Browsing: College of Arts & Sciences

Rowan Ricardo-Phillips, an associate professor in the Department of English at Stony Brook University, has won a 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award from The Cleveland Foundation for his second book of poetry, Heaven. This is the only national juried prize for literature that confronts racism and examines diversity. “Lyric steeped in beauty, in exhilaration; when Phillips writes about jazz or the Wu-Tang Clan, the quotidian is lifted onto a plain as mythical and fateful as the battlefields of Troy,” said poet Rita Dove, one of the jurors who helped select this year’s award winners. Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher…

Stony Brook University received “The 5+ Club” Award from the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC), a flagship education program of the American Physical Society (APS). “The 5+ Club” is an elite group of institutions that has graduated five or more physics teachers in a given year. Stony Brook graduated eight highly qualified physics teachers in the academic year 2014-15. To put this number in perspective, fewer than 20 institutions in the United States graduate five or more physics teachers in most years. In their 2014 report, the American Association for Employment in Education found that the teacher shortage in physics…

Gregory Rosenthal, who earned his PhD in History from Stony Brook University in 2015, has been awarded the Rachel Carson Prize for Best Dissertation from the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH). As noted by the Rachel Carson Prize committee, Rosenthal’s dissertation, “Hawaiians who Left Hawai’i: Work, Body, and Environment in the Pacific World, 1786-1876,” is a “very compelling narrative, which brings a new insight into the meanings of circulation and the making of economies and environments. It excels across the categories used in our evaluation: writing, research and documentation, analysis, and contribution to the field.” Rosenthal is an assistant…

Associate Professor of English Eric Haralson received a grant from the Empowerment Charitable Trust to oversee a thee-year project, “Global Citizenship and World Literature,” which will feature a guest-lecture series, development of model courses and teaching materials — including an expansive new anthology of international writings and a website dedicated to global consciousness-raising resources — student-organized global-activism events, and an interdisciplinary faculty/student advisory group. The project has a budget of $700,000. The goal of the Global Citizenship project is to help Stony Brook’s talented, intellectually curious students become more aware of the dynamic globalized world we inhabit and more dedicated to applying what they learn to urgent global-change efforts. Working with the…

Author, social critic and political activist Naomi Wolf, a visiting lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, will share her experience of engaging the public in thoughtful discourse and contributing one’s expertise in non-academic settings. She is giving a four-part workshop and seminar, “The Public Intellectual,” in the Humanities Building, Room 1006, at 4 pm on the following dates: September 22, October 13, October 26 and November 18. Academics have deep knowledge connected to many of today’s issues, from pharmaceuticals, race relations and global warming to public health, gender, sexual orientation and gay marriage. In…

Heaven, a book of poetry by Rowan Ricardo Phillips, an associate professor in the Department of English at Stony Brook University, is a contender on the National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry. National Book Awards finalists will be announced on October 14, and winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on November 18. “It’s a great honor to be included among such marvelous poets on the longlist for the National Book Award for Poetry,” said Phillips. “I put everything I had into Heaven, and it’s a book that means the world to me. You never know when you…

High school sophomores and juniors excited about summer school? Exactly. Stony Brook is steadfast in its commitment to help current and prospective students from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed. That dedication does not stop when summer arrives. During the week of July 5 through July 10, 48 tenth- and eleventh-graders participated in Stony Brook University’s new Pre-College Summer Institute, run through the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). This free program is aimed at inspiring first-generation students that might not otherwise consider college. High school counselors helped identify talented students, and Stony Brook faculty gave their time to offer classes. The program included students from four high-needs…

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