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Spring 2006 Programs

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January 26

Buddhist meditationDealing with Ego: Meditation
Tom McIntyre, psychotherapist and Buddhist, speaks on the Buddhist principles of ego, identity, and non-attachment. Only by awakening to your essential nature can you experience complete relief from suffering and dissatisfaction–what the Buddha called the "sure heart's release." Produced by the Buddhism Studies and Practice Group.
Thursday, January 26, 6:30 p.m., Wang Lecture Hall 1

January 27
Travellers and MagiciansFilm: Travellers and Magicians
Longing for a different life, a man sets out on a journey dreaming of America. He meets an assortment of fellow travellers including a Buddhist monk, a farmer, and his beautiful daughter. Lavish cinematography–made in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan by Khyentse Norbu (The Cup). In collaboration with the Staller Center for the Arts. For more information, call (631) 632-ARTS. (108 minutes. Unrated. In Dzongka with subtitles.)
Friday, January 27, 9:00 p.m., Staller Center Main Stage

January 29
Japanese dancerJapanese New Year's Celebration Gala
Japanese foods, Shishimai (Japanese Lion Dance), Screening of Kohaku Utagassen (NHK's Japanese music program), sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook, Long Island Japanese Association, Program in Japanese Studies, and Pre-College Japanese Language Program. General Admission: $20.  Please contact the Japan Center of Stony Brook for more information at (631) 632-9477 or via e-mail at
Sunday, January 29, 2:00–5:00 p.m., Wang Theater Lobby

February 22
Lily on pondInvocation to Nature:
Tsunami/Katrina/Earthquake Memorial

In remembrance of lives lost in the three recent natural disasters–the Tsunami of 2004, Hurricane Katrina, and the Kashmir Earthquake of 2005–songs, poems, testimonials, and images are offered for healing, in an appreciation for the many acts of altruism, and as abiding reverence for nature. 
With the participation of the Interfaith Center, Sharobi Chowdhury and Friends, the Center for India Studies, Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Nehal Advani, Martin Loyato, Jennifer Tjhoei, Habitat for Humanity, and others.
Wednesday, February 22, 12:45 p.m., Wang Zodiac Lobby

February 23
Film: Agent Yellow
Christine ChoyThis film focuses on the ambiguous role forced upon Chinese scientists and engineers who have contributed significantly to American military research while still remaining largely invisible, except when singled out for disloyalty, as in the recent case of Wen Ho Lee, or the 1950's McCarthy Era case of Tsien Hsueh-sun. It explores the pervasive American perception of China in either/or terms: either a sinister threat or a potential partner, and explores how these attitudes have led to a wariness about Chinese involvement in U.S. military technology. Introduction to film by and Q&A with award-winning director Christine Choy and SBU's own Dr. Barry McCoy, Distinguished Professor of Physics.
Thursday, February 23, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

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March 1
Indian dancerNew Directions in Indian Dance: 
Lecture by Sunil Kothari

The inimitable and world-renowned dance scholar Dr. Sunil Kothari takes us into the kaleidoscopic world of Indian dance. Dr. Kothari will discuss the inter-relationships between classical, contemporary, folk, and popular forms, and their incarnations in the diaspora. Co-sponsored with Stony Brook University's DanceSpace at Stony Brook, Center for India Studies, and the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies.
Wednesday, March 1, 12:45 p.m., Wang Lecture Hall  2

March 3
Kamikaze GirlFilm: Kamikaze Girls
A dazzling portrayal of two teenage girls, a Lolita-type character and a high school biker girl, played by two young Japanese pop talents, Kyoko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya. Glorious blend of kitsch, grit, humor and uplift, eccentric and infectious, set to a Japanese pop soundtrack. Kamikaze Girls is "a pastel-hued, pop-cultural potpourri that comes at you fists flying like a self-conscious riposte to the fanboy idolatry of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.” In collaboration with the Staller Center for the Arts. (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2004, 120 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles).
Friday, March 3, 9:30 p.m., Staller Center for the Arts

