Upcoming STS events

Archive 2013

This presentation explores changes to New York State's technologies of state administration and their impacts on labor, inequality, governance and wealth.

Event Details
Panel: "Updates on Water Research"
Mother's, Rensselaer Union
April 16, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Film & Discussion: "The E-Waste Challenge"
Mother's, Rensselaer Union
April 16, 2013 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Talk: Igor Vamos, "Political Design for a Sustainable Future"
Auditorium, CBIS
April 16, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Film & Discussion: "Garbage Warrior' & The Challenge of Green Building
Mother's, Rensselaer Union
April 18, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Film & Discussion: "Darwin’s Nightmare," Globalization and Sustainability
Mother's, Rensselaer Union
April 18, 2013 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Talk: Pauline Oliveros, "Listening In and Out"
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 18, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Film: "Chemical Valley"
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 18, 2013 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Poster Session
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 19, 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Talk: Gavin Schmidt, "What are climate models good for?"
EMPAC Concert Hall
April 19, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Film: "Reach of Resonance"
EMPAC Studio 2
April 19, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Earth Week Open House
EMPAC Evelyn's Cafe
April 20, 2013 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Workshop: “Green Building for Elementary Students”
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 20, 2013 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Workshop: “Secondary School Frack Out!”
EMPAC Studio 2
April 20, 2013 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel: “Updates on Shale Gas Research: A Systems Approach”
EMPAC Studio 2
April 20, 2013 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Film: “Eco-Film Medley for Kids”
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 20, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Michael Mascarenhas, Associate Professor of STS and author of Where the Waters Divide, will be interviewed this Saturday (April 20th) at 12:30 PM on an internationally syndicated NPR show hosted by Sylvia Richardson. Latin Waves is a weekly radio program about community that has featured such public intellectuals as Noam Chomsky, Derrick Jensen, Vandana Shiva, Silvia Federici and others who are working to create a society based on justice (racial, gender, ecological and cultural) and principles of fairness and equity.


Event Details
Film: “Hoot” – An Eco-Film for Kids
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 20, 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Workshop: Connecting Sustainability Educators
Russell Sage Laboratory, Room 5101
April 21, 2013 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Workshop: Guinean Drum and Dance for Children
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 21, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Workshop: Mask-Making for Biodiversity
EMPAC Studio Beta
April 21, 2013 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Performance: World Drum Performance
Prospect Park
April 21, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Parade: Musical Procession
Prospect Park to EMPAC
April 21, 2013 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Performance: Susie Ibarra, "Circadian Rhythms"
EMPAC Concert Hall
April 21, 2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

During the decades of its operation in Taiwan, U.S.-based Radio Corporation of America (RCA) routinely dumped chlorinated organic solvents into the same aquifer that supplied its employees with drinking and bathing water. Many workers believe that their cancers and other grave illnesses are caused by chronic exposure to the toxic substances, claims the corporation hotly denies. A social movement composed of workers, activists, public-health professionals, lawyers, and members of the STS community has now succeeded in bringing the case to court. Prof. Hsin-Hsing Chen will discuss the scientific, legal and political dimensions of this controversy and its historic litigation.

Event Details
"Pandora's Promise" kicks off RPI Sustainability Film Series
Darrin Communications Center room 308
October 6, 2013 4:00 PM - August 30, 2013

Pandora's Promise, an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is the first offering of this year's Sustainability Film Series at RPI.  Starting with the Fukushima disaster, the film asks viewers to rethink nuclear power – in positive terms.

Event Details
Struggles Over the Geo-Body Politic: Imaging Disaster in Sri Lanka
Sage Lab 3510
October 16, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Vivian Choi, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society for the Humanities and the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell, explores how national politics can be both made and unmade through the production of images of the tsunami and the war.

Event Details

The presentation by Professor Kim Fortun (Acting Head, Department of Science and Technology Studies) will describe the material and discursive conditions of  “late industrialism” -- a historical moment characterized by deteriorating industrial infrastructure, landscapes dotted with toxic waste ponds, bodies burdened by chemical exposures, climate instability, exhausted paradigms and disciplines, and incredible imbrication of commercial interest in knowledge production, in legal decisions, in governance at all scales.

Event Details
Film Series Fall 2013 RPI Sustainability Film Series
Darrin Communication Center, Room 308
November 3, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Arid Lands tells the story of the region around the Hanford Nuclear Reservnation in eastern Washington state, where plutonium was produced for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki at the end of World War II.   Arid Lands has been screened at 24 film festivals, and has won eleven awards.

Event Details

How does a disaster end?  Is it when the waters recede, the homes are rebuilt, when the relief funds stop? Disaster experts present one answer to this question through the conduct of expert investigations and technical post-disaster studies.  For scientists and engineers working on risk the "learning" from a disaster helps bring about closure. Scott Gabriel Knowles, author of The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America,  examines the politics of expert disaster inquiry using the cases of September 11 and 3.11, and considers the difficulties in "learning lessons" from a disaster.

Event Details