HASS Events

 

Archive 2014

Arts Professor Caren Canier to Exhibit in Juried Show at Prince Street Gallery, NYC
Prince Street Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor in New York City
January 28, 2014 12:00 AM - February 22, 2014

Arts Professor Caren Canier will exhibit "West Hall III" in the Prince Street Gallery 6th National Juried Show, 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor in New York City. The exhibition was juried by painter Lois Dodd.  

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Associate Professor Yang's presentation will explain why and how to apply gauge field and fiber bundle frameworks as meta-modeling tools to integrate cognitive science and economics, namely, to serve as the mathematical foundations of economic mechanics.

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Nicholas DeMaison's Oxford Study no. 1 (2014) to be premiered by Sheep Island Ensemble
Hungarian House: 213 E. 82nd Street (just east of 3rd Avenue) , New York City
February 2, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Sheep Island Ensemble, directed by James Blachly, presents Contemporary Haydn, a concert program of Haydn’s Symphony No. 92, the “Oxford,” and the premiere of freshly fathomed response pieces by composers Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett, Patrick Castillo, Nicholas DeMaison, Kate Ettinger, and Jessie Montgomery. 

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Much of the power of mathematics comes from its generality and ability to unify prime face dissimilar domains.  By one account, analytic thought in math and science requires developing deep construals of phenomena that run counter to untutored perceptions.  This approach draws an opposition between superficial perception and principled understanding.  In this talk, I advocate the converse strategy of grounding mathematical reasoning in perception and action.  I will describe empirical evidence for perception and action changes that accompany learning in mathematics. Sophisticated performance can be achieved not only by ignoring perceptual features in favor of deep conceptual features, but also by adapting perceptual processing so as to conform with and support formally sanctioned responses.  These “Rigged Up Perception-Action Systems” (RUPAS) offer a promising strategy for achieving educational reform.

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Kate Tyrol and Jason Ralph, RPI Graduate Students
Sage 4101
February 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Cognitive Science graduate students Jason Ralph and Kate Tyrol will be presenting at Research Problems in Cognitive Science. 

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New Music by Michael Century
EMPAC Studio 2
February 14, 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Michael Century will present an evening of his own compositions, in two parts.  Part One is the debut of the Michael Century Trio, with Mark Foster on drums and Kevin Barcomb on saxophones.  Part Two is the World Premiere of Century's "Triple Duo," a three movement piece for accordion, electronics, and Yamaha Disklavier.

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iParade is a series of experimental locative media App-works, exploring relationships of personal or communal memories with public spaces in both physical and virtual environments. Each work in the series is distributed as a smartphone App.

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Neil Rolnick: Dynamic RAM & Concert Grand
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
February 18, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Neil Rolnick, long time Arts Department professor, presents three large-scale works for piano and computer at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 

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Narrative structure is a ubiquitous and intriguing phenomenon. Recognizing narrative structure is a process of abstraction, usually from natural language, and thus embodies a skill that underlies many cognitive tasks.  I describe my research program for investigating the ways people are sensitive to narrative structure, especially within their own cultural context. 

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Lev Manovich Lecture
Empac Studio Beta
February 20, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 Looking at one million images:  Visualizing patterns in art, games, comics, cinema, web, print, and user-generated contentVolmer Fries Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture, and the School fo Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.  Video of Lecture

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Roots of Africa Music Ensemble Debut at Black History Month Exhibit
Shelnutt Gallery, Rensselaer Union
February 20, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The new credit bearing music group, the Roots of Africa (RoA) Music Ensemble will perform for the first time on February 20, 2014, 6:30 pm, at the Annual BSA Black History Month Art Exhibit, in the Shelnutt Gallery, Rensselaer Union.

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Touching Words & Images
EMPAC THEATER
February 25, 2014 - February 20, 2014

In this talk Professor Esrock proposes that readers and viewers can use their own bodies to reshapethe boundary between themselves and verbal/visual worlds outside themselves.

