HASS Events

 

Archive 2013

Hilde Teuchies, Managing Director of CREW
Sage 4101
January 23, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:                Into the heart of the experience

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Bram van Heuveln, Lecturer, Minds and Machines
Sage 4101
January 30, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Richard Radke, Associate Professor, RPI ECSE
Sage 4101
February 6, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Hiro Uchida, Post Doc Cognitive Science
Sage 4101
February 13, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title: The proof theory and the semantics of operator-free simulation language

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James Michaelis, John Lindstedt, RPI Graduate Students
Sage 4101
February 20, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Untitled Apocalypse
EMPAC Studio 1 Goodman
February 22, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Second performance
February 23, 2013 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Allison Berkoy presents Untitled Apocalypse, an immersive, multimedia installation of projection, reactive spectacles, and mixed realities.

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Fiery Cushman, Asst Prof Brown University
Sage 4101
February 27, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:  Action, outcome and value: A dual-system framework for moral judgment

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Neil Rolnick's Farewell Concert, Music for Violin, Piano and Computer
EMPAC Theater
February 27, 2013 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

A concert of iEAR Founding Director Neil Rolnick’s recent music for various combinations of violin, piano and laptop computer.

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Paul Bello, ONR
Sage 4101
March 6, 2013 - December 31, 1969

Title: Human Learning, Other Minds and Mental Simulations

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Bertram Malle, Professor, Brown University
Sage 4101
March 20, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:  Hierarchies of Inference in Social and Moral Cognition

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Sean Barton and John Licato RPI Graduate Student
Sage 4101
March 27, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Composer Kyle Gann is well-known as the Village Voice's new-music critic from 1986 to 2005, and is the author of several books covering multiple facets of new-music research including The Music of Conlon Nancarrow, American Music in the 20th Century, and No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33", among others. For this talk he will be focusing on his work with microtonality.
Sponsored by the Arts Department.
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This presentation explores changes to New York State's technologies of state administration and their impacts on labor, inequality, governance and wealth.

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Shane Bretz, Emily O'Leary, RPI Graduate Students
Sage 4101
April 3, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Emily O'Leary:Title: Exploring Consensus Through Simulated Tribal SocietiesShane Bretz: Title: Process Models in Moral Psychology: Toward a Computational Model.

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Codebreaker: A Docudrama about Alan Turing
DCC 308
April 3, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us for a free creening of Codebreaker: A Docudrama about Alan Turing, followed by a panel discussion on the life and work of Alan Turing.

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GM Week - No Classes
Sage 4101
April 10, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Joshua Thorson: Tell Me Everything
EMPAC Theater
April 10, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Joshua Thorson is a video-maker who works with narrative conceptually, exploring and exploiting the narrative exchange through the themes of science, religion, transcendence, authenticity, idealism, and trauma. Using tonal shifts and stringent economy, this work both caters to and usurps expectations, opening up “story” to ontology. Thorson’s work has been presented at museums, galleries, and theaters internationally.  Thorson is currently in the process of completing his Ph.D. in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer.
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Film "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet"
DCC, room 308
April 14, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle For a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conversation to climate change.

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Presented in the Sensing Environments Symposium

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Panel: "Updates on Water Research"
Mother's, Rensselaer Union
April 16, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Film & Discussion: "The E-Waste Challenge"
Mother's, Rensselaer Union
April 16, 2013 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Presented in the Sensing Environments Symposium

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Talk: Igor Vamos, "Political Design for a Sustainable Future"
Auditorium, CBIS
April 16, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presented in the Sensing Environments Symposium

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Esa Rantanen, Associate Professor, RIT
Sage 4101
April 17, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title: AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER SITUATION AWARENESS: EMPIRICAL AND MODELING APPROACHES TO THE CONSTRUCT

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Designing the Vernacular, a C&M Colloquium
Sage 4711
April 17, 2013 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer presents "Designing the Vernacular" by Sonia Matos, Ph.D, on Wednesday, April 17 at 12:30 PM in Sage 4711.  Dr. Matos, Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, U.K., & Visiting Scholar, MIT’s ACT Program in Art, Culture & Technology, will explore the importance of understanding vernacular knowledge when attempting to safeguard immaterial cultural heritage. A reception follows at 2:30 PM. Food and beverages will be served.

