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Graduate Student Success Workshop Series



Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies



April 17th - Developing a Personal Vision - Casey W Miller - Skalney Room - 10 - 11 a.m.


April 27th - Graduate Student Town Hall Meeting - Reading Room SAU 5 - 6 p.m.


May 20th  Graduate Student end of Year celebration - Vignelli Center - 4- 6 p.m.




Research, Translation, World-making:

A Graduate Salon on Reading Across the Disciplines

(a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the Office of Graduate Studies)

February 19, March 5 and 19, April 9, 23 and 30

5-7 p.m.

RIT Global Constellation Commons for Global Learning

Global Village Bld. 400, Room 2055 (above the Cantina and Grille)


“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of Library”  Jorge Luis Borges


Trinity College Library, Dublin

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.

For more information, contact Hector Flores; or Timothy Engstrom

Link to register:

You can still register for the remaining sessions. 


Initial Reading: The Library of Babel, by Jorge Luis Borges



The Office of Coop and Careers offers workshops for graduate students as well.  You can find those workshops by clicking here


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