Carnegie Mellon University


Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology

October 17, 2019

Pamela McCorduck Book Talk and Signing + Draw the Lines PA + CURRENTS New Media + ChairJam + ETC Playtesting

This Could Be Important


Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in IDeATe Studio A, the University Libraries and ETC Press present author Pamela McCorduck in conversation with Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics Raj Reddy for her latest book This Could Be Important: My Life and Times with the Artificial Intelligentsia. Pamela McCorduck didn’t just have a front row seat to computer science history, she wrote the book on it. An author of influential books – such as Machines Who Think, the first modern history of artificial intelligence, and The Fifth Generation, co-authored with Ed Feigenbaum – her writings have influenced a generation of computer scientists. McCorduck’s latest book This Could Be Important: My Life and Times with the Artificial Intelligentsia (Carnegie Mellon University: ETC Press: Signature Books) is one part memoir, one part social history, and one part group biography, drawing personal portraits of the four founding fathers of AI, Allen Newell, Herbert Simon, Marvin Minsky and John McCarthy. This is a story nobody else could tell. All attendees will receive a copy of the book. A book signing will follow the talk. Please register at

Draw the Lines PA


On Tuesday, October 22nd, 3-6 p.m., the CMU Libraries is hosting our first event in the library-sponsored Gerrymandering Series. We have invited the local advocacy group Draw the Lines to present one of their interactive workshops on gerrymandering and redistricting, that tests student knowledge by having them work with real public data to create their own district map! Registration is encouraged.

Call for Artists: CURRENTS New Media

With 10 years of New Media production, display, and support in its wheelhouse, CURRENTS New Media has become known as one of the leading emerging media arts festivals in the United States. They are now accepting submissions for their next festival: #CURRENTS2020. This year's categories include installations (interactive and non-interactive), outdoor installations and projections, virtual/augmented/mixed reality environments, robotics, multimedia performance, digitally generated objects (i.e. 3D printing), wearables, interactive installations for children, single channel video and animation, experimental documentary. For more information and to apply, visit


ChairJam is the game jam / hardware hackathon for creating entertainment experiences with wheelchairs, such as games, music, performances, and art. Small teams of wheelchair-using and able-bodied participants will be formed at the event to make something novel and fun using a wheelchair. The event will be October 18-20 at 407 South Craig Street. Lunch will be provided. More information is available at or by emailing

Playtesting at the ETC

The ETC will be having a Playtest Day on Saturday, November 2nd. There will be two session options: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please contact Janice Metz and provide your preferred session, name, and age.

Libraries Website Survey

The Libraries are currently in the process of assessing our current website in anticipation of a future redesign. As users who regularly interact with our website, you have unique insights that we would like to capture. Make your opinions heard and help us with these efforts by filling out a short seven-question survey about how our current website serves your needs. Your feedback will directly impact the decisions we make about the redesign of this website. The survey is anonymous and none of its questions are required. Please submit your survey responses by November 1.

STEAM Carnival: Calling All Creatives, Makers, Inventors, Artists & More!

Explore the possibilities of STEAM learning and creation in an all-ages, playful and hands-on environment - STEAM Carnival

It's a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math learning and creation in the diverse and creative communities of Pittsburgh, with a spotlight on creative youth projects. STEAM Carnival takes place on the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh / MuseumLab campus, November 21 - 23.

Are you a maker, tinkerer, inventor, hacker, artist, performer, mover or shaker? We're looking for a wide variety of forward-thinking folks with projects that highlight the cross disciplinary beauty of STEAM learning. We welcome projects of all types, from student projects to performance pieces to hobbyist displays, in topics such as robotics, arts and crafts, textile works, culinary, sculpture, visual arts, game systems, puppets, biology/biotech and unusual tools or machines. Individuals, groups, schools, clubs, and organizations are welcome to apply. Don't wait - applications are due October 19!

Click here to learn more and to apply to be a creative at STEAM Carnival Pittsburgh.