 
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After seminar Q&A with Marilynne Robinson
Alumni House Small Dining Room
April 17, 2013 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Afternoon Seminar Q & A will be held at the Alumni House in the Small Dining Room. Visiting author Marilynne Robinson will respond to questions from the audience.  

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After seminar Q&A with Marilynne Robinson
Alumni House Small Dining Room
April 17, 2013 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Afternoon Seminar Q & A will be held at the Alumni House in the Small Dining Room. Visiting author Marilynne Robinson will respond to questions from the audience.  

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McKinney Writing Contest Awards Ceremony and Reading by Marilynne Robinson
Biotech Auditorium, Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building

Winners of the 2013 McKinney Writing Contest (Fiction/Drama, Poetry, Essay, and Electronic Media) will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Biotech Auditorium on Wednesday, April 17 at 8 pm.  The evening will also feature a reading and Q&A by internationally acclaimed author Marilynne Robinson.  The reading is free and open to the public.

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Film & Discussion: "Garbage Warrior' & The Challenge of Green Building
Mother's, Rensselaer Union
April 18, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Film & Discussion: "Darwin’s Nightmare," Globalization and Sustainability
Mother's, Rensselaer Union
April 18, 2013 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lecture: Pauline Oliveros "Listening In and Out"
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 18, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presented in the Sensing Environments Symposium

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Talk: Pauline Oliveros, "Listening In and Out"
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 18, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Film: "Chemical Valley"
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 18, 2013 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Poster Session
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 19, 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lecture: Dr. Gavin Schmidt, " What are climate models good for?"
EMPAC Concert Hall
April 19, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Volmer Fries Lecture presented by the School of Science  in the Sensing Environments Symposium

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Talk: Gavin Schmidt, "What are climate models good for?"
EMPAC Concert Hall
April 19, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Screening: Reach of Resonance
EMPAC Studio 2
April 19, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Filmed in ten countries, "The Reach Of Resonance" is a meditation on the meaning of the music, which juxtaposes the creative paths of four musicians who use music to cultivate a deeper understanding of the world around them. Presented in the Sensing Environments Symposium.

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Film: "Reach of Resonance"
EMPAC Studio 2
April 19, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Earth Week Open House
EMPAC Evelyn's Cafe
April 20, 2013 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Workshop: “Green Building for Elementary Students”
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 20, 2013 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Workshop: “Secondary School Frack Out!”
EMPAC Studio 2
April 20, 2013 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel: “Updates on Shale Gas Research: A Systems Approach”
EMPAC Studio 2
April 20, 2013 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Film: “Eco-Film Medley for Kids”
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 20, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Michael Mascarenhas, Associate Professor of STS and author of Where the Waters Divide, will be interviewed this Saturday (April 20th) at 12:30 PM on an internationally syndicated NPR show hosted by Sylvia Richardson. Latin Waves is a weekly radio program about community that has featured such public intellectuals as Noam Chomsky, Derrick Jensen, Vandana Shiva, Silvia Federici and others who are working to create a society based on justice (racial, gender, ecological and cultural) and principles of fairness and equity.

www.latinwavesmedia.com.

