Browsing: Humanities

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…

You might say that Wales-born Rachel Schutz has made a science of music. A soprano, Schutz ’07 earned her bachelor of arts degree at Stony Brook as a double major in biology and music, then went on to earn a master’s degree in voice at the Bard College Conservatory of Music in 2009. She then added a master of arts degree in linguistics at the University of Hawaii in 2012 before returning to Stony Brook to pursue a DMA in voice. She completed her first year here last May. Rachel has been performing on stage since she was three years…

A colorful and provocative exhibit at Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery tells the story of Stony Brook’s longtime engagement with classic pop music via a collection of album covers from the library of the university’s radio station, WUSB. As renovation on the Stony Brook Student Union — which houses the campus radio station — approaches, WUSB personnel packed up archives of vinyl and acetate record albums. WUSB disc jockey and Staller Center Outreach Director Paul Newland mentioned to his colleague, Karen Levitov, director and curator of Zuccaire Gallery, that the radio station was temporarily storing the treasured collection for an anticipated move…

The Fencer (Finland) and Between Sea and Land (Colombia) were among the outstanding new independent films honored at the closing ceremonies of the 21st Stony Brook Film Festival, held at Staller Center July 21 through July 30. Film critic John Anderson hosted the Festival’s Closing Night Awards Reception on July 30. Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Festival, welcomed the winning filmmakers, the public and Ed Arentz of Music Box Films. Music Box Films in this year’s festival included The Innocents and the 2016 Closing Night film, A Man Called Ove. The winners were: 2016 Jury Award—Best Feature The Fencer Finland, Estonia, Germany –…

Biology Student Finds a Lab That Makes a Difference in Peoples’ Lives Biology major Louis Susca ’16 was looking for a lab with an interpersonal focus. He found it in Stony Brook’s Center For Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning, where Founding Director Amy Yopp Sullivan leads a workshop designed to enhance the lives of Parkinson’s patients.  Every week during the academic year, Susca assists as a small group of patients experience the benefits of movement, dance and creative thinking. For Susca, studying neurological science means more than just hitting the books. The workshop has taught him the importance of a…

Expanding Tradition — Imagining the Future New Music for Strings, a collaboration between faculty from the Department of Music at Stony Brook University and faculty at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, is a new festival concept that brings together highly skilled performers and composers from both sides of the Atlantic to work with top faculty. The first festival will take place in Denmark on August 23 through August 31, with several graduate students from Stony Brook attending. A preview concert will be held at the Scandinavia House in New York City on Thursday, May 26, at 7:30 pm (visit…