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Newsreel Fall 2020


  • Professors Shyam Sharma, MaryAnn Duffy, and Soni Sharma  presented a panel,   Reframing Writing Education: Helping Students Transcend Borders  at  ReVision and ReForm: Teaching Writing Across Borders/A Virtual Symposium, held by New York University on October 23-24, 2020. The panel was moderated by  Jonathan Mischkot, New York University.
  • "Irrigation Technology and Women’s Empowerment in India – A Look at the Process from the Ground Up "   To understand the impact on women’s social status in their communities, Professor Peg Christoff traveled to Gujarat, India to interview farmers in three villages. This resulted in a digital collection including interviews, audio and video recordings and photographs and two related undergraduate research projects. Two events on October 16, 2020 and November 13, 2020 revisit the project. A day-long symposium on the project and digital collection is planned for Spring 2021.
  • Students  in Professor  Kristina Lucenko's course on the personal essay led a conversation with renowned novelist and essayist Edwidge Danticat on storytelling and writing about trauma and pain. The September 21, 2020 event was part of the Humanities Institute's “Pressing Matters” Lecture Series.  
  • Professor Rita Nezami published an interview with  Professor Cynthia Haynes, Director of Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design of Clemson University, in the SUNY Council on Writing blog, " Why Teaching Composition Virtually Presents New Possibilities for Rhetorical Exchange."
  • Professor Kenneth Weitzman received a grant through the Alda Center  for Communicating Science to commission three professional playwrights to write plays  about scientists/science happening here at SBU.  The plays were presented (virtually) on Wednesday with Broadway actors reading the plays. The three short plays together run about 50 minutes total, then a panel discussion with the playwrights and their partner scientists follows. For a limited time, they can be viewed here. SBU Science on Stage
  • Congratulations to Professor Roger Thompson on promotion to Full Professor!
  • University Provides Online Writing Support During Pandemic  featuring Professor Shyam Sharma (Stony Brook University News)
  • Professor Katherine Johnson is In the Spotlight this month! Read her reflections on teaching writing and research.


Newsreel Spring 2020


  • Professor MaryAnn Duffy  is  In the Spotlight   this month! Read her reflections on teaching writing.
  • Professor Roger Thompson saw the publication of his new book, Writing Programs: Veteran Studies, and the Post-9/11 University: A Field Guide from NCTE (co-authored with D. Alexis Hart).
  • Professor Michelle Whittaker joined the American Poetry Journal as a Poetry Editor. She also served as a judge on the Literary Arts Committee for the Luminaria Artist Foundation 2020 grant awards. Her recent work has appeared in Fjords Review, PANK Magazine, Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review , and Upstreet , where she received a scholarship to the Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers' Conference for manuscript review.
  • Professor Kenneth Weitzman’s play seal boy won the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's Generations National New Play Award.
  • Professor Peter Khost’s book Rhetor Response: A Theory and Practice of Literary Affordance was shortlisted for the Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award for 2020.
  • Teaching Assistant Luca Zanchi published The Moving Image and the Time of Prophecy: Trauma and Precognition in L. Von Trier’s Melancholia (2011) and D. Villeneuve’s Arrival (2016) . He also received the AHLSS 2020 Summer Research Fellowship.
  • Professor Shyam Sharma was invited by the Fulbright Commission to serve on a review team for parts of South Asia, in addition to starting to serve as the Vice President of SUNY Council on Writing.
  • Professor Kristina Lucenko's article on  early Quaker women and civility rhetorics was  published in   Peitho 22.3  (spring 2020). Her  book review of Elizabeth B. Bearden's   Monstrous Kinds: Body, Space, and Narrative in Renaissance Representations of Disability  was published in  Disability Studies Quarterly 40.1 (winter 2020).
  • Professor Peg Christoff published a book chapter   “Open Scholarship and Climate Change in the Asian World,” with Jamie M. Sommer, for  The Complete Guide to Open Scholarship , edited by Darren Chase and Dana Haugh (ALA Editions), June 2020.


  • Sylvia Johnson, a May 2020 summa cum laude graduate and Writing and Rhetoric Minor, received the third place grand prize for Student Employee of the Year and the Alumni Association Dean’s Choice Award in the College of Business. 
  • Danny DeGennaro, a summa cum laude graduate in Electrical Engineering and double minor in Physics and Writing and Rhetoric, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. 
  • Marissa Kelberman, a summa cum laude graduate in Fall 2019 with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy, and a minor in Professional Writing, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
  • Amy Ngo, a Writing and Rhetoric minor, has been offered an internship at BioBus, a  non-profit organization that helps low income, minority and female students pursue the STEM fields. She will be mainly working on science communication and teaching the students different areas of science.
  • Kunika Chahal, Yosman Dhar, and Matthew Licht, all Writing and Rhetoric minors, were three of the Spring 2020 graduates featured on the College of Arts and Sciences website.
  • Patrick Kuflewski and Patrick Trinh, both Writing and Rhetoric minors, made Dean's List. 
  • Jennifer Lee, a Professional Writing minor, was inducted into Alpha Nu Zeta (ANZ), Stony Brook University’s chapter of the International English Honor Society, and will be part of their executive board beginning Fall 2020.
  • Ha Youn (Bella) Won,  a summa cum laude graduate with a double major in Technological Systems Management and Biology as well as a double minor in Writing & Rhetoric and Entrepreneurship, will be a full time research technician in a cancer research lab at Weill Cornell Medicine.
  • Julianna Casella, a double major of Biology and Psychology, and a Writing and Rhetoric minor, was the student speaker for Commencement 2020.



Newsreel Fall 2019