HASS Events

 

Archive 2014 Fall

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.
 
 

Event Details

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.

Event Details
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.

Event Details

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. 

Event Details

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. 

Event Details
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.

Event Details
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.

Event Details

"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)

Event Details
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. 

Event Details

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. 

Event Details
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.

Event Details

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.

Event Details
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"

Event Details
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.  

Event Details
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.

Event Details
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.

Event Details

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.

Event Details
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."

Event Details

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.

Event Details
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  

Event Details

Towards Machines That Can Actively Listen

Event Details
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.  

Event Details
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.

Event Details
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

Event Details
"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.

Event Details
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

Event Details
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

Event Details
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.

Event Details

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.

Event Details
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.

Event Details
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.

Event Details
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

Event Details

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

Event Details
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.

Event Details
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.

Event Details
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.

Event Details
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

Event Details
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.

Event Details

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.

Event Details
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

Event Details
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]

Event Details
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.

Event Details
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. 

Event Details
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.

Event Details
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!

Event Details
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!

Event Details
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.

Event Details
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!

Event Details
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.

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

Towards Sustainable Analytics in Geo-Socially Distributed Environments 

Event Details