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Film: “Hoot” – An Eco-Film for Kids
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 20, 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presented in the Sensing Environments Symposium

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Marina Zurkow "The Haunting : challenging our environmental relations"
EMPAC Studio 2
April 20, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Presented in the Sensing Environments Symposium

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Workshop: Connecting Sustainability Educators
Russell Sage Laboratory, Room 5101
April 21, 2013 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Workshop: Guinean Drum and Dance for Children
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 21, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Workshop: Mask-Making for Biodiversity
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 21, 2013 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
World Drum Performance
Prospect Park
April 21, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Performance: World Drum Performance
Prospect Park
April 21, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Earth Day Musical Procession
Prospect Park to EMPAC
April 21, 2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Processional music featuring all the ensembles
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Parade: Musical Procession
Prospect Park to EMPAC
April 21, 2013 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Circadian Rhythms
EMPAC Concert Hall
April 21, 2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

World premiere of a newly commissioned work composed and conducted by Susie Ibarra featuring soloists Devash Chandra, Alan George, Matthew Gold, Roberto Juan Robriguez, Jim Weber, Jennifer Milioto Matsue, Eddie Ade Knowles, Mamadabou Mimo Camara and all the ensembles.

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Performance: Susie Ibarra, "Circadian Rhythms"
EMPAC Concert Hall
April 21, 2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Joshua Alexander, Assistant Professor, Siena College
Sage 4101
April 24, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title: Salience and Epistemic Egocentrism

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Game Music Spectacular! 'Twas The Night Before GameFest!
EMPAC, Concert Hall
April 26, 2013 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Please, join us for the Game Music Spectacular! 'Twas the Night Before GameFest! Dean Mary Simoni and the Ninja Avatars from the School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences delight with exciting titles to include, the Angry Birds Theme and much more.

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GameFest 2013: Future Play
at EMPAC
April 27, 2013 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM

GAMEFEST, RPI’s annual celebration of student work in computer games, returns to EMPAC Saturday, April 27!  

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Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture
DCC 330
April 29, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Talk by W. J. T. Mitchell

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James (Jay) McClelland, Professor, Stanford University
Sage 4101
May 1, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:  Integrating New Findings into the Complementary Learning Systems Theory of Memory

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[radical] signs of life
EMPAC, Studio 2
May 3, 2013 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2nd performance
May 4, 2013 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

[radical] is a multi-disciplinary, interactive dance performance. Ph.D Candidate Show, Heidi Boisvert in collaboration with Marco Donnarumma, Pauline Jennings, Doug Van Nort, Raven Kwok, Allen Hahn and Amy Neilson

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[radical] signs of life

May 4, 2013 7:30 PM - April 4, 2013

[radical] is a multi-disciplinary, interactive dance performance. Ph.D Candidate Show, Heidi Boisvert in collaboration with Marco Donnarumma, Pauline Jennings, Doug Van Nort, Raven Kwok, Allen Hahn and Amy Neilson

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Larry Kagan: Revealing Shadows
The Butler Institute of American Art
May 5, 2013 12:00 AM - August 25, 2013
FILM FESTIVAL
Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Auditorium
May 8, 2013 7:00 PM - December 31, 1969

Nao Bustamante’s Producing & Directing the Short Film class is pleased to present the first annual short film festival. The culmination of a year's hard work, the festival is a collection of original short films that embrace a variety of genres: romance, science fiction, cult horror comedy,and more. Participating students include: Harrison Bond, Breanna Brown, Wilberto Casillas,

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Filmmaker Penny Lane Presents "Our Nixon"
The Sanctuary for Independent Media
May 8, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

OUR NIXON is an all-archival documentary presenting those home movies for the first time, along with other rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before

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ARTS GRAD SHOW SPRING 2013
West Hall
May 12, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

May 12th, 6 to 8 pm in West Hall Gallery. Five grad students present an impressive range of work in digital animation and photography,electro-acoustic chamber music, and accompanied film. Free and open to the public.

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We would like to invite you to a talk by Aleksandra Dulic and Kenneth Newby of the Center for Culture and Technology in British Columbia.  They will be presenting work related to the development of their Performing Animator system, a media instrument that facilitates live animation performance, as well as Newby's Flicker Generative Orchestra,  an example of real-time generative compositional processes. 

