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Constitution Day Celebration

Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Posner Center

Magisterial District Judge Hugh McGough will speak at Carnegie Mellon’s Constitution Day Celebration. McGough is the district judge for Pittsburgh’s East End, overseeing Park Place, Point Breeze, Regent Square, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and Swisshelm Park. He won the seat last year, taking over for the now-retired Nathan Firestone. An original copy of the Bill of Rights will be on display at the event.

School of Art Lecture: Nicholas van Woert

Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Kresge Theater

Nicholas van Woert will speak as part of the School of Art lecture series. Van Woert is a 2012 visiting artist at Carnegie Mellon. Artistically, he is interested in destruction and how it can be used to achieve goals and create something new. Van Woert’s art refers to events such as the 19th-century attacks on English stocking looms and the industrial sabotage committed by radical environmentalist groups. He is influenced by works like David Foreman’s Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching, a how-to guide for pro-environmental sabotage.

HCII Seminar: Janet Vertesi

Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Newell-Simon 1305

Janet Vertesi, a sociology post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University, will deliver a lecture titled “The Social Life of Spacecraft: organization and collaboration on robotic spacecraft teams.”

Vertesi will discuss the decision-making behind robotic spacecraft: how resources are allocated, what the spacecrafts do, and the manner in which they do it.

These decisions are made by an international network of scientists and engineers working on different projects. Vertesi will focus on the example of the Mars Exploration Rover and the Cassini-Huygens Saturn mission, to show the scientific and technological implications of organizational practices.

Clayton Eshleman

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Poet, translator, and editor Clayton Eshleman will present a talk focused on his book, Juniper Fuse: Upper Paleolithic Imagination and the Construction of the Underworld.

The book is a collection of poetry and prose that Eshleman wrote after 25 years of research into the origins of image creation. He focuses his research and writing specifically on Ice Age cave paintings in Southern France.

In addition to Juniper Fuse, Eshleman has written two other books of prose, as well as numerous poems and critical essays. He is also a renowned translator of poetry. Eshleman is an emeritus professor at Eastern Michigan University.