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September 24

tejas dancerTejas–Luminous
by Malini Srinivasan and Dancers
Tejas-Luminous invokes the atmosphere of the morning, afternoon, dusk, and evening through the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam. Dancer and choreographer, Malini Srinivasan integrates Yoga as well as the Kerala art forms Mohiniyattam and Kudiyatta into her new choreography for traditional Bharatanatyam dance. Carnatic music, along with new music by Ilari Kaila, accompany the dancers, providing a soundscape of sublime melodies and haunting harmonies in a sensory feast that will please Indian dance aficionados and delight those who have never experienced it. Flier »

Thursday, September 24, 7:30 pm, Wang Center Theater

October 17
khoomeiKhoomei Taiko Ensemble
Mongolian Music with Japanese drumming
Born out of collaborations in New York City between Mongolian and Japanese American musicians, Khoomei Taiko Ensemble searches for and creates cultural links between Mongolia, the United States, and Japan through music. Easily transitioning between traditional Mongolian long and Japanese Minyo folk melodies to freeform jazz-inspired improvisations, the Khoomei Taiko Ensemble use the morin khuur (horsehead fiddle), Mongolian jaw harp, khoomei (throat singing), long song, matgaal (praise) songs, Japanese flutes and taiko (drums) to emphasize the similarities between Japanese and Mongolian traditions and bring both into the future together.
Co-sponsored with the Japan Center of Stony Brook.
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Tickets: $35 for VIP; $20 for General; $15 for Seniors; $10 for Students
Reserved seating for all VIP ticket holders. Reservations highly recommended. Please reserve your tickets by e-mailing or call (631) 632-4400.

Saturday, October 17, 8:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

Khoomei Taiko Ensemble Drumming Workshop
Tickets: $25 (20% discount to VIP ticket holders)
Saturday, October 17, 12:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

November 19
Yes Arabs Can!
A Night of Comedy with Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid

Two of the founders of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival come to the Wang Center to make you laugh with their insight and wit. Watch a clip »

Born in New Jersey, Dean Obeidallah's comedy comes in large part from his unique background of being the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Dean, an award-winning comedian has appeared on ABC’s “The View,” Comedy Central’s “Axis of Evil” Comedy special and is the co-creator and co-producer of Comedy’s critically acclaimed Internet series “The Watch List,” featuring a cast of all Middle Eastern-American comedians performing stand up and sketch comedy.

maysoonMaysoon Zayid is an actress and professional stand-up comedian, who received her BFA in acting from Arizona State University. Maysoon has performed comedy in top New York clubs, including The Improv, Caroline's, Gotham, and Stand-Up NY, and has toured her stand-up act extensively in both the USA and abroad. Maysoon was the first comedian to perform standup live in Palestine, performing in Nazareth, Haifa, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Jerusalem.

saadOpening Act by Saad Sarwana
Saad grew up in Pakistan and moved to Canada for college and eventually the US where he completed a graduate degree in physics at Stony Brook. He 's a professional physicist and a published scientist, and still works in Superconductivity. But he continues to make people laugh as "Pakistan's #1 Comic" and the “Wacky Packy.” Saad will have you rolling in laughter as he breaks stereotypes while talking about physics, racial profiling, and being a Pakistani-Muslim living in the US.
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Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater


Port Jefferson Documentary Series
Presented by The Greater Port Jefferson Northern Brookhaven Arts Council

September 21
afghan starAfghan Star
In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop Idol has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series "Afghan Star" and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation's favorite singer. The organizers, Tolo TV, believe with this programme they can "move people from guns to music." But will they attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and traditional nation? (87 minutes, Pashtu/Dari with English subtitles, 2009) Watch a clip »

Guest Speaker: Naheed Bahram from Women for Afghan Women
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Monday, September 21, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

October 26
the betrayalThe Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
A Lao prophecy says, "A time will come when the universe will break, piece by piece, the world will change beyond what we know." That time had come for the small country by 1973, at which point the United States had dropped three million tons of bombs on Laos in the fight to overcome the North Vietnamese, more than the total used during both world wars. The Betrayal takes us through Thavisouk Phrasavath's youth, his escape from persecution and arrest in Laos, his family's reunion and their journey as immigrants to America, and the second war they had to fight on the streets of New York City. (96 Minutes, English/Lau with English subtitles, 2008) Watch a clip »

Guest Speakers: Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath, Co-Directors / Writers. Download flier »

Monday, October 26, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

November 2
yodockYodok Stories
Yodok is one of the many concentration camps in today's North Korea where an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 are imprisoned under the worst possible conditions, including systematic torture, starvation, and murder. A small group of people who escaped from Yodok to South Korea decide to make an extraordinary and controversial musical about their experiences. Despite death treats and many obstacles, Yodok Stories becomes a tour de force for this ensemble of refugees and offers them a possibility to talk about their experiences and inspire others to protest the existence of the camps. (83 minutes, Korean/English with English subtitles, 2008) Watch a clip »
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Monday, November 2, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

Korean Horror Film Series

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October 22

two sistersA Tale of Two Sisters
Two young sisters recovering from an unnamed trauma must face a mysterious past in this excellent South Korean shocker, a worldwide hit upon its release and based on an old Korean fairy tale. Equal parts drama, mystery, and ghost story, A Tale of Two Sisters is a richly complex and challenging cinematic treat. (115 minutes, Korean with English subtitles, 2003). Watch a clip»
Introduction by Hongkyung Kim, AAS Department, and by Matthew A. Bezdek, President of SBU's Cinematography Intrest Club. Q&A to follow. Co sponsored by SBU's Cinematography Interest Club and The Graduate Student Organization.

Thursday, October 22, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

October 29
whisperingWhispering Corridors
Whispering Corridors is part of the explosion in Korean cinema following the liberalization of censorship at the end of the country's military dictatorship, and makes a strong social commentary on authoritarianism and conformity in the harsh South Korean education system. (105 minutes, Korean with English subtitles, 1998). Watch a clip»
Introduction by Hongkyung Kim, AAS Department, and by Matthew A. Bezdek, President of SBU's Cinematography Intrest Club. Q&A to follow. Co sponsored by SBU's Cinematography Interest Club and The Graduate Student Organization.

Thursday, October 29, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

sitaOctober 20
Sita Sings the Blues
The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever ToldSita is a Hindu goddess and a dutiful wife who follows her husband Rama on a 14 year exile, only to be kidnapped by an evil king from Sri Lanka, in India's epic the Ramayana. In a delightful animated adaptation, Sita Sings the Blues parallels the director's life to the classic epic when her husband breaks up their marriage via email from India. Narrated by three hilarious Indonesian shadow puppets with Indian accents, this ancient tragedy and modern comedy features musical numbers and a cast of hundreds: flying monkeys, evil monsters, gods, goddesses, warriors, sages, and winged eyeballs. (USA, 82 minutes, English, 2008) Watch a clip»

Discussion with Director Nina Paley, Actor Aseem Chhabra, and Actor Sanjeev Javeri following the film. Download flier »

Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

November 17
divyaHiding Divya
In Hiding Divya, writer/director Rehana Mirza tackles the taboo of mental illness in the South Asian community. Mirza's powerhouse feature film debut provides a rare, realistic, and poignant glimpse into the lives of three generations of women: the bipolar matriarch Divya Shah (played by revered actress Madhur Jaffrey); her estranged daughter Linny (starring former Miss USA India, Pooja Kumar); and Linny's 16-year-old daughter, Jia (newcomer Madelaine Massey), whose emotional turmoil is buried under a veil of secrecy. Combining the deft humor of Mirza's award-winning shorts with the philosophical twists of her acclaimed stage plays, Hiding Divya tells a story of denial, shame, guilt and, most of all, love. (2006, 88 minutes, USA, English)

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Introduction and discussion with Director Rehana Mirza, Producer Rohi Mirza Pandya, and Actress Madhur Jaffrey

rehanaRehana Mirza is a screenwriter, playwright and director. Hiding Divya marks her feature film debut. Mirza, 29, is co-founder (with her sister Rohi Mirza Pandya) and Artistic Director of Desipina & Company, a South Asian and Asian-American arts company promoting cross-pollination in theatre and film.

