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Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture: Joel Tetreault

12:30 pm, Golisano Auditorium

Please join us for the Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture by Joel Tetreault from Yahoo! Research:

Analyzing Formality in Online Communication

Full natural language understanding requires comprehending not only the content or meaning of a piece of text or speech, but also the stylistic way in which it is conveyed. To enable real advancements in dialog systems, information extraction, and human-computer interaction, computers need to understand the entirety of what humans say, both the literal and the non-literal. This talk presents an in-depth investigation of one particular stylistic aspect, formality, incorporating both subjective human perceptions of formality and statistical modeling for predicting formality using rich NLP and deep learning features. Our results provide new evidence in support of theories of linguistic coordination, underlining the importance of formality for language generation systems.

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For more information please contact: Emily Prud'hommeux


Marge Piercy Reading

2-4 pm, Student Innovation Hall (SIH 87-1600)

Piercy is one of our country's best selling poets - she is also the master of many genres: historical novels, science fiction, novels of social comment and contemporary entertainments. She has taught, lectures and/or performed her work at well over 450 universities around the world.

Sponsored by the English Department, Center for Women and Gender, Women's and Gender Studies Program, and Signatures Magazine.

Free and open to the public.

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Creative Writing: Undergraduate/Faculty Reading Series

5PM, SAU Reading Room

Students Phillip Shaw and Catherine Alternburger will join faculty member/poet David Yockel, Jr. for an excellent afternoon of poetry and prose reading as well as the everpresent pizza. Come and bring your friends!


Creative Writing Awards Submission Deadline

It's time to submit your work to the creative writing awards, which include a cash prize! Deadline is April 1st. Submission guidelines can be found at


Undergraduate/Faculty Reading Series

5:00PM, SAU Reading Room

Our monthly English-sponsored faculty/student reading series continues  on Thursday February 26, 5-6:30 pm at the Reading Room, Campus Center, SAU, with Chandra McKenzie, Asst. Provost for Academic Affairs, plus RIT students and creative writing minors Erin Hutson (4th yr. Advertising and Public Relations) and Jamal Henderson (5th yr. Multidisciplinary Studies). Come join us for a celebration of RIT creativity, and enjoy some pizza, too!


Undergraduate/Faculty Reading Series

5pm, SAU Reading Room

The third reading in this year's English Department Undergraduate/Faculty creative writing series will be held this Thursday, December 4, at 5pm in the SAU Reading Room. This reading will feature speculative fictions written by Professors Trent Hergenrader and Jessica Lieberman’s Steampunk Rochester! students. This will be a multi-media event, with live readings and new media presentations.  I hope you can make it!


Faculty / Undergraduate Reading Series

5:00PM, SAU Reading Room

The second installment of this year's Undergraduate/Faculty reading series features student Mimi Ace and faculty member Gail Hosking. It should be a great reading! Pizza and drinks provided...


Creative Writing - Poetry Reading

4:00PM, Shop One2

Creative Writing Faculty Catherine Faurot and Gail Hosking will be giving a poetry reading on Thursday, November 6 at the lovely, on-campus Shop One2 (in Global Village). Do stop by!


Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture

12:30 pm, Golisano Auditorium

The 2014 Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture will be given by Dan Roth - the title of his lecture is "Learning and Inference for Natural Language Understanding". Here's the press release:


Creative Writing: Undergraduate/Faculty Reading Series

5:00PM, Campus Center Reading Room

As Signatures, R.I.T.’s literary and arts journal kicks off its 30th year, come celebrate with a reading devoted to Signatures editors, contributors, and faculty advisors. Readers include students Meghan Boilard, Angela Freeman, Sayre Harvell, Anna Latzer, and Carolina Rago as well as faculty members Robert Glick, John Roche, and past Signatures contributors. It should be a fantastic reading!

Job Posting: Tenure Track

This year, we are hiring for a tenure track position in Digital Writing and New Media Production. Check out the job announcement here!

Creative Writing Awards!

Join us on April 22nd at 4:00PM in the SAU Reading Room for our annual Creative Writing Awards! Writer David Schickler is our guest speaker, along with live readings from our CW award winners...

To submit your work for the CW awards:

David Schickler's web site: