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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

January 2013
Alum Turns the Spotlight on Professor Hilary Masters in New Documentary
Jonathan Barnes (DC'93)

Jonathan Barnes (DC'93), who earned degrees in Professional Writing and Creative Writing, has built a career as a journalist and freelance writer. His resume includes stringing for Reuters, the New York Times and other publications and contributing to Fortune magazine.


Recently, Barnes was hired by the French-German ARTE TV, which promotes programming in the areas of culture and the arts, to work on a series of film segments for a web-based documentary about Pittsburgh.


The ARTE crew was interested in showcasing Pittsburgh homes and talking to residents who have seen the city's transformation. So, Barnes tapped his friend, mentor and former professor Hilary Masters, professor of English, for an interview.


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How To Train Your Brain To Handle Injuries More Efficiently
How To Train Your Brain To Handle Injury More Efficiently

For the first time, scientists at CMU's Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging (CCBI) have used a new combination of neural imaging methods to discover exactly how the human brain adapts to injury.  

The research shows that when one brain area loses functionality, a "back-up" team of secondary brain areas immediately activates, replacing not only the unavailable area but also its confederates.


"It is now clear how the brain can naturally rebound from injuries and gives us indications of how individuals can train their brains to be prepared for easier recovery," said Marcel Just, the D. O. Hebb Professor of Psychology and CCBI director. "The secret is to develop alternative thinking styles, the way a switch-hitter develops alternative batting styles. Then, if a muscle in one arm is injured, they can use the batting style that relies more on the uninjured arm."


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Outrage! New Book Explores Art, Controversy and Society

Outrage! Art, Controversy and Society  

One of the first projects formed through the Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) focused on the role art controversies play in the public. The results of the multi-year work by CMU faculty and other experts have been captured in a new scholarly book, "Outrage! Art, Controversy, and Society."


Edited by Dietrich College's Andreea Deciu Ritivoi and Judith Schachter, along with Richard Howells of King's College London, "Outrage!" examines art controversies and how they are shaped by, and shape, a social context. The volume includes essays by 17 contributors - most with a direct connection to CMU - in fields ranging from art and visual studies to philosophy, literature and social sciences. It also carefully analyzes and attempts to define the concepts of "controversy" and "public" across cultures.


"Until now, there has not been a contribution to the study of public art controversy in an international perspective," said Ritivoi, associate professor of English.




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A Celebration of the Humanities with Michael Witmore 

Michael Witmore

Over the past 10 years, Carnegie Mellon University has strengthened its standing in the humanities thanks to distinguished faculty in the English, History, Modern Languages and Philosophy Departments as well as generous support from numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.

To celebrate CMU's excellence in the humanities, the Dietrich College and the Center for the Arts in Society will host a program and reception featuring:


  • Remarks by Dean John Lehoczky.
  • A keynote address by Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, on "What is Access: Perspectives on the Archive."
  • Reception and poster presentations by humanities students.

Friday, February 15, 2013

4:30 - 6 p.m.

Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51


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Undergrads: Network with Alumni! 

  Under Construction

Dietrich College Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors:


A new opportunity to network with Dietrich College alumni and learn more about potential pathways to consider before and after graduation is right around the corner.


"Under Construction: Building Your Future" is designed specifically for you--Dietrich College undergraduates--so you can make connections with alumni who know firsthand what it is means to be a Carnegie Mellon undergraduate, how to take full advantage of diverse resources and what to consider as you plan your next steps.


With a 4:1 student/alumni ratio, you will have an up close and personal opportunity to learn from alumni about internships, credentialing, networking, and career paths-as well as their struggles and successes.


When: February 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. 

Where: Pittsburgh, Holiday Inn, Oakland


Read more, and register now - space is limited!

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Please note, due to the college's name change to the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the indicia is now "DC."   


Thomas Croak (DC'78), Mary Wall (CIT '98, DC '99), Sonja Sweterlitsch (DC'99), the DC alums included in Forbes' "30 Under 30" spotlight and others in Class Notes.  


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"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.

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