Browsing: Humanities

As Kathleen Wilson surveyed her last semester of a four-year term as director of the Humanities Institute within the College of Arts and Sciences, she spoke with excitement about the Institute’s history, programming and changes she has implemented. Wilson, a SUNY Distinguished Professor with an appointment in the Department of History, is aided by Program Coordinator Adrienne Unger, a supporting staff and an advisory board composed of 15 faculty members who endeavor to keep Stony Brook at the crossroads of critical thinking and aligned with the social, cultural and political issues of the world. The Institute has striven for social…

The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery in Staller Center will present three separate student exhibitions during the course of March and April. The graduate student exhibition, Time: MFA Thesis Exhibition 2018, will be on view from March 18 through April 14. The undergraduate Senior Show and the URECA Art Exhibition will be on view concurrently beginning April 26. The exhibitions and all events are free and open to the public. Time: MFA Thesis Exhibition 2018, March 18 – April 14 Time features new work by Stony Brook University’s graduating Master of Fine Arts students. It includes drawing, painting, paper cuts and video installations by Jasna Boudard, Razieh Jafari,…

Before taking a Stony Brook University course in news literacy, 17-year-old Alex Macholz, a student at Northport High School, never thought to question the source of the news he was exposed to.   “The news literacy course has changed my thought process,” he said. “I have learned to be more skeptical of what I read, leading me to make sure I verify the source of where the information comes from.” What began at Stony Brook as an effort to encourage critical scrutiny of the news is now gaining traction in local schools, and has even found its way overseas. The…

Each spring, the Stony Brook Foundation hosts the Stars of Stony Brook Gala to benefit student scholarships and a select academic program of excellence, generating nearly $50 million since 2000. This year, the 19th Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala will be held on April 11, 2018, and honor Dorothy Lichtenstein, President of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and a Stony Brook Foundation Board Trustee. The Gala will celebrate our renowned Stony Brook Southampton Creative Writing and Film program and feature special guests, CBS Sunday Morning anchor Jane Pauley and “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau (illustration pictured here). Lichtenstein joins a distinguished roster of…

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…

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