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Hiro Uchinda, a Cognitive Science post-doctoral researchers discusses his paper that proposes a novel logical language in which the semantics of quantificational NPs
(QNPs) in natural language are represented as arguments of predicates, rather than as quantifiers that bind variables in argument positions as in standard first-order logic

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Emergent Reality Lab Open House
Emergent Reality Lab, Rensselaer Tech Park, 250 Jordan Rd., Troy NY
February 26, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Emergent Reality Lab hosts open house event to exhibit works developed for its immersive virtual reality cave-like space.

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Brandon Ballengee will speak about his aquatic ecological art works Breathing Space for the Hudson: Charting the Biodiversity and Pollutants of the Hudson River and more.


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John E. Hummel, Professor in the Department of Psychologty at the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana will discuss his work simulating how the human brain accomplishes tasks related to reasoning explicitly about relations among things. 

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Botanist and Artist Oliver Kellhammer to speak on his works with Neo-Ecocene
West Hall, room 211
March 6, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Oliver Kellhammer, a Canadian land artist, permaculture teacher, activist and writer, will speak about his botanical interventions and public art projects. 

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Spring Break

March 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Oron Catts to present workshop "Growing meat and synthetic biology"
EMPAC Studio Beta
March 18, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oron Catts has grown both meat and leather using tissue engineering and was the first person to grow and eat a piece of in-vitro meat. Catts will lead this workshop which will cover some of the main techniques of regenerative biology that are used for in vitro meat and will explore the broader cultural and artistic implication of using living tissue within a non-medical context.

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Issues in CogSci: Gabriel Diaz, Rochester Institute of Technology
Sage 4101
March 19, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Gabriel Diaz, Assistant Professor, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at RIT, will discuss his research on how--despite significant sensory-motor delays in the human nervous sytem--we are able to intercept moving targets with a temporal precision of milliseconds and spatial precision of centimers. 

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Ecological Interventions Art Opening/NATURE Lab Opening!
The Sanctuary for Independent Media
March 19, 2014 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM

“Ecological Interventions” features two internationally renowned environmental artists who care deeply about our ecology and our future, Brandon Ballengée (US) and Oliver Kellhammer (Canada). Their projects explore how we, as citizens of the world, can change our environmental impact.

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Oron Catts to give lecture on his work with Tissue Culture and Art - "Growing Neolifism"
The Sanctuary for Independent Media
March 19, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This talk will outline developments in areas such as in-vitro meat and leather, actuators and bio machine interfaces, speculative design and contemporary artistic practices such as those by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr's Tissue Culture and Art. 

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After the Run, MFA Thesis Exhibition by Helen J. Bullard
EMPAC Studio 2
March 20, 2014 5:00 PM - March 22, 2014

After the Run tells a tale of eels, bears, eagles and bees; they dance in the shadows of rabbits and deer, watched by the new moon and stars.

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HASS Graduate Colloquium
EMPAC Theater
March 24, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The first event in the HASS Graduate Student Colloquium Series is a film screening and talk by Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics at Harvard University

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On Wedneday, March 26th, Oliver Layton, Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology and Program in Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University will discuss "Using Dynamical Systems to Model Human Heading Perception"

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HASS Inquiry Lecture: Exploring the Nature of Interpersonal Violence
EMPAC Theater
March 26, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Exploring the Nature of Interpersonal Violence, David Lisak, Ph.D
Dr. Lisak will address the underpinnings of sexual violence and perpetrator behavior, examine the motivation behind interpersonal violence, and discuss how individuals within a community can engage to reduce the serious implications of this type of trauma.

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"Algorithmic Menagerie" to Debut at EMPAC
EMPAC
March 27, 2014 6:00 PM - March 29, 2014

Algorithmic Menagerie is a continuation of the MFA thesis work of Raven Kwok's (Ruiwen Guo) long-term research exploring artificial life and self-organization in the field of computer-based generative art. Programmed in Processing, Algorithmic Menagerie is an interactive virtual environment inhabited by algorithmic creatures.