Rehana has written and directed seven short films: the award-winning Modern Day Arranged Marriage, (NBC Short Cuts Audience Award; LOGO short film feature; featured in over thirty international film festivals), Love Story, Ode to NYC, Looking Good, Feeling Better, Memory & Dream, Fillum Star: The Peter Patel Story, Sightlines and Dear Santa. Her feature screenwriting credits include There’s Something About Marriage (IFP Emerging Narrative Selection), Tiger Meat, Paradise, Quarter Life Crisis, and Far from Home (Sundance Feature Film Labs Finalist).

Her debut full-length play, Barriers, premiered at HERE Arts Center in New York City to sold-out audiences before being co-produced by the Asian American Theatre Company in San Francisco/Los Angeles. Other stage plays have been presented in New York (Culture Project, EST, The Flea, Tenement Museum, DR2Lounge), Los Angeles (Artwallah), Toronto (Rasik Arts), Philadelphia (Asian American Centre) and Washington, DC (Arth). 

Mirza received a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council artist grant for Hiding Divya and was a 2002 Independent Feature Project trainee. She was a Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholar, John Golden Award Recipient, and is published by Alexander Street Press. She has been recently selected as a P2 for a Cause Recipient to shoot a PSA regarding Thalassemia in the South Asian and Asian communities. A member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writer's Lab, Mirza graduated with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dramatic Writing and a minor in Asian Pacific American Studies. She has an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.

rohiRohi Mirza Pandya is a film, television, and theater producer. In theater, she is producer and co-founder of Desipina & Company. In film, she has produced Fillum Star: The Peter Patel Story (2004) and the award-winning short, Modern Day Arranged Marriage. For television, she produced the award-winning miniseries, Finding My America, the 2005 and 2006 SASA specials and the 2005 South Asian Media Awards. In theater, her credits include Barriers, Broke and the award-winning Seven.11 series. 

Mirza Pandya has also organized countless film screenings and premieres of South Asian-themed films, including Monsoon Wedding, The Guru, Bend it Like Beckham, and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.

madhurMadhur Jaffrey (Divya), the award-winning actress and author, has been featured in numerous films including several of Merchant/Ivory's finest works. Film credits also include Six Degrees of Separation, Flawless, Vanya on 42nd Street, Chutney Popcorn, ABCD, Prime and Partition. She appeared on Broadway in Bombay Dreams and has been seen on television in several Law and Order episodes. She is a regular Sony's improvisational comedy series, The Papdits. Jaffrey has written many bestselling books about Indian and Far Eastern cookery including A Taste of India and Illustrated Indian Cookery.

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

It's a Man's World Film Series

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December 3

band's visitThe Band's Visit
Once, not long ago, a small Egyptian police band arrived in Israel. Not many remember this. It wasn't that important: Arriving in Israel from Egypt, the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra finds there is no delegation to meet them, nor any arrangements to get to their destination of Petah Tiqva. Stuck in the remote town of Beit Hatikva until the next morning's bus, the band gets help from the worldly lunch owner, Dina, and settles in as best they can; each of the members attempts to get along with the natives in their own way. What follows is a special night of quiet happenings and confessions as the band makes its own impact on the town and the town on them. (87 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles, 2007)

The Band's Visit is co-Sponsored by Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI). Discussion with Thora Wagner to follow. Watch a clip»

Thursday, December 3, 1:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

December 10
shlomiBonjour Monsieur Shlomi
Shlomi takes care of everyone. He takes care of his ailing grandfather, his older soldier brother, his quick-tempered mother, his older sister's twins and keeps them happy by cooking their favorite dishes. But no one in the family really sees Shlomi until one day a routine math test arouses the suspicions of Shlomi`s math teacher and school principal. Realizing that a brilliant and very unique personality is hiding behind this neglected and dormant boy they, along with the help of Rona the gardener with whom he falls head over heels in love, help Shlomi discover himself. (94 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles, 2003) Co-Sponsored by Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI). Discussion with Thora Wagner to follow. Watch a clip»

