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SPRING / SUMMER 2009

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Lectures / Workshops & Cultural Events

Chant for Mother Earth (Gayatri Mantra) Weekly Meditation
Tuesdays
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 sunitaster@gmail.com or call (631) 882-2791.
Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Room 301

February 7
Lunar New Year Festival
Come see the enchanting lion dance, a traditional dance celebrating the descent of good luck each New Year and participate in an exciting lantern raffle game. Singing, skits, games with prizes, and a fashion show are some of the exciting highlights! Experience this culturally rich celebration and a bit of Chinese culture through this engaging night of festivities. More >>
Flier >>  Brochure >>
Tickets:
Members: $12/adults and $8/students and kids age 10 and under.
Saturday, February 7, 5:00 pm

Department of Asian and Asian American Studies Colloquium Series
Co-sponsored by the Center for Indian Studies and the Wang Center

February 12
Sarah Pinto
Tufts University, Anthropology
"The Limits of Diagnosis: Sex and Law in Indian Psychiatry"
Download flier

Thursday, February 12, 4:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1

February 26
Cathy Schlund-Vials
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, English and Asian American Studies
"Hip Hop 'Arts as Fact': Cambodian American Rap and Genocidal Remembrance" Download flier >>
Thursday, February 26, 4:00 pm, Wang Lecture Hall 1

March 10
Hamsa Stainton
Columbia University, Religion
""At the Intersection of Religion and Literature in Medieval Kashmir: Bhattanarayana's Stavacintamani with Ksemaraja's Commentary"
Tuesday, March 10 , 4:00 pm, Humanities, Room 1043

March 24
Richard VanNess Simmons
Rutgers University, Asian Languages and Cultures
"Two Generations of a Jingjiang Village Dialect"
Tuesday, March 24 , 4:00 pm, Humanities, Room 1043

April 14
The Impact of the Global Meltdown on India
Speaker: Mira Kamdar
How will India weather the global financial meltdown and economic crisis? Will the emerging Asian giant remain relatively unscathed while the so-called advanced economies free-fall into recession or maybe even depression? What will the impact be on India’s new urban middle-class consumers? It’s long suffering farmers? And what about what Tom Friedman is calling “Nature’s Dow” as the devastating effects of climate change, deforestation, the collapse of world fisheries, rising sea levels and sinking water tables make themselves felt in India and around the world? Can India chart a course toward sustainable development through these uncharted and unhappy waters? And how will the relative decline of the United States affect India’s desire to play a greater role in the institutions charged with managing the international system?
Tuesday, April 14, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Lecture Hall 2

April 23
Eva Nagase
Stony Brook University, Asian and Asian American Studies
"Eat Like a Bird: The Cultural Symbolism of Chopsticks"
Flier >>
Thursday, April 23, 4:00 pm, Wang Lecture Hall 1

May 5
Jin Y. Park
American University, Philosophy and Religion
"Gendered Response to Modernity: Kim Iryop, the New Woman, and Modern Korean Buddhism"
Tuesday, May 5, 4:15 pm, Humanities, Room 1008

February 14
Tzu-Chi Foundation New Year Blessing
Join the Tzu-Chi Foundation, an international non-profit founded in Taiwan, as it ushers in the Chinese New Year in a Buddhist ceremony. The Tzu-Chi Foundation was created in 1966 when its founder Dharma Master Cheng Yen determined that suffering in this world is rooted in material deprivation, spiritual poverty, and "lack of love for others” and created the foundation to combat these causes of suffering. Reception to follow. Download flier.
Saturday, February 14, 2:30 pm

herstory 09March 22
5th Annual Herstory Women’s Writing Retreat
Generating Connections Through Writing
The day-long workshop brings together women from all walks of life seeking to find a voice with which to tell their stories. An interpreter from Herstory’s Latina workshops will be available throughout the event for women wishing to participate in Spanish. The program, a celebration of Women’s History Month, is free and open to all interested women. No prior writing experience is required. First-time writers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Co-hosted by Dialogues Across Differences. Press release>>
Sunday, March 22, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, Wang Chapel

child with fluteMarch 29
Children's Orchestra Society Springtime Musical
Join us for an afternoon of music performed by the Children’s Orchestra Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “teaching children the language of music,” and to presenting these young musicians in orchestra and chamber music concerts with their peers and well-established artists. Under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma and Music Director Michael Dadap, COS believes in a child's innate ability to learn and develop musical talent of the highest level when nurtured in a supportive environment. For more information, please call Darlene Nourjanian (631) 872-0786; Nini Galeazzi (631) 220-7635; or Ramon Villongco (631) 742-3479. Flier >>

Tickets: $35 general admission; $15 for students.
Reserve early. Seats are limited!

