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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…

Any tears shed following longtime Stony Brook University conductor David Lawton’s final opera performances on April 28 and April 29 were no match for those that Lawton himself cried as a 5-year-old while attending a dress rehearsal of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor conducted by his father. “During the final chorus I began to weep because the music was so unbearably beautiful I didn’t ever want it to end,” he said. “My father was a very fine choral conductor and I learned an immense amount from attending his rehearsals at an early age.” For Lawton, 76, his glorious…

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,…

Howard Schneider, Founding Dean of the Stony Brook School of Journalism, is about to make his big-screen debut in the highly-praised documentary Three Identical Strangers. Schneider was extensively interviewed for the film, which tells the astonishing story of triplets separated at birth and reunited by chance as teenagers. “When people ask me what is the most remarkable human Interest story I ever encountered as reporter and editor at Newsday, I tell them: the Long Island triplets,” Schneider said. “Even now, three decades later, it is an unforgettable story.”  In 1980 Schneider was approached by a local student who told him the…

As the end of the semester approaches, take advantage of Staller Center’s final events during the next few weeks. Parson’s Dance Company, Saturday, May 5, 8 pm Main Stage $42 (faculty/staff get $3 discount) Eight dancers with talent and passion bring sexy athleticism, exuberant personality and joyous movement to Parsons Dance, internationally renowned for creating and performing contemporary American dance that is accessible to diverse audiences. Parsons Dance is known for its ensemble work, and to see the troupe in action is not to be missed. Buy Tickets here Senior Show 2018: April 26 – May 18 URECA Art Exhibition: April 26…

Presented by Art Stage San, Dallae Story is a nonverbal puppet show about an ingenuous child named Dallae and her ordinary family, whose lives are interrupted by the Korean War during the early 1950s. The piece does not directly talk about the war itself, but rather portrays the efforts of a family to overcome hardship during wartime in a fairy tale-like fantasy. The story is expressed through hand manipulation of the puppets, beginning with Dallae’s birth to her sweet childhood with her family and then finally to wartime, with sets of the four seasons representing both the stages of life and the…

The University Orchestra, conducted by Susan Deaver, will perform Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Brahms Symphony No. 4 and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with piano soloist Brianna Tang, winner of the 2018 Undergraduate Concerto Competition. The concert will be held on Tuesday, May 1, at 8 pm on Staller Center’s Main Stage. Tickets are $10 general and $5 seniors and students, and are on sale at the Staller Center Box Office, (631) 632-ARTS. For more information about auditioning for the University Orchestra and future concerts, contact the Department of Music at (631) 632-7330 or visit the website.

Moving an entire studio in under two months is no small task. Couple that endeavor with a high-profile career in broadcasting while remaining a constant presence at Stony Brook University’s radio station for more than 40 years, and you have the makings of a stellar communications career. Veteran Stony Brook radio contact engineer Frank Burgert ’80 was recently honored for these achievements as the 2018 recipient of the Tom Gibson Award for Outstanding Engineering. WUSB is the student-run, commercial-free radio station owned and operated by Stony Brook University.Tom Gibson is the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System executive vice president of engineering and…

An exciting variety of dance companies, music genres of all kinds, a cirque extravaganza, a theatrical creation featuring the Emerson String Quartet, and the 2019 Gala with opera star Renée Fleming are among the many performances coming to the Staller Center for the Arts in its 2018-2019 season. Tickets for the 2018-2019 season go on sale Saturday, May 5, with discounts offered for multiple show purchases and on tickets for children, students and seniors. Go to stallercenter.com for complete information or call (631) 632-ARTS. Season at a Glance An Evening with Pat Metheny  Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8 pm Compania…

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