Author Michael Gasparino

The Stony Brook community is invited to celebrate LGBTQ* Pride Month at the university’s inaugural Pride Mixer on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The LGBTQ* community and its friends, allies and supporters will share conversations and great food at Barito, 201 Main Street, Port Jefferson, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is presented by the Office of the President, Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Community Relations, Office of Alumni Relations and the LGBTQ* Center. It is open to all students and employees. Please contact Lee Bitsoi at lee.bitsoi@stonybrook.edu for more information.

Stony Brook University Chief Diversity Officer Lee Bitsóí writes about “Invisible Dimensions of Diversity” in the June 2018 issue of INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. Dr. Bitsóí, who is also a member of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Editorial Board, says that we all have visible and invisible dimensions of diversity, and that “as an indigenous scholar, I also defer to my cultural knowledge base about diversity, as I was taught that everyone exists for a reason. This is the basis of my understanding that diversity is more than the commonly accepted two-dimensional construct wedded to race, ethnicity, and biological sex.” Dr.…

The Food Lab at Stony Brook Southampton will host its fourth annual Fall Conference on September 14 and 15, 2018, featuring keynote speakers Pati Jinich and Lidia Bastianich. The theme of the conference is “One Long Table: Eat Global…Cook Local,” and is described as both the metaphor and the vehicle to bring people, along with their shared interest and passion for food, together. The conference “is an exploration of the rich culinary diversity we share,” according to the event website. “It is a celebration of our people, our traditions in food making and cooking, our knowhow in brewing, distilling and…

The SUNY College of Optometry is inviting students who are seeking careers in the health professions to participate in its first-ever Diversity Hackathon on Friday, September 28, 2018. A hackathon is a sprint-like event in which people collaborate intensively on solving a specific problem. The Diversity Hackathon will address the lack of diversity in optometry by collaboratively seeking feasible and implementable answers to one important question: How can SUNY Optometry increase the diversity of its student body? Guest speaker Tyler Farnsworth will discuss how to think creatively, and participants will engage in a conversation on enrollment/recruitment strategies, learn more about…

The 2018 Diversity Day and Strawberry Festival once again brought together people from different backgrounds for a day of celebration and togetherness. Held on a sunny afternoon on Wednesday, May 2, the festivities included music and dance performances, creative arts, and other events featuring student organizations and individual students at the Diversity Day Cultural Showcase. At the Strawberry Festival, a delicious array of strawberry-inspired treats — from fresh strawberries to decadent desserts — were enjoyed by students, faculty and staff. View images from the Strawberry Festival, taken by photographer John Griffin, below.

Six short plays written and performed by local middle school students will be presented at Stony Brook Southampton’s Avram Theater on Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m. as the culminating event of the 2018 Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP) Middle School Playwriting program. Playwrights for the festival were drawn from YAWP playwriting classes at Bridgehampton, Pierson, Ross School, and Shelter Island. Tickets to the performance are free. For reservations and more information, email william.chandler@stonybrook.edu. The Middle School Playwrights Festival represents a collaboration between student playwrights, actors and designers who have been taught and mentored by theater and writing professionals…

Editor’s Note: This film screening has been postponed to the fall semester. A special screening of The Chinese Exclusion Act, a 45-minute documentary made by award-winning filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films, will be shown at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre on Tuesday, May 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The film will be followed by a question and answer session led by Professor Peggy Spitzer Christoff, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Stony Brook University Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. The event is co-sponsored by the China Center,…

Students, faculty and staff from Stony Brook Southampton and the Stony Brook main campus celebrated Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 with the annual Beach Clean Up at Warner Island in Shinnecock Bay. Captain Andrew Brosnan took the crew of 16 out on the R/V Peconic on a beautiful (and long overdue) spring afternoon. The group filled five bags of trash from the Island. The event was part of the Town of Southampton’s Great East End Clean Up. Stony Brook Southampton Student Life provided lunch for the participants, who enjoyed the weather as well as the wonderful wildlife of Shinnecock…

Three stories that have appeared in The Southampton Review were performed on two recent episodes of National Public Radio’s podcast, Selected Shorts. The January 4 episode, titled “Crossing the Line,” included two TSR stories that were also read at a Southampton Writers Conference event in Avram Theater in the summer of 2017. Douglas Lawson’s funny “Love in a Kitchen Garden” was read by actor Richard Kind. (It begins at minute 11:00 and ends at 32:30 of the podcast.) The next story up at 32:30, “Brand Values,” was written by MFA student Emily Buckler. The December 28, 2017 episode of Selected…

Beginning in August 2018, a new one-year Audio Podcast Fellows program will be launched at Stony Brook Southampton/Manhattan in association with producing partner WSHU Public Radio. The first of its kind in the U.S., the Audio Podcast program will offer students advanced training in all aspects of podcasting while they develop their own podcasts, from proposal to pilot to pitch. With the number of podcasts produced more than tripling in the past five years (to over 300,000) and the number of passionate listeners continuing to rise, there is significant demand for producers, editors, writers and other professionals with the requisite…

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