In 2012-2013, RIT provided over $16.6 million in merit scholarships and graduate tuition remission to approximately 2,100 graduate students.
The Office of Graduate Studies is here to help faculty and graduate students succeed in their programs of study, research and creative endeavors. We also look forward to helping graduate students develop novel partnerships among ourselves as well as with the community and the private sector. Throughout the year, our office sponsors workshops on career preparation, teaching and grant writing for both students and faculty.
(a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the Office of Graduate Studies)
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of Library” Jorge Luis Borges
Trinity College Library, Dublin
Academic disciplines draw boundaries and make worlds. Some are computational worlds, some are invented and fictional, some are naturalistic—chemical or biological - worlds, and some are social and political. To do research is to cross boundaries and to engage in a kind of translation that helps us make sense of how these different worlds relate. Disciplines need to be in conversation with each other. In whose language and by reference to whose world(s) should such a conversation take place?
This salon is to open to any graduate student from any field who is interested in a conversation about how disciplines make worlds, and about the kinds of translation that allow worlds to talk constructively to each other.
The conversation will begin with a short story by the writer Jorge Luis Borges (see below), who excelled in synthesizing elements of literature, philosophy, science and even mathematics into his writing.. We will meet every two weeks during Spring 2015 to discuss readings related to the salon’s general theme. RIT faculty colleagues across the disciplines will join the discussions.
Increasingly, creative problem-solving requires that science and art be in conversation, that discovery and invention be connected, that natural and computational systems work together, that different modes of representation—natural, aesthetic, and mathematical—interact coherently with each other. In effect, we are all inevitably caught in translation. With your participation, the salon will re what this means for transdisciplinary conversation, research and world-making at RIT.
Registration deadline: January 30, 2015.
Tentative Meeting time: Every other Thursday, 5-7 pm (location TBD, most likely off campus).
Initial Reading: The Library of Babel, by Jorge Luis Borges http://people.math.sfu.ca/~van/teaching/Math-303/Fall14/Borges_LibraryofBabel.pdf
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