Browsing: Humanities

In 2017, Stony Brook graduate student and ethnomusicologist Jay Loomis and assistant professor of computer science Roy Shilkrot teamed up to secure a grant to create 3D printed replicas of ancient wind instruments. The goal? To give museum-goers an opportunity to interact with rare instruments rather than merely viewing them through a glass enclosure. Loomis had been interested in wind instruments since he was a boy in Wisconsin, when he was struck deeply by flute music wafting from his car radio. After he moved to Long Island, his thirst for playing dovetailed with an insatiable curiosity about indigenous musical instruments. He hoped…

In the wake of what turned out to be a deadly protest over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., some citizens and elected officials across the country are pushing to remove public art, such as statues and monuments, that memorialize the Confederacy. The Charlottesville incident [see President’s statement]  and several others have kindled a nationwide debate over memorializing American history. Michele Bogart, professor of art history in the College of Arts and Sciences and one of Stony Brook’s experts on public art and urban design, took a moment to offer her own perspective on…

“For most of my life, I could never watch scary movies; I’ve always hated them,” says undergraduate researcher Ashley Barry ’18.  “I think it’s so funny that I ended up actually choosing this area to work on for my project.” Ashley, a double major in English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a participant in the 2017 URECA summer research program., has spent the summer watching scary movies, reading theory, and immersing herself in scholarly research for her senior thesis project on: “Feminine Fear: Affect Theory and Horror Films in the Twenty-first Century.” The project developed out of a paper Ashley wrote for…

Project will Help PhD Programs Strengthen their Professional Development and Mentoring Efforts  Stony Brook is among 29 universities chosen to participate in a collective effort to gather and use data about the careers of PhD students and alumni in STEM and humanities fields. PhD Career Pathways is a best practice project of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a national organization that supports graduate education and research. The project brings together a coalition of universities seeking to better understand and support the careers of PhD students and alumni. The research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and…

Department of Art Professor Nobuho Nagasawa recently received the New York City Public Design Commission’s highest honor at the 34th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design, held at City Hall. Professor Nagasawa was honored for her permanent public art “Luminescence,” the installation of which is currently in progress at the newly developed Peninsula, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park on the East River in Queens, New York. Designed to enhance a new public waterfront park situated on approximately 30 acres of prime East River property in Long Island City, “Luminescence” consists of seven sculptures that emulate the seven phases of the moon. Each moon sculpture is cast in white…

Two doctoral students at Stony Brook have embarked on a research mission to bike hundreds of miles to an academic conference in the Midwestern United States. As a way to outflank the carbon footprint of air travel and give meaning to their journey, doctoral students J. Caity Swanson and David Rodriguez are bicycling their way to Detroit, Mich. to attend the 12th biennial conference for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) later this month. Each expects to discover something about what type of impact travel has on perspective. The conference is the major international conference for interdisciplinary work…

Stony Brook history professor Nancy Tomes recently won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for her book challenging the notion that health care should be bought and sold. Nancy Tomes, distinguished professor in the Department of History, was honored with Columbia University’s 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers. (Read excerpt.) The Bancroft Prize, announced March 13, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of American History writing. It is awarded each year by the…

Stony Brook’s video series “5 Questions With …” has released three new interviews with leaders in the field of journalism. Speaking to the importance of journalism in a rapidly changing world are Dean Baquet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Executive Editor of The New York Times; Corey Flintoff, recently retired international correspondent for National Public Radio; and Dan Slepian, an award-winning investigative producer for Dateline NBC and a Stony Brook alumnus. They are featured in thoughtful, compelling interviews, available on a browsable website as well as a YouTube playlist. The ongoing series, part of the “In The Know” offerings created by SBU’s Office…

Jared Farmer, a cultural and environmental historian whose work appeals to lay and academic audiences alike, has been awarded a prestigious 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. Farmer, an associate professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences, will use the $200,000 to complete a creative non-fiction book on the human relationship with long-lived trees and our larger relationship with nature in a time of climate change. “I am bringing together the history of trees and the science of longevity to contemplate the ethics and politics of long-term thinking in the Anthropocene,” said Farmer. “I’m a historian by training, but this…

Stony Brook University and one of its most talented students made history on the weekend of April 21-22 as Ju Hyeon Han became the first blind singer to be cast in a leading role in an American conservatory or university opera production. The production was Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, a challenging work undertaken by Stony Brook Opera and staged at the Staller Center Main Stage on April 22 and 23. Ju Hyeon, who is in her fourth year of a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance degree, took on the major role of Female Chorus, which “speaks”…

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