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 Spring/Summer 2019 Graduating Writing Minors: Congratulations!

Read here all about the splendid achievements and future plans of our graduating Writing and Rhetoric Minors and Professional Writing Minors. 


Thor Hawrey Wins the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

Thor Hawrey, a Writing and Rhetoric minor, was one of the winners of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students who have received recognition for distinguished achievements. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the University. This year, 210 students from 64 campuses will receive this award.

Congratulations to Thor!

Thor Hawrey





April 25 URECA 2018: Celebration of Undergraduate Research & Creativity

Kip Daly, "South Africa's Nuclear Rhetoric"
Faculty Mentor: Robert Kaplan

Sampson Berlinski, "Reconstructing the RhetComp Blog"
Faculty Mentor: Robert Kaplan

Thor Hawrey, "The First Amendment at the Heart of Safe Spaces"
Faculty Mentor: Robert Kaplan

Steve Carey, "Cognitive Flexibility and ADHD: The Paradoxical ‘Hyperfocus’ and Its Clinical Implications"
Faculty Mentor: Robert Kaplan

Megan Cahill-Assenza, "I Am: Building A Community Through A Multimedia Blog"
Faculty Mentor: Cynthia Davidson

Karis Tatuska, "Analyzing the Use of and Increasing Dependence on Executive Action to Affect Immigration Policy in the United States"
Faculty Mentor: Robert Kaplan

Roberta Geffrard, "The Reversal of Brain Drain: Exploring the Patterns, Causes, Consequences and Solutions"
Faculty Mentor: Ghanashyam Sharma

Jasleen Kaur, "Examining Culture is Critical in Solving Female Genital Mutilation"
Faculty Mentor: Ghanashyam Sharma

Lopa Shah, "Innovation from Interdisciplinary Education"
Faculty Mentor: Kristina Lucenko

Fangzhou Wang, "Electricity Is Not the Answer"
Faculty Mentor: Ghanashyam Sharma

Lin Feng, "Solution to Abortion?"
Faculty Mentor: Ghanashyam Sharma

Robert Kaplan, PhD, Organizer

Lopa Shah

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April 17-24 Derek Haas, Creator of CHICAGO FIRE, Visiting Artist

Derek HaasVisiting artist and writer/producer  will be Stony Brook University April 17-24, 2018! Please join the Program in Writing and Rhetoric's Professor Wilbur Farley and SBU Art's Professor Brooke Belisle on Wednesday, April 18 at 4:00 PM for screening of an episode of NBC's CHICAGO FIRE followed by a roundtable discussion.  Location: Humanities 1006. 

 Derek Haas, a graduate of Baylor University, is known for The Double (2011), Wanted (2008) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), as well as the Chicago Fire, Chicago MED, and Chicago PD television series (IMDB). His books includeThe Way I Die, A Different Lie, and The Right Hand ( 

In addition to the campus-wide screening and roundtable on April 18, Derek will visit classes and meet and talk informally with students and faculty throughout the week-long residency. This residency is made possible by our AHLSS Visiting Artists Series, an annually funded grant for emerging and established artists made possible by Stony Brook University and supported by the Office of the President, Dr. Samuel Stanley. 


Events Calendar Spring 2018

All events held during Campus Lifetime, 1PM-2:20 PM, in the Shared Faculty Lounge unless otherwise indicated in bold.


Wed, Jan 24



Wed, Jan 31

Program Meeting


Wed, Feb 7

Fall 2017 Portfolio Debrief


Wed, Feb 14

PWR Reading Series: Lois Agnew


Wed, Feb 21 (Seminar Room)

Focus Group of 303 Instructors (Undergraduate Studies Committee)


Wed, Feb 28

Program Meeting


Wed, Mar 7

Brown Bag: Assessment Update (Robert Kaplan/Peter Khost)


Wed, Mar 14

Spring Recess


Wed, Mar 21 (Poetry Center)

PWR Reading Series: Roger Thompson, 4 PM


Wed, Mar 28

Program Meeting


Wed, Apr 4

Brown Bag (Undergraduate Studies Committee)

Writing Minor Event, TBD


Wed, Apr 11 &

Thurs, Apr 12 2:30PM-3:50PM



Wed, Apr 18

Derek Haas screening event and roundtable discussion featuring Professor Wilbur Farley and Professor Brooke Belise (SEE PINNED POST ABOVE)


Wed, Apr 25 (SAC)



Wed, May 2



Events Calendar Fall 2017

Wed, Aug 30 (Shared Faculty Lounge)

Program Meeting 


Wed, Sept 13 (Shared Faculty Lounge)

Brown Bag: Eugene Hammond

Eugene Hammond leads the group in a discussion of rhetoric.


