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Title: University Lecture Series: Understanding conditions in Iraq after the surge

The Basics: Robert Behrman, a Ph.D student in Carnegie Mellon’s Engineering and Public Policy department, will present information on the social, political, and economic conditions within Iraq as well as the challenges facing American forces in its reconstruction. Behrman, a first lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve, will give a first-hand overview of the current conditions within the country, including information that is essential in understanding the developments within Iraq.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: University Lecture Series: Unintentional Intolerance

The Basics: Steve Robbins, a nationally acclaimed speaker, professor, and writer, will address the “unintentional intolerance,” which occurs when well-meaning people and organizations accidentally exclude others from their activities because of a lack of understanding of the unconscious biases that often guide our decisions. His examples and stories will give the listener a much better perception of the diversity that exists in our world in a humorous and insightful way.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Title: University Lecture Series: Why Do They Love Us So Much? Cultural Diplomacy, Globalization, and the Young Performing Artist

The Basics: John Ferguson, a School of Music alumnus, pianist, and founder and executive director of the American Voices Association, will discuss the role of artistic performance in a global context. American Voices often conducts cultural diplomacy and youth education programs in the Middle East and parts of northern Africa in countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt. The company has given Broadway, jazz, and hip-hop performances, among others, in over 95 countries worldwide.

When: Monday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

Title: University Lecture Series: Yellow: Asian Americans and the Changing Face of Our Nation

The Basics: Frank Wu, a visiting professor from the University of Maryland, will present a new look at the changing demographics and race relations within America, including the increasing presence of Asian immigrants and Asian Americans. His talk will utilize historical anecdotes and social science to challenge his audience to focus on the implications of the ever-expanding diversity within the United States and the ways in which we can use it to achieve our country’s ideals. Wu’s talk will revolve around his newly published book, Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, and will be immediately be followed by a reception and book signing.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Where: Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51

Title: eCommerce: Making Money Through Blogs

The Basics: This is part of a three-week lecture series. In the first installment, Joel Johnson, author of Boing Boing Gadgets will hold a video conference on starting a blog. The talk will include choosing a topic, hosting it, and formatting it for future success. The second and third installments will talk about further developing the blog to turn over a profit.

There will be a $20 entry fee.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 21, and 28 at 8 p.m.

Where: Doherty Hall 2315