Sunday, March 29, 3:00 pm, Wang Theater

legacy of peaceMarch 24–April 3
Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Peace

These three men, from different cultures, continents, and ages, dedicated their lives for the common good of humanity. From the non-violent Indian struggle for Independence led by Gandhi, to the courageous struggle for African-American civil liberties led by King, to the quest for worldwide social harmony, tolerance, and awareness led by Ikeda, the Legacy of Peace Exhibition provides a glimpse of the common path of profound dedication and achievement in improving the lives of all people, linking friends from diverse communities together for a common cause. Flier >>

Sponsored by Soka Gakkai International USA, Stony Brook University. In collaboration with the Office of Diversity & Affirmative Action, Charles B. Wang Center's Asian & American Programs, Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College.

Opening Ceremony
March 24, 5:00 pm, Wang Center Skylight Lobby
Exhibition
March 25 to April 3, Wang Center Skylight Lobby
Weekdays: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; Weekends: 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

April 1
International Occupational Therapist Frank Kronenberg
Practice Without Borders: Not Confusing the Finger for the Moon"
Discussing his experiences in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, using a
"Health Promotion Without Borders" approach, Occupational Therapist
Frank Kronenberg will provide an in-depth exploration of who we are and
what we stand (up) for as international practice professionals, scholars, and
activists. Flier >> This talk will address the following three questions:

Personally, what do you most value to be and to do?
• Professionally, what do you most value to be and to do?
• Politically, what ‘good fights’ (conflict/cooperation situations) do you    strategically engage in to put into practice that which you value most?

Tickets: SB students/faculty: free admission; Non-SB students: $15.00; Non-SB faculty: $25.00
. Contact Cathy at 631-444-2363 or Catherine.Gropper@stonybrook.edu.

Sponsored by the School of Health Technology and Management Occupational Therapy Program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, Provost's Office, and the Wang Center.

obamaApril 16
Asian America After Obama: Where do we go from here?
After the historic victory of the first African American President, we pause to ask ourselves how the recent election has impacted Asian Americans. How exactly did Asian Americans vote? Did the turnout of Asian Americans increase and how did the turnout impact the results, especially in New York? What can all of us do to ensure that the voices of Asian Americans will be heard in future elections? Flier >>

Participants: Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Justice, Supreme Court, New York County; Hon. Grace Meng, J.D. NYS Assemblymember, Dist. 22, Flushing; Gurpal Singh, J.D., Executive Director Desis Voters, Richmond Hill, Queens; Ravisharon Kaur, J.D., SEVA Immigrant Community Advocacy Project, Queens; Bryan Lee, Coordinator Voting Rights Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Bryan Lee will discuss what the exit polls reveal about how Asian Americans voted in the last election and how the turnout affected the result in New York. Ravisharon Kaur and Gurpal Singh will talk about the rewards and challenges of registering new immigrant populations. What is the view of the elections from elected Asian American leaders? How does it feel to be a candidate for election? What is it like to be an Asian American leader? Assemblymember Grace Meng, the first Asian American Woman and the only Asian American currently serving in the New York State Legislature, will talk about her own successful campaign and her perspective of the 2009 elections. Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of the New York State Supreme Court will talk about Asian American leadership and her own journey to become the first Asian American woman Supreme Court Judge. How can we ensure that the voice of Asian American will be heard in future elections?

The moderator is Dr. Frank Shih who is currently on leave as the Assistant Dean of Students at CUNY School of Law. The evening will conclude with a Q&A session.

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm, Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1

April 20
Reception Celebrating 13 Years of Women Making Herstory
The archives of Herstory Writers Workshop and of its founder, Erika Duncan, are being donated to Stony Brook University Libraries Special Collections. Included in the collection are newsletters, letters, photographs, draft and completed manuscripts and other memorabilia from both Herstory–a community memoir-writing program dedicated to giving voice to women's stories that have been silenced or unsung and the pre-Herstory Woman's Salon, which met for a decade in the mid-70s in Erika's New York City apartment and enabled audiences to interact intimately with then-emerging feminist writers such as Susan Griffin, Dorothy Dinnerstein, Olga Broumas and Blanche Wiesen Cook in a forum where the works of women not yet known were heralded in by Tillie Olsen, Alice Walker, Kate Millett, and Adrienne Rich, to name just a few. Some of the memorabilia will be on display. Flier >>

