EMAC Events

Archive 2008

Jefferson Pitcher: MFA Thesis Show
West Hall Gallery, Room 111, RPI Campus
January 30, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Opening Reception 7-10PM.Event Details
Laura Wilder (SUNY Albany), "Integrating Research on Rhetorical Conventions into Writing in the Disciplines Instruction: Students' Views on Making the Rhetorical Practices of Literary Scholars Explicit in 'Writing about Literature'"

Debbie Rowe (LL&C), "Survey Findings on the Read Aloud Practice of Writers"

Lee Odell (LL&C), "Integrating Visual and Verbal Literacy"

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.



Laura Wilder is an assistant professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her articles have appeared in Written Communication and Rhetoric Review.

She will present research drawn from her current book project which examines the rhetorical practices of literary studies as a disciplinary discourse community. Portions of this research have been Event Details
Brian Holmes, new media theorist
West Hall Auditorium, RPI Campus
February 6, 2008 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
New media theorist Brian Holmes kicks off the series "Art & Islam: Electronic Representations and Local Communities".Event Details
Bruce Odland
West Hall Gallery, Room 111, RPI Campus
February 13, 2008 7:30 PM - February 22, 2008
Join us for the public presentation of a new sound work created during the artist's 2007 iEAR residency sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts.Event Details
Screening: "A Love During the War"
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 Sixth Ave., Troy, NY
February 22, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cameroonian director Osvalde Lewat-Hallade will introduce her film "A Love During the War".Event Details
C. Ryder Cooley: MFA Thesis Installation
West Hall Gallery, Room 111, RPI Campus
February 25, 2008 10:00 AM - March 2, 2008
Gallery exhibition February 25 through March 2, 2008.Event Details
Jim Finn: MFA Thesis Presentation
First United Presbyterian Church, 1913 5th Ave., Troy, NY
February 27, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Screening of MFA thesis film "The Juche Idea" (62 min, 2008).Event Details
C. Ryder Cooley: MFA Thesis Performance
Darrin Communications Center, Room 174, RPI Campus
March 2, 2008 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
A multi-media inter-species fairytale inspired by the performative behavior of animals and insects.Event Details
Soyo Lee: MFA Thesis Show
Bruggeman Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, RPI Campus, Troy, NY
March 3, 2008 6:00 PM - March 21, 2008
MFA Thesis Presentation.  Opening reception March 3, 2008 at 6:00PM.  Presentation at 6:30PM.Event Details
Kendall Phillips (Syracuse University)

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.

There will be an informal "Public Memory Gathering" following the colloquium session at 1:45 pm, also in Sage 2202.


Kendall Phillips is Associate Professor and Chair at the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University.

Dr. Phillips' research and teaching interests are in contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism. His work engages broad theoretical questions of advocacy, controversy, dissent, and public memory. He explores these concepts through a variety of rhetorical artifacts including comic books, film, political speeches, and scientific controversies. Dr. Phillips is the author of Testing Controversies: A Rhetoric of Educational Reform, Projected Fears: HEvent Details
Wafaa Bilal, video artist
West Hall Auditorium, RPI Campus
March 5, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Iraqi Artist Becomes Virtual Jihadi in RPI visitEvent Details
The McKinney Contest is Rensselaer's writing competition for undergraduate and graduate students. All enrolled students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities that competition affords.

Entries will be accepted in undergraduate and graduate divisions in each of the following categories:

- Fiction or Drama
- Poetry
- Essays
- Electronic Media

The deadline for receipt of entries is 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

Visit the McKinney website (listed below) for an entry form and submission details.Event Details
Dafna Naphtali
Darrin Communications Center, Room 174, RPI Campus
March 26, 2008 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Join us for the public presentation of a new sound work created during the artist's 2007 iEAR residency sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts.Event Details
Ethan Bach: MFA Thesis Show
51 Third Street, Troy, NY 12180
March 28, 2008 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Art Show and Screening - Reclaiming the Pieces. Exhibit runs March 28 (one day only. Screening Times 5:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm; Reception 6pm.Event Details
Nathan Freier (LL&C) and Selma Sabanovic (STS) will be discussing a number of areas within the field of human-robot interaction (HRI) that stir debate and pose social and moral challenges to designers and researchers.

The topics covered will include (1) the role of culture in human-robot interaction, (2) children's development in the context of interactions with robotic technologies, (3) social robots as assistive technologies for vulnerable populations, and (4) robots in the military.

