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Title: “The Accidental President”

The Basics: University President Jared L. Cohon will discuss his unpredictable rise to leading Carnegie Mellon. In his presentation, Cohon will recall the ups and downs of his personal journey and how his past decisions were not made with the sole purpose of achieving his current position as a president of a university. Cohon believes that goals and plans are essential in realizing one’s opportunities. For Cohon, the stops along the way are more important than the outcome itself.

This lecture is part of the “Journeys” lecture series.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Rangos Hall, University Center

Title: “How do I start a company?”

The Basics: This lecture will focus on the business of starting a company and where to begin. Sean Sebastian of Birchmere Ventures will talk about the important decisions necessary to starting the journey to company ownership.

Many key topics will be discussed that focus on different aspects of the entrepreneurial journey, such as securing licensing rights and writing a business plan.
This lecture is part of the Venture Capital Speakers Series.

When: Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Rangos 3, University Center

Title: “Ethics and the Visual Arts”

The Basics: Elaine King, professor of art history, theory, and museum studies at Carnegie Mellon, will discuss her recently published anthology, Ethics and the Visual Arts.

This forum will address German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s ideas about technology in addition to King’s own theories. According to King, technological advances can function to diminish the critical and analytical abilities of the viewer and user, while also having the potential to be consciousness transforming. A reception with King will be held afterward.

The lecture is presented by The Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) Research Forum.

When: Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Fine and Rare Book Room, Hunt Library (4th Floor)

Title: “From Vienna to America: A Modern-day Odyssey”

The Basics: Sophie Freud, granddaughter of Sigmund Freud and mother of Carnegie Mellon professor George Loewenstein, will introduce her mother Esti and discuss aspects of her book Living in the Shadow of the Freud Family.

Living in the Shadow of the Freud Family presents an illuminating story through diaries, letters, and family commentary about her mother’s complicated relationship with father-in-law Sigmund Freud. In the novel, the author also enlightens readers as to how she and her mother accidentally survived the Holocaust.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Title: “Artificial Intelligence and Law”

The Basics: Kevin D. Ashley, a senior scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, as well as a professor of law and intelligent studies at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss the intersection between artificial intelligence and law. His goals are to contribute to artificial intelligence research and to develop instructional and information retrieval systems for professionals in areas such as law.

This lecture is sponsored by The Triple Helix.

When: Thursday at 5 p.m.

Where: Doherty Hall 1212