Thursday, December 10, 1:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

Lectures, Workshops & Cultural Events

Humanities Institute Lecture Series

September 30
Lalitha Gopalan: Speed and Movement in Ramgopal Varma's Company (2002)
Part of the Other Hollywoods Lecture Series. Flier »
Ramgopal Varma has been reshaping the narrative and visual conventions of film noir to sever this genreʼs former dependence from Hollywood. Varma's film Company globalizes noir as it explores not only the underworld of Mumbai, but also the criminal culture of current global financial hubs such as Dubai, Hong Kong, and Mogadishu.
Wednesday,September 30, 2:20 pm, Wang Center Theater

October 28
Luis Francia: Longing and Belonging–The Idea of Home in Asian American Literature
Part of the HISB/NYCH Lecture Series. Reception to follow in the Humanities Building.
Wednesday, October 28, 4:30 pm, Humanities, Room 1008

For more information, email or call (631) 632-4400. Flier »

Buddhism Study & Practice Group
Meetings held weekly on Thursdays, September 3 through December 17, in Room 301, Wang Center. Please check our Web site for updates, room assignments, and possible date/time changes. To receive our weekly newsletter, please send an email to Flier »

bspg logoSeptember 26
One-Day Meditation Workshop and Sharing with Nancy Bonardi
Nancy Bonardi began practicing meditation with Chan Master Sheng Yen of Dharma Drum Mountain in 1978. She has been teaching meditation for beginning and intermediate levels and conducting one-day retreats at the Chan Meditation Center for years. In this workshop Nancy will share with you the teaching of wisdom in Buddhism, alternating with periods of sitting meditation. Flier »
Saturday, September 26, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, Wang Chapel

October 29
"The Buddha's Teaching of Non-Self: The Key to Living with Wisdom"
Lecture by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Drawn to Buddhism in his youth, he traveled to Sri Lanka after completing his university studies where he received full ordination in 1973. He was appointed editor of the Buddhist Publication Society in 1984 and its president in 1988. The Ven. Bodhi is a leading scholar and translator of Buddhist texts with many important publications to his credit. In May 2000, he gave the keynote address at the United Nations on the occasion of Vesak, the day celebrating the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and passing away. He returned to the U.S. in 2002 and presently lives and teaches at Chung-yen Monastery, Carmel, New York and Bodhi Monastery in Lafayette, New Jersey. Flier »
Thursday, Ocober 29, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Lecture Hall 1

December 3
Buddhist Answers to Current Issues
by Dr. Ananda W. P. Guruge, Emeritus Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of the West, Los Angeles

Dr. Guruge will make a compelling case for the relevance of an ancient tradition to address many of the social and political issues that face us today: Can Buddhism be a dogma-free humanistic spirituality, which may exist in harmony with other religions? How can Buddhism help in socialization and development of social awareness and responsibility of children and youth? What is the Buddhist bioethical response to abortion, euthanasia, suicide, cloning, genetic engineering, eugenics, and the like? How can Buddhism contribute to securing the human right to Peace, Security and Prosperity? Please join us as Dr. Guruge leads us in discussion of these critical issues of modern society, and how Buddhist wisdom may be applied in response to them all.

About our Guest Speaker:
Dr. Ananda W. P. Guruge is the Emeritus Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Buddhist Studies of the University of the West, California, the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, France and UNESCO, former Senior Special Advisor to the Director General of UNESCO, Vice President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, and Chairman of the World Buddhist University Council. He is the author of 52 books including "Buddhist Answers to Current Issues," "Buddhism, Economics and Science," and "What in Brief is Buddhism."