We hope this talk will communicate some of the key social challenges faced in the field of HRI and promote thoughts about the social responsibility of designers and researchers.

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.Event Details
Leonard Retel Helmrich
West Hall Auditorium, RPI Campus
April 2, 2008 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Screening of film "Eye of the Day" and short presentation on the Single Shot Cinema method.Event Details
African Film Festival
AME Zion Church, 103rd St. and 5th Ave.
April 15, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The 12th annual traveling show of the New York African Film Festival winds it way to Troy, NY.Event Details
African Film Festival
AME Zion Church, 103rd St. and 5th Ave.
April 16, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The 12th annual traveling show of the New York African Film Festival winds it way to Troy, NY.Event Details
Annual McKinney Contest -- Russell Banks, Guest Speaker
Darrin Communications Center (DCC 308)

Russell Banks, the speaker for this year's McKinney ceremony, will present prizes to McKinney winners, read from his work, and respond to questions beginning at 8 p.m. on April 16, 2008, in Darrin Communications Center (DCC 308). After the ceremony, he will sign books.

The McKinney Contest is Rensselaer's writing competition for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about the contest and for directions to the event, please visit the website listed below.


Russell Banks has won numerous awards for his work, among them, the American Book Award, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Ingram Merrill Award, and the John Dos Passos Award. He has twice been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award. His novels Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter were adapted into major motion pictures, the latter winning the Grand Prix and the InternatEvent Details
EMAC Junior-Senior Show
Arts Center of the Capital Region
April 18, 2008 5:00 PM - April 26, 2008
Selected works by RPI undergraduates in Electronic Media, Arts, and CommunicationEvent Details
Hasnul Saidon
West Hall Auditorium, RPI Campus
April 23, 2008 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Event cancelled.Event Details
Avian Embryo Development: Micromanipulation, Teratology and Morphological
BW01 Basement of the Jrow Science Center
April 24, 2008 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
BioArt presentation by Adam Zaretsky and Kathy High.Event Details
Philip Marriott (Visiting Professor, LL&C)

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.


Philip Marriott is a Lecturer in Media Arts with the School of Communication, University of South Australia.

He is interested in many areas of new media including video/music/audio production, web technologies, online collaboration, and community engagement. He teaches a number of courses in Machinima production to computer science, arts, and film students in Australia.

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Department of the Arts, MFA Show
West Hall, RPI Campus
May 4, 2008 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MFA work investigates the relationship between past and present, imagination and despair, creating particular electronic pathways for future movements.Event Details
Kyle deCamp
Darrin Communications Center, Room 174, RPI Campus
September 4, 2008 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
A Create @ iEAR Residency presentation.Event Details
Jordan Crandall: SOMETHING is HAPPENING
West Hall Auditorium, RPI Campus
September 17, 2008 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Media artist and theorist Jordan Crandall will present alecture/performance for the Fall 2008 iEAR Presents! Series Out of Time.Event Details
In Fall 2008, Rensselaer will begin to offer undergraduates the opportunity to extend their current level of financial aid and earn both a bachelor's and master's degree (co-terminal degree) in five years.

LL&C will be holding an information session on September 23 to discuss its new co-terminal M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) degree.Event Details
David Rokeby
West Hall Gallery, Room 111, RPI Campus
September 24, 2008 5:00 PM - October 17, 2008
Part of the Fall 2008 iEAR Presents! Series Out of Time, Rokeby's video installtion "Machine for Taking Time" will be on exhibit September 24-October 17, 2008.Event Details
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 Sixth Ave., Troy, NY
October 22, 2008 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Human Rights Watch's International Film Festival has become a leading venue for distinguished fiction, documentary and animated films and videos with a distinctive human rights theme.Event Details
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
EMPAC, RPI Campus
November 6, 2008 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Digital media theorist, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, will present a guest lecture for the Fall 2008 iEAR Presents! Series Out of Time.  Co-sponsored by EMPAC.Event Details
Rensselaer Contemporary Music Ensemble
EMPAC, Studio 2
November 19, 2008 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
New Music Performance featuring works by Frederic Rzewski and Pauline Oliveros.  Part of the Fall 2008 iEAR Presents! Series Out of Time.Event Details
Department of the Arts, MFA Show
West Hall, RPI Campus
December 7, 2008 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A public exhibition of both works-in-progress and finished pieces.  Installations and gallery viewing 5-9pm.  Auditorium show and live performances begin 7pm.Event Details