Lecture Previews

Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon

Today at 4:30 p.m.

Mellon Auditorium, Posner Hall

The Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship in the Tepper School of Business presents the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series with Andrew Mason, the CEO of Groupon. Groupon is a website that highlights daily deals, localized to major cities in the United States and Canada. Mason is a Pittsburgh native who attended Mt. Lebanon High School. He continued on to receive his undergraduate degree from Northwestern, majoring in music. For more information and to RSVP, visit

Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell

Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.

Hamburg Hall 1000

The Center for International Relations and Politics and the Heinz College present Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell. Campbell took his position as the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in June 2009. Prior to holding that position, Campbell was the CEO and co-founder of the Center for a New American Security. He also previously served as the director of the Aspen Strategy Group and as the chairman of the editorial board of The Washington Quarterly.

Campbell attended the University of California, San Diego as an undergraduate and then received a certificate in music and political philosophy from the University of Erevan in Soviet Armenia. Finally, he received his doctorate in international relations from Brasenose College at Oxford University, where he was a Distinguished Marshall Scholar.

Race and Punishment: Southern Justice and the Rise of America's Prison

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Giant Eagle Auditorium (Baker Hall A51)

The Literary and Cultural Studies Colloquium and the Center for African-American Urban Studies and the Economy present Robert Perkinson, the author of Texas Tough: The Rise of a Prison Empire. According to the author's website, the book focuses on the "history of imprisonment, race, and politics from slavery to the present, with an emphasis on Texas, the most locked-down state in the nation."

Pittsburgh Dafur Emergency Comittee presents Jendayi Frazer

Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Doherty Hall 2315

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Distinguished Service Professor Jendayi Frazer will speak on the critical South Sudan and Abeyi referenda, and she will outline what the future will hold for Sudan.

Grammar and Punctuation Primer: Things You've Forgotten Since Sixth Grade

Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Rangos 1, University Center

In this Learning and Development seminar, Karen Beaudway will discuss the most common grammar and punctuation rules that people tend to forget over time. The class will be hands-on and will provide a set of handouts. Students wishing to attend should register online at