Carnegie Mellon University

University Lecture Series at Carnegie Mellon

The University Lecture Series (ULS) features a diverse range of lectures and performances by artists, scholars, and experts invited by Carnegie Mellon faculty, students, and staff. 

Thank you to the CMU community for contributing to the success of the 2020-2021 University Lecture Series. Be on the lookout for the 2021-2022 ULS speaker lineup, which we will announce via email this fall.

Spring 2021 ULS Events

Ibram X. Kendi
Bestselling Author, Historian, Antiracism Researcher

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Lecture
Wednesday, February 10 at 5 p.m. ET
Virtual Program

View the conversation with Dr. Kendi (Andrew ID login required).

For more information on this speaker, please visit

James Balog
Photographer, Filmmaker, Climate Change Researcher

Tuesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Virtual Program

Watch Mr. Balog's presentation.

Lucy Shapiro
Developmental Biologist, Educator, National Medal of Science Recipient

2020 Dickson Prize in Science Award Ceremony and Lecture
Wednesday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Virtual Program

Watch the 2020 Dickson Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture

Spring 2021 Co-Sponsored Lectures

There are currently no upcoming co-sponsored lectures. Check back throughout the semester for updates.

ULS Partners

In addition to stand alone lectures by prominent figures, thought leaders and visionaries, the ULS is proud to work in partnership with research centers and academic units across campus to present several policy, research, and academic talks throughout the year, including the following lecture series:

Check out the CMU Events Calendar to view the many events and programs happening at the university.