Browsing: Humanities

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…

Traditional academic silos mean little to Phillip Baldwin, an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts in the College of Arts & Sciences who guides his students toward innovative thinking that merges science, technology, engineering and mathematics with music, film, theater and art. “What I see in a lot of STEM students is this thirst to get beyond sheer memorization because the human mind loves a healthy diet of innovation, novelty, curiosity and things that aren’t quite in the scientific method,” Baldwin said. Some call it “STEM to STEAM” – adding an “A” for art to the STEM curriculum -…

College of Arts and Sciences junior Alexandra Zigomalas ’18 is “proud to represent the humanities side of Stony Brook University.” A history/art history double major and writing minor, Alexandra has been honored with a prestigious writing internship with the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The nation’s oldest academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa is devoted to fostering the liberal ideal in education and encouraging the spirit of critical inquiry. Alexandra was strongly recommended for this internship through Professor Richard Gerrig, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Stony Brook chapter, as well as professors in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. As…

Department of Music alumnus Andrew Schulman ‘74 believes his time at Stony Brook University led him down a transformational path. “I could easily write a 5,000-word article on how much I loved being a student at Stony Brook,” Andrew says. “The education that developed my career as a musician, and now a medical musician and author, are marked by the importance of those years.” Andrew’s interest in music started at an early age, beginning with some classical experience that soon fueled an interest in rock and blues. Growing up on Long Island, NY, he decided to attend Stony Brook University,…

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…