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The Globe Goes to the Movies Symposium

Bamboo Room (2650) and Reading Room Center for Campus Life

Organized by Dr. Elena Rakhimova-Sommers (Department of English), The Globe at the Movies Symposium aims to celebrate and reflect upon the rich and multifaceted nature of global film. This event features film screenings and invited talks by film scholars and directors. The public forum format is an opportunity for students and faculty to ask probing questions about the film directors’ vision pertaining to complex issues faced by the rapidly changing global community.

For more information please visit the Symposium website or contact

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Undergraduate / Faculty Reading Series #5: Women's Reading

5pm, Campus Center Reading Room (2nd Floor)

Special Event: “RIT Women Read." Featuring Paulette Swartzfager and Chandra McKenzie. Creative writing students will be featured, and an open mic for RIT women writers will follow.

We look forward to seeing you: great readings, good fun, free food!






Undergraduate / Faculty Reading Series #4

5pm, Cary Collection (Wallace Center 2nd Floor)

The next English Department Faculty / Undergraduate Reading Series will feature student Angela Freeman and Visiting Professor Michael Sarnowski. Join us at the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, on the 2nd floor of the Wallace Center. See you there!


Undergraduate / Faculty Series Reading #3

5:00PM, Campus Center Reading Room

Student William Consagra Francis and Professor Robert Glick will be featured in the third Undergraduate / Faculty Reading Series. Come for the free pizza and awesome readings!


Undergraduate / Faculty Series Readiing #2

5PM, Campus Center Reading Room

The second English Department Undergraduate / Faculty reading will feature Student Nathaniel Mathews as well as Faculty Trent Hergenrader and Gail Hosking. Come for the free pizza and awesome readings!


Undergraduate / Faculty Reading Series

5:00PM, Student Union Reading Room



Welcome to the Inaugural Faculty / Student Reading Series! Six times during the year, we'll pair a faculty creative writer with an undergraduate writer for an awesome and dynamic reading. This month, the readers will be: 

Professor Catherine Faurot


Pizza and drinks will be provided!


"Where Text and Code Collide: The Digital Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series"

Katherine Behar, 8:00pm, 76-1125

Sponsored by the RIT Project for the Digital Humanities, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Gannett Endowment for the Humanities

Katherine Behar is an interdisciplinary new media and performance artist and is Assistant Professor of New Media at Baruch College. Her performances, interactive installations, and videos mix low and high technologies to portray the condition of living sensuously in digital media. Her projects mix low and high technologies, creating hybrid forms that are by turns humorous and sensuous.

Katherine's work appears at festivals, galleries, performance spaces, and art centers worldwide, including UNOACTU in Dresden; Judson Church in New York; The Big Screen Project in New York; Feldman Gallery + Project Space in Portland; De Balie Centre for Culture and Politics in Amsterdam; the Chicago Cultural Center; the Digital Live Art Festival in Leeds; the Swiss Institute in Rome; the National Museum of Art in Cluj-Napoca; and others. Her work has been supported by the Franklin Furnace Fund, the U.S. Consulate General in Leipzig, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Featured Performance Award from the Cleveland Performance Art Festival.

Behar serves as the Digital Fellow at Art Journal, and is a Baruch Faculty Fellow at the Rubin Museum of Art

In addition to her creative work, Behar writes on topics pertaining to embodiment and technology, cyborgian ethics, emerging and obsolete technologies, and feminist media critique. Her writing has been published in Media-N, Parsons Journal for Information Mapping, Visual Communication Quarterly, EXTENSIONS: The Online Journal for Embodied Technology, and in conference proceedings for Digital Arts and Culture, SPIE, and Cyberworlds.

Behar received an MFA in Combined Media from the Department of Art at Hunter College (2009); she holds an MA in Media Ecology from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University (2006), and a BFA in Studio Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000).

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Symposium: From Russia with Love: Literature, Music, Art, Film

8:30 am- 8:30 pm Campus Center Reading Room & Bamboo Room, SAU 1829

Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts, College of Liberal Arts Honors Program,

M&T Bank, and Department of English.

Organized by Dr. Elena Sommers (Dept. of English), From Russia with Love is a multifaceted Symposium that aims to support RIT Strategic Plan which underscores the importance of creating “enhanced opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and global awareness.” The Symposium hopes to facilitate new discussions on Russian politics, philosophy, and art and build lasting cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural connections.

From Russia with Love will include an array of events such as: academic papers, musical performances, a film screening, a stage production of Dostoevsky’s The Grand Inquisitor, and book & poetry readings. Conference proceedings will be published by the RIT Scholarly Publishing Studio.

For full Program, visit the Symposium website


"Where Text and Code Collide: The Digital Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series"

Rosalind Picard, 8:00pm, 76-1125

Sponsored by the RIT Project for the Digital Humanities, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Gannett Endowment for the Humanities

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Laboratory, and leader of the new and growing Autism & Communication Technology Initiative at MIT. She is co-founder, chief scientist and director of Affectiva, Inc., making technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

Picard holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and master's and doctorate degrees, both in electrical engineering and computer science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The author of over two hundred scientific articles and chapters in multidimensional signal modeling, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and affective computing, Picard is an international leader in envisioning and inventing innovative technology.

Picard interacts regularly with industry and has consulted for companies such as Apple, AT&T, BT, HP, i.Robot, and Motorola. She is a popular keynote speaker, and her group's achievements have been featured in forums for the general public such as The New York Times, The London Independent, National Public Radio, Scientific American Frontiers, ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Time, Vogue, Wired, Voice of America Radio, New Scientist, and BBC's "The Works" and "The Big Byte."

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"If All of Rochester Read the Same Book"

3-5pm, Campus Center Reading Room

The RIT English Department is thrilled to participate in the Writers and Books event, "If All of Rochester Read the Same Book."

Luis Albert Urrea is the winner of a Lannan Literary Award and the Christopher Award, and the recipient of an American Book Award, a Western States Book Award and a Colorado Book Award. In 2001, Luis was inducted into the Latino Literary Hall of Fame.

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.

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