More than 2000 women have been touched by Herstory since its inception. The reception will include a short program of readings featuring signature pieces from the early years of the Herstory Project, new Latina writings, and writings begun in "Herstory Inside" Suffolk County's correctional facilities, as well as introductory remarks from Suffolk Legislator Vivian Viloria-Fisher and Wang Center Program Director Sunita Mukhi, both Herstory writers. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the West Campus Chapter of UUP, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, Center for Working Class Life, Women's Studies Program, Wang Center, and School of Social Welfare.

Monday, April 20, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Wang Center

cherry blossomApril 25
Long Island's Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival
Welcome Spring to Long Island the Japanese way, with exciting sounds of the Taiko Drums, performances of Japanese dance and music and a wondrous array of Japanese crafts, tea ceremony, and cultural events. Sponsored by the Ryu Shu Kan with the Japan Center at Stony Brook in collaboration with Asian and Asian American Programming at the Charles B. Wang Center. Free admission to exhibits. more info >>
Flier >>

Performances: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors & Students, $5/Kids ages 6-12, Children 5 & under/Free

VIP Reserved Seating: $15, Advanced Purchase Required. (Seating very limited.) Call (631) 632-7890 Japan Center at Stony Brook to purchase.

with support from
WSHU

Saturday, April 25, 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm

April 29
Pan-Asian Read Aloud
Stories, performances, calligraphy, and workshops by Stony Brook students for young audiences. Co-sponsored with the Asian American Center Bridge.
Wednesday, April 29

May 7
Tomie Arai "Imagine/Asians"
The Power of Images · The Power of Words · The Power of Movement
10th Annual "With Liberty and Justice for All..."

Sponsored by Allstate and the Organization of Chinese Americans headquartered in Washington DC. This program is also sponsored by the Wang Center, the Long Island Chapter of Organization of Chinese Americans, and the Asian American Center Bridge.
Thursday May 7, 6:50 pm, Wang Center

girl with fanMay 9
Asian Pacific Heritage Month Celebration
The event includes Asian-American films, cultural dances from different countries, multicultural booths with arts and crafts displays, vendor booths, musical and vocal performances, and award ceremonies. Reception to follow. For more information, please call Susan Wong at (631) 344- 7988 or visit www.scaaab.org. Flier >>
Agenda >>
Movies from Asia Schedule >>
Cultural Program, New Members & Awards >>
Saturday, May 9, 12:00 pm, Wang Center

In Celebration of Asian Heritage Month
bookcoverMay 13

Cooking from China’s Fujian Province
featuring food historian and scholar Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman
Fujian, a province in southeastern China, boasts a distinct culinary tradition that enjoys a thousand-year-old recorded history but is barely known in the Western world. Dr. Newman’s latest book includes fascinating cultural and historical notes and features a collection of 200 easy-to-follow, authentic recipes that provide the perfect introduction to this unique cuisine. Reception follows with Fujianese food tasting. Free and open to all. Flier >>

“Through her insightful writing and well-researched recipes, Ms. Newman is casting much-deserved light on the wonderful Fujian cooking and culture. Her scholarly approach and keen eye for detail make this book a joy to read and a real keeper for any library and kitchen.”–Martin Yan, cookbook author and chef of TV cookery programs

Wednesday, May 13, 12:30 pm, Wang Center Room 301


Performances
D'LoFebruary 11–12
Performance (Feb.11)
Workshop (Feb. 12)

D’Lo: Reflections & Rambles While Relevating Revolutionaries
With biting insight, D'Lo, a Tamil Sri-Lankan American, props an uncompromisingly hilarious mirror to the stereotypes of South Asian culture, American life, and challenges misconceptions about sexual orientation and queer lifestyles in a performance that has been inspiring audiences on college campuses throughout the United States. Described as a "jolt of creative and comedic energy," this political theatre artist/writer and music producer uses Hip-Hop to form the foundation for creative activism, which D'Lo has shared with diverse youth as a teaching artist. (Part of the South Asian American Series) Download flier.

"You can't call yourself a revolutionary if you have a problem being nice."D'Lo

"D’Lo’s vibrant commitment to freedom exemplifies how art and creativity come to bear on politics and oppression.”
Zahra Dhanani (Toronto), Xtra Magazine

Tickets: $25 for VIP; $15 for general admission; $10 for students/seniors. Workshop is free.

