Lecture Previews

Book tour: Cooking for Geeks

Today at 5 p.m.

Rashid Auditorium (4401 Gates Hillman Complex)

Author Jeff Potter will discuss his new book, Cooking for Geeks, which is for anyone who wants to do more than follow a recipe. According to Roxanne Webber of, “_Cooking for Geeks_, a new cookbook by Jeff Potter, is probably the best science-meets-the-kitchen book to come out. Ever.”

Humanities Center Lecture: Constructing Latinos as a Threat to the Nation

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)

Anthropology professor Leo Chavez from the University of California, Irvine will examine how media and public discourse portray Mexican and other Latin American immigrants and their U.S.-born children as a threat to the United States, focusing on the narratives of invasion, reconquest, and, more recently, national security.
Chavez’s books include Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society, Covering Immigration: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation, and The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens and the Nation. For more information, please visit

Film screening: Little Town of Bethlehem

Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Rangos 1, University Center

Carnegie Mellon has been selected as a university site for a screening of Little Town of Bethlehem, a documentary by award-winning director Jim Hanon and producer Mart Green.
Little Town of Bethlehem follows the story of three men of three different faiths and their lives in Israel and Palestine. A question-and-answer session with Green will follow the screening.

HCII Seminar: Karen Holtzblatt

Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Newell-Simon Hall 1305

Karen Holtzblatt, CEO and co-founder of InContext and Contextual Design, will discuss “Practical Innovation: Making Products that Build Businesses.”
Holtzblatt will address what it takes to become the creator of the next major innovative product or service and discuss the role of contextual design in innovation. She will draw from her personal experience with InContext.
For more information, see

Show+Tell: ModCloth

Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Rangos Hall, University Center

Show+Tell is a new speaker series, debuting this year, that features dynamic young alumni sharing their stories of innovation and creation.
The first company represented will be ModCloth with a discussion titled “From Dorm Room to Board Room.” The popular indie fashion site will be represented by three alumni, Allen Lu (HS ’01), Evan Tahler (E ’06, CMU ’08), and Jay Palat (HNZ ’04).
For more information, please see “Show+Tell to feature Modcloth, DeepLocal,, among others” on page A1.