March 8
Rex NavarreteJoke Only!: The Comedy of Rex Navarrete
Funny man Rex Navarrete tackles the issues of home life, family, race, and religion with good-natured stabs at his own Filipino culture and American society. Long Island's own Air Tabigue opens the show. The zany Jay Amplo hosts.
Be warned–nothing is sacred. Co-sponsored with the Philippine United Student Organization (PUSO).
Tickets: $5 students w/ ID, and seniors; $10 general admission; $25.00 VIP reserved seating. Please reserve your tickets at or call 632-4400.
Wednesday, March 8, 8:00 p.m., Wang Theater

March 9
Eastern/Western MedicineEast Meets West: Ways of Healing
This lively discussion introduces the main concepts of Yin, Yang, and Qi of Eastern Medicine and further explores the role of Eastern Medicine in the future of American health care. Doctors from Eastern and Western Medicine acknowledge each other's weaknesses and strengths; however both acknowledge that if used together to treat patients, the combination can yield tremendous results in preventive medicine as well as healing. Featured speakers  are  acupuncturists Dr. Steve Jackowicz, Dr. Yang Xiu Juan (Sue), Dr. Mingder Chang, American Cancer Society, and other medical practitioners.
Thursday, March 9, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

March 11
BSPG Zazenkai One-day Retreat
Conducted by the Ven. Issai Denton Chizen Sensei, a lineage holder in both Soto and Rinzai schools of Zen, and head priest and resident teacher at Wagyo-ji Zen Temple, Oceanside, NY. Sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talk, private interviews (daisan). Please bring your own lunch. Water and snacks will be provided. $20 donation suggested. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own Zafu/Zabuton if you have one available! For registration, please e-mail Hai-Dee at or Sheila at before March 10. Produced by the Buddhism Studies and Practice Group. Download Retreat flier.
Saturday, March 11, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Room 101

March 13
Sardar PatelSardar Patel
A biographical epic on the nationalist Sardar Patel, a key figure in wresting India's independence and integrating the nation. The film illuminates Patel's finest hours of resolving monumental problems that India faced just before and after Independence. His firm resolve and commitment to an Independent and proud India, his political acumen, the strength of his secular beliefs and his adherence to the percepts of the Mahatma, made him one of India's greatest leaders. Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. Co-sponsored with the Center for India Studies. (Ketan Mehta, 1993, 175 minutes, Hindi with English subtitles)
Monday, March 13, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

March 15
Behzad YaghmaianEmbracing the Infidel:
Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West

Lecture, slide presentation, and book signing by Behzad Yaghmaian, author of Embracing the Infidel: Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West (2005). He takes readers on an journey that stretches from the Middle East and Africa to Western Europe and the United States. From 2002 through 2004, the author lived among Muslim immigrants in ghettos, transition camps, and safe houses and recorded their experiences. Many have survived war, imprisonment, and political and social persecution. At a time when immigrants are too often reduced to statistics or demonized, Embracing the Infidel puts human faces on these marginalized people who simply want to live freely. Behzad Yaghmaian is an Iranian-born U.S. national who has over fifteen years of experience in studying, teaching, and writing about issues of international political economy, globalization, and the Middle East. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.
Wednesday, March 15, 12:45 p.m., Wang Lecture Hall 1

March 19
Korean dancersDances of Korea
Graceful court dances and festive folk dances from Korea are enhanced with shamanic rituals, dramatic masks, and lively percussion. This marvelous matinee performance is by the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association dedicated to preserving, cultivating, and promoting the heritage, history, and culture of Korea in the United States. Co-sponsored with the DanceSpace at Stony Brook. Tickets: $5.00 for students with ID, and seniors; $10.00 for general admission. Call 632-4400.
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Sunday, March 19, 4:00 p.m., Wang Theater

