Author Michael Gasparino

Julie’s Greenroom, produced and written by Southampton Arts faculty member Emma Walton Hamilton and hosted by her mother, Julie Andrews, made its Netflix premiere on March 17, 2017 to great acclaim. Julie’s Greenroom teaches kids the wonder of the performing arts and the way they enhance our lives. Ms. Julie (played by Julie Andrews, of course) is a theater teacher to five attentive and curious puppet children, a dog, and a duck named Hugo. Over the course of the 13-episode season, Ms. Julie helps the “Greenies” create a musical. The show was first proposed to the pair by The Jim…

Suffolk County businesses are invited to a presentation explaining how they can connect with Stony Brook University and enhance their bottom line. “How to Tap University Resources” will take place Thursday, March 9, 2017 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton, located on 4603 Middle Country Road in Calverton. The event is presented by the Stony Brook University Incubator, Stony Brook University and the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce. Businesses will learn how to bid on business with the University, hire students for internships, recruit SBU students and alumni for full-time jobs or consulting work,…

On January 15 — Martin Luther King Jr.’s actual birthday — writers, activists and community members will come together at Stony Brook Southampton for Writers Resist, a nationwide movement to honor democracy and celebrate the history and promise of a diverse nation. On the same day, hundreds of others in cities across America will be gathering for a “re-inauguration,” an affirmation of their shared commitment to equality and justice. Cosponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton, Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor, Poetry Street, and PEN America, Writers Resist: Teach In/Speak Out will bring together several groups…

Sorting fact from fiction, news from promotion, and fact-based opinion from emotional assertion is the goal of a groundbreaking massive open online course (MOOC) offered by the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens is produced by the Center for News Literacy and its partner, the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) at the University of Hong Kong. Hosted on the online learning platform Coursera, the course will help students develop the critical thinking skills needed to judge the reliability of information regardless of where…

Out of a highly qualified field of seriously motivated competition, Stony Brook Southampton/Killer Films MFA in Film student Nancy Bannon has been selected for an intensive yearlong New York Women in Film and Television workshop, “From Script to Pre-Production (FS2P).” The goal of the FS2P workshop, running from January to June 2017, is to help women make their first narrative feature films. The FS2P workshop, which accepts a maximum of six to eight applicants, presents a curriculum that organizes the process of building presentations, provides mentorship and guest experts, and enables participants to work together as a group, helping one…

The Stony Brook Southampton/Killer Films MFA in Film Program continued its successful year with a best film award and news of two film festival acceptances for faculty member Melissa Bank. MFA in Film degree candidate Bentley Heyman’s short film Kingdom won the Best Experimental Film award at the inaugural Nottingham International Film Festival (NottIFF). Kingdom was developed in the MFA in Film program and workshopped with Jennie Allen and Mercedes Ruehl. Also announced this week, author turned director Melissa Bank’s short film, Siren, has been accepted to two festivals, both in Manhattan in November: the 2016 New York Short Film…

Two world premieres of American films and an expected appearance by screen and stage star Nathan Lane will highlight the 21st Stony Brook Film Festival presented by Island Federal Credit Union, which is screening at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University July 21-30. The festival of new independent films is annually attended by thousands of film lovers and showcases a highly selective compendium of features, documentaries and shorts, curated by the festival’s founder and director, Alan Inkles. In fact, Inkles was able to land the films he wanted for Opening Night and Closing Night, and both screenings will…

Magdalene Brandeis, associate director of the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Film program offered in association with Killer Films, has been invited to The White House in Washington, D.C. for a special March on Washington Film Festival awards ceremony and screening on Wednesday, July 20. Brandeis served as a juror in the Festival’s inaugural Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition this year. Founded in 2013 on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Festival includes 10 days of film screenings, discussions with filmmakers and producers, and panels on the groundbreaking activism of the 1960s, as…

For four decades, writers have made the summer pilgrimage to the Southampton Writers Conference to hone their craft, and while the proximity to the ocean and the presence of literary luminaries like Roger Rosenblatt, Jules Feiffer and Billy Collins have certainly been a draw, what has set the popular conference apart has been its knack for helping attendees achieve their goal. They get work done. “Writers write, and so our first, best hope is that our writers will come away from the conference with fresh work that they’re proud of, new friends with whom to share the writer’s life, and new…

Roger Rosenblatt, professor in the Southampton MFA program and a Stony Brook University Distinguished Professor of English and Writing, has been awarded the President’s Medal by the Chautauqua Institution. Given for one’s body of work, other recipients include Sandra Day O’Connor, David McCullough, E.O. Wilson, and Rita Moreno. Chautauqua Institution president Tom Becker presented Professor Rosenblatt with the medal on June 28 in front of a standing ovation of 7,000 people. Dr. Rosenblatt is the author of six off-Broadway plays and 15 books, published in 13 languages. His published works include Kayak Morning, Unless It Moves the Human Heart, Making Toast, Beet,…

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