Special Collections sponsors several readings and lectures by local and visiting authors, performers, and scholars each semester. The programs encompass a variety of disciplines including the sciences, arts, and the humanities. Featured speakers have included Louise Glück, the Poet Laureate of the United States, and conservationist Richard Leakey. The Melville Library Author Series provides Stony Brook University’s faculty with a forum to discuss recently published scholarship. A calendar of events and announcements of new acquisitions are available online and in print format.