2017-2018 Humanities Institute at Stony Book Graduate Student

Public Humanities Fellowship
In Partnership with Humanities New York


Stony Brook University Fellows will be part of a cohort from these eight other New York universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Rochester or Syracuse University.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as a graduate student in a humanities discipline, broadly defined, at one of these nine universities:  The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Rochester or Syracuse University

DURATION & STIPEND: Duration of the Fellowship is August 2017 to June 2018, including mandatory attendance at a two-day orientation on August 21-22, 2017 in New York City. The Fellowship stipend is $8,000, plus a $500 travel and research stipend. The Fellowship is supported by grants from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit an online application, including a resume/CV and two references, by Friday, February 17, 2017.  The link to the application is here: Public Humanities Fellowship Application

Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Friday, April 14, 2017.

CONTACT: Humanities New York Program Officer Adam Capitanio (212-233-1131 / (

ABOUT THE HUMANITIES INSTITUTE AT STONY BROOK: HISB was established in 1987 to promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration across the university.  Through conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, film series, and performances, HISB draws on and stimulates new knowledge at the cutting edge of intellectual life.

HUMANITIES NEW YORK: The mission of Humanities New York (formally known as the New York Council for the Humanities) is to help all New Yorkers become thoughtful participants in our communities by promoting critical inquiry, cultural understanding, and civic engagement. Founded in 1975, the New York Council for the Humanities is the sole statewide proponent of public access to the humanities. Humanities New York is a private 501(c)3 that receives Federal, State, and private funding.


The 2016-2017 HISB Graduate Public Humanities Fellows:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eva Boodman                 

Eva Boodman is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Stony Brook University working on ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, decolonial philosophy, and the philosophy of race. Her dissertation, Structural Ignorance, confronts the issue of ethical and political responsibility for group forms of ignorance. She uses white ignorance as a paradigm case to discuss the ways that dominant, often oppressive norms can be reproduced in the very attempt to escape them. With her public humanities fellowship, she will develop and teach relevant, responsive curricula to be taught at the women's jail on Rikers Island, and will recruit and organize Stony Brook academics.

Lecture: "Wrestling with Knowledge and Power on Rikers Island"
Tuesday, Feburary 28, 2017 at 4:00pm
1008 Humanities

Education is not politically neutral. There is an ongoing discussion in philosophy and social science about how implicit norms and racial biases operate in knowledge production, and how these are inseparable from power structures. This talk discusses how structural racism operates through the norms at work in educational institutions, and uses that framework to discuss the ethical and political complexities of teaching philosophy on Rikers Island.

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Francisco Delgado 

Francisco Delgado is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Stony Brook University, where he is also a W. Burghardt Turner Fellow. His dissertation examines contemporary literature by Asian American authors and Native American authors who use the dystopian genre to address capitalist exploitation, environmental rights, and racial injustice. He holds a B.A. from SUNY New Paltz and an M.A. from Brooklyn College. An enrolled member of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indian tribe of upstate New York, he proposes a project that will construct an interactive website to teach and promote the Seneca language and culture.

Lecture: "Nya:wëh sgë:nö’: Revitalizing the Seneca Indian Language"
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 4:00pm
1008 Humanities

The Seneca language, like many Native languages, is nearing extinction. In this talk, Delgado explores the circumstances that led to this current state of the language before detailing efforts, including his own through the construction of a multimodal website, aimed at preserving the language and culture going forward.

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The 2015-2016 HISB Graduate Public Humanities Fellows:

Tyndall photo in table
Allison Tyndall is a doctoral candidate in English literature at Stony Brook University.  Her dissertation examines the political role of the common people in 16th- and 17th-century history plays.  She holds a B.A. from the University of Toledo and an M.A. from DePaul University.  Allison returned to school to pursue her Ph.D. after working for six years in service-learning programs in Chicago and Ohio, including a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA.  As a Public Humanities Fellow, she will engage university students in developing ESL resources to supplement Shakespearean plays for a high school in the Bronx.
Lecture: “The Human Experience and King Lear: Community within and without the Text”
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:00pm
1008 Humanities

In Shakespeare's famous staging of human suffering, the way people connect to one another is fundamentally redefined after traditional systems of order break down.  Tyndall discusses this reading of community in King Lear and her experiment using the text to connect her Introduction to Drama students to a high school for English Language Learners in the Bronx.

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Sauzade photo in table

Alena Sauzade is a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University specializing in public art and commemoration. Her research focuses on government and community sponsored monuments as well as intentional and unintentional memorials in order to interrogate the various ways that memory functions in the public sphere. Her dissertation, Witnesses to Terror: Nationhood and Trauma in Memorials to Victims of Terrorism, focuses on memorials to victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks in the United States and worldwide. It considers September 11th as a cultural trauma, and explores how the artifacts of the attacks, including World Trade Center steel and Pentagon limestone, have become important symbolic components in the composition of official and vernacular memorials. Alena’s public humanities project will generate an archived community dialogue on 9/11 memorials.

Lecture: "Beyond 'Reflecting Absence,' Long Island Communities and the Commemoration of 9/11"
Thursday, October 18, 2016 at 4:00pm
1008 Humanities

In this talk, Sauzade will chronicle the history 9/11 memorials around Long Island, focusing on how their shared formal characteristics and reoccurring visual and symbolic elements present a collective memory of the attacks that challenges the representation of psychological trauma presented by New York City’s national memorial, “Reflecting Absence.”

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See the full list of the Humanities New York Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellows here.


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