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Arts Professor Ade Knowles and Ensemble Congeros to Perform at NEACURH Conference at RPI
McNeil Room, Rensselaer Student Union
March 28, 2014 8:40 PM - 9:40 PM

Ensemble Congeros will perform at the Northeast Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH) Conference on March 28, 2014, at 8:40 pm, in the McNeil Room, Rensselaer Student Union. Rensselaer’s Residence Hall Association, a student led organization, is hosting this year’s conference with an expected attendance of over 400 students from at least 25 colleges.

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Albert Maysles, "Direct Cinema" Pioneer
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. Troy NY 12181
March 29, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join us for a presentation on the life and work of Albert Maysles, a pioneer in the world of documentary filmmaking. Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! and the Arts Department of RPI; funded by NYSCA.



 
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Issues in Cognitive Science: Eric Ameres, Kristine Gloria
Sage 4101
April 2, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Two Rensselaer graduate students will be the speakers in the Issues in Cognitive Science series, Wednesday, April 2nd.  Eric Ameres will discuss his work "Spontaneity in Cognition, Creative and Collaboration" and Kristine Gloria will discuss "Cognitive and Privacy: What can cognitive science teach us about privacy (and vice versa)?" 

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Rensselaer Concert Choir Spring Concert
Chapel + Cultural Center
April 6, 2014 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Rensselaer Concert Choir, under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison, presents an evening of a cappella choral music.

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Michael Century and Friends-in Concert at the Savings Bank Music Hall
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
April 8, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Michael Century will present a noon hour program at the storied Savings Bank concert hall, joined by fellow Rensselaer musical talents:  voilinist James Hanford '16, vocalist Kimberley Dolanski, and pianist Mary Simoni.  Program starts at 12:00 sharp.

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GM Week - No Classes
Sage 4101
April 9, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Be the Media! "Experimental Locative Media" with LoVid
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. Troy NY 12181
April 9, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Learn how to create a locative media App distributed with a smartphone, with internationally renowned video artists LoVid. Explore relationships of personal or communal memories with public spaces in both physical and virtual environments.   Admission: $40
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Interactive Demo Day
EMPAC
April 9, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Demo your work at Interactive Demo Day. It's a networking opportunity, and a chance to share your interactive work with the public.

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"Household" with Craig Saddlemire
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. Troy NY 12181
April 12, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join filmmaker Craig Saddlemire for a screening of his critically acciaimed and thought-provoking documentary film, HouseholdCo-sponsored by iEAR Presents!

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Arts Department Chamber Music Concert
EMPAC Studio 2
April 15, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Students in the Chamber Music Course present a recital of music for small ensembles.

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Arhant Rao Senior Recital
EMPAC Studio 2
April 16, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Piano recital by Arhant Rao '14

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Craig Shepard to conduct listening walk with Deep Listening students
Tour starts in West Hall 326
April 16, 2014 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Composer, Craig Shepard will speak to Deep Listening students about his work ”Brooklyn on Foot” in West Hall, room 326.  A listening walk through Troy,NY will follow the lecture. Please note that the listening walk will be done in silence and without cell phones. Lecture and listening walk is free and open to the public. 

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Issues in CogSci: Emily O'Leary and Kevin Barry
Sage 4101
April 16, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Rensselaer graduate students present their work.  Kevin Barry will discuss his research on how to better examine the ways in which presentation and framing impact human decision-making and Emily O'Leary discusses her research exploring collective behavior using cognitive architecture. 

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"Brothers of the Black List" with Sean Gallagher
The Sanctuary for Independent Media
April 16, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Brothers of the Black List tells the story behind the longest litigated civil rights case in U.S. history. It all began in September 1992, when an elderly women in Oneonta, NY reported that she had been attacked in an attempted rape by a young black male who cut his hand during the altercation. This led to a college administrator at nearby SUNY Oneonta giving police a list of the names and residences of all 125 black males in town, questioning them and demending to see their hands.

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Steve Baker -  The redescription of the world and Monika Bakke - And the plant responded.  An artist/art historian and philospher offer talks that will challenge participants to re-imagine and re-think the lives of plants and animals.    

