HASS Events

 

Archive 2013 Fall

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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