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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…

The University Orchestra, conducted by Susan Deaver, will present a spring concert on Staller Center’s Main Stage Tuesday, May 3, at 8 pm. The Orchestra will perform Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 and Villa-Lobos Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra. Saxophonist Daniel Minogue, winner of the 2016 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Concerto Competition, will perform the Villa Lobos Fantasia. Minogue ’16 is a performer and composer of classical, jazz, rock and other modern music. He has performed with various orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber ensembles, popular music groups and jazz ensembles in New York and Virginia. At Stony…

Stony Brook University graduate student Joseph Bohigian has organized a concert featuring music by Stony Brook Composers on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 pm at The Firehouse Space in Brooklyn. The show is part of the monthly Composer’s Voice Concert Series and will include music by Stony Brook faculty, current students and alumni. Works will be performed by Stony Brook students and by professional New York musicians. Bohigian is a composer, percussionist and pianist whose music has been heard around the world in Germany, Portugal, Armenia, Brazil and across the United States. “Stony Brook is very open and encouraging to composers…

Centuries ago in Japan, taiko (big) drums, were used to motivate troops on the battlefield. Today Taiko is used in peaceful Shinto and Buddhist rituals, like those celebrating Earth Day at Stony Brook’s annual Earthstock festival taking place this year on April 22. With help from her fellow enthusiasts, biology Professor Joan Miyazaki began building taiko drums in 1998 and soon members of Soh Daiko, New York’s premier taiko group, and other taiko leaders came to campus to train Stony Brook’s fledgling Taiko Tides club member the essence of this art. Miyazaki remained the Taiko Tides advisor until 2002, at which…

See the Department Theatre Arts’ presentation of Shakepeare’s comedy “As You Like It” at Staller Center April 14 through April 17. The Stony Brook adaptation, directed by John Lutterbie and Amy Cook, features cutting-edge innovative technology and pop music to tell an updated story of love and gender dynamics. “We are a research-driven university, so it stands to reason that our Theatre Arts Department is also research driven,” said Department Chair John Lutterbie. “The themes that Shakespeare uses are timeless, but sometimes the language makes those ideas less accessible to our students. Our script has been updated through workshops with students,…

Rowan Ricardo-Phillips, an associate professor in the Department of English at Stony Brook University, has won a 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award from The Cleveland Foundation for his second book of poetry, Heaven. This is the only national juried prize for literature that confronts racism and examines diversity. “Lyric steeped in beauty, in exhilaration; when Phillips writes about jazz or the Wu-Tang Clan, the quotidian is lifted onto a plain as mythical and fateful as the battlefields of Troy,” said poet Rita Dove, one of the jurors who helped select this year’s award winners. Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher…

Stony Brook University’s artists-in-residence, the Calidore String Quartet, will perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, May 10, at 8 pm. This concert marks the quartet’s Carnegie Hall debut performance. The quartet includes Jeffrey Myers, violin; Ryan Meehan, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola; and Estelle Choi, cello. At the May 10 concert they will perform Mozart, String Quartet K. 575; Hindemith, String Quartet No. 4 op. 22; and Mendelssohn, String Quartet op. 80. For tickets, please visit carnegiehall.org or call (212) 247-7800. About the Calidore String Quartet Formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles…

Beyond Sacred — an interview-based theatre production exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City — comes to the Charles B. Wang Center Theater on Wednesday, April 6, at 6 pm. The five cast members vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City, at a time of increasing Islamophobia. Participants come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and include young men and women that reflect a wide range of Muslim identities, including those who have converted to Islam; those who were raised Muslim, but…