Mary Jo Bona and Adrienne Munich to Speak on 9/27

Mary Jo Bona and Adrienne Munich

Mary Jo Bona and Adrienne Munich

SBU professors Mary Jo Bona and Adrienne Munich will speak at University Libraries Presents: Writers Series on Tuesday, 9/27. Please register and join us for an hour of diverse, dynamic talks by our esteemed faculty.

Date: Tuesday, September 27 from 1 to 2pm, Special Collections Seminar Room (E-2340, Melville Library).
Free and Open to the Public. Register here.

Speaker: Mary Jo Bona, Chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Stony Brook University
Topic: Women Writing Cloth: Migratory Fictions in the American Imaginary. Bona investigates the relationship between literary representations of cloth-work and migration, demonstrating how American authors innovate on pre-modern stories of weaving women in order to explore the intricate connections between handwork, resourcefulness, and mobility. More »

Speaker: Adrienne Munich, Professor of English, Stony Brook University
Topic: Scramblers for Diamonds at the “Big Hole” in Kimberley, South Africa. The 1867 discovery of a large diamond in what is now South Africa brought to Kimberley what one novelist called “mixed humanity” who together created the wonder of the largest hand-dug mine, eventually acquired by the DeBeers Company and suggestively titled “Big Hole.” More »


Tuesday, 10/18: Shirley Lim & Charles Taber (register here)
Shirley Lim: “Anna May Wong: Glamourizing Racial Modernity”
Charles Taber: “The Rationalizing Voter”

Tuesday, 11/15: Carl Safina (register here)
“Beyond Words: How Elephants, Wolves, and Killer Whales Think and Feel”

All programs will be held from 1 to 2pm in the Special Collections Seminar Room, E-2340, Melville Library.
For detailed descriptions of the talks and speaker biographies, please visit the website for University Libraries Presents: Writers Series.

Contact information:
Please note: food and drink are not permitted in the seminar room.


Kristen Nyitray

Kristen Nyitray

Associate Librarian; Director, Special Collections and University Archives; and University Archivist at Stony Brook University Libraries
Contact her for research assistance with rare books, manuscript collections, historical maps, and SBU history. E-mail:
Kristen Nyitray
Posted in Arts & Humanities, Author Series, Library Outreach, Special Collections & University Archives, Women's Studies