COLA Connections Newsletter: November 2014

Events Calendar

Upcoming College of Liberal Arts events for the months of November and December. Please contact the Office of the Dean at (585) 475-2063 with any questions.


                RIT Jazz Ensembles in Concert

Director Mark Collins presents the Jazz Lab and the RIT Jazz Ensemble in an exciting blend of contemporary and classic jazz. 

Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Place: Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union

Cost: Free


                RIT Concert Band

Under the direction of Dean Davis, the RIT Concert Band presents an enjoyable afternoon of concert band music.

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Place: Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union

Cost: Free


                Advent Lessons & Carols Service

The RIT Orchestra, along with the RIT Singers and Chamber Singers, presents scripture readings with stirring musical reflections. 

Come join us, and begin the holiday season in a joyful and inspiring way! 

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Place: Allen Interfaith Memorial Chapel, Student Alumni Union

Cost: Free


     Thou Art…, Will Give.. A Photographic Essay of America’s First           Penitentiary by Eric T. Kunsman

Artist Talk by Eric T. Kunsman 

Haunting reflections from America’s first penitentiary in RIT Dyer Arts exhibition 
Eric T. Kunsman’s revealing photographs focus on Warden’s logbooks from the 1830s 

Eastern State Penitentiary (1829-1971) in Philadelphia, Pa.—once the most famous and expensive prison in the world—stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. 

During his 362 visits to the site, Eric T. Kunsman photographed America’s first penitentiary in a revealing essay featuring100 large format photographs on display in an exhibition spanning 11 years of work. “Thou Art . . . Will Give . . .” will be showcased from Nov. 21 through Jan. 21, in Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. 

According to Kunsman, the prison architecture designed by John Haviland was based on the state’s Quaker penal code instituted by William Penn, where each man or woman had to have a separate cell because isolation would give them time to ponder their mistakes and make peace with God. Famous inmates included two notorious criminals—bank robber Willy Sutton and gangster Al Capone. 

“The whole idea of the word penitentiary comes from the word penance,” explained Kunsman. “I became intrigued with Eastern State Penitentiary after reviewing Warden’s logbooks from the 1820s and 1830s at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. Reproductions of these pages will be on display during the exhibition as they are the basis for the body of work. 

A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Kunsman is a photographer, book artist, lecturer in NTID’s Visual Communications Studies Department and adjunct professor in RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, and owner of Booksmart Studio in Rochester, N.Y. 

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Place: Dyer Arts Center, LBJ Building (#60)

Cost: Free


     RIT Holiday Concert

Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with RIT’s wide-ranging and talented music ensembles: Jazz Ensembles, RIT Singers & Chamber Singers, “Agbekor” (RIT's African Percussion Ensemble), A Cappella groups, and more!

           Time:  7:00pm-9:00pm 

           Place: Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union

           Cost: Free


                Department of Psychology Senior Project Poster Session

Students from the Department of Psychology will present their final capstone projects.

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Place: Vignelli Center, University Gallery, Booth Hall (#7A)

Cost: Free