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Experts have long known that as oil paintings age, soaps can form within the paint, degrading the appearance of the artworks. The process significantly complicates the preservation of oil painting, along with valuable cultural manifestations, which the paintings themselves help to preserve. “These soaps may form protrusions that grow within the paint and break up through the surface, creating a bumpy texture,” said Silvia Centeno, a member of the Department of Scientific Research at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). “In other cases, the soaps can increase the transparency of the paint, or form a disfiguring, white…

With literary works dating as far back as 300 BCE, the Tamil language is nearly as old as Hebrew (335 BCE), and stands next to Chinese as the most enduring classical language still spoken today. Yet remarkably, while dozens of U.S. colleges and universities have Hebrew or Chinese language and cultural studies programs, only a handful offer Tamil. Bala Swaminathan and his wife, Prabha, are determined to change that. The couple has created the Anandavalli and Dr. G. Swaminathan Endowed Research Professorship in Tamil at Stony Brook University in honor of Bala’s mother and father.  Studying an ancient yet still…

“On the page is where I have always felt most comfortable.” This is how Stony Brook English Literature major Jessica Vestuto ’18 validates her need to write — a need that began as the editor and sole writer of a family newsletter that reported what was happening in her St. James, NY, home. While it might not have been a novel she was penning, no one told the eight-year-old family scribe that she wasn’t a little Dickens. But the works of Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas were popular reading in her childhood home. “I was raised in a house that…

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…

Film producer Simone Pero, a member of the MFA in Film program faculty and a Stony Brook University alumna, delivered the presidential welcome speech at the New York Women in Film and Television’s 38th annual Muse Awards gala on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Hilton Midtown in New York. Pero, the president of the NYWIFT, spoke about the year for women in entertainment, one that has been seen a revolution against sexual harrassment in the industry. Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul and Julie Menin, the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment also addressed the gathering, both championing the…

Was it violence or pathogens that took the greatest toll on Native Americans? Should historians refer to the loss of life as genocide or an accidental consequence of epidemics? Recently arrived Department of History Professor Paul Kelton presented the evidence and invited the audience to draw their own conclusions — and engage in dialogue — in his University Libraries lecture “Germs, Genocides and American’s Indigenous Peoples” on November 27. In an hour’s time, Kelton took the 40 or more lecture attendees through a sampling of what his students absorb in a course that surveys relations between the indigenous peoples of…

The Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University welcomes Distinguished Professor Stanislao Pugliese from Hofstra University on Thursday, November 16, at 6 pm. Professor Pugliese will discuss the book he co-edited, The Routledge History of Italian Americans, a new multi-authored history of one of the largest ethnic groups in America, bringing together the best and brightest scholars and critics to create a narrative of the trials and triumphs of Italians in America. The presentation will be held at the Center for Italian Studies, Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. This event is…

The MFA program in Creative Writing and Literature and the MFA program in Film will be hosting three separate open houses and information sessions this month at the Stony Brook Southampton campus and at the Southampton Arts Manhattan location on Eighth Avenue. MFA in Creative Writing director Julie Sheehan and Manhattan Coordinator Alison Fairbrother will host an information session about the MFA in Creative Writing program on Monday, October 16, at 6 p.m. at the Manhattan location, located on the 5th floor of 535 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets. An open house and information session will also be…

Celebrating 50 years of outstanding teaching, learning, and musicianship, Stony Brook University’s Department of Music can boast of outsize impact on the cultural scene worldwide. From opera stars to eminent musicologists, Stony Brook has spawned an impressive roster of talent that’s charting new territory in sound and performance. “We have justifiable pride in our notable faculty and 2,039 alumni who have fanned out throughout the world, performing in pre-eminent ensembles; teaching at prestigious institutions; creating, performing and studying music; and serving in important administrative capacities,” Department of Music Chair Perry Goldstein said. A prime example is the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet…

With a new base of operations at 535 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan and the hiring of Alan Kingsberg as a full-time professor for the new TV Writing curriculum, the MFA in Film offered by Stony Brook Southampton in association with Killer Films is fast joining the ranks of top film schools in the U.S. “Creativity in all its forms is becoming more important in the world and our growth reflects that,” Stony Brook Southampton Associate Provost Robert Reeves said. “We are adding faculty, increasing enrollment, and designing innovative new curricula.” “Our new Manhattan space is more like a suite of…

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