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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)


“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:

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


Thursday January 29th – Noon – 2 p.m.  Office of Graduate Studies Conference Room Building 87 third floor

Meet and Greet and How to present your Research at the Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium ~ Are you thinking of presenting at the Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium and you have no idea what a Symposium is like?  Come to this Spring Semester Meet and Greet with Assistant Dean Rauncie Ryan and hear all about what to expect and how to prepare.  There will also be tours of the Office of Graduate Studies with cookies and coffee


February 9 - Meet and Greet - Graduate Student Table Topics - topic to be announced - Reading Room SAU - 5-6p.m.

The Following Workshops are part of the Graduate Education Week Series which you can find out more about HERE

Monday February 23rd

9-11 a.m. Critical Thinking Workshop by Chip Sheffield~ A Graduate Education Week Special Offering~ REGISTER HERE

Tuesday February 24th

10 - 11 a.m. Public Speaking Workshop Presented by the RIT Tiger Tales Toastmasters ~ SAU 1510 (The 1829 Room)~ REGISTER HERE

5-7 p.m.  Gradute Student Mixer hosted by CIAS and the Office of Graduate Studies ~ Vignelli Center ~ REGISTER HERE


Wednesday February 25th

9-11 a.m. Introduction to Grant Writing Workshop Presented by Rebecca Sumner ~ CIMS 2240/2230 ~ REGISTER HERE

3-4:30 p.m. Cross-Cultural Commication in Academic and Everyday Settings Presented by Stanley Van Horn ~ USC 87-3200 ~ REGISTER HERE


Thursday February 26th

2-3:30 p.m. "Top Ten List of Things I Wish I Knew Back Then" with a focus on small business and the barriers to growth Presented by Patrick Talty ~ Campus Center 2610 (Bamboo Room) ~ REGISTER HERE

Friday February 27th

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 7th Annual Office of Graduate Studies Research and Creativity Symposium.  To find our more about the Symposium and to register please visit our Symposium page HERE


March 2nd - Graduate Student Table Topics   - Reading Room SAU - 5-6 p.m.

March 16th Graduate Thesis:  The Endgame! This workshop is geared toward those graduate students planning to defend a thesis or dissertation in December or May.   Library staff members will lead the workshop informing you of the requirements for submitting print and electronic copies of your final work.  They will discuss how and where to submit in print and electronically as well as where your electronic work will be available for the world to view and download! They will also discuss how to apply for an embargo of your work if necessary.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions about title pages, signatures, abstracts, costs, editing, and general guidelines.  Attending this workshop will help you understand all the steps in the process and will make a very stressful time in your graduate career proceed smoothly.- Room and time to be announced

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

April 27th - Graduate Student Table Topics  - Reading Room SAU 5 - 6 p.m.

May 4th - End of year Celebration  - Reading Room SAU 5-6 p.m.


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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