About the Charles B. Wang Center
A Visionary Gift
The Charles B. Wang Center, a celebration of both Asian and American cultures, is one of the most beautiful and inventive buildings given to any university. Here you'll experience spaces of surprising traditional beauty juxtaposed with the latest in communications technology. Filled with light and air, graced by gardens inside and out, the Center offers spaces suitable for conferences, performances, exhibitions, and celebrations.
Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny, president of Stony Brook University, has worked closely with Charles B. Wang to make the Center a reality. “Charles’s unique vision,” she says, “has created a truly remarkable gift. It will inspire many journeys of the mind and the imagination, help us discover and share each other’s cultural treasures,and add a vibrant new dimension to Long Island.”
The Charles B. Wang Center initiates and collaborates with academic departments, student groups, community organizations, and individuals in presenting the public with a multifaceted, intellectually sound, and humane understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures, and their relationship to other cultures. The Wang Center is also a presenting venue for events of cultural, professional and intellectual calibre that are initiated by and involve the various components of Stony Brook University, Long Island communities and organizations as well as other regional, national, and international constituencies. The Wang Center is non-partisan and non-sectarian, and upholds the values of pluralism, democracy, and equality.
"Celebrating Asian and American
The Charles B. Wang Center is designed as a vital space for multi-disciplinary and multicultural dialogues.
The 120,000-square-foot building was officially presented to Stony Brook University by Charles B. Wang on October 22, 2002. It was the largest single private gift ever received by the State University of New York 64-campus system.The Wang Center is used for conferences, art exhibits, film festivals, lectures, seminars, and performances. It is open to all Stony Brook students, faculty, and staff as well as the surrounding community.
It includes exhibit spaces, an interdenominational chapel, an Asian food court, a theater, two lecture halls, a series of interior and exterior pools and terraces, and more than 35,000 square feet of sprawling gardens. A fiber optic network will enable students and professors at Stony Brook to exchange ideas across the world in real time, regardless of their physical location.
The Wang Center is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with Asian food available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Guided tours are available by appointment. Please call 631-632-6320 to schedule a tour.