Lecture Preview

Title: University Lecture Series — “Innovations in Funding and Access to the Arts”

The Basics: Risë Wilson, the recent winner of the Echoing Green Fellowship, will speak about her nonprofit plan called “The Laundromat Project.” Wilson founded self-service laundromats that also serve as community arts centers which help the neighborhood through programs that raise awareness about social issues and foster an appreciation for the arts.

When: Thursday, Jan. 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Kresge Recital Hall, College of Fine Arts

Title: Center for the Arts in Society — “The Hoka-Néni Symphony”

The Basics: Edith Balas, an H&SS professor of art history, will present her multimedia symphony performance. Her work combines visual and auditory elements to narrate a story. The Hoka-Néni paintings are the works of Valentin Lustig, a Hungarian-Romanian artist, and the music is by Argentinean composer Eduardo Alonso-Crespo.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 12 p.m.

Where: College of Fine Arts 303

Title: Watson Distinguished Lecture Series — Kazuyo Sejima

The Basics: Kazuyo Sejima, a world-famous Japanese architect and the recipient of various awards and praise, is coming to Carnegie Mellon. She was Japan’s “Young Architect of the Year” in 1992 and has since established a firm in Tokyo, in addition to designing structures in the United States as well as Germany, Spain, France, and Japan.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium

Title: “State of Diversity at Carnegie Mellon”

The Basics: President Jared L. Cohon will present his annual address to the campus community. He is expected to speak on diversity in student enrollment, faculty, and university staff while highlighting both progress and areas that need improvement.

When: Today at 12:30 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium

Title: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards

The Basics: Local high school and Carnegie Mellon students will read personal works on racial experiences, cultural identity, and reflection on civil rights. The students will be awarded the MLK Jr. Writing Awards by the Carnegie Mellon creative writing program, Student Affairs, and Office of the President.

When: Today at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Rangos Hall

Title: “Martin Luther King Jr. for the 21st Century: Hip Hop, Environmental Justice, and the State of Black America”

The Basics: Keynote speaker Michael Eric Dyson will talk about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his influence on today’s world. Dyson is the author of 12 books and minister and professor at Georgetown University where he currently teaches theology, English, and African-American studies.

When: Today at 5 p.m.

Where: Rangos Hall

Title: University Lecture Series — Town Meeting on U.S. Foreign Policy — “What Mainstream Media Don’t Tell Us About Iran/Iraq”

The Basics: After having served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a senior weapons inspector, Scott Ritter will lecture on his experiences and what the media has not revealed about Iran and Iraq.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, Oakland