The University Libraries Speaker Series features speakers from a wide range of backgrounds who embody at least one of the Libraries’ core values of context, curiosity, or access. The lecture series delivers experiences that inform, delight, and enlighten the CMU community, contributing to a campus atmosphere that enriches the university’s mission.

Some events are co-sponsored by other CMU schools, colleges, or departments. All events are open to the public and there is no charge for admission.


Fall 2020


Harrison Apple is co-founder of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project, an oral history and community archiving project focused on queer after-hours nightlife. Apple is currently a PhD Candidate of Gender and Women’s Studies with a minor in the School of Information at the University of Arizona. Apple’s writing has been published in Transgender Studies Quarterly from Duke University Press,, and the Introduction to Transgender Studies from Harrington Park Press.



Spring 2021


Bekezela Mguni is a queer Trinidadian artist, librarian, and educator. She has over 15 years of community organizing experience in the Reproductive Justice movement and holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a 2015-2016 member of the Penn Ave Creative Accelerator Program with the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater and launched the Black Unicorn Library and Archive Project, a Black feminist community library and archive. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Artist Image Resource and the librarian-in-residence at the Pittsburgh International Airport.