 
They will present their work on Tuesday, May 28 at 5:00 pm in Studio Beta, EMPAC:
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The Second Septendecimal Cicada Celebration!
Throughout Ulster County
June 14, 2013 12:00 AM - June 16, 2013
The Second Septendecimal Cicada Celebration!
June 5 and 14–16, 2013

throughout Ulster County 
(Kingston, New Paltz, Saugerties)
 Kingston, N.Y.—This summer marks the return of the 17-year cicadas (or Magicicada septendecim, Brood II) to the Hudson Valley. Deep Listening Institute, in collaboration with Mikhail Horowitz, David Rothenberg, and the City of Kingston, has plans to celebrate this reemergence with the Second 17-Year Cicada Celebration, a three-day festival weekend of art, music, poetry, and nature in and around the City of Kingston, Saugerties, and New Paltz.  The life cycle of the periodic cicadas is one of nature’s grandest, and its culmination — with a mass emergence of billions of singing insects once every 17 years — is an amazing spectacle. Our goal is to celebrate and educate, to convey the wonder and the glory of these insects to our friends and neighbors in the Hudson Valley, in the hope that they can look upon them as something infinitely more than a “nuisance” or a “pestilence,” as they have been considered in some quarters in the past.  In 1996, a Cicada Celebration produced by Mikhail Horowitz and Georg and Nancy Donskoj welcomed the cicadas with a “hail and farewell” display of art, video, music, poetry, and an entomological presentation at the old location of Donskoj and Co. on Broadway. This year’s events will feature more of the same, including a few of the “old brood” of artists that performed in ’96.Here are the highlights of this year’s Cicada Celebration 
(additional information available at deeplistening.org/cicadas):

·       Wednesday, June 5 at 9 pm: Events begin at Mohonk Mountain House, with their Summer Nature Week featuring a special cicada concert with David Rothenberg, Pauline Oliveros, overtone singer Timothy Hill, and a cicada invocation by Ione. 
·       Friday, June 14 from 5 to 8 pm: Opening reception of a cicada-related art show with spoken word and acoustic music tributes to the cicadas, curated and hosted by Mikhail Horowitz at the new location of Donskoj & Company, 101 Abeel Street on the Rondout in Kingston.            Artists featured include Anita Barbour, Cristina Brusca, Dennis Connors, Bob Crimi, Yourij Donskoj, Jim Fawcett, Jan Harrison, Susan Horowitz, Richmond Johnson, Hal Krieger, Polly Law, Fawn Potash, Jacquie Roland, Cynthia Winika, and Carol Zaloom.            Poets/performers and musicians include Spider Barbour, Mikhail Horowitz, Wendy Kagan, Alison Koffler-Wise, Gilles Malkine, Pauline Oliveros, Princes of Serendip, Cheryl Rice, and Linda Weintraub.  
·       Saturday, June 15 from 3 to 6 pm: Cicada Celebration outdoor concert in beautiful Rotary Park along the Hudson River near Kingston Point Beach.  Ride the trolley from historic Rondout, bring a picnic and lounge chair!
            Performers include Spider Barbour, Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine, Ione, David Rothenberg with Tony Levin and Pauline Oliveros, Princes of Serendip (T. G. Vanini and Julie Parisi), Chuck Stein, If Bwana (Al Margolis and Lisa Kelley), and Ryan Ross Smith and Torben Pastore.
·       Sunday, June 16, 1 to 3 pm: Guided visit to Eve’s Point in Saugerties with naturalists Spider and Anita Barbour. 
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Summer Picnic and Concert
Chapel & Cultural Center,2125 Burdett Ave., Troy
June 20, 2013 5:30 PM - June 17, 2013
Thursday, June 20 ✥ 5:30 pm (picnic), 7 pm (concert) 
Please join us as we welcome in the Summer Late-afternoon picnic on the Chapel Terrace begins at 5:30 pm, followed by a very special concert at 7:00 pm with musicians Kimberley Dolanski (soprano), Cecilia Kang (clarinet) and Mary Simoni (piano). The program will feature works by Schubert, Horvit, Vaugh-Williams, and Simoni. All are welcome; Feel free to invite family & friends Suggested donation $5 per person CHAPEL & CULTURAL CENTER 2125 Burdett Ave. ✥ Troy NY 12180 518-274-7793 
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Along the Way A solo improvisation using the V accordion. Along the Way there are many diversions that may lead to unexpected locations. The Way is not necessarily familiar or unfamiliar. It is the Way.  River to River Festival/New York Electronic Art Festival
PACE University 
Schimmel Theater For More Information Visit River to River Festival

