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Tuesday, November 6th

Leigh Rubin: The Business of Cartooning

12:00PM, University Gallery

Syndicated newspaper cartoonist Leigh Rubin will discuss his career in cartooning and how to manage intellectual property.

Leigh Rubin is RIT's first Cartoonist-in-Residence. His daily newspaper comic Rubes is published in Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle and over 400 other media outlets worldwide. Rubin began his cartooning career in 1978, when he established his own greeting card company, and he has been drawing Rubes since 1984.

Leigh Rubin Lecture

Monday, November 5th

Matt Hern: Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life

12:00PM, MAGIC Spell Studios Theater (MSS, Room 2180)

Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life chronicles a series of road trips to the tar sands of northern Alberta—perhaps the world's largest industrial site, dedicated to the dirty work of extracting oil from Alberta's vast reserves.

Matt Hern lives and works in East Vancouver on sǝlil'wǝtaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷmǝθkʷǝyǝm (Musqueam) territory, with his partner and daughters. He is the co-director of Solid State Industries and lectures globally. Matt's books and articles have been published on all six continents and translated into thirteen languages. His most recent books are What a City is For: Remaking the Politics of Displacement (MIT Press, 2016) and Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life (MIT, 2018, with Am Johal and Joe Sacco).

Matt Hern Lecture

Thursday, October 11,

Carol Tyler: FAB 4 Mania

4:30PM, Liberal Arts Hall A205

Carol Tyler is a cartoonist who creates stories about gardening, her family, and her lifelong love of the Beatles. Her work has been nominated for various cartooning awards, including an Ignatz Award, an Eisner Award, and the LA Times Book Prize. Her comics memoir A Soldier's Heart won the 2016 Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize.

Tyler will discuss her new comics memoir about The Beatles.

Interpreting services upon request at



RIT Women Read

5-7:30PM Reading Room, Campus Center

RIT faculty, staff, and students who identify as women will present their own creative works and/or works they admire from other women to express solidarity and mutual support.


Tina Chapman, Kijana Crawford, Taylor Goethe, Miriam Lerner, Chan. McKenzie, Lisa Metzger, Sharon Morgan Beckford-Foster, Megan Tornow, Ren vanMeenen, Laura Shackelford, Paulette Swartzfager, members of the Diversity Theater Film class, and the Women & Gender Studies class.


A round robin open mic will follow the featured readings. An interpreter will be present, thanks to NTID Access Services.


Light refreshments will be served.                 

For info, contact:



Creative Writing Awards

3:30PM, Reading Room, Campus Center

The Creative Writing Awards will be presented on Tuesday, April 17, 3:30-4:30pm, in the Reading Room in the Campus Center. This event will include faculty introductions, student readings, and refreshments.​


Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture

12:30PM, GOL Auditorium (70-1400)

Dr. Saif Mohammad (NRC-Canada) will deliver the 2017-2018 Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture in the GOL Auditorium, followed by a reception in the GOL Atrium. Sponsor/co-sponsor: Language Science, CLaSP, and the GCCIS PhD Program.

The Search for Emotions in Language

Dr. Saif M. Mohammad, Senior Research Scientist, National Research Council Canada


Emotions are central to human experience and behavior. They are crucial for organizing meaning and reasoning about the world we live in. They are ubiquitous and everyday, yet their secrets remain elusive. In this talk, I will describe our work on the search for emotions in language – by humans and by machines.

I will describe large crowdsourced studies asking people to detect emotions associated with words, phrases, sentences, and tweets. I will flesh out the various ways in which emotions can be represented, challenges in obtaining reliable annotations, and approaches that address these problems. The emotion lexicons thus created, with entries for tens of thousands of English terms, have wide-ranging applications in natural language processing, psychology, social sciences, digital humanities, and data sonification. I will highlight some of the applications we have explored in literary analysis and automatic text-based music generation. The human annotations also shed light on compelling research questions involving how we organize meaning, the fine-grained distinctions we make, our shared understanding of the world, and the extent to which differences in gender, age, and personality impact this shared understanding.

In the second part of my talk, I will present supervised machine learning methods for detecting emotions associated with text. This will include our NRC-Canada system that stood first in three SemEval-2013 and SemEval-2014 sentiment analysis shared task competitions. Next, I will flesh out shared tasks that we have organized 2015 through 2018 that go beyond traditional sentiment classification. These include inferring stance from tweets that may or may not explicitly mention the target of interest and detecting fine-grained emotion intensity. Finally, I will conclude with ongoing work on assessing the degree of inappropriate biases in automatic emotion systems.

Acknowledgments: This talk includes joint work with a number of researchers and graduate students, with substantial contributions from Svetlana Kiritchenko and Peter Turney.


Dr. Saif M. Mohammad is Senior Research Scientist at the National Research Council Canada (NRC). He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Before joining NRC, Saif was a Research Associate at the Institute of Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests are in Computational Linguistics, especially Lexical Semantics, Crowdsourced Human Annotations, Sentiment Analysis, Social Media Analysis, and Information Visualization. He has served as the area chair for Sentiment Analysis in past ACL conferences. Saif is a co-organizer of WASSA (a sentiment analysis workshop) and co-chair of SemEval (the largest shared task platform for NLP tasks). His work on detecting emotions in social media and on generating music from text have garnered media attention, including articles in Time, Slashdot, LiveScience, io9, The Physics arXiv Blog, PC World, and Popular Science. Webpage:



Creative Writing Speaker: Anya DeNiro

7:00pm, MOSAIC Center, SAU, Room 2510

Please join us for our Creative Writing speaker Anya DeNiro, who will be presenting work from FORKING PATHS: An Interactive Reading of "A Bathroom Myth" with audience participation. "A Bathroom Myth" (download game at mixes magic realism, mythopoetics and transgender activism.


Undergraduate/Faculty Reading Series

5pm, SAU Reading Room

Please join us on Wednesday for the Department of English Undergraduate/Faculty creative reading series, with undergraduate John Palermo, Creative Writing Faculty Lindsay Herko, and special guest artist Rick Petrie!


Creative Writing Awards

3:30PM, Reading Room (Campus Center)

Join us to celebrate our most talented creative writers in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, and hear them read from their winning works. Reception to follow.


For more information , please see the Creative Writing Awards page.


2016-2017 Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture

12pm, GOL Auditorium (70-1400)

Join us for the 2016-17 Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture, given by Dr. Hal Daumé III, associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. His talk is entitled "Natural Language Processing on Creative Content."