Wednesday, February 11, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater
Thursday, February 12, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater

kateFebruary 11
Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright, performance artist, and one of the most respected and sought-after speakers in the fields of both postmodern gender theory and campus-oriented "edu-tainment" dealing with power, identity, and desire. Kate's books are taught in over 120 colleges and universities around the world. Published works include the books Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us and My Gender Workbook (One of the required pieces of literature for WST 111: Intro to Queer Studies). Kate's autobiographical interactive signature piece, "On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us," has been most requested for a broad audience. It's Postmodern Gender 101 with a comic twist.
Wednesday, February 11, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, SAC Auditorium

taiko projectFebruary 26–27
Taiko Project
Master Class (February 26)
Performance (February 27)

Heard nationally on advertisements for Nike and Mitsubishi, the TAIKOPROJECT is a contemporary taiko drumming group advancing the American art of taiko through lively and unconventional performances. TAIKOPROJECT preserves taiko as a dynamic element of Japanese American culture and heritage as they expand their artistic boundaries by incorporating multimedia, hip-hop choreography, and storytelling. Co-sponsored with The Japan Center at SB. Download flier.

"TAIKOPROJECT: This ain't your mama's taiko, but it may be your hip, younger cousin's."–L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles, California

"...they blew the roof off with their energy and willingness to take taiko into the 21st century by experimenting with various media and settings. They take American taiko outside the box."–International Examiner, Seattle, Washington

"...Their brand of taiko is loud, fast and clean–the energy level set at maximum."–The Bulletin, Vancouver, Canada

Tickets: $25 for VIP; $15 for general admission; $10 for students/seniors;
$25 for the Master Class (Only cash or check will be accepted for Master Class tickets). VIP ticket holders can observe for free. All others can observe for $10.

Thursday, February 26, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater
Friday, February 27, 8:00 pm, Wang Theater


Riz MirzaMarch 25–26
Koranic Fatigue
Lec-dem (March 25)
Performance (March 26)

A Texan retraces his forgotten childhood in Pakistan, a loving Arab father leaves a touching message for his son, a pissed off hijab-wearing young British Bangladeshi woman mouths off, a transvestite prostitute from the Bombay slums finds divinity and love, a hip hop "gangsta" from Detroit bonds with his cousins in Saudi Arabia–these are just a few of the compelling personalities and idiosyncratic stories that come alive in Riz Mirza's inimitable exploration of his Muslim heritage at time when Islamophobia is high. Flier >>

With irreverent humor, scalding insight, and deft character sketches, stereotypes are challenged, boundaries are pushed, and long-held notions are unabashedly questioned in this provocative solo piece. Mirza interweaves these monologues with stories from his own humorous and often precarious upbringing in The Bronx. The Wang Center is proud to premiere Koranic Fatigue in the U.S. Video Design by Piama Habib.

"It is not because of the text of the Koran that we are drained; it is because of the untiring media attention and global focus on a particular community, the critical gaze often based on one perspective, the marginalization, generalization, and homogenization of a diverse people based on the actions of a few....We are fatigued by members of our own community whose rigid definitions judge our 'authenticity' and faith. We are fatigued by an issue that follows us wherever we travel and has made us subject to search because of our family name. This itself, has become our subject to (re)search"
–Piama Habib, Video Designer of Koranic Fatigue

"Coolly composed"–NY Times

"Disarmingly charming"
–San Francisco Chronicle

Tickets for performance: $25 for VIP; $15 for general admission; $10 for students/seniors. Lec-dem is free.

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm, Wang Center
Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater

Vijay dancerApril 30–May 1
The Dance of The Enchantress
Workshop (April 30)
Performance (May 1)

The Center for Mohiniyattam, led by Bharati Shivaji and her daughter Vijayalakshmi, presents the Dance of the Enchantress, accompanied by the Center's most accomplished dancers. Mohiniyattam, the exquisitely beautiful and rare classical dance form of Kerala, is considered the most graceful among Indian classical dance traditions. As the leading exponents of Mohiniyattam, the widely acclaimed mother-daughter duo have rejuvenated this art form through innovative, unique, and path-breaking choreographies. Flier >>

SOLD OUT!
Tickets:
$25 for VIP; $15 for general admission; $10 for students/seniors. Admission to workshop included with purchase of VIP tickets, otherwise $10 for all: (Only cash or check will be accepted for the workshop).

