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Fall 2012 Lectures

September 8, 2012

An Interactive Conversation on Kannada Culture

Sponsored by the Center for India Studies, this conversation is a unique opportunity to meet with leading lights in Kannada literature, theatre, television, and the press. Includes an audience dialogue with Mr. T.N. Sitaram, Renowned Actor, Writer and Producer of Kannada’s most popular TV serials, including Mukta, Mukta.

Featured guests: Dr Chandrashekhara Kambar (Jnan Peeth Awardee Playwright and Poet); Mr. Padmaraj Dandavate (Managing Editor, Prajavani); Mr. Srinivas Kappanna (Theatre Artiste); Mr. H. Dundiraj (Standup Comedian).

Saturday, September 8, 2012, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Charles B Wang Center, Room 201
Admission Free, Donations Requested
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September, 27, 2012

The Buddhist Way of Looking at Some Human and Social Problems, with Ven. Kurunegoda Dhammaloka

The Buddha did not claim himself as a god or messenger of the God. The way he answered some social problems, through a rational way, according to the sutras such as, Maha mangala, Vyaggha pajja, Parabhawa, Wasala. In addition, the Four Noble Truths, thoughts of freedom and Kalama sutta will also be presented

Bhante Dhammaloka is a Buddhist monk originally from Sri Lanka. He was ordained in 1982 as a novice monk and received his higher ordination in 1985. He also received his Rajakeeya Pandita degree from the Society of Oriental Studies in Sri Lanka; an MA degree from the Buddhist and Pali University in Sri Lanka; and also degrees of Yoga Shiromani and Yoga Acharya in India.

He has conducted Dhamma sermons, meditation and yoga classes in Sri Lanka, Germany, Florida, South Carolina, Boston, Washington DC, California and New York. Bhante Dhammaloka currently resides at the New York Buddhist Vihara, located in Queens, New York to give weekly dharma teaching every Wednesday and Friday evenings

Admission is free for students; donations are welcome.. To register, please email Hai Dee Lee:

Sponsored by Buddhist Study and Practice Group (BSPG).

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 6:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall I
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October 11, 2012 and October 13, 2012

BSPG Meditation Workshop and Dharma Talk:"Watching the Breath, Investigating the Four Elements" with Ven. Sayalay Susila

Sayalay SusilaThe purpose of this event is to calm our mind and understand the non-self nature of the body through exploring the four elements within. We will practice concentration using anapanasati, mindfulness of breath, in order to develop calmness and serenity of the mind so that the dharma can manifest itself. As Buddha said: "develop concentration, one with concentration sees things as they really are."

On Saturday, we will use this more concentrated mind to investigate the body. The body is composed of the four great elements of earth, water, fire, and wind. Sayalay will show you the path to practice the four elements meditation systematically until the non-self nature of body becomes apparent. The four elements meditation practice is also ideal to develop good health since it helps to balance the elements within the body.

Sayalay Susila is a Theravadan nun for the past 21 years and has been the disciple and assistant of world renowned Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw at the Pa Auk Meditation Centre in Myanmar for 16 years. She has shared her profound knowledge of the Abhidhamma, the psychology & philosophy of Buddhism, and meditation with students in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Canada and US and her teaching has been widely praised as lucid and precise.

Please arrive early and be in place by 9:30am. Bring a cushion, towel and lunch, Wear comfortable warm clothing & socks.

FREE FOR STUDENTS, $20 teacher's donation suggested for non-students.
Please email Hai-Dee Lee to register.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Room 301, Wang Center, SBU
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Room 301, Wang Center , SBU

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November 12, 2012


Anthropologist and writer Tejaswini Ganti’s new book Producing Bollywood explains the Bombay-based Hindi film industry became "Bollywood," the global film phenomenon and potent symbol of India as a rising economic powerhouse. This rich and entertaining ethnography examines the dramatic transformations in the Hindi film industry's production culture, daily practices, and filmmaking ideologies since 1991, a time of tremendous social and economic change in India.

Astute observations and diligent research distinguish Ganti's work, providing an insider's view into what is essentially a closed world and, in the process, adding deep perspective on an industry that has undergone a remarkable transformation. (

Monday, November 12, 2012, 7:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

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Spring 2012 Lectures

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Chinese Cuisine: Its History, Aesthetics, and Culinary AppealGloria Bley Miller Cookbook Cover
With Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman

Chinese Cuisine: Its History, Aesthetics and Culinary Appeal looks at gorgeous foods, evokes their aromas, invites your salivation, and is followed by a food tasting, highlighting the culinary culture, history, and pleasure discussed in the lecture.

Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman edits, and has for nineteen years, the award-winning magazine Flavor and Fortune. It is the first and the only American English-language quarterly about Chinese food and Chinese dietary culture. Her devotion to research and promotion of this dietary culture is well-known world-wide and is the pursuit of a lifetime of efforts, academic and otherwise. Do attend and join the international culinary and dietary fields welcoming this missionary of China’s dietary culture.

For additional information, please contact the Charles B. Wang Center’s Office of Asian/American Programs by email at, by telephone at (631) 632-4400, or via our website at

Stony Brook University’s Charles B. Wang Center, Room 201
Food tasting follows in main lobby.
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 1:00 PM

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Religion to Make a Nation: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement
A Lecture by John Stratton Hawley from Barnard College, Columbia University

Families have their genealogies and favorite stories; countries have their histories.
What history succeeds better for a country than the one capable of molding its citizens into
a family? In India, that has been the particular work of a narrative called “the bhakti
movement” — bhakti andolan in Hindi. Here bhakti — the religion of the heart, of song and
common participation — is seen as a force of history, something like the contagion of
America’s Great Awakenings but spanning a millennium. It formed the religious bedrock
that would ultimately, in the 20th century, make the nation possible.
Or so we have been taught. This lecture will explore the historical contingencies that
actually created this received — and largely Hindu — common sense.
Jack Hawley’s research is focused on the religious life of north India and on the literature that it
has spawned in the course of the last 500 years. He is the author or editor of some fifteen
books. Most concern Hinduism and the religions of India, but others are broadly comparative. His
current major project—a book called India's Real Religion: The Idea of the Bhakti Movement—is
devoted to deconstructing and reconstructing one of the principal ways in which Indians have told
their religious history. Its focus: bhakti, the religion of song, of radical engagement, and of the
heart. He has served as director of Columbia University's South Asia Institute and has received
multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian, and the
American Institute of Indian Studies. He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow.

Free and open to the public. All are welcome!
For more information visit, email
or call (631) 632-9742 for details.

Monday, March 26, 2:30pm, Wang Center's Theater






Past Lectures

Tuesday, March 13, 7 PM

THE PINOYORKER: Filipino (Pinoy) Artists and Activists Change New York

This lively panel discussion gives voice to some of the most compelling and accomplished FIlipino-American experiences in New York arts and activism. Pinoyorkers features Jessica Hagedorn, Kenneth Bauzon, Angel Velasco Shaw, and selected representatives from the Bayanihan Kultural Kolektib of the Philippine Forum. Jessica Hagedorn is an award-winning author whose works include Toxicology (2011) and Dogeaters (1990). Also a musician and playwright, Hagedorn's incisive commentary on race, politics, and money in the USA is shaped by her immigrant experience. Political scientist Kenneth Bauzon, of St. Joseph's College, is the author of works including Development and Democratization in the Third World: Myths, Hopes and Realities (1992). Also included on he panel is acclaimed independent film/video maker, educator, freelance curator, and cultural organizer Angel Velasco Shaw, noted for her work as originator and director for the exhibition and performance project Vestiges of War 1899-1999: The Philippine-American War and Its Aftermath. Stony Brook professor -- and fellow "Pinoyorker" -- Nerissa Balce moderates. 

Free admission.


Tuesday, March 13, 7 PM, Charles B. Wang Center

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Festival of the Moving Body

Join us for a day of movement and discovery.

Through this daylong event, participants learn how movement, creativity, and imagination impact holistic health, recovery, and well-being.

Experts from around the globe share their ideas, research, creative work, and interdisciplinary thinking through  dance, media, interactive art installations, somatic education and therapy, visual art, panel discussions, music, classes, and performance.

Highlights for March 17 include:

1.  THE HEALING POWER OF THE MOVING BODY: A Clinical Report by Zhiyuan Wang, MD and Qiqi Mu, MD
10 am to 10:45 am, Wang Lecture Hall 2

12 pm to 12:45 pm, Wang Lecture Hall 1

2pm to 2:45 pm, Wang Room 103

3  to 4pm, Wang Chapel

5. BUTOH - DANCE SPACE PROJECT by Tetsuro Fukuhara
3 pm to 4:30 pm, Wang Room 301

Friday, March 16, 7pm, Wang Theater - Summit Performance featuring Erin Dudley in EXISTENZ
Tickets are $10 for students; $15 for the general public

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