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Author Cristina Henríquez will share insights about her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and one of Amazon’s Top 10 Books of the Year. The book is this year’s choice for Stony Brook’s annual First-Year Reading Program. It was selected one of the best books of the year by BookPage, Oprah.com and School Library Journal. The talk will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 4 pm to 5 pm in the Student Activities Center Sidney Gelber Auditorium. A book signing will follow. Space is limited, so please arrive early to guarantee a seat. This event is free…

“The Queer Sphere.” That’s what members of Stony Brook’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LGBTA), a student organization, have lovingly named their new office space on the third floor of the Student Activity Center (SAC). The idea for the name is a spinoff from their old office’s nickname, the “Queer Cube.” While their new office isn’t a sphere in the physical sense (it’s even more cube-like than the original), it’s a welcome sphere of acceptance and positivity on Stony Brook’s campus. “I feel like it’s a place where I can go when I don’t have anything to do and meet my friends here…

The theme of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month at Stony Brook University is “Esta es Nuestra Historia (This is Our Story).” All faculty, staff and students are invited to the 27th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, October 5, from 1 pm to 2:20 pm in the Student Activities Center, Ballroom A. The ceremony includes a keynote presentation by Assistant Professor Lori A. Flores from the Department of History at Stony Brook, who won the 2016 International Latino Book Award. Other highlights during the month include “A Conversation with Cristina Henriquez: The Book of Unknown Americans” on October 19 and…

The School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University is presenting a three-part educational series, “What Ought to Be: Cultural Proficiency and Trans Care Across the Lifespan: Trans 101, Client Engagement and CBT.” These courses can be taken individually or, for a more comprehensive look into this topic, you can attend all three sessions. Licensed social workers can earn four continuing education contact hours per session. Transgender and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) people are those who have a gender identity that is not fully aligned with their sex assigned at birth. They often face widespread discrimination and mistreatment within the healthcare…

Highlighting its commitment to achieving gender equality on campus and across the globe, Stony Brook University co-hosted the UN Women’s HeForShe second anniversary event, welcoming world leaders, activists, change-makers and celebrities. The evening reception was held September 20, 2016 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and co-hosted by SBU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, along with two other IMPACT 10x10x10 Champions: Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland, and Bob Moritz, Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited. “Stony Brook University is committed to be the national leader — a model in gender equality in the United States for colleges and universities,” said President…

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD welcomed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, to deliver a timely and provocative Presidential Lecture on September 12, 2016. “Stony Brook University is not only our partner in gender equality but a true pioneer in its own right in this area,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said. “There aren’t enough universities in the world that have put this issue at the center of their work.” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s talk was followed by a lively discussion between her and President Stanley about achieving gender equality and defeating gender-based discrimination and violence on college campuses and across…

Lori Flores, an assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University, won an ward for Best History Book from the International Latino Book Awards for her first book, Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (Yale University Press, 2016). The International Latino Book Awards were held on September 8 at California State University Dominguez Hills and featured 257 author and publisher honorees from across the United States and from 16 other countries. In the book, Flores analyzes the struggle for civil and labor rights in California’s Salinas Valley from the 1940s to the present. As she…

A quick look at a satellite image of Africa at night reveals the continent’s pressing need for electrical power. Stony Brook University exchange student Yelbi Balima ’18 has big plans to change that situation, beginning with one village, Sanogho, located in his native country, Burkina Faso, in West Africa. During his first semester at SUNY Korea, Yelbi, a technological systems management major specializing in mechanical engineering, delivered an eye-opening presentation to SUNY Korea President Choonho Kim and representatives from Korean power companies. Yelbi’s presentation was so persuasive that the Korean companies are now investing in his project. To make his…

Heather Savino ‘16 enrolled at Stony Brook because of its reputation as a top-notch STEMM school. Inspired by the people she met and the opportunities for activism offered at SBU, Heather changed course and became an agent of change, primarily in the areas of LGBTQ and gender issues. She ended up earning a bachelor of science degree in social welfare and choosing a career path that points toward progress. “If I can implement policies and advance human rights toward equity, I will be able to use the advocacy skills I learned at Stony Brook not only to accept, but also to…

Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond will be on display at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery in Staller Center from September 13 through October 22. Not Ready to Make Nice, a major presentation of the Guerrilla Girls, illuminates and contextualizes the important historical and ongoing work of these highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change. The Guerrilla Girls have been powerfully and consistently active since first breaking onto the art scene in 1985. Appearing only in gorilla masks and assuming the names of dead women artists, the activist group has…

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