Free admission. Sponsored by the Stony Brook Buddhism Study and Practice Group,the Long Island Meditation Center, and the Charles B. Wang Center

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Lecture Hall 2

bspg logoCommunity Yoga with Elizabeth Heifferon
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm
Please join us for multi-level yoga classes (appropriate for beginners and more advanced students), designed to stretch and strengthen your body, increase your inner peace, and bring mind, body, and spirit into alignment. This is hatha yoga, meaning it incorporates the physical practices of yoga: asana (poses), pranayama (breath control), and meditation. Bring along a mat (if you have one) and an intention for positive change, and grow with us in the Wang Center gardens, as we explore the practice of yoga: the total mind-body workout that doesn't feel like a workout. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in and (if you can) bring a suggested donation of $5. Learn more about the instructor » For a complete schedule click here.
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm, Wang Center

Chant for Mother Earth (Gayatri Mantra) Weekly Meditation
Wednesdays, 5:30 pm
Join this prayer group for World Peace and practice spiritualism in your daily life. Gayatri Mantra will direct our thoughts. We will practice breathing exercises (Pranayama) for a healthy life and meditation for peace of mind. For more information, please contact Sunita Gupta at or call (631) 882-2791. Download flier »
Click here for complete schedule »
Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Wang Center

Herstory Writers Worshop Gala Luncheon & Reading
October 4
Come celebrate thirteen years of women making Herstory honoring"The Hagedorn Six" for their work for Social Justice on Long Island: Liz Axelrod, Sandra Dunn, Amy Hagedorn, Sue Hagedorn, Lynda Parmely and Darren Sandow. Indulge in an elegant lunch buffet and enjoy readings by Herstory writers old and new. To download the complete invitation click here »
For more information visit or call (631) 676-7395.
Sunday, October 4, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm, Wang Center

October 6
The Power of the Moving Image: Building Human Rights Culture Through the Media
Breakthrough is an innovative, international human rights organization using the power of popular culture, media, leadership development and community education to transform public attitudes and advance equality, justice, and dignity. Through initiatives in India and the United States, Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, racial justice, and immigrant rights.

Madhuri Mohindar, program coordinator for Breakthrough, illustrates the power of music videos, filmed campaigns, video games and other cutting-edge media in raising awareness and spurring activism for pressing social issues. She is a documentary filmmaker, media producer, and journalist. She has worked on a number of documentary films featuring diverse subjects, including immigrant experiences, civil liberties, gay rights, and the impact of globalization on Bollywood dancers.

Her first public film, Red Roses, is a sociological portrait of South Asian women in a beauty parlor in New York, and has played at a number of international film festivals and has also received substantial press coverage including "CNN-IBN" and "India Today." She has published numerous articles in Inter Press Service, a global news service dedicated to covering developing news features.

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 pm, Room 201, Wang Center

October 20

"Wounded Attachments" and Redress: Undoing Filipina Victimhood under Japanese Rule

Robert G. Diaz, Andrew Mellon Sawyer Post-Doctoral Fellow in
the Department of English, UCLA. His current book project, "Reparative Acts: Redress and the Politics of Queer Undoing," explores how queer minorities in the diaspora expand political and economic reparations beyond monetary forms of redress. Flier »

In contemporary Filipino discourses, demands for political reparation from the Japanese often rely on patriarchal assumptions about female identity. This presentation asks how we might expand notions of
Filipina victimhood as we map out the political possibilities such a
reimagining produces. How might we challenge limited notions of “victim," as we further understand the linkages between reparation and nationalism? Diaz will briefly discuss three films in order to work through these concerns. Gil Portes’s Markova: Comfort Gay (2000) follows the lives of Walterina Markova and her friends as they are turned into sexual slaves by the Japanese army. Nick De Ocampo’s Sex Warriors is a documentary that focuses on the struggles of queer "Japayukis." Joel Lamangan's Aishite Imasu: Mahal Kita depicts a queer figure that spies for Philippine rebels, as she falls in love with a Japanese soldier. Examining key moments of violence, ones articulated by queer figures, Diaz argues that these films disrupt the limited scripts female"victimhood" occupies within narratives of Japanese colonialism.

Tuesday, October 20, 12:50 pm, Wang Center

da chenOctober 21
Sounds of the River: A Young Man's University Days in Beijing
Da Chen's memoir is the required reading for Stony Brook freshmen for Undergraduate Commons Day. This memoir chronicles teenager Da Chen's life from his first train ride away from the farm where he was raised to his new university life in Beijing. He soon faces a host of ghastly challenges, including poor living conditions, lack of food, and suicidal roommates. Undaunted by these hurdles, and armed with a dogged determination to learn English and "all things Western," he competes to win a chance to study in America- a chance that rests in the shrewd and corrupt hands of the almighty professors.