Herstory: Day-Long Workshop and Retreat
How might you tell your own story? If you had to imagine a possible page one for a story about your own life, what might that opening moment be? These are the questions that Herstory Writer's Workshop leader Erika Duncan asks each new participant in this unique writing workshop that helps women develop the tools and techniques to reshape their very intimate experiences into a form that will be meaningful to a "stranger-reader." Free to all. Co-sponsored with Dialogues Across Differences, Greater Port Jefferson/ Northern Brookhaven Arts Council and Jefferson's Ferry Lifecare Community. Download event flier.
Sunday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wang Chapel

March 23
Bi-Triangle PerformanceJourney of a Businessman: BiTrip Fusion Dance Drama
Cutting-edge, pioneering, and passionate, the all-Japanese BiTrip (Bi-Triangle Performance) dance group performs eclectic dance pieces that fuse hip-hop, modern, and ethnic Japanese, with a sprinkling of magic. For this performance, mundane concerns of family life are juxtaposed with a spectacular journey to a dreamy ancient Japan. Comedic, beautiful, and Cool! BiTrip won the grand championship at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night in 2001–the first Japanese performance group to win this coveted title. There will be a master class at 5:00 p.m. for those who are interested in learning about the unique dance style of BiTrip by founder Kenichi Ebina. Performance and Master Class free for Stony Brook University Students with ID. Co-sponsored with the DanceSpace at Stony Brook. Tickets: $10 for non-Stony Brook Students and Seniors; $15.00 for General Admission; $10.00 for master-class general admission.
Reservations required for all. Please reserve your tickets at or call (631) 632-4400. Download event flier.
Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

March 28
Junko UenoPiano Journey in Japan
Original compositions by Japanese musicians of western classical music are performed and discussed by Junko Ueno. Junko Ueno has been proclaimed as: "An Artist of Exceptional Talent and Skill"–La Montagne, France; “Virtuosic and Committed”–San Antonio Express News; “Beautiful Lyricism and Wonderful Technique”–Kanagawa Shinbun. Produced by the Japan Center at Stony Brook. Reception to follow.
Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

March 30
AikidoAikido: A Path to Zen Practice
Dr. Howard Pashanz explores the basic principles of Aikido, a non-violent form of Japanese Martial Arts, and how it can be used as a Buddhist spiritual path to transcending the separation between subject and object and the sharing of life force. Produced by the Buddhism Studies and Practice Group.
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 p.m., Wang Lecture Hall 1

April 1
Dancer SrinivasanMusic for Peace: Sacred Spaces
In celebration of the University-wide Music for Peace Project, Sacred Spaces celebrates music and dance that bring us to an uplifted place of spirituality, awe, and tranquility. Featuring Bharat Natyam dancer Malini Srinivasan and her interpretation of the Buddhist tale “Mustard Seed,” the dynamic drumming of the Korean ensemble DDKY, Kali, the martial arts of the Philippines by PUSO, and others. Co-sponsored with the the Musicians Alliance for Peace and the Department of Music. Part of the University-wide Music for Peace Project, March 28 to April 2.
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Saturday, April 1, 4:00 p.m., Wang Theater

April 2 (Application Deadline)
Bangalore, IndiaStudy Abroad Program in Bangalore, India
May 22–July 3, 2006
Building on the success of two previous years, Stony Brook University offers its third Summer Study Abroad program based in Bangalore, a high-tech city, emblem of globalization, and R&D home to major multinational corporations. Bangalore is rooted in one of the most ancient and rich cultures of the world and is renowned for its beautiful climate, welcoming people, cool gardens, booming arts and culture scene, and hip social life.

Discover the wonder that was and is India: Earn a semester's worth of credits, graduate earlier, and save money; gain a competitive advantage in jobs; renew your cultural heritage or experience a great culture first hand. Interesting courses taught by outstanding faculty from Stony Brook and Bangalore Universities. Caring, personal attention with opportunities to make lasting friendships. It will be a life-changing experience!

For more information on application requirements, log on to Study Abroad
or contact the program directors:
S.N. Sridhar: Chair, Dept. of Asian & Asian American Studies, (631) 632-4041; Meena Sridhar, Director, Center for India Studies, (631) 632-9742.