 
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Poetry and Prose Reading
Sage Auditorium
April 22, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fictiion Writer Jessica Treat and Poet Michael Heller read from their work

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Issues in CogSci: Shane Bretz, Petr Babkin, and Dan Arista
Sage 4101
April 23, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Three Rensselaer graduate students discuss their work: Shane Bretz discusses "A Motivational Based Model of Moral Judgment Effects;" Petr Babkin discusses "Mindreading for Understanding Natural Language Dialogue;"   and Dan Arista discusses "Reasonableness in Agency.​"

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Will Bridewell, Naval Research Lab
Sage 4101
April 30, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Bridewell considers the problem of detecting deceptive agents in a conversational context.

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Rensselaer Orchestra Spring Concert
EMPAC Concert Hall
May 1, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Rensselaer Orchestra presents a special joint concert with the College of St.Rose Orchestra.

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Rensselaer Concert Choir
St. Paul's Church, 58 3rd St. Troy, NY 12180
May 4, 2014 6:30 PM - March 20, 2014

The Rensselaer Concert Choir, under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison, presents an evening of a cappella choral music

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RPI Poetry Student Reading
West Hall 323
May 5, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Poetry students will read from their poems. Refreshments will be provided; a celebration! Free & open to the public!

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RPI Short Story Student Reading
West Hall 118
May 5, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:50 PM

RPI students wil read from their short stories! Refreshments will be provided--a celebration! Free & open to the public.

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RPI Creative Non-Fiction Student Reading
West Hall 112
May 6, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:50 PM

RPI students will read from their creative non-fiction. Refreshments will provided--a celebration! Free & open to the public.

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In this talk, an introduction to categorical logic will be given.  Wojtowicz will discuss both linguistic and graph-based (or sketch) presentations of logical theories and their categorical semantics as well as describe translations between the two types of presentations and compare their inference systems.  Finally, he will discuss an application to the knowledge (or ontology) alignment problem.

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Second Annual Film Festival
Biotech Auditorium
May 7, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Nao Bustamante’s Producing & Directing the Short Film class at Rensselaer is pleased to present the second annual short film festival. The culmination of a year of collaboration and hard work, this is a collection of original short films that span a variety of genres: romance, sci-fi, stoner mockumentary, comedy and suspense thriller.

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SYNAESTHETIC, MFA/PHD RPI Graduate Exhibition
West Hall
May 11, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rensselaer's Department of the Arts presents SYNAESTHETIC, the spring 2014 exhibition of new work by MFA/PhD graduate students in West Hall on May 11th, from 6-9pm, featuring new time based and multi-media graduate student artwork.  
 
 
 
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Generative Justice: Value from the Bottom-Up
Heffner Alumni House-Conference Room
June 27, 2014 3:00 PM - June 28, 2014

Keynote speaker Alondra Nelson: “What Black Panthers and Root-Seekers can tell us about Race, Science, and Justice"


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2nd Annual International Conference on Deep Listening

July 7, 2014 12:00 AM - July 12, 2014

Conference provides artists, educators, and researchers an opportunity to creatively share ideas related to the practice, philosophy and science of Deep Listening.  Presented by Rensselaer's School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Department of the Arts, and Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture.  http://deeplistening.org/conference

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OPENING of the Center for Communication Practices
Folsom Library, Lower Level
August 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Rensselaer's writing and speaking center, the Center for Communication Practices (CCP), opened Wednesday, August 27th, for the Fall 2014 semester.  The CCP is located in Folsom Library on the ground floor. 

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Issues speaker Bram van Heuveln, Lecturer, RPI
Sage 4101
August 27, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Professor Bram van Heuveln, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Cognitive Science, will review the latest news and informaton regarding the Cognitive Science BS program and opportunities for undergraduates to do independent study or research.

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In this talk I discuss developments over the past year on a new version of Clarion, an open-source implementation written in Python.  It is the foundation for Mockingbird, an interactive musical agent, which is intended to accompany a human performer in the genre known as "free improvisation," in the manner of composer Pauline Oliveros.
 