There are a host of programs related to Da Chen's visit. For a complete schedule, click here »
Interview with author at 3:50 pm in the Staller Center, Main Stage with overflow at the Wang Center Theater.

Creative Expressions
October 21, Wang Center Chapel
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
October 22, Wang Center Chapel
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Creative Expressions is an exhibition of first-year SB student reactions to the book Sounds of a River: A Young Man's University Days in Beijing by Da Chen.

singhOctober 31
Special Convocation & Gala Benefit Dinner
for Dr. Karan Singh

To benefit the Center for India Studies
With a special convocation for the conferral of the degree of Doctor of Letters on Dr. Karan Singh, Diplomat, Eminent Scholar, and Director-General Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Program »

Registration and Cocktails: 4:30 pm
Program: 6:00 pm
Contribution $150 per person
RSVP by Thursday, October 15, 2009 (pdf)

akiraNovember 19
The Japan Center at Stony Brook Lecture Series
"Japan-US Relations"

By Mr. Akira Sugiyama, Director, Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan in New York
Mr. Sugiyama will discuss Japan-US relations under the leadership of Prime Minister Hatoyama and how Mr. Hatoyama will promote further friendship between the two. He will also touch on our lasting cultural ties and, in particular, the upcoming 150th anniversary of Japan's first diplomatic mission to America in 1860. Free Admission. Open to all. Flier »
Thursday, November 19, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1

November 9–30
Embracing Our Differences Exhibition
This exhibition features four select billboard size images designed to promote the development of community values that reject prejudice and discrimination, and that support peaceful coexistence and an appreciation for differences. Created by professional and student artists, these four billboard sized pieces have been exhibited in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

The four pieces, Living Waters by Rani Carson, Open Your Eyes to the World by Jennefer Garcia, War Cannot Make Peace by Tess Barbato, and Child’s Play by Jacquiline Fini are designed to emphasize four points (1) diversity enriches our lives (2) respect for differences in our thoughts and beliefs elevates the human experience (3) active rejection of prejudice and hatred enhances our own freedom and (4) suffering caused when people are not treated with dignity and respect is unacceptable. Flier »

A project of the Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, Inc. Sponsored by the Wang Center's Asian and Asian American Programming.

Free and open to the public. Wang Center Skylight Lobby


remiNovember 4
Poets for Palestine:
Remi Kanazi, Spoken-Word Artist

Stony Brook’s Social Justice Alliance presents Spoken-Word Artist Remi Kanazi. Known for his intense and thought-provoking poems reflecting his status as a Palestinian American and his thoughts on Palestinian life and politics, Kanazi has been featured in numerous online and print media as well as appearing in the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, at numerous fundraisers for humanitarian organizations working in Palestine, and on college campuses. He is also the editor of Poets for Palestine a compilation of "poets, spoken-word artists, and hip-hop artists who have used their words to elevate the consciousness of humanity. Sixty years after the dispossession of the Palestinian people, this anthology presents forty-eight poems alongside original works by Palestinian artists." Selling and signing of Poets for Palestine will follow the performance.
Wednesday, November 4, 8:00 pm, SAC Auditorium

December 5
TellabrAsian 2009: Tales from Asia
The Wang Center puts its own unique flair on Tellebration, an annual celebration of storytelling celebrated all over the world. Join us in our serene Interdenominational chapel as talented storytellers weave a web of folktales and fairytales—and personal, spiritual, magical, comedic and poignant human travails and travel throughout Asia, especially southeast Asia. All are welcome. Free Admission. Flier »


The Raven and the Star Fruit (Vietnam)
by Rita Auerbach
Recently retired as a school librarian in Port Washington, Rita Auerbach is chair of the 2010 Caldecott Award Committee. She has also chaired the American Library Association's Notable Children's Books Committee and the Ezra Jack Keats Award Committee, which honors new writers and illustrators of picture books. She has served on the Newberry Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books Committees. As a storyteller, she co-founded the American Library Association's Storytelling Discussion Group and has served on the board of The Storytelling Center, Inc., in New York. She has told stories at the Connecticut Storytelling Festival, the Hans Christian Andersen statue in New York's Central Park, the Museum of Natural History, and the Clever Gretchen Conference at Syracuse University, and she has taught storytelling to teachers and librarians in the metropolitan area.