April 5
Chinese FeastingThe Chinese Philosophy of Feasting
Customs and beliefs of what to eat and how to eat are as vital to the Chinese as are notions of food, health, and satiation. Chinese food historian Jacqueline M. Newman will discuss the tastes, cultural relevance, and types of food prepared for lavish banquets, festivals, and even simple eating encounters. Tantalizing selections from the recipes in the University Libraries' Chinese Cookbook Collection, donated by Dr. Newman, will be served during a reception following the lecture. Co-sponsored with the University Libraries. Download event flier.
Wednesday, April 5, 12:45 p.m., Lecture Hall 1

April 6
In Our Own Backyard: Safeguarding Life, Liberty, and Justice for All
Before Disasters Strike
The 2004 Tsunami, Katrina, the Avian flu, the Iraq war, September 11–Disasters, natural and man-made, have become a part of our everyday life and have affected our lives, property, our liberties, and our ideals of equal justice for all. In light of these disasters, NIMBYism–"Not In My Back Yard"–is no longer an option. In this powerful symposium, political leaders, engineers, historians, journalists, and public figures help us explore these issues in a thoughtful and culturally diverse way. Featured speakers are Captain James Yee, Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, and Gary Okihiro, Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and a Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Artistic interludes by Janice Mirikitani, Poet Laureate of San Francisco, and by Stony Brook University Students. Co-sponsored with the Asian American Center Bridge.
Thursday, April 6, 6:30 p.m., Wang Theater

April 21
Ul-Soo: DDKY's 7th Annual Drumming Performance
Poong-Mul, traditional and dynamic Korean communal drumming recital by Stony Brook's very own Deong Deok Koong Yi (DDKY) explores the electrifying percussion and musical styles from various provinces of Korea. Admission is free. Produced by DDKY.
Friday, April 21, 8:00 p.m., Wang Center Theater

April 25
Amir Vahab EnsembleIranian Traditional Music and Poetry
The program opens with a passionate rendition of Sufi poetry by Rumi and Hafiz by Ellie Roozdar in both Farsi and English.
Lose yourself in the melody, rhythm, and colors of Iranian traditional music performed by the renowned and eclectic ensemble of the celebrated musician and composer Amir Vahab. Amir Vahab is one of New York’s most celebrated and distinguished composer/vocalists of Persian sacred and folk music. He sings in the traditional Persian style, which embodies millennia of the theoretical and mystical traditions of the ancient land of Iran. He has spent more than three decades perfecting his skills under the instruction of some of the most renowned and legendary masters of Persian music. Co-produced with the Persian Cultural Association. Reception to follow. Tickets: Free for students; $10 general admission. Reserve your tickets at or call (631) 632-4400.
Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

April 27
Scene from PartyFilm: Party 
Party explores modern Asian-America through the prism of New York’s Asian party scene. Focusing on the closely-knit but vibrant Korean party scene, whose nerve center sits in Manhattan’s Korea Town at 32nd street, Party goes behind the scenes and documents the complex lives and tumultuous struggles of prominent promoters and partygoers. What is the purpose of these parties? What does this scene say about Asian-American identity? Party probes beneath the artifice to reveal a compelling mosaic of modern Asian-American life in between the parties. Introduction and Q&A with directors Steven Hahn and Francis Hsueh.
(2005; 87 minutes)
Thursday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.,  Wang Theater

April 30
Thief of LoveFilm: The Thief of Love
Screening of the Lyric Comic Opera by Sheila Silver.
Based on the classic 18th century Bengali tale, The Thief of Love is a love story about contemporary issues–the woman is very powerful and cannot find a man smart enough for her; the guy is a wealthy game player and tries to win her through deceit and disguise. John Feldman's visually stunning film with its innovative use of subtitles, makes the opera experience both cinematic and accessible to everyone. The world premiere performances of The Thief of Love, created and composed by Sheila Silver, performed by the Stony Brook Opera and Orchestra took place at the Staller Center in March 2001. Q&A to follow with the director and composer. Co-presented with the Department of Music and Hummingbird Films.
(Directed by John Feldman, 2006, 110 min.)
Sunday, April 30, 5:00 p.m., Wang Theater

