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Dr. Eddie Ade Knowles


    RPI has a strong program and deep history of music and arts education. In addition to being the home of EMPAC - where we sit today - their School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences provides an imaginative and distinctive approach to Rensselaer’s 200-year old founding mission "to apply science to the common purposes of life." Alan - RPI also has numerous music, dance, and arts clubs - including but not limited to - ballroom dance, street dance, choir, a cappella, improv comedy, sketch comedy, orchestra, pep band, graphic design and public speaking!

Joe - Here to tell us more about the arts at RPI is Dr. Eddie Ade Knowles. In 2011, after 34 years of service at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Eddie Ade Knowles, vacated the position of Vice President for Student Life and Adjunct faculty to accept a full-time appointment as Professor of Practice in the Arts.

Alan - Since that time, Professor Knowles has increased his teaching of African, Afro-Cuban, and New World Percussion, in Rensselaer’s Department of the Arts, while leading Ensemble Congeros, a credit bearing percussion group, founded in 2004, and comprised of Rensselaer alums and current students dedicated to the study of African, Afro-Cuban, and New World music.

Dr. Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the University at Albany. He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program, for almost 12 years, highlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. Dr. Chartock also appears each week on The Media Project and The Roundtable and offers commentary on Morning Edition, weekdays at 7:40 a.m..
Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.