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Alumni Authors Discuss Their Work on Campus

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Among Stony Brook University’s accomplished alumni base, we’re proud to have several published authors. This March, four alumni returned to campus to share their work with the campus community.

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War Poems: A Marine’s Tour 2003-2008
An Alumnus in Residence Discussion

On Thursday, March 7,  the Alumni Association and the English Department welcomed Christopher Pascale ’15 back to campus to discuss his book of poetry,War Poems: A Marine’s Tour 2003-2008. A graduate of Stony Brook’s Science and Technology program, Pascale ’15 currently works as a member of the IRS’ Chief Counsel and is an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College.

With veterans, alumni, students and faculty in attendance, Pascale discussed his journey – from his decision to join the Marines to the publication of his poetry. All it took, he said, was one person to take a chance on him, even after nearly 1,000 others had rejected him.

The format of the Alumni in Residence discussion series offered attendees a unique opportunity to engage with Pascale on a more intimate level in an information group or individual setting, providing valuable opportunities of mentorship for aspiring authors.

Img 7258Hispanic Languages & Literature Lecture Series: Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray PhD ’10 returned to campus on Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7 for an Alumni Lecture Series hosted by the Department of Hispanic Languages & Literature. An Assistant Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University, Murray published her first book Home Away from Home: Immigrant Narratives, Domesticity, and Coloniality in Contemporary Spanish Culture in 2018.

During her visit, Murray met with students and faculty to discuss her book and research focusing on contemporary Spanish literature and film, gender, migration and race.


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On Monday, March 4, alumni Mark Rice PhD ’14, author of Making Machu Picchu: The Politics of Tourism in Twentieth-Centure Peru, and Alexander Dawson PhD ’97, author of The Peyote Effect: From the Inquisistion to the War on Drugs, visited the Latin American and Caribbean Studies department to share their works. With students and faculty in attendance, Rice and Dawson shared their experiences from working on a dissertation to writing a book.

For more information on alumni authors and their published works, please visit our alumni authors page.

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  • Happy to see Chris Pascale publishing work. Met him in North Carolina in 2008 when he was touring for a novel called “Manson.” I felt it was good but not great. But good enough to see it on my shelf and wonder where that guy is today.

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