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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

September 2012
Literary & Cultural Studies Program Celebrates 25 Years

Everyday life is intertwined with cultural messages. From advertisements and literature to the media and films, we are constantly faced with political, economical and social messages - but what do they mean in a broad, cultural context?


The Literary and Cultural Studies Program within the Department of English focuses on the interpretation of these individual cultural artifacts - films, novels, plays, music - and how their meanings are created, distributed and impact different cultures. Founded in 1986 as one of the first programs of its kind in the United States, the Literary and Cultural Studies Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary with two days of events Sept. 20-21.  


The events will showcase the program's faculty, alumni and students' wide range of expertise in using the field to understand the world's cultures.


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New Autism Study Connects Behavioral Patterns and Brain Functions 

New Autism Study Connects Behavioral Patterns and Brain Functions

New research led by Dietrich College neuroscientists takes the first step toward deciphering the connection between general brain function and the emergent behavioral patterns in autism.  


Published in the journal Neuron, the study shows that autistic adults have unreliable neural sensory responses to visual, auditory and somatosensory, or touch, stimuli. This poor response reliability appears to be a fundamental neural characteristic of autism.


"This suggests that there is something very fundamental that is altered in the cortical responses in individual's with autism," said Marlene Behrmann, professor of psychology. "It also begins to build a bridge between the kind of genetic changes that might have given rise to autism in the first place - and the kind of changes in the brain that are responsible for autistic behavioral patterns."


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CMU To Host Deliberative Democracy Event on Climate Change

CMU To Host Deliberative Democracy Event on Climate Change

To get student input on various practical action items and policy issues related to climate change, the Program for Deliberative Democracy (PDD) will host a Campus Conversation on Climate Change from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 in the University Center's Wiegand Gym.


The event - which will include students from nine different schools in Pittsburgh - will use the principles and practices of deliberative democracy to address practical issues that have been developed through discussions with members of the Pittsburgh Higher Education Consortium on Climate Change.


"The issue of climate change has been clouded by the rhetoric of political television, year-round campaign ads and vitriolic blogs and websites," said PDD Co-director Robert Cavalier, teaching professor of philosophy.  


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Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars Program Selects Eight Seniors
ACS Scholars Program Selects Eight Seniors

Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars are selected each year by deans and department heads to represent their class in service and leadership.


The chosen undergraduate seniors embody Carnegie Mellon University's high standards of academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership and involvement in student organizations, athletics or the arts.


Since its inception in 1975, the program has recognized nearly 1,000 students.


Dietrich College is proud to announce that eight seniors have been selected to the ACS for 2012-13.


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Dietrich College Cèilidh Reception

Baker Hall Cèilidh [ka-le]: n. a Scottish Gaelic term meaning "visit," used to describe a celebration with stories and tales, poems and ballads, music and dance. Cèilidhs were traditionally hosted in the homes of family and friends.

The Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences invites faculty, staff, students, alumni and families to a reception in honor of Cèilidh Weekend.

Alumni Award winners from the Dietrich College will also be honored.  They are:
  • Meggie Hayes (DC'11, HNZ'12) - Student Service Award
  • Sonia A. Soik (DC'13) - Student Service Award
Friday, October 5, 2012: 4-5 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, University Center

Click here to register by September 28. 

More Dietrich College News 

 Modern Languages Hosts Latinos In/On Film Festival 2012

The Honorable Tom Ridge To Discuss the Presidential Election Season at CMU

English Department Accepting Submissions for Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards

CMU To Host Four-Star General Stanley McChrystal For Inaugural Smith Family Lecture in the Applied Humanities

Listening Spaces To Host Music, Technology and Culture Exploration Event

More Than 50 Top Law Schools To Visit Carnegie Mellon for Second Annual Law School Fair

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Invites You To CMU Night at Heinz Hall (pdf)

Dietrich College Multimedia 

First-Year Orientation Dinner at the Carnegie Music Hall

First-Year Academic Day Faculty Panels

New Faculty, Dean Lehoczky and Department Heads

 Autistic Adults Have Unreliable Neural Responses

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Faculty, Staff & Students:
Are you ready to celebrate your Dietrich College pride?!

On Sept 26 and 27, make sure you pick up your FREE Dietrich College T-Shirt and Rita's Ice Coupon at Baker Hall's Entrance between 10am-2pm.

Then, on Friday, September 28 from 3-6pm, come to the CFA Lawn wearing your T-Shirt and be Dietrich College Proud. Bring your Rita's coupon and have fun with your fellow Dietrich College faculty, staff and students.

This event is sponsored by the Dietrich College Dean's Office, Academic Advisory Center and DC Connect.

"Shapira Challenge" To Benefit
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David Shapira, a Carnegie Mellon life trustee and former board chairman, along with his wife Cindy, and in collaboration with the Giant Eagle Foundation, are giving approximately $2.8 million to the Dietrich College via the Inspire Innovation Campaign.

Of this gift, $2 million will be used to endow the Humanities Scholars Program, and $800,000 will be used to provide a pool of matching funds as a means to encourage additional donors to the college.

Read Dean Lehoczky's full announcement.

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