The Mosquito, a folktale from Vietnam
by Robin Bady

Storyteller Robin Bady draws upon world folklore, fairy tales, oral traditions, ghost stories, and literature for fun interactive storytelling performances that educate as well as entertain. With guitar and songs, movement and madcap characterizations, she brings her stories to joyful life, creating an electric and engaging rapport with her audience. Her storytelling connects us to each other across cultures, traditions, and time, powerfully reminding us that we are all members of one world family. For the past 30 years, Robin has explored various forms of story as storyteller, actress, musician, playwright, and director. Formerly artistic director of two youth theater projects, she is currently a teaching artist and staff developer. She often works with guitarist Bob Jones and homemade instrumental musician/composer Skip LaPlante.

Why Ducks Sleep on One Leg (Vietnam)
by Lenora Doherty
Lorena has the ability to paint pictures with words and voice the imaginations of listeners. She is a photographer, a storyteller, a performance artist, and most recently a librarian. She has an Individualized Master of Arts from The McGregor School at Antioch in Storytelling Performance and has been a featured teller on Cablevision’s “Tell Me A Story.”

Pa Dungu (Java, Indonesia)
by Shrikant Iyer
Shrikant has been a professional storyteller for more than 7 years and has a passion for mythology. His other passion is origami and often incorporates origami in his storytelling. He also writes small stories which help in folding simple origami models.

Sita, the Witch and the Demon King, Ravana (India)
by Joy Kelly
Joy Kelly is an actor and director as well as storyteller. As a storyteller, Joy has performed in various parks, museums, and libraries as well as in schools in the New York area including The New Jersey Storytelling Festival, The Mohegan Festival, and Story Grove at the Clearwater Festival in upstate New York. She is currently serving on the board of the New York Storytelling Center. As an actor, Joy has worked on television and film as well as stage. She has performed on "Late Night with David Letterman" as well as several soap operas and in the 1997 independent film, Out of Season. On stage, Joy recently performed in The Lower East Side Theatre Festival in New York City in two pieces inspired by a Rwandan Theatre group – “Ishuri Ryachu” and “Due Diligence.” She also directs for Theatreworks, USA whose productions tour nationwide.

Water, Eye, Clay and Guns! (Wang Center)
by Sunita S. Mukhi
Dr. Sunita S. Mukhi, Director of Asian and Asian American Programs for the Charles B. Wang Center, is a cultural manager, performance scholar, and artist. She has a BA in behavioral sciences and in literature from De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines; an MA degree in interdisciplinary studies in the social sciences from San Francisco State University; and a PhD in performance studies from New York University. She has performed, directed, and choreographed in university, community, and professional theatrical, television, and film productions in Manila, the United States, Mexico, and Singapore. She is also a storyteller and appears in numerous family day events at the Asia Society, the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and other venues.

Issun-Booshi (Japan)
by Eva Nagase
Eva Nagase is a faculty member of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University, teaching different levels of Japanese language as well as American Studies. She is currently working on a PhD in Cultural Studies/Comparative Literature, serves as the Program Director for the Summer Study Abroad Japan, advisor for incoming Japanese students, and faculty advisor for the Taiko Tides, Japanese Drumming group.

Growing up with Ganesha (India)
by Kadhambari Sridhar
Kadhambari has been learning and performing Indian classical dance for about twelve years. Growing up in Hyderabad, India, she learned Kuchipudi from Guru Shailaja Prasad and performed in various cities in India. After immigrating to the United States in 2006, she continued learning classical dance and was introduced to Bharatanatyam by Guru Malini Srinivasan. In New York her interest and experience in dance led her to experiment with storytelling, performance art, and monologues which she has choreographed and presented at Stony Brook University. She is currently a senior at Stony Brook University pursuing a Bachelor's in Biochemistry.

Saturday, December 5, 3:00 pm, Wang Center Chapel

Previous seasons' programming

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