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Musical Metamorphosis

April 7, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — New York-based composer Nina C. Young writes music characterized by an acute sensitivity to tone and color, manifested in aural images of vibrant, arresting immediacy, according to her artist’s bio. Young serves as assistant professor in the Department of the Arts in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Gregory Pardlo To Speak at McKinney Writing Contest Awards Ceremony April 12

April 6, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo will read from his work while at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on April 12 during the annual McKinney Writing Contest awards ceremony. The program will be held in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Howard P. Isermann Auditorium, beginning at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Set To Host Lecture by Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery

February 14, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — According to Kim Sajet, director of the Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery, it has been suggested that in today’s surveillance culture, anonymity is impossible. Just as every person’s face—like DNA or a thumbprint—is unique, portraiture makes everyone traceable.

Rensselaer Ranks 30TH in the Top 50 Undergraduate Schools To Study Graphic Design in the U.S.

February 9, 2017 - Troy, N.Y. — When it comes to great places to study graphic design, the Department of Communication and Media in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute program keeps hitting the mark. The program is No. 30 on the Animation Career Review list of top graphic design programs in the United States.

POSTPONED: Speakers Forum To Present Ndaba Mandela

January 24, 2017 - NOTE: Due to inclement weather, this event is postponed until fall.

Reaching a Milestone in the Study and Practice of Music at Rensselaer

December 22, 2016 - Troy, N.Y. — For over 160 years, Steinway & Sons has been dedicated to making the finest pianos in the world, setting the “uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value.” According to the organization, every Steinway & Sons grand and upright is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and consummate work of art.

Musica de Profundis: Music that Searches For Meaning While Probing Existential Depths

December 12, 2016 - Rensselaer's annual holiday concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Concert Hall. The program begins at 3 p.m.

Remembering the Sounds of the World’s Most Iconic Deep Listening Pioneer: Pauline Oliveros

November 30, 2016 - Deep Listening is a creative, meditative practice developed by one of America’s most important composers of the 20th and 21st century, Pauline Oliveros, who served as distinguished research professor of music at  Rensselaer. Oliveros passed away on Nov. 24.

Musica Humana: Scientific & Spiritual Exploration of the Impact of Music on the Brain

November 29, 2016 - The Rensselaer campus and local community are invited to a multimedia concert and lecture focused on the links between music and health, sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of the Arts. The event will be held on Dec. 8. 

Exploring the Art of Learning and Playing Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

October 26, 2016 - To raise the performance level of music ensembles, beginning in spring 2017, the Department of Arts  in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences will offer private music lessons for instrumentalists and singers.