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Conference-goers will also have the opportunity to register for the pre-conference workshop 
Sound Sculpting and Deep Listening Through Electronics with Doug Van Nort 
a 3-day Deep Listening Workshop on July 9-11, 2013. 
More Information here:http://deeplistening.org/site/conference-workshop
For additional information please contact Conference Director Doug Van Nort at dvnt.sea@deeplistening.orgThe conference will span two and half days and will feature over 75 presenters from around the world.  Presentations will include lectures, workshops, performances, listening walks, poster sessions and roundtables. 

 
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"Urban Infrastructures for Non-Humans," with bio-artist Natalie Jeremijenko
Butterfly Bridge: Glen Ave between River St. and 6th Ave., in North Troy.
July 17, 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

REGISTER at: mediasanctuary.org/workshopregistration For more information: email info@mediasanctuary.org or call 518-272-2390.Jeremijenko will lead the community to begin building a public art sculpture, Butterfly Bridge. The bridge will demonstrate possibilities of re-imagining our urban infrastructure, and guide us towards a bio-diverse ecosystem – one upon which our own health critically depends.  A Moth Cinema will be integrated into the structure, revealing the nightly dramas of love, survival and the fluttering lifestyles of the dark and mysterious.  This art installation will reveal the fragility of humans’ and insects’ eco systems, as part of an Environmental Clinic for ‘curing’ our local ecologies through citizen participation.
 
The workshop is in collaboration with “Found Art in North Troy” during Uptown Summer, a 5-week series of public arts workshops designed to enhance livability through creative place-making.  Bioart in an Industrial Wasteland and Found Art in North Troy are funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, with additional support from NYSCA, community organizations and volunteers.

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RPI Hosts Conference on Social Justice in Engineering and Development, August 14-16
Pat's Barn, Rensselaer Tech Park, and West Hall, RPI Main Campus
August 14, 2013 9:00 AM - August 16, 2013

The Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace network will hold its ninth annual conference, with a theme of “Engineering and Development,” August 14-16 at Pat’s Barn in the Rensselaer Technology Park. The conference, sponsored by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will focus on the social justice challenges faced by engineers working on international development projects. 

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Bram van Heuveln, Lecturer, RPI - Minds and Machines
Sage 4101
September 4, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
RPI Sustainability Film Series
Darrin Communications Center, 308
September 8, 2013 4:00 PM - August 30, 2013

Gasland 2 is the sequel to director Josh Fox’s 2010, Oscar-nominated and highly controversial film Gasland, about the health, environmental and political costs of natural gas extraction through slickwater fracking.

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David Yun Dai, Associate Professor, University of Albany
Sage 4101
September 11, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Codebreaker: A film on the life and work of Alan Turing
EMPAC Theatre
September 16, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

CODEBREAKER, a new, unreleased drama-documentary film that tells the remarkable and tragic story of British cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing, will be screened at EMPAC Theatre on September 16 at 4 pm, as the first event in this year’s HASS Inquiry Lecture Series.  Filmmaker and director Patrick Sammon will be here in person to introduce the film and conduct a Q&A session following the screening.

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John Hale, Associate Professor, Dept of Linguistics, Cornell University
Sage 4101
September 25, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:  Problem spaces in incremental parsing

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During the decades of its operation in Taiwan, U.S.-based Radio Corporation of America (RCA) routinely dumped chlorinated organic solvents into the same aquifer that supplied its employees with drinking and bathing water. Many workers believe that their cancers and other grave illnesses are caused by chronic exposure to the toxic substances, claims the corporation hotly denies. A social movement composed of workers, activists, public-health professionals, lawyers, and members of the STS community has now succeeded in bringing the case to court. Prof. Hsin-Hsing Chen will discuss the scientific, legal and political dimensions of this controversy and its historic litigation.