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater & Friday, May 1, 8:00 pm, Theater

with support from
WSHU


Tournées French Film Festival
February 20
fanon
Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work
This documentary film examines the life of Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist, originally from Martinique, who became a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism. During World War II, he volunteered as a soldier to help France, “the Mother Country,” against the Nazis. Embittered by his experience with racism in the French Army, he gravitated to radical politics, Sartrean existentialism and the philosophy of black consciousness known as négritude. (Directed by Cheikh Djernai, 2001)
Friday, February 20, 2:15 pm, Wang Theatre, free admission

liliLili and the Baobab
French photographer Lili (Romane Bohringer) takes a gig in the remote Senagalese village of Angam, where she forges an unlikely bond with local woman Aminata (Aminata Zaaria). When Lili returns to France, however, she can't quite leave Senegal behind. Soon a crisis in Angam causes Lili to weigh the consequences of going back to Africa. This quiet, probing drama screened at the San Francisco Film Festival. (Directed by Chantal Richard, 2006)
Friday, February 20, 3:30 pm, Wang Theatre, free admission

persepolisPersepolis
This is a heartbreaking true story of a childhood coinciding with regime change and war in Iran. In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. (Directed by Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud, 2007)
Friday, February 20, 6:30 pm, Wang Theatre, free admission

February 21
balloonFlight of the Red Balloon
A precious young boy, Simon (Simon Iteanu) must deal with the increasing fragility of his mother, the loving yet preoccupied Suzanne (Academy Award Winner Juliette Binoche). Completely immersed in her own tribulations, Suzanne hires Song (Song Fan), a Taiwanese film student, to help care for Simon. Together with Song, a unique extended family is formed, utterly interdependent yet lost in separate thoughts and dreams mirrored by a delicate, shiny red balloon. (Directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou, 2007) view trailer >>
Saturday, February 21, 1:00 pm, Wang Theatre, free admission

butterflyThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The film tells the remarkable tale of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), the world-renowned editor of French Elle magazine, who suffered a stroke and was paralyzed by the inexplicable "locked in" syndrome at the age of 43. Bauby's only way of communicating with the outside world was by blinking with one eye, and after several dedicated helpers, a string of beautiful women (Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josee Croze, Olatz Lopez Garamendia, Anne Consigny), helped him to speak through this seemingly irrelevant gesture, he began to produce the words that would form his memoir. (Directed by Julian Schnabel, 2007) view trailer >>
Saturday, February 21, 4:00 pm, Wang Theatre, free admission


Filipino Film Series
In collaboration with Unitel, The Filipino-American Community Organizations
of Long Island with the support of the Consulate General of the Philippines,
New York. Co-sponsored by PUSO.


imelda marcosFebruary 24
Imelda–Power, Myth, Illusion
Denounced by the Madam herself who attempted to stop the film from being shown in the Philippines, this documentary is the first to focus on the life and memories of former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos, the widow of deposed Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, showing her whimsical and privileged personality in her own words.
(2004, 110 Minutes)
Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater

visa locaMarch 3
La Visa Loca
Like millions of Filipinos, Jess Huson wants to go to the United States but is consistently denied by the U.S. Consulate. To support his diabetic father, he works as a driver for Nigel Adams, an internationally famous television host seeking footage to keep his position on the show Planet Strange, taking him on a tour of the strange universe that is Pinoy culture, including strip clubs that refuse to serve meat on Lent, bulletproof shamans, and enterprising penitents who charge money to be crucified. In the end, Jess wrestles with a choice, to stay in the Philippines with his family and work for Adams or to risk and leave everything by heading to the United States. (2005, 105 minutes)
Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater

April 14
maximoAng Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros)
Neorealist in orientation, this film centers on Maxi, a 12-year-old effeminate gay boy who lives in the slums with his father and brothers who are petty thieves. After being rescued from a hate crime by Victor, a handsome police officer, Maxi falls in love with Victor who never accepts his advances and places Maxi in between Victor and his family's illegal livelihood in a tale of lost innocence and redemption amidst the poverty of Manila's slums. (2005, 100 minutes.) In collaboration with Unitel, The Filipino-American Community Organizations of Long Island with the support of the Consulate General of the Philippines, New York. In collaboration with Unitel, The Filipino-American Community Organizations of Long Island with the support of the Consulate General of the Philippines, New York. Co-sponsored by PUSO. Flier >>

