Stony Brook launches a queen sacrifice by cutting humanities and humanists

by VanessaVaile

Bryan Alexander

Stony Brook University seal, via WikipediaStony Brook University, a leading American university and member of New York’s SUNY systemis cutting back on the humanities.  It’s another example of what I’ve been calling a queen sacrifice, as an administration reduces academic programs and professors.

One component of Stony Brook’s strategy shuts down or fuses several humanities departments:

Specifically, the departments of European languages, literatures and cultures; Hispanic languages and literature; and cultural studies and comparative literature will be combined into a single department of comparative world literature. The move involves suspending a number of undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs within those departments. The undergraduate major in theater arts also is suspended.

Some of these closures and consolidations wereannouncedthissummer.

This move then leads to getting rid of faculty, including both adjuncts and tenure-track professors:

In addition to planned reductions in non-tenure-track faculty lines, three assistant professors of cultural studies…

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