Exploring Social Class as Depicted in Contemporary Media

Book by June Deery examines the social impact of media representations of class

A new book conceived and edited by Professor June Deery examines the role of media, from television and movies to today’s digital platforms, in representing social class. Media and Class: TV, Film, and Digital Culture, published by Routledge, offers a collection of essays written by media scholars that delve into issues of media, class, and politics in Britain, America, and beyond.

Although the idea of class is again becoming politically and culturally charged, the relationship between media and class remains understudied, according to Deery, professor of communication and media...

Rensselaer Partners With Troy Schools To Bring Greenhouse Education to Students

Project aims to engage young people in developing sustainable communities

Earlier this fall, an opening celebration was held to unveil a new greenhouse built over the summer at Troy High School. The greenhouse project—to be used by Troy High School and Troy Middle School students and students participating in the Rensselaer STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program)—is a collaboration between Rensselaer, Troy City School District, and the community. The project is meant to engage young people in developing sustainable communities. It will provide project-based learning opportunities related to sustainable agriculture for RPI STEP students in the Troy City School...

Corridor of Creativity Provides Windows Into HASS

Re-imagined hallway offers glimpse at creative process, projects

The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) has transformed two cinderblock hallways of the Sage Labs into the Corridor of Creativity, a place where visitors can view the latest student projects and catch a glimpse of innovation in action.

Posters, sketches, and other artwork now grace the walls on the first and second floors of Sage Labs. Sculptures occupy strategic spaces, and postings on the “Wall of Opportunity” invite students to collaborate on startups and other ventures. Once-solid walls now include large windows that compel passersby to pause to watch inventors, animators, and designers at work in studios, classrooms, and labs.

For HASS Dean Mary Simoni, one of the most important results of the redesigned space is the interaction it fosters among students from different disciplines.

“Any student can use any space—woodworking shop, 3-D printing lab, game development studios,” she said. “Now, students in science and technology are working side by side with students in sculpture, building a community around creation and discovery. That’s a beautiful thing.”

The Corridor of Creativity has become part of every admissions tour to introduce parents and prospective students to a lesser-known side of Rensselaer. October visitors—including those on campus for Reunion & Homecoming 2017—saw exhibits from classes including Basic Drawing, Intermediate...

Shelnutt Gallery Exhibit Examines Indenture Contract

Papers and artifacts shed light on life in Rensselaerwyck

The Shelnutt Gallery in the Rensselaer Union is hosting an exhibit titled “Amos Fuller’s Indenture on the Manor of Rensselaerwyck.” The exhibit was created by Kasalina Maliamu Nabakooza, who is in her final year of MFA graduate studies at Rensselaer.

Before coming to Rensselaer, Nabakooza was a docent at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo and a historical guide at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut. She earned her undergraduate degree from New York University in comparative literature. She has been a student curator of the Shelnutt Gallery since last fall.


MSE Department Seminar Series Continues November 29

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Low 3051
Description: Prof. Panos A Patsalas -- from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Physics, Greece -- will give a talk on “Conductive Nitrides: Growth Principles, Optical And Electronic Properties, And Their Perspectives in Photonics and Plasmonics." Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.
Contact: Materials Science and Engineering 518-276-6372

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Students Named University Innovation Fellows

Three Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students have been named University Innovation Fellows by the Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school).

ISE Associate Professor to Speak at Cognitive Science Event

On Wednesday, November 15, from noon to 1:30 PM in Sage 4101, David Mendonca, Associate Professor in Industrial & Systems Engineering at Rensselaer, will present "Effective Proposal Writing from the Inside Out."

HASS Events - Bio-Arts Initiatives: HASS/Art_X Research Roundtable

November 15, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Sage 4711

Arts Professor Kathy High will lead a discussion on new initiatives in Bio-Art between CBIS and HASS, and synergies with Art_X and other programs.
Light lunch provided.  Please RSVP to mooree3@rpi.edu by Nov. 10.

New Book Explores Social Class as Depicted in Contemporary Media

A new book conceived and edited by Rensselaer Professor June Deery examines the role of media, from television and movies to today's digital platforms, in representing social class.

Arch Away Semester Offers Undergraduate Research Opportunities

This program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic full-time for a ten-week period during their Arch Away Semester. Awardees will receive a $4,000 stipend. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, March 12.