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Naveen Govindarajulu, RPI, Cognitive Science
Sage 4101
October 2, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:  Making Watson Smarter:  From Deep QA to Dynamic QA

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"Pandora's Promise" kicks off RPI Sustainability Film Series
Darrin Communications Center room 308
October 6, 2013 4:00 PM - August 30, 2013

Pandora's Promise, an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is the first offering of this year's Sustainability Film Series at RPI.  Starting with the Fukushima disaster, the film asks viewers to rethink nuclear power – in positive terms.

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Laura Weed, Professor, College of Saint Rose
Sage 4101
October 9, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:  Information, Q-Bits, and Natural Reference: A Bridge for Bit to It to Autopoesis to Mind

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John Lindstedt/Melissa Parade, Grad Students Presentation
Sage 4101
October 16, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Struggles Over the Geo-Body Politic: Imaging Disaster in Sri Lanka
Sage Lab 3510
October 16, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Vivian Choi, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society for the Humanities and the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell, explores how national politics can be both made and unmade through the production of images of the tsunami and the war.

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Elyse Singer, Guest Speaker: Technology on Stage

October 21, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Technology on Stage: Hedy Lamarr & George Antheil's Engineering Collaboration in the Award-Winning, Multi-Disciplinary Play "Frequency Hopping"Monday October 21st at 1pm, Sage 3205Elyse Singer, Playwright & Director  Giving an overview of the process and production of her play, "Frequency Hopping," Singer will open up conversation about the writing and production process with digital media in performance.

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Radical interdisciplinary artist Paul Vanouse integrates art and science, media and performance, to address scientific constructions of race and identity, and empower audiences to dismantle, critique and debunk forensic DNA “fingerprinting” used as criminal evidence in FBI and police practices. Remember the OJ Simpson case? This talk will creatively counter mass-media dramatizations that typically misinform the public, and provide audiences with the conceptual tools to understand current issues surrounding use of DNA imaging and databasing. Part of the "Bioart in an Industrial Wasteland" project. Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents and the RPI ARTS Department! 

at THE SANCTUARY FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA, 3361 6th Avenue, Troy, NY
Info and directions: 518-272-2390
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Dietrich Stout, Assistant Professor, Emory University
Sage 4101
October 23, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:  "Homo faber:  stone tools and human brain evolution"

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The presentation by Professor Kim Fortun (Acting Head, Department of Science and Technology Studies) will describe the material and discursive conditions of  “late industrialism” -- a historical moment characterized by deteriorating industrial infrastructure, landscapes dotted with toxic waste ponds, bodies burdened by chemical exposures, climate instability, exhausted paradigms and disciplines, and incredible imbrication of commercial interest in knowledge production, in legal decisions, in governance at all scales.

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Michel Brudzinski, Grad Students
Sage 4101
October 30, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:              Adaptive Cognitive Control

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Dr. Bringsjord will discuss recent advances in Artificial Intelligence, and how we may be in danger of venerating them too much.

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Film Series Fall 2013 RPI Sustainability Film Series
Darrin Communication Center, Room 308
November 3, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Arid Lands tells the story of the region around the Hanford Nuclear Reservnation in eastern Washington state, where plutonium was produced for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki at the end of World War II.   Arid Lands has been screened at 24 film festivals, and has won eleven awards.

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Title: How to build tutoring systems that are almost as effective as human tutors

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K. Anders Ericsson, Prof of Psychology, Florida State University
Sage 4101
November 13, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Dr. K. Anders Ericsson is a Swedish psychologist and Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University who is widely recognized as one of the world's leading theoretical and experimental researchers on expertise.
 
