Stony Brook has done it again.
On Sunday, author Junot Díaz shared the petition to Save Hispanic & Latino Studies at Stony Brook University, responding to the administration’s decision to suspend the doctoral program in Hispanic Studies and to combine the undergraduate program with other units.
“This sucks. Stony Brook, what the hell are you thinking?” Díaz wrote in his post.
Díaz is a Dominican American writer who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. He’s also won a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. He visited Stony Brook in 2010 when Oscar Wao was chosen as the freshman-reading novel and shared that he wrote the novel because he felt immigrant communities were unrepresented. This theme is persistent in his work.
Díaz is also known for his laid-back personality and for being an all-around cool guy, so way to go, Stony Brook! You’ve managed to piss him off.