 

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Peter Meyer, a research economist with the Division of Productivity Research and Program Development at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, will talk about how experimentation in aeronautics ultimately led to the development of the aviation industry.

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Kate Boyer, "Becoming Parent: Affect, Materiality and Mobility"
Sage Lab 3510
September 10, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The STS Department kicks off this year's Colloquium with a talk by Kate Boyer, a lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Southampton.

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Nirenburg discusses some possible heuristics to support a computational implementation of the principle of least effort, which transcends the well-known notions of bounded rationality and satisficing. 

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University of Rochester professor Deci discusses current research on human motivation, focusing on self-determination theory and its differentiation between types and qualities of motivation. 

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Dr. Ade Knowles and Ensemble Congeros to Perform at Troy Music Hall
Troy Music Hall
September 26, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Ade Knowles, Professor of Practice in the Arts, will lead Ensemble Congeros in a performance at the Troy Music Hall on September 26th, at 6:00 pm, as part of “Troy Night Out”. Jeanine Ouderkirk, one of the Capital Region’s top vocalists and instrumentalist will join Ensemble Congeros as Guest Artist. No admission charge.

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Groundbreaking Neuroscientist Carl Hart to Discuss "High Price"
EMPAC Concert Hall
September 30, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dr. Carl Hart, author of High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society, is a groundbreaking neuroscientist at Columbia University. His story of growing up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods shaped his scientific work in drug addiction. He will be the first speaker in the HASS Inquiry Lecture series for fall semester 2014.

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"Statistical Manipulation and Control Strategies of the n-Back Task"  (Jason Ralph) and "Coordinating a Redundant Motor System: The Role of Comfort and Other Factors" (Sean Barton)

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Terike Haapoja - A View From Nowhere - tracing the animal perspective
West Hall room 211
October 2, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Terike Haapoja is a Finnish-born visual artist whose work focuses on how the non-human world and its inhabitants are represented in our society. 

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Professor William Kerr from the Harvard Business School will present "House Money and Entrpreneurship."  His research focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation. One research strand examines the role of immigrant scientists and entrepreneurs in US technology development and commercialization. A second considers clusters and entrepreneurship, with special interest in how government policies aid or hinder the entry of new firms, cluster formation, and growth. 

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William C. Dudley, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President & CEO Lecture
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium
October 7, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dr. William C. Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, will give a talk entitled "The National and Regional Economy" to students, faculty, and staff at Rensselaer on October 7.  The talk is a part of Dudley’s upcoming visit to Albany, and will include a discussion of the national and regional economies, opportunities for growth, and the bank’s recent research on higher education.

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Professor Edward (Ted) Gibson, MIT,  Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences explores the application of information and communication theory in an attempt to explain language usage and production.

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Marjorie McShane, Associate Professor, Cognitive Science
Sage 4101
October 15, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Will discuss "The computational cognitive modeling of reference resolution"

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Talk: Amy Franceschini - FutureFarmers
West Hall, Rm 211
October 16, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

San Francisco based artist, Amy Franceshini, and founding member of the collective Futurefarmers will talk about their recent projects, including The Flatbread Society, a public artwork in Oslo, Norway taking the form of a Bakehouse, a cultivated grain field & public programming.  

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Futurefarmers: Cultivating the Garden with Amy Franceschini
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave., Troy, NY
October 17, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In this workshop Amy Franceshini of the collective Futurefarmers will work with participants to sow ancient grains and make Agrarian- Activist Sacrecrows at the L Lot of NATURE Lab and The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

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Futurefarmers: Cultivating the Garden with Amy Franceshini
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave., Troy, NY
October 18, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In this workshop Amy Franceshini of the collective Futurefarmers will work with participants to sow ancient grains and make Agrarian- Activist Sacrecrows at the L Lot of NATURE Lab and The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

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Professor Kahn is a labor economist with interests in organizations and education. Her work has examined the impact of the Great Recession on employment across firms of varying quality, as well as the consequences of graduating from college in a bad economy.

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Walter Boot, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Florida State
Sage 4101
October 22, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Will discuss, " Video Games as a Means to Improve Perceptual and Cognitive Abilities?  The Promise and Challenges of Video Game Research."

