Campus News in Brief

MOSAIC program conference to facilitate conversation about abortion on campus

The MOSAIC program, with the Office of Student Life and the Program for Deliberative Democracy, will hold an event at the university called “After Roe ... A Discussion of Reproductive Rights” next Sunday in Rangos Hall.

According to a university press release, the event will provide students with an opportunity to learn “about the history of sexuality and choice laws; medical facts pertaining to abortions; religious and philosophical perspectives; case studies; and more” from experts in the region. Students will be given the opportunity to analyze the issue from the vantage point of federal, state, and campus principles.

Robert Cavalier, teaching professor of philosophy and director of the Program for Deliberative Democracy, said in the press release, “The issue of abortion in America is far more complex than the rhetoric of picket lines and sound bites. Through the Campus Conversation, we hope to show that citizens can indeed engage in these kinds of discussions of public policy and to do so in a civil way.”

MOSAIC, an annual gender conference held at Carnegie Mellon and led by students, faculty, and staff at the university, aims to “offer provocative sessions aimed at exploring gender construction, commonalities between and among genders, and fostering intentional dialogue around unconventional gender-based topics,” according to the press release. Students can register through student life for the event, which is free and open to all.

Carnegie Mellon to host Turkish master

Turkish music master Önder Özkoç will be in residence with the College of Fine Arts from now through April. Özkoç’s stay will feature lectures and research on Turkish music, and a recital on April 10 at Kresge Recital Hall. His residency is sponsored by the Center for Iranian Music.

Every Wednesday, beginning Feb. 19 and ending April 23, Özkoç’s lecture will take place 6:30–8:20 p.m. in the College of Fine Arts, Room 157. The official university press release says that topics to be discussed include “History of Turkish Music; the interval and rhythmic structure of the Turkish modal system, the Makam; the religious music of Turkey; the folk music of Turkey; and the contemporary music of Turkey.”

The first recital will include five folk and contemporary Turkish music premieres and will be performed by a chamber ensemble conducted by Daniel Nesta Curtis, the School of Music’s contemporary music ensemble director, and Erberk Eryilmaz, a School of Music conducting and composition master’s student, according to a university press release.

Özkoç is a professor at Hacettepe University’s Ankara State Conservatory and is studying to get a doctoral degree in composition. He is visiting the United States for the first time.

In the press release, Reza Vali, professor of composition in the School of Music and director of research and education for the Center for Iranian Music on campus, said, “This is a golden opportunity to sign up for a free course about Turkish music, taught by one of the eminent masters of that genre.”