Faculty News

“Energy Reform” and Environment in Mexico

Some of you may be interested to read this Dissent blog entry Chris Sellers wrote about Mexican President Peña Nieto’s proposed “Energy Reform” for that country, in the light of my own research into the recent history of Pemex’s environmental impacts.

New Distinguished Professor

Congratulations to Prof. Paul Gootenberg, who has been promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Distinguished professorships are reserved for scholars who have achieved national or international prominence in their field.

How Industrial Hazards Get Overlooked

Prof. Chris Sellers has written a online blog entry for the journal Dissent, reflecting on recent industrial disasters in Texas and Bangladesh, and drawing on his edited volume Dangerous Trade: Histories of Industrial Hazard across a Globalizing World.

The Berlin Prize

Prof. Wolf Schafer has won a residential fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, a center for advanced study in the humanities, public policy, social sciences, and arts. This is the first time a Stony Brook faculty has won this prestigious prize. Prof. Schafer’s winning project, “Finalization and Failure: A Comparative Management Study of Big Weapons Programs in World War II,” will compare the Manhattan Project with equivalent German efforts.

Partners in Time

The online journal Common-place recently released a special issue on “Music and Meaning in Early America,” which features the article “Partners in Time” by Prof. April Masten. Drawing on her new research, Prof. Masten discusses affinities between African American and Irish jigs, and the methodological challenges of interpreting the history of dance.

Jews & money—the movie

Prof. Sara Lipton acts as consultant for and appears in a new documentary, Jews & Money, released by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lewis Cohen, which traces the age-old stereotype of the rich Jew, from medieval moneylenders to Nazi propaganda to international capitalism. The first showing is at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival in February. Future releases include the JCCSF in San Francisco, and a possible New York venue.