Browsing: Humanities

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…

Digital media in its many forms has permeated our everyday lives, but a group of 15 students at Stony Brook are being exposed to it in a whole new way. This semester English professors Elyse Graham and Michael Rubenstein are co-teaching an honors undergraduate course, “Digital Media and the Meaning of James Joyce’s Ulysses” — a class that uses new technologies to support different forms of instruction. The course is part of the MACT (Media, Art, Culture, and Technology) program at Stony Brook, which aims to construct and support dialogues on the critical study of media and technology in relation to art…

Novelist, poet, essayist, and philosopher Erica Jong will be the featured guest in the next Writers Speak Wednesdays event, a free author talk and reading open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Jong will speak on Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall. Erica Jong — perhaps best known for her debut novel, Fear of Flying, which sold 27 million copies — writes a feminist consciousness into her literature. Well-known for her role in furthering second-wave feminism through the publication of 23 books, including novels, poetry, and nonfiction, her…

From new plays to interactive performance, Greek tragedy to newsroom comedy, music and dance concerts to puppetry, the Department of Theatre Arts’ inaugural Student New Works Festival is a four-day show that runs from Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1. The festival involves about 50 students in various short works ranging from 15 to 50 minutes in length that take place in five spaces during the four days. “This festival reflects the philosophy of the Theatre Arts Department, which is to help our students develop their individual voice and vision through the practice of making performance,” said faculty organizer and…