Wed, Sept 27 (Shared Faculty Lounge)

Reading Series: Michelle Whittaker

Michelle Whittaker reads from her debut poetry collection, Surge (Great Weather for Media).


Wed, Oct 11 (Shared Faculty Lounge)

Award Ceremony

This event is designed to promote our upper-division courses, provide information about the writing minor, and celebrate our essay contest winners.


Wed, Oct 25 (Shared Faculty Lounge)

Program Meeting

Dana Haugh discusses library collections, as well as workshops/events.


Wed, Nov 1 (Shared Faculty Lounge)

Reading Series: Julie Buntin

Julie Buntin reads from her debut Novel, Marlena (Henry Holt & Co.), a 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Pick and finalist for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.


Wed, Nov 29 (Shared Faculty Lounge)

Thurs, Nov 30, 2:30-4 pm (Shared Faculty Lounge)


Everyone teaching WRT 102 this semester should attend one of these two scheduled calibrations.


Winners of "Your Voice, Your Future" Essay Contest 

We Will Vote by Kevin Dooley

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric’s essay contest, “Your Voice, Your Future.” The essay contest was part of "The Race for President 2016" programming sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Journalism, Division of Student Affairs, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation. 

On the topic of the economy: “The Economic Anger of the 2016 Election” by Rohith Hegde; faculty mentor Jennifer Young, Writing and Rhetoric

On the topic of immigration: “The Immigration Debate: Exclusion vs. Accommodation” by Danny DeGennaro; faculty mentor Steven Dube, Writing and Rhetoric

On the topic of national and global security: “A Nuclear Election” by Jody Karg; faculty mentor Allison Tyndall, Writing and Rhetoric

On the topic of the Supreme Court: “Gun Control and the Future of the Supreme Court” by Lukas Vasadi; faculty mentor Frank Myers, Political Science

Congratulations to the students and their faculty mentors Thank you for being part of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric's community of writers!

Fall 2016 Faculty News Update

New full-time lecturers:  Sarah Azzara, Mary Ann Duffy, and Matthew Miranda.

New Assistant Professors: Michelle Whittaker and Kristina Lucenko.

Kristina Lucenko (PI) and Cynthia Davidson were recipients of a Diversifying Wikipedia TALENT grantRita Nezami

Roger Thompson edited a guest issue of Pedagogy (16:3 October 2016) on "Veteran's Voices" with D. Alexis Hart.

Shyam Sharna and Soni Adhikari spent some time in Nepal this summer, and Shyam and Gene Hammond worked with Nepalese teachers. 

Grants: A Presidential Diversity Grant was won by Peter Khost, Robert Kaplan, and Marianne Catalano. 

A Visiting Artists Grant was won by Roger Thompson.

Publications: Michelle Whittaker has recently published poems in Transitions Magazine at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. The poems can be found on JSTOR.

Carolyn Sofia ’s paper was accepted at the upcoming Association for Jewish Studies conference in San Diego.

Rita Nezami’s translation of By Fire recently received a review in World Literature Today. She will also give a talk about her book at the Humanities Institute in September. She has also become a member of the Advisory Group of Global Citizenship and World Literature Project (GC/WL), led by Eric Haralson in English.

Roger Thompson also just received news that his book on Emerson and Rhetoric will be published by Southern Illinois Press.

Upcoming Presentations: Jennifer Albanese is presenting a paper at a Writing Center Conference in Denver, Colorado. Kristina Lucenko is presenting at NCTE in November 2016.

Peter Khost, Robert Kaplan, and Shyam Sharma/Soni Adhikari are presenting at the Conference on College Communication and Composition in Portland, Oregon next spring.


 April 27 - URECA Celebration of Research 

Undergraduates in the Writing Program and their faculty mentors presented a stunning a celebration of research writing. 

sharma group



April 15 -

8th Annual Teaching and Learning Colloquium

PWR instructors Cynthia Davidson. Shyam Sharma, Matt Miranda, graduate students Sara Santos and Jack Conte, and undergraduates Shreeya Tuladhar and Justine Josue presented "Writing in the Wormholes," a discussion of the effects that online environments, tools, and resources have on online composition and collaboration, at the 8th Annual Teaching and Learning Colloquium at Stony Brook University on April 15, 2016. With a diverse panel consisting of  undergraduates presenting creative written and digital work, a graduate student who uses digital spaces to extend his creative writing workshop, a Ph.D student incorporating digital media into her WRT 102 courses, and experienced writing instructors who are exploring the world of online instruction, there was a range of experience wide enough to interest any audience.






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