Mantra imageMantra for Peace Exhibit
Through April 30
This exhibit brings together in a single visual chant, a multiplicity of languages and visions that intone "peace" as their mantra. Mantra for Peace includes works submitted by local and international artists. Co-sponsored with the Musicians Alliance for Peace and the Department of Art. Part of the University-wide Music for Peace Project. Curated by Carla Macchiavello.
Wang Lobby

Mondays through May 1
Bhajans: Songs of Praise
An activity like bhajans (singing the glory of the Lord) elevates the mind and encourages the individual to seek and find the source of eternal joy that lies within. The practice is a form of meditation and self-expression. The songs will be sung in Hindi carrying the message of sathya (truth), dharma (righteousness), shanti (peace), prema (love), and ahimsa (non-violence). All are welcome! Sponsored by the Center for India Studies. For more information, please contact the Center for India Studies at (631) 632-9742 or Kumkum Bhasin at (631) 903-5785.
Every Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Lecture Hall 1

May 2
Huang XiangRefusing Silence: The Life and Poetry of Huang Xiang
The moving life story and passionate poetry of Huang Xiang come alive in this bi-lingual reading (Chinese and English). Currently a resident in the Cities of Asylum program in Pittsburgh, Huang Xiang has authored twenty books, and was imprisoned twelve years in his native China for advocating self-expression and freedom. Two short documenatries featuring Huang Xiang and his muse, his wife, the writer Qiu Xiao Yu'lan, will precede the poetry reading. Reception to follow. Dowload event flier.
Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 p.m., Wang Lecture Hall 1

May 3
PaheliPopular Indian Cinema Series
Emotion, music, and social issues are the primary thrust of this third series of Popular Indian Cinema. Unique, flamboyant, and at times controversial, these films are cultural barometers of popular imagination, values, and desires. All films have English subtitles. Details and schedule...
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

May 4
Pan Asian dancersPan-Asian Youth Day
Stories, performances, lion dancing, calligraphy, and workshops by Stony Brook students provide a rich experience of the cultures of Asia and Asian America to middle and elementary school children. Co-sponsored with the Asian American Center Bridge.
Thursday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Wang Center

BuddhaThe Bodhisattva Path
by Venerable Issai Chizen Denton Sensei
We vow to help all beings to find happiness and to become free from suffering. How can we work realistically to fulfill that vow without becoming overwhelmed? How can we grow in compassion? What do we mean by compassion? Cosponsored by the Buddhist Studies and Practice Group. Download flier.
Thursday, May 4, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Lecture Hall 1

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SangakuModern-Day Sangaku
Through May 5
Sangaku is a Japanese tradition of celebrating geometrical beauty by members of all social classes, popular during the Edo period (1603-1867). The traditional sangaku, a shaped wooden tablet on which a geometric problem or theorem is written with colorful paint, was displayed in a temple or shrine as an offering, as a puzzle for others to think over and understand, and as a way for the creator to show off the geometric discovery. We will revive this wonderful tradition with a modern-day celebration of geometric beauty in the form of a large colorful sculptural construction. The assembly and creation of the sangaku was led by Dr. George Hart, Computer Science Dept., on April 24.
Wang Lobby

May 6
Buddhist meditationOne-Day Chan Meditation Retreat
with the Venerable Chang Wu Fa Shi
$20 donation suggested
An opportunity for serious practitioners to sustain their practice and receive guidance from a Buddhist monastic. This retreat is open to people who already have an established meditation practice, including sitting meditation, walking meditation, relaxation, and standing and sitting exercises. Bring your own lunch and water. Please wear comfortable clothing. Download flier.
Saturday, May 6, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Room 101

Previous seasons' programming

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