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Artist Clare Johnson discusses the myriad ways that writing inspires and interacts with her art, from her Post-it Note Project (drawing on a post-it note each night to remember something from the day) to her recent book art for Rainer Maria Rilke’s Roses. Johnson will talk about her process and share photos from both projects, as well her Drawing from Literature series and various collaborations with writers.

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Chinese Minor Information Session, 4711 Sage Lab
Sage Labs 4711
October 28, 2014 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come join us to learn about courses and requirements of the Chinese Minor.  Pursuing a minor in Chinese will help students not only fulfill the Humanities and Social Sciences requirements, but will also prepare you to thrive in the global economy of the 21st century.  For more information, contact Helen Zhou at zhouy12@rpi.edu  

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Towards Machines That Can Actively Listen

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Kira O'Reilly: "We Keep Our Biologies Intimate"
West Hall, Room 211
November 3, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Artist Kira O’Reilly will speak about her performance works that straddle live art, endurance and science.  

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Talk: Bill Seaman, Recombinant Poetics and Neosentience Research
West Hall, Room 211
November 4, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

An internationally known artist and scholar, Bill Seaman, explores an expanded media-oriented poetics he calls Recombinant Poetics via technological installation, virtual reality, non-linear video, and other computer-based media.

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Screening: The Yes Men Are Revolting! with Mike Bonanno
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue, Troy, NY
November 4, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

At a time when corporate forces have bought and sold democracy, how can we effect real change? The Yes Men are at it again with their new feature film The Yes Men Are Revolting! Sponsored by Rensselaer's School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, iEAR Presents, NYSCA, NEA, and The Sanctuary for Independent Media

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"Decoding Skill from Gameplay Behavior," Jeff Huang, Brown University
Sage 4101
November 5, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

How do video game skills develop, and what sets the top players apart? I will explore those question using gameplay data in two modern games, Halo: Reach and StarCraft 2.

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Talk: Heather Davis - Plastic: An Ethology of Oil
West Hall room 211
November 6, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 AM

Heather Davis is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. Thinking of plastic as a medium through which we understand globalization and our relationship with oil, her talk will address the historical emergence of plastic and the ways in which it shapes advanced capitalism. Sponsored by Rensselaer, iEAR Presents, NYSCA

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Michael Century Solo Piano and Accordion
EMPAC Studio 2
November 6, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Michael Century in concert on piano and accordion

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William Gibson Reading
EMPAC Concert Hall
November 9, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Science fiction author William Gibson will read from his work at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9 at the EMPAC Concert Hall.

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Professor Waldman’s research focuses on applied microeconomic theory, where his main fields of interest are industrial organization, labor economics, and organizational economics.  In these areas, he is best known for his work on learning and signaling in labor markets, the operation of durable goods markets, and the strategic use of tying and bundling in product markets.

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Alison Griffith is to give the second HASS Inquiry lecture in the EMPAC Concert Hall on November 11 2014.  The talk, which will center on the history of immersive and interactive technologies, is open to the public.

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Rensselaer Chamber Ensembles Recital
EMPAC Studio 2
November 11, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Students in the Rensselaer Chamber Music Ensembles present a recital of music for small ensembles by Fauré, Mozart, Hindemith, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Haydn and others.

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Dear Climate - Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer in exhibition and conversation
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue, Troy, NY
November 11, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

“Retool your inner climate” with Dear Climate artists Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer, a dialogue about art and environmental action. Come see the exhibition and some of the collaborators discuss ideas around climate change. Sponsored by Rensselaer, iEAR Presents, NYSCA, NEA, The Sanctuary for Independent

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Michael Garber-Barron:  "Attribution Theory in Entertainment Domains" and  John Lindstedt: “Understanding and Encouraging Expertise in Tetris”

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Interactive Demo Day
EMPAC lobby, mezzanine, and cafe
November 12, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Demo your work at Interactive Demo Day. It's a chance to share your interactive work with the public.

