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Humanities programs to benefit from $2 million commitment from alumnus

Humanities programs to benefit from $2 million commitment from alumnus

April 18, 2016

Joseph F. Cunningham ’67 and his wife, Andrea, have created an endowed fund to support research, lectures, and public forums within the humanities.

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Conversations on linguistics and politics with Noam Chomsky

Conversations on linguistics and politics with Noam Chomsky

April 18, 2016

Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics, emeritus, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the University’s Distinguished Visiting Humanist. Chomsky, an esteemed linguist, philosopher, political commentator, and activist, will meet with students and faculty this week. In advance of his visit, Jeffrey Runner, Chair of the Department of Linguistics, and Theodore Brown, Professor of History and Charles E. and Dale L. Phelps Professor of Public Health and Policy, talked with Chomsky about his seminal works in linguistics and politics.

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Q&A: Poland’s evolving democracy

Q&A: Poland’s evolving democracy

April 13, 2016

Urszula Gacek, consul general of the Republic of Poland in New York, will discuss the transformation of local government in Poland and its integration of public-private partnership, participatory budgeting, and civil society.

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Generations join forces to bring digital archive to life

Generations join forces to bring digital archive to life

April 13, 2016

The 19th-century life and times of William Henry Seward–governor, senator, secretary of state, husband, and father–move into the digital age as a team of students, professors, librarians, and Rochester senior citizens transcribes a one-of-a-kind collection of family correspondence.

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Witnessing history: Memories of the Lincoln assassination

Witnessing history: Memories of the Lincoln assassination

April 12, 2016

On April 14, 1865, Albert Barrett, a member of the University’s Class of 1869, was in Ford’s Theater, celebrating his birthday two days before. His seat in the balcony box immediately opposite the president afforded him a clear view of events

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Q&A: The man who invented Dothraki

Q&A: The man who invented Dothraki

April 7, 2016

Linguist David Peterson, best known for creating the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones, will discuss the craft of creating new languages at a talk April 13.

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Parting words: Leave-taking during the Renaissance

Parting words: Leave-taking during the Renaissance

March 29, 2016

As this year’s keynote speaker for the Ferrari Humanities Symposia, literary critic Jane Tylus will outline some of her new ways of thinking about how artists and others in early modern Europe depicted rituals of separation in a public talk, “Saying Good-bye in the Renaissance: Leave-Taking as a Work of Art,” on April 5.

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Race, sex, and Allied power relations during WWII

Race, sex, and Allied power relations during WWII

March 29, 2016

Mary Louise Roberts talk, “The Leroy Henry Case: Sexual Violence and Allied Relations in Great Britain, 1944,” takes place on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 5 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room.

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Can a computer tell if you’re drinking while tweeting?

Can a computer tell if you’re drinking while tweeting?

March 21, 2016

Computer science graduate student Nabil Hossain and his collaborators have taught computers to analyze tweets about drinking to determine if people were actually drinking at the time they were tweeting and if they were tweeting from home or some other location.

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