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From the Desk of the Dean

Dean

April showers might bring May flowers, but April at RIT brings one of the busiest months of the year. Besides all the hard work going on in the classrooms, April is a month that showcases some big events in the College of Liberal Arts.

One of these events is a special symposium on April 18 on Russian culture, politics, music, and literature entitled "From Russia with Love." Coordinated by Dr. Elena Sommers (English Department), the symposium includes special lectures, musical performances, and poetry readings of Russian origin and influence. Additional symposium details are contained in this newsletter; readers can also learn more by going to http://library.rit.edu/oajournals/index.php/russia.

Another exciting spring program that has attracted a lot of attention is our Digital Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series. This month, we include some insights into the mind of Dr. Rosalind Picard from the M.I.T. Media Lab who spoke on April 3rd. Dr. Picard is a pioneer in affective computing and her research focuses on the use of wearable technology that helps users identify and decipher physical predictors of unhealthy stress in their life.

The student profile this month is Bertin Mboko, who is this year’s COLA Undergraduate Delegate for Commencement. Mboko, who lived in a refugee camp in Gabon, has lived a life fraught with dangers and full of opportunity. He discusses why his life experiences gave him a unique perspective on International Studies, his major, and he imparts some advice to the Class of 2013.

Another April event that you'll want to mark on your calendar is the Communications Undergraduate Research Conference on April 16 in the CIMS building, beginning at 8:30 am. This month also features the Henry J. and Mary Geirin Kearse Awards, on April 19 from 2-4 pm at Webb Auditorium. The Akyuz/Ozmen Award will be presented at the event, which is named in honor of Su Akyuz and Aysegul Ozmen for their award-winning feminist video "Perception". The McKenzie Prize, established in 2006 by a gift from former provost and professor of English Stan McKenzie, recognizes outstanding achievement by a student in a first-year writing course upon review of the student's work in the class.

As always, if you have any questions about any of the content in this newsletter, please feel free to contact me directly at jjwgpt@rit.edu or (585) 475-2447.


Upcoming Events

Conable Film Series   Symposium: From Russia with Love: Literature, Music, Art, Film
Organized by Dr. Elena Sommers (Dept. of English), From Russia with Love is a multifaceted Symposium that aims to support RIT's Strategic Plan which underscores the importance of creating "enhanced opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and global awareness."
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  The Department of Communication
holds its annual Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication on Tuesday, April 16, in CIMS, 8am - 5pm.
  Henry J. and Mary Geirin Kearse Awards
April 19 from 2-4 pm at Webb Auditorium. The Akyuz/Ozmen Award will be presented at the event, which is named in honor of Su Akyuz and Aysegul Ozmen for their award-winning feminist video "Perception". The McKenzie Prize, established in 2006 will also be presented.

Speaker and Student Spotlights

Stanley McKenzie   Speaker Spotlight: Rosalind Picard
Rosalind Picard came to campus as a part of COLA's Digital Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series. Picard, who holds doctorates from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in electrical engineering and computer science, is the founder of affective computing and Affectiva Inc. Read more...
Lyndsey Saunders   Student Spotlight: Bertin Mboko
At RIT and in the College of Liberal Arts, there are students with a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. For Bertin Mboko, his journey has been unique and challenging.
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