Browsing: Humanities

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”…

Stony Brook’s video series “5 Questions With …” has released four new video interviews highlighting the importance of the arts and humanities in higher education. This month’s luminaries include distinguished poet Billy Collins, Native American performer Ty Defoe, award-winning actor Julian Sands and acclaimed novelist Meg Wolitzer. 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 of Marketing and Communications,  spotlights the university’s role in global thought leadership. Interview subjects are affiliated with or have visited the campus for student…

Abigail Wolfenberger ’17 prepares for a career in videography When she first came to Stony Brook University, Abigail Wolfenberger identified the pre-pharmacology program as her area of interest. But she struggled with her courses, and by sophomore year had fallen so far behind in her studies that she ended up on academic probation and had to apply for a conditional reinstatement. Because she always loved to write, she decided to rethink her career path and apply to the School of Journalism. When she got her first “A” in a multimedia course, she knew she had made the right choice. After…

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…

Naomi Wolf returns to the College of Arts and Sciences this semester to present “The Public Intellectual” workshops, designed to enable students and faculty to articulate their expertise when in public settings. These workshops reprise the first Public Intellectual series, adding more hands-on coaching and writing in-session. Through an invitation from Dr. Sacha Kopp, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Wolf first came to the Stony Brook campus in 2015, beginning an experiment in educating academics on how to communicate in such a way that their research can inform a broad audience — but without “dumbing down” their arguments. The collaboration…

A Stony Brook University-led study on the history and spelling of English suffixes demonstrates that the spelling of English words is more orderly and self-organized than linguistics have previously thought. The finding, details of which are published in the journal Language, is an indication that the self-organization of English occurred even though the language has never been regulated or governed through the centuries. Unlike France, Italy and other countries where national academies oversee the written language, no English-speaking country has such an academy. Yet, in the paper, “Self-Organization in the Spelling of English Suffixes: The Emergence of Culture out of Anarchy,” the research…

The Department of Theatre Arts will present a panel discussion, “Using Theatre as a Tool for Social Justice” on Thursday, March 9, at 8 pm in Staller Center, Theatre 1. This dynamic discussion will center on using Theatre Arts as a tool for social justice and as an agent for change in audiences’ perception and experience of events and issues. Speakers include: Emily Joy Weiner, co-founder and artistic director of Off Broadway’s Houses on the Moon Theater Company Patrick Blake, artistic director of Rhymes Over Beats and Off-Broadway producer; produced “The Exonerated,” a play that in 2002 was a key…