Title:  Building Excellence through Deliberate Practice: What Can We Learn from the Training of Chess Masters, Elite Athletes and Musicians?
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How does a disaster end?  Is it when the waters recede, the homes are rebuilt, when the relief funds stop? Disaster experts present one answer to this question through the conduct of expert investigations and technical post-disaster studies.  For scientists and engineers working on risk the "learning" from a disaster helps bring about closure. Scott Gabriel Knowles, author of The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America,  examines the politics of expert disaster inquiry using the cases of September 11 and 3.11, and considers the difficulties in "learning lessons" from a disaster.

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A seminar presentation and discussion with  Dr. Hanna Hoelling focusing on the topic: What specific kinds of change does a multimedia artwork undergo, and how does it maintain its identity through those changes? 

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Unintended Consequences
Sage 3303
November 14, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Unintended Consequences.  A Public Lecture by John Milanese
Standard rationality theory considers the possible outcomes of an action, what the costs and payoffs of those outcomes are, and how likely those outcomes are.  However, what about the possible outcomes that we overlook? How can we possibly gauge their likelihood and desirability?  How can we ‘expect’ the unexpected?  Philosopher John Milanese will discuss these questions, and apply this to the specific case of the future and impact of artificial intelligence, robotics, and cognitive technology on our personal lives and society at large.

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Rensselaer Concert Choir Fall Concert
Chapel & Cultural Center
November 17, 2013 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Rensselaer Concert Choir, under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison, presents an evening of a cappella choral music classics by Monteverdi, Bruckner, Pärt, Ligeti, Thompson and Byrd.

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Department of the Arts Chamber Music Concert
EMPAC Studio 2
November 19, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Students of the Arts Department Chamber Music program present their work on Tuesday, Nov. 19.  Student ensembles to perform include The Dominant Five String Quintet, Circle of Fifths Wind Quintet, Rensselaer Chamber Brass, MSC Trio, Nason String Duo, and other duos and trios performing music from Handel to Ravel.

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Tim Lebo and Jon Matthis, RPI Graduate Students
Sage 4101
November 20, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
GSAS Game Designers Roundtable - Paul Neurath and Jonathan Mintz
Sage 3303
November 21, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

An informal discussion and Q&A with veteran game designers Paul Neurath (Looking Glass Studios, Zynga) and Jonathan Mintz (Harmonix)

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1+1 = Creative Collaborations
DCC Lobby
November 21, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

“1+1 = Creative Collaborations”, a multimedia collaborative performance, November 21st

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Rensselaer Orchestra Fall Concert

November 23, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The newly formed Rensselaer Orchestra, under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison, presents its first concert at the EMPAC Concert Hall.  Free and open to the public.

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HASS Inquiry Lecture: ADAPTIVE NEUROTECHNOLOGIES: PRINCIPLES AND PROMISE
EMPAC Theatre
November 25, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Wadsworth Center neuroscientist Jonathan R. Wolpaw will describe the surprising adaptive capabilities of the nervous system and explain how these capabilities enable the creation of neurotechnologies that can restore or improve brain function. He will also discuss several ethical and societal issues raised by these technologies. His  presentation will be followed by a live demonstration of the Wadsworth brain-computer interface (BCI) home system, which can restore communication to people who are totally paralyzed.

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Solo Studio Performance by Michael Century
West Hall, Room 323
November 26, 2013 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

This is will be an informal run-through of the complete program of Century's solo concert at Toronto's Music Gallery on Nov. 30.

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No Classes - Thanksgiving Break

November 27, 2013 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sean Barton Ryan Hope, Graduate Students
Sage 4101
December 4, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Meaning of Life, The Universe, and Everything!
EMPAC Studio Beta
December 4, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

An evening of staged readings of student-written final plays from COMM2960: Science + Technology in Theatre

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RPI Holiday Concert
EMPAC Concert Hall
December 15, 2013 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Rensselaer Orchestra & Concert Choir come together under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison in this annual RPI celebration to present a concert of seasonally inspired music. Concert to include selections by Handel, Monteverdi, Haydn, Bruckner, Sibelius, Brahms and J.Strauss. There will be a post-concert reception at EMPAC.

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