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College of Arts and Sciences Announces 2021-22 Sir Run Run Shaw Lecture Series

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Sir Run Run Shaw (photo by Kin Cheung/AP)
Sir Run Run Shaw (photo by Kin Cheung/AP)

The College of Arts and Sciences presents the Sir Run Run Shaw Lecture Series for 2021-22. The series kicked off on Friday, September 24, with the Department of Chemistry’s presentation of “Adventures in Metalloprotein Design: Enhancing Cu Based Enzymatic Catalysis,” featuring Dr. Vincent L. Pecoraro, University of Michigan. The series continues on Wednesday, October 6, with “W.E.B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science, Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter,” featuring Dr. Aldon Morris ‘80, PhD Sociology, Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. 

Sir Run Run Shaw was an entertainment mogul and philanthropist who, in the 1960s and 1970s, presided over East Asia’s largest movie studio and produced hundreds of popular movies. He was credited with establishing the kung-fu genre of martial-arts movies and helped bring Chinese martial arts films to an international audience. A generous philanthropist, especially in the education sector, Shaw remained involved in Hong Kong’s media industry well into his later years, retiring as chairman of the television station TVB at the age of 104. 

The Shaw Foundation Hong Kong Limited made a gift of HK$1 million to the Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences through the stewardship of CN Yang, Einstein Professor of Physics, and President Marburger in 1985. This gift was used to establish the Sir Run Run Shaw Endowment, one of the earliest endowments established by the Stony Brook Foundation. The endowment proceeds support lectures in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

In March 1985, Shaw received the Stony Brook Medal from President Marburger in recognition of his generous gift. 

The Fall 2021 series includes: 

Friday, September 24 at 3:30 pm
“Adventures in Metalloprotein Design: Enhancing Cu Based Enzymatic Catalysis”
Featuring Dr. Vincent L. Pecoraro, University of Michigan
Student Union Auditorium
Presented by the Department of Chemistry 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 1 pm
“W.E.B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science, Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter”
Featuring Dr. Aldon Morris ‘80, Northwestern University
Via Zoom
Presented by the Department of Sociology and the Office of Alumni Relations 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 4 pm
An Evening Conversation on History, Memory, and Fiction
Featuring Maaza Mengiste, Wesleyan University
In conversation with Dr. Simone Brioni, Department of English, and Dr. Loredana Polezzi, Alfonse M. D’Amato Chair in Italian American and Italian Studies
Wang Center Lecture Hall 2
Followed by an informal reception in the Center for Italian Studies, Melville Library, E4340
Presented by the Center for Italian Studies, Alfonse M. D’Amato Chair in Italian American and Italian Studies and the Department of English

Visit the College of Arts and Sciences website for more information. 

 

 

 

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