Introduced by and discussion to follow with Dr. Nerissa Balce, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, and Dr. Jeffrey Santa Ana, Department of English. (Auraeus Solito, 100 minutes, Tagalog with English subtitles, 2005)

Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater

Women in Iran Film Series
Cosponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

willow treeFebruary 19

The Willow Tree
Youssef, blind since birth, has a devoted wife, a loving daughter, and a successful career but he still yearns for his sight. One day his prayers are answered and a clinic restores his sight. Eager to claim the lost life he feels he is owed, but still unstable to take the next step, Youssef finds that his world is full of possibility as he becomes paralyzed with selfishness. More >>

Thursday, February 19, 1:00 pm, Wang Theater

baranMarch 5
Baran
This film tells the story of unrequited love in Teheran. A young Iranian man named Lateef, who is only concerned with making money, happens upon Rahmat, an Afghani illegal immigrant. Through their daily interaction where Lateef constantly plays tricks on Rahmat, he discovers that Rahmat is in actuality a girl disguised as a boy. After this discovery, Lateef begins to fall in love with the refugee leading to a heartwrenching ending that is sure to send the message of the present day difficulties within Teheran straight into your heart.

Thursday, March 5, 1:00 pm, Wang Theater

April 23
the circleThe Circle
This film will take you through the horrific journey of Muslim women, born to a stifling world of bureaucracy and age-old inequalities, who try to find their inner strength and courage within the circle of women. Co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Flier >>
(Jafar Panahi, 91 minutes, Persian with English subtitles, 2000)
Thursday, April 23, 1:00 pm, Wang Theater

Port Jefferson Film Series
wings of defeatMarch 2
Wings of Defeat
This fascinating documentary takes you on a journey through the untold story of former Kamikaze pilots whose training and contribution to the Japanese cause have long been a myth. This compelling story places you front row and center with wartime footage, personal snapshots, and original animation. Director Risa Morimoto leads the discussion. Co-sponsored by The Japan Center at Stony Brook.

Monday, March 2, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater

please vote for meMarch 23
Please Vote for Me
This charming documentary takes place in Wuhan, China where a 3rd grade class learns what democracy is when an election for class monitor is held. Three children are chosen by the teacher as possible candidates. They have a few days to campaign and convince their classmates to vote for them. With wit and humor, this film exposes the competitive side of human nature.

Monday, March 23, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater

Community Yoga with Elizabeth Heifferon
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. Click here to learn more about the instructor »

Classes will be held most Mondays at 8:30 am and Thursdays at 4:30 pm in the Wang Center Garden. (Rain location will be in Room 104, unless noted otherwise). For a complete schedule click here. Flier »

Chant for Mother Earth (Gayatri Mantra) Weekly Meditation
Wednesdays starting July 15, 2009
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 sunitaster@gmail.com or call (631) 882-2791. For a complete schedule, please click here. Flier »
Wednesdays, 5:00 pm, Wang Center


Origami Heaven 2009

elephantAugust 1 to August 7
Five Artists, Five Years of Origami Exhibition
The works of our featured origami artists Giang Dinh, Meenakshi Mukerji, John Blackman, Sok Song, and Andrew Han exhibited in Room 201.

Weekdays: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Download Poster »

paper ballAugust 4
Origami Heaven Festival
The Origami Heaven Festival returns to the Wang Center for its 5th year. In celebration of this milestone, five origami artists from throughout the United States showcase their unique work.

 

red foxCome see the amazing paper sculptures of Giang Dinh, the wondrous modular origami of Meenakshi Mukerji, the intricate flowers of John Blackman and figures cleverly folded from international currency by Sok Song, and Andrew Hans's graceful cranes.

 

paper wreathIn addition to the eye-popping exhibition, this family-friendly festival features teaching tables staffed by Long Island Folding Enthusiasts members to present to you and your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews origami, a puppet portal, storigami (telling stories with origami), a greeting card workshop, and a Japanese Tea ceremony. Sponsored by the Wang Center and Long Island Folding Enthusiasts. Co-Sponsored with the Japan Center of Stony Brook.

cranes

Everything is free and open to the public. Suggested $5 donation for the Origami Heaven Festival.

For more information, click here » or call (631) 632-4400.

Tuesday, August 4, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm


Events Archive

The Wang Center is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Guided Tours for school groups and groups of 10 or more are available by appointment.

Stony Brook University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. If you need a disability-related accommodation, please call (631) 632-6320.