Experts on art and media to lecture this week

This week’s lectures focus on the role of the artist in society amidst the ever-evolving media landscape. Today, alumnus Fritz Haeg (A ’92) will speak about applying architectural principles to ecological problems. Tuesday, a panel of five Pittsburgh locals in the media industry will discuss how up-and-coming artists can break into the media world. And on Wednesday, Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet will lecture on how faculty and graduate students can make an impact with their research while protecting their media rights.

Title: Architecture Lecture Series: Fritz Haeg (A ’92)

The Basics: An architect, designer, and sustainable agriculturalist, Haeg will speak about his work since graduating from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture in 1992.

Haeg is known for incorporating architecture, design, ecology, and education. This approach is evident in many of his most recent projects, including the Bernardi Salcedo residence in Los Angeles and “Edible Estates,” a program developed to turn urban lawns into domestic farms.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the School of Architecture and the Heinz Architectural Center, part of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

When: Today at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

For more information: (412) 268-1538

Title: “Art and the Media”

The Basics: The College of Fine Arts will present a panel discussion on the world of mass media in order to demonstrate how new artists can break into the media industry.

Panelists will be Beth Broome, managing editor, Architectural Record; Andrew Druckenbrod, classical music critic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Scott Holleran, writer, Box Office Mojo; Julie Lasky, editor-in-chief, ID Magazine; and Kurt Shaw, art critic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The lecture is sponsored by the College of Fine Arts’ Media Relations Office. Lunch is included.

When: Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Alumni Concert Hall, College of Fine Arts

For more information: Eric Sloss, (

Title: “Faculty Roles in the Evolving Scholarly Communications System”

The Basics: Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon provost and senior vice president, will discuss issues surrounding scholarly publication and digital alternatives for faculty and graduate students. Kamlet will discuss a new approach to help faculty and graduate students make a more profound impact and achieve maximum credit for the role they play in creating, reviewing, and preserving knowledge through research and teaching. Kamlet will also explain how such work can remain an affordable endeavor for the author and the university.

Kamlet is an expert in the economics of health care, quantitative methodology, and public finance, and has served as chairman of the board of Carnegie Learning and iCarnegie.

The lecture is the first in the “Authors’ Rights and Wrongs Series,” which is meant to teach Carnegie Mellon authors and prospective authors how to increase the impact of their publications while protecting their rights.

When: Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Posner Center

For more information: Lucinda Carroll, (