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Sir Run Run Shaw Lecture Series

Sir Run Run Shaw (1907-2014) was an entertainment mogul and philanthropist who, in the 1960s and 1970s, presided over East Asia’s largest movie studio and produced hundreds of popular movies. He was credited with establishing the kung-fu genre of martial-arts movies, and helped bring Chinese martial arts films to an international audience. A generous philanthropist, especially in the education sector, Shaw remained involved in Hong Kong's media industry well into his later years, retiring as chairman of the television station TVB at the age of 104.

The Shaw Foundation Hong Kong Limited made a gift of HK$1 million to the College of Arts and Sciences through the stewardship of CN Yang, Einstein Professor of Physics, and President Marburger in 1985. This gift was used to establish The Sir Run Run Shaw Endowment, one of the earliest endowments established by the Stony Brook Foundation.  The endowment proceeds  support lectures in the College of Arts and Sciences.

In March 1985, Shaw received the Stony Brook Medal from President Marburger in recognition of his generous gift.  
Photo: Kin Cheung/AP

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Fall 2021 Lecture Series 


Adventures in Metalloprotein Design: Enhancing Cu Based Enzymatic Catalysis

Dr. PecoraroVincent L. Pecoraro, University of Michigan
Friday, September 24, 2021
3:30 pm
Student Union Auditorium 

Dr. Vincent L. Pecoraro will discuss the implications of rational metallopeptide design for the synthesis of heavy metal detoxification agents and biosensors, and the construction of discrete metallacrown assemblies for improved MRI contrast agents, and liquid crystals for use in data storage and color screens.

Dr. Pecoraro is the John T. Groves Collegiate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. He is an expert in bioinorganic and supramolecular chemistries, having made substantive contributions to the understanding of photosynthetic water oxidation and vanadium biochemistry. In recent years he has been a leader in the field of metalloprotein design and development of metallacrowns as biomolecular imaging agents. He served as an Associate Editor for Inorganic Chemistry  for over 20 year and is a fellow of both the ACS and AAAS. He currently serves as the president of the Society of Biological Chemistry. 

Presented by the Department of Chemistry 

W.E.B. Du Bois at the Center:
From Science, Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter

Dr. MorrisAldon Morris, Northwestern University
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
1:00 pm
Via Zoom 

W.E.B. Du Bois was one of a handful of scholars of the 20th century with a sustained global impact on sociological, literary, and political knowledge. In this talk, Morris will draw on evidence from his book,  The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology  (University of California Press, 2015), to demonstrate that Du Bois was the founding father of scientific sociology in the United States; that is, American scientific sociology was founded in a segregated black university by a black man. This research disconfirms the accepted wisdom that American scientific sociology was founded solely by white sociologists in elite, white universities. This talk will explore the methods Du Bois pioneered and his novel theorizing that laid the foundations for subsequent sociological analyses. Morris will offer an account of the dynamic forces that generate scientific schools of thought and that undergirded knowledge production in social science during the Du Bois era.

Aldon Morris earned his PhD in sociology in 1980 from Stony Brook University and is currently the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. His interests include race, social inequality, religion, politics, theory, and social movements. His book, The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology , was published in 2015 and has received a dozen awards. In 2020, Morris received the W. E. B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award the highest award of the American Sociological Association. He is a former Chair of Sociology, Director of Asian American Studies and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University. In 2019, Morris was elected 112 th President of The American Sociological Association.

Presented by the Department of Sociology

An Evening Conversation on History, Memory and Fiction

MengisteMaaza Mengiste
In Conversation with Dr. Simone Brioni and Prof. Loredana Polezzi
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
4:00 pm
Wang Center Lecture Hall 2
Informal reception to follow; Center for Italian Studies,
Melville Library, E4340

Mengiste will discuss aspects of her career as a novelist, the legacy and memory of colonial history, and questions of race, identity and belonging in today’s world.

Maaza Mengiste is an award-winning novelist and essayist, whose work examines the individual lives at stake during migration, war and exile and considers the intersection between photography and violence. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was included by The Guardian among the 10 best contemporary African books. Her second novel, The Shadow King, set in 1935 Ethiopia, during Mussolini’s invasion, was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize. She was also a writer on the documentary films The Invisible City: Kakuma and Girl Rising.

Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and lived in Nigeria and Kenya before moving to the United States. She serves on the boards of Words without Borders and Warscapes and recently joined the English Faculty at Wesleyan University.

Presented by the Center for Italian Studies, Alfonse M. D’Amato Chair in Italian American and Italian Studies and the Department of English