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College of Arts and Sciences Announces Fall 2023 Sir Run Run Shaw Lecture Series

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The College of Arts and Sciences presents the Fall 2023 Sir Run Run Shaw Lecture Series, which kicks off on Wednesday, September 27, with “Electronic Personhood and Human Futurity in the Age of AI,” featuring writer and scholar Louis Chude-Sokei, presented by the Department of Art’s Future Histories Studio. The series continues on Thursday, September 28, with “Blubber and Light: Decolonial Black Feminist Breathing,” featuring Alexis Pauline Gumbs, presented by the Humanities Institute and Center for Changing Systems of Power.     

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

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. In 1985, the Shaw Foundation Hong Kong Limited made a gift of HK$1 million to the College of Arts and Sciences through the stewardship of CN Yang, Einstein Professor of Physics, and President Marburger. 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. 

The Fall 2023 series includes: 

Wednesday, September, 27 | 4 pm
Electronic Personhood and Human Futurity in the Age of AI”
Featuring Louis Chude-Sokei, Boston University
Future Histories Studio, Staller Room 4222
Presented by the Future Histories Studio, Department of Art

Thursday, September, 28 | 4:30 pm
“Blubber and Light: Decolonial Black Feminist Breathing” 
Featuring Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Co-sponsored by the Center for Changing Systems of Power and the Humanities Institute

Wednesday, October 25 | 4:30 pm
“Academic Freedom at Risk: New College of Florida
•  Emily Fairchild, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Sociology, Harvard
•  Sonia Labrador Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Spanish, New College of Florida
•  Amy Reid, Professor of French, Director of the Gender Studies Program, New College of Florida
•  Yoleidy Rosario-Hernandez, Founder and Artistic Director, Mosaic Movements
Humanities Building, Room 1006
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Africana Studies, History, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Thursday, November 9 | 4 pm
More Than An *Asterisk: Invisibility, Pretendians, and Reclaiming Indigenous Narratives”
Featuring Dr. Nichole Prescott, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas System
Humanities Building Poetry Center, Room 2001
Presented by the Departments of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and History, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Steering Committee 

Thursday, November 16 | 4 pm
The Disasters of War, Then and Now: Goya’s Laocoon, Art History, Memory and Trauma”
Featuring Felipe Pereda, Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Professor of Spanish Art, Harvard University
Presented by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024-25 academic year lecture series. For information, visit the Sir Run Run Shaw Lecture Series web page

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