Douglass's complicated relationship with scientific thought in nineteenth century America. He argues that Douglass had a deep passion for science, but was deeply disappointed that scientific ideas had come to justify theories of black inferiority. Find out more.

November 14:

Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Baker Hall A53. Former FBI Special Agent, U.S. Army officer and leading cyber-security expert Clint Watts offers a devastating and essential look at the misinformation campaigns, fake news, and electronic espionage operations that have become the cutting edge of modern warfare—and how we can protect ourselves and our country against them. Find out more.

November 16:

“Whither US Health Care? A Discussion with Katherine Baicker.” Noon - 1:30 p.m., Hamburg Hall A301. Katherine Baicker is dean of the Harris School of Public Policy and the Emmett Dedmon Professor at the University of Chicago. A distinguished health economist and expert on health policy, Baicker was a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is one of the authors of the landmark study of the impacts of randomized Medicaid expansion in the State of Oregon. Professor Lowell Taylor will moderate the discussion followed by a Q&A. Co-sponsored by Heinz College and University Lecture Series. Lunch will be served.  Find out more about Baicker.

Teaching Writing and Communication @ CMU. Noon - 1:20 p.m., Baker Hall 255 B (Swank Room). Join the Department of English for the third event in this series for all CMU faculty, staff and instructors interested in building stronger community through teaching writing. The speaker this week is Andreea Ritivoi, department head and Professor of English, who will discuss "The Priority of Intercultural Communication." Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Education. Find out more

November 17:

Rise Against Hunger. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wiegand Gym, Cohon Center. Carnegie Mellon University, the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE), PACE (Partners Allied in Civic Engagement), and Alpha Phi Omega are partnering with the international nonprofit Rise Against Hunger and the Kraft Heinz Company Foundation to host this Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are needed to package 175,000 dehydrated meals for distribution worldwide. The event is open to families, partners, and children as young as 4. Register to participate in this high-energy, exciting and fun experience.

November 18:

All University Orchestra: "The Great War."  4 p.m., pre-concert talk; 5 p.m., concert, Soldiers and Sailors Hall. Carnegie Mellon's All University Orchestra presents a program focusing around European music leading up to World War I. The program begins with a chat from WWI expert Gregor Thum from the University of Pittsburgh. Featured works include the energetic Slavonic Dance No. 1, op. 46 by the Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak; AUO Concerto & Aria Competition winners Kenji Kusakawa and Eric Cyphers will be featured on Johannes Brahms' Double Concerto for violin and cello; and closing the first half with Romanian composer, George Enescu's wild Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major. The second half of the program highlights Carl Nielsen's powerful Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable." The concert is free and open to the public. Audience members are encouraged to show up early to view the WW1 exhibit before the performance. Parking is available in the underground parking deck below Soldiers & Sailors.

November 19:

W.L. Mellon Speaker Series peresents Kathy Warden, president and COO, Northrop Grumman Corporation. 12:30 p.m., Simmons Auditorium, Tepper Building. Warden is responsible for the operational management of the company’s four operating sectors as well as its enterprise services organization. Her role encompasses all aspects of the operations, including leading the company’s engagement with the senior customer community and partners around the globe. She leads the integration of the new Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems sector. Warden has also previously held sector leadership roles within the company. Find out more.


November 29:

University Lecture Series presents Daniela Rus. 4:30 p.m., Simmons Auditorium A, Tepper Building. Rus, a renowned roboticist and researcher, will discuss "Unleashing Your Inner Maker." Robots are everywhere, and for some, their pervasiveness causes a difficult problem. How can we accelerate the creation of robots customized to specific tasks? Where are the gaps we need to address in order to advance toward a future where robots are common in the world and they help reliably with physical tasks? The event is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow the lecture. Find out more.