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Rensselaer Concert Choir at Joy of Troy Annual Thanksgiving Choir Fest
Joy of Troy Community Seventh-Day Adventist Church 600 Third Ave. Troy, NY 12182
November 15, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Rensselaer Concert Choir sings at the 14th Annual Joy of Troy Thanksgiving Choir Fest.

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Rensselaer Chamber Choir Fall Concert
Chapel + Cultural Center, 2125 Burdett Avenue Troy, New York 12180
November 16, 2014 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Rensselaer Concert Choir, under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison, presents its annual Fall concert.

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Two Paths. Two Experts. One Conversation
Sage Laboratory 3303
November 17, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come hear game designers and visionaries Erin Hoffman and Paul Neurath reflect on games both commercial and applied in a revealing, provocative discussion of the game industry of yesterday, today and tomorrow.http://www.hass.rpi.edu/pl/previous-events
http://games.wp.rpi.edu

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Expo 14: Worlds on Display
EMPAC Studio One
November 18, 2014 - November 25, 2014

Students from the HASS Inquiry course "Worlds on Display" present exhibits for their final projects examining Worlds Fairs and Expositions through the lenses of technology, futurism, design, architecture, anthropology, history and art.

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Gray discusses the acquisition and deployment of extreme expertise in tasks entailing the real-time interaction of a single human with a complex, dynamic decision environment.

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Music & Science Concert & Presentation
CBIS auditorium
November 20, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Music and Science Concert & Presentation: Embodied Learning
Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM

Indian Classical Music Concert
Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 PMBoth events Free and open to the public

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Film Screening: Voices from the Emotional Underground: "Crooked Beauty" and "Beyond the Medical Model" with filmmaker Sera Davidow
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue, Troy, NY
November 20, 2014 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

In two very different films, powerful stories depict critical insight into the mental health system and a vision of alternatives.   [5:30 "Crooked Beauty,” 6:00 Community Potluck; 7:00 "Beyond the Medical Model,” with Sera Davidow, 8:30 Discussion]

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Rensselaer Orchestra Fall Concert
EMPAC Concert Hall
November 22, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Rensselaer Orchestra, under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison, presents its annual Fall concert.

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Cognitive Science Graduate Students Present Work
Sage 4101
December 3, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Department of Cognitive Science graduate students Ryan Hope and Melissa Parade present their research. 

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Screening: The Ghost Town: a Hebron Story with Ellie Bernstein
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue, Troy, NY
December 3, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"The Ghost Town: a Hebron Story” is a documentary about the most controversial city in the West Bank.   It is directed by local filmmaker Ellie Bernstein and narrated by Martin Sheen.

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RPI Students Poetry Reading
DCC 174 Black Box
December 4, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

RPI Poets will read some of their poems. An end-of-term celebration!  Free and open to the public, and there will be refreshments, too! Come, and be transported during the last week of classes!

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RPI Students Creative Nonfiction Reading
DCC 174 Black Box
December 4, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

RPI creative nonfictin writers will read some of their creative nonfiction. An end-of-term celebration!  Free and open to the public, and there will be refreshments, too! Come, and be transported during the last week of classes!

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Signals, Soundwaves, and Synthesis: An Exhibition
EMPAC Studio Beta
December 4, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Five composers from the Composition Projects seminar, directed by Pauline Oliveros, will present their work in Studio Beta at EMPAC.

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RPI Students Short Story Reading
DCC 174 Black Box
December 5, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

RPI short story writers will read some of their short stories. An end-of-term celebration!  Free and open to the public, and there will be refreshments, too! Come, and be transported during the last week of classes!

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Arts Fall Semester Graduate Open Studio and Show 2014
West Hall
December 7, 2014 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Department of the Arts will host its bi-annual Graduate Student Art Show on December 7th in West Hall.  Ongoing works will be exhibited for the full duration of the show, while timebased performances and presentations begin at 6 PM and extend to 8 PM.
Reception and food during show.

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Tim Lebo, RPI Graduate Student
Sage 4711
December 10, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Towards Sustainable Analytics in Geo-Socially Distributed Environments 

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