Browsing: Humanities

A prestigious Soros fellowship has been awarded to Stephanie Dinkins, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Art. Dinkins was recently named to the Open Society Foundation’s  2018 class of Soros Equality Fellows, a program intended to help incubate innovators and risk-takers striving to create and develop new ways of addressing the challenges of racial disparity and discrimination in the United States. Through this fellowship, Professor Dinkins is developing Not the Only One (NTOO), a multigenerational memoir of one black American family told from the perspective of an artificial intelligence with an evolving intellect. According to Professor Dinkins,…

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide, the latest book by Stony Brook University Associate Professor Crystal M. Fleming, has earned a starred Kirkus review, awarded to books of exceptional merit. The book will be released in September 2018 from Beacon Press and is available now for pre-order. Recipients of a Kirkus star are automatically eligible for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 award given to the winning books published and starred in the given year. According to Kirkus, “Fleming offers a crash course in what will be a radically new perspective…

The Female Persuasion, the newest novel by New York Times-bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, was released this spring into a world very different from the one she imagined when she started writing it four years ago. Wolitzer, who’s also a Stony Brook Southampton MFA faculty member, said she had anticipated a different outcome of the 2016 election. Also, at the time she penned the novel, the #MeToo movement didn’t yet exist. Yet both real-world events have made her story of Greer Kadetsky, a female college student angered when a frat boy gropes her, and Faith Frank, the feminist mentor Greer idolizes,…

This week aspiring novelist Emily Gilbert of Amagansett will be getting news she’s been striving toward for a year. “I’ll be meeting with an agent who will give me feedback about my literary novel,” said Gilbert, who earned her MFA in creative writing and literature at Stony Brook Southampton Graduate Arts in 2015. “I’ve been working on it under the mentorship of novelist Scott Cheshire, who has given me really good and solid advice.” Both Gilbert and Cheshire are among the 150 professional and aspiring writers appearing on the Southampton campus July 11 for the 43rd Southampton Writers Conference, as…

“It’s an amazing experience just to understand how the research process in academia works,” says English major Alexandra Rivera ’19. “[You] understand the process by looking into books that scholars have written, to find out what dissertations are being written, and to discuss with colleagues these materials in depth.” Rivera, a student in the combined BA/MA English Teacher preparation program, is majoring in English with a minor in Japanese Studies. She is working on an honors thesis, Literary Fraudulence in Allegory and Fanfiction through Dante’s Divine Comedy, under the direction of Douglas Pfeiffer and is a participant in the English Honors Program as well…

Stony Brook University seniors Anne McNulty and Rose Goldberg, are celebrating the publication of their book, Japanese Short Stories for Language Learners: Bilingual Stories in Japanese and English Tuttle Publishing (2018), with Eriko Sato, a professor of translation studies and Japanese at Stony Brook. The book provides authentic Japanese stories, their English translations, principles and theories of translation studies, artistic illustrations, and guides and resources for appreciating the stories in both English and Japanese. McNulty is majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Asian and Asian American Studies and Korean Studies. Goldberg is majoring in Studio Art and Asian and Asian…

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…

Stony Brook University Professor of Art Michele Bogart testified before the New York City Public Design Commission on April 16 as officials wrestled with a plan to remove a Central Park statue of J. Marion Sims, a doctor who experimented on slaves during the 19th Century. “History matters – don’t run from it,” Bogart said. “The Sims monument is part of New York City’s history. The significance of the monument does not derive merely from our present day feelings and our assessments of whether the subject of the work was a good or bad person. The meaning of public sculptures goes…

The College of Arts and Sciences Program in Writing and Rhetoric welcomes writer and television producer Derek Haas to Stony Brook University April 17-26, 2018, as part of the Visiting Artist Grant program. While on campus, Haas will mentor students, faculty and staff during class visits, writing workshops, screenings, readings and discussions. On Wednesday, April 18 at 4:00 pm, Humanities 1006, Haas will present a screening of one of his television shows, followed by a roundtable discussion between Haas and Wilbur Farley, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, and Brooke Belisle, Department of Art. On April 25, Haas will hold an…

Kelsea Johnson ’17 is ready for you to hear her Voice…live! And having the Stony Brook University community at her back, she says, is both comforting and inspiring. Just under a year after earning her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook’s College of Arts and Sciences in just three years with a dual major in Psychology and Sociology, the native of Newark, Del. will sing live on NBC on Monday night, April 16 during the Live Playoff round of the network’s hit singing competition The Voice. A member of “Team Alicia,” coached by 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys, Johnson has earned…

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