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“The Economic Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Today at 5 p.m.
Rangos Hall

An afternoon of university-wide celebrations in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. will converge on this event, with a keynote address given by Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women. Bennett College for Women is considered America’s oldest historically-black college, priding itself as an “oasis where women are educated, celebrated, and transformed into 21st century leaders and global thinkers.”

Malveaux’s writing has appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Charlotte Observer, and many other publications. She has also appeared as a commentator on major news networks.

Students speakers at the Martin Luther King Jr. address include junior philosophy and statistics major Maggie Soderholm and Heinz graduate student Appiah Adomako.

“Event Maps: A Collaborative Calendaring System for Navigating Large-Scale Events”

Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Newell-Simon Hall 1305

This Human-Computer Interaction Institute Seminar will feature speaker Jingtao Wang, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Wang’s primary research is in human-computer interaction (HCI).

His current research includes education and learning technology, social computing, machine learning and its applications in HCI, novel input and interaction techniques, and online handwriting and gesture recognition algorithms. Event Maps is aimed at improving the experience of large-scale, multi-track conferences for both event attendees and organizers.

The interactive Web-based system enables asynchronous collaboration and has already been implemented at real conferences around the world.

“Can the Courts Help Offenders Reunite with Families and the Public?”

Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
McConomy Auditorium

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Evening Lecture this month will feature Robert E. Colville. Colville, now senior judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, formerly served the city of Pittsburgh for 15 years as a patrolman, homicide detective, and chief of police. He was elected district attorney of Allegheny County in 1976 and served in this position for 21 years until he was elected a judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. His lecture will focus on the topic of court processes in dealing with offenders and their reintegration into society.

The institute is a non-credit program supported and chartered by Carnegie Mellon for any adult in the Pittsburgh area.

“How to Build a Better Brain”

Thursday at 5 p.m.
Rashid Auditorium (Gates 4401)

The panel will discuss research at Carnegie Mellon that is examining the brain, mind, and how it learns science. This interdisciplinary panel will be comprised of Carnegie Mellon faculty: Marcel Just of the psychology department, Human-Computer Interaction Institute Director Justine Cassell, biology department head Nathan Urban, and Michael J. Tarr, co-director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.

The discussion will be moderated by Executive Vice President and Provost Mark S. Kamlet.