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Center for Civic Engagement

Day of Dialogue
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hofstra University's Center for Civic Engagement

presents

Day of Dialogue X: Community Engagement Beyond the Elections

A day devoted to deliberation and reflection of the issues that face our community, nation and the world. From the state of the global economy to the U.S. role in the world, education and health policy to the environment and sustainability, students, faculty, administrators, community leaders and invited guests will discuss why it's important to remain actively engaged in their communities before, during, and long after the presidential campaign season is over. All events are free and open to the public.

Schedule of Panels, Workshops and Presentations:

9:05-10:00am

Opening Plenary: A Student's Agenda for the 2012 Election
Hofstra University Democracy Fellows from the Center for Civic Engagement kick off this year's Day of Dialogue with a panel on the major issues of concern facing students in this coming election cycle – including the economy, the environment, immigration, education and U.S. foreign policy. In developing a community agenda for action, the panel will introduce Hofstra to CCE's innovative Deliberative Democracy Project, where community forums have been held throughout the local area – in public libraries and schools – led by Hofstra students themselves. Following the plenary, deliberative policy forums will be held throughout the day in room 246 Business Development Center. See below for the topics of each forum.
Location: Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South campus

10:10-11:05am

Other Ideas: No War With Iran?
Both Presidential candidates share the assumption that it is reasonable to threaten or even carry out a war with Iran in order to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons. This panel will consider another idea: that threats of war are not an appropriate solution to the challenge.
Moderator: Stefanie Nanes, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Political Science
Speaker: Camillo 'Mac" Bica, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, a long-time activist for peace and justice, a member of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and the coordinator of the Long Island Chapter of Veterans for Peace.
Commentators: Hofstra University Students
Location: Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South campus

Deliberative Democracy Policy Forum 1: "Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?
Facilitators: DD Fellows Kate Ardrey, Rejena Carmichael, Ashlyn Grisetti, Etana Jacobi
Organizer: Michael D'Innocenzo, Professor of History and The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change, Hofstra University
Location: BDC 246, Axinn Library

Marriage: For Gays, For Straights, or For No One?
At a time when the United States is engaged in a political and cultural battle over gay marriage, this panel addresses one of the underlying issues: Should marriage as an institution be abolished? One school of thought argues that we should extend the protections and benefits of marriage to more groups as the appropriate solution for attaining an egalitarian society. Under this view, permitting gay marriage and recognizing functional parents as legal parents are positive gains because marriage is fundamental to our society. The other side contends that the way to achieve an egalitarian society involves abolishing civil marriage. Our legal system should not dictate how intimate relationships should be lived and arranged by reference to the model of marriage, which has always limited exploration of other arrangements.
Organizer: Robin Charlow, Professor of Law, Hofstra University
Panelists: J. Herbie DiFonzo and Aníbal Rosario Lebrón, Professors of Law, Hofstra University; Sherif Girgis, JD student and Rhodes Scholar
Location: The Lowenfeld Conference Hall, 10th Floor, Axinn Library

11:15-12:40pm COMMON HOUR PLENARY

A Political Insider's View of Washington
Chris Matthews, journalist and host of MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," shares his insights about the presidential campaign with the Hofstra University Community
Location: John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus

12:00-1:30 p.m.

How Do We Fix the Economy? Deregulation vs. Reregulation
A major issue in this season's Presidential race has been the floundering economy and jobs. Some argue the way to address the problem is deregulation of corporate business interests, giving them freedom to grow without government constraints, even floating the idea of a reduced corporate tax. Others maintain the opposite, that deregulation of business interests is what led to the economic collapse, and that the remedy is reinvigorated regulation. They point to lower growth, rising inequality, and a litany of crises extending back three decades, which they blame on the "government is the problem" movement. This panel will focus, among other things, on how much actual economic change laws, agencies, criminal authorities, and candidates can realistically effect.
Organizer: Robin Charlow, Professor of Law, Hofstra University
Panelists: Hofstra University Law professors Ron Colombo, Scott Colesanti, and Dan Greenwood.
Location: Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Room 308

12:50-1:45pm

A European State in Crisis: Greece and Beyond
This panel will explore the current crisis that the Greek state is encountering which has been in the making for more than three decades, and which extends beyond the current debt/fiscal predicament to include political and social components that are inextricably part of both the problem and the solution. Although there are unique national characteristics of the crisis in Greece, in many ways these reflect challenges and policy choices that other states are facing (or will be facing) in the future, including the United States. Panelists will address such issues as the seeds of the Greek crisis, the challenges that lay ahead for Greece in getting out of the crisis, repercussions that the crisis has had on Greek political party formation, and a comparison with the Spanish crisis.

Moderator: Tina Mavrikos-Adamou, Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science
Panelists: Carolyn Dubek, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of European Studies, Constantine Alexandrakis, Assistant Professor of Economics, and George Papaioannou, Vice Dean of the Zarb School of Business & C. V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Investment Banking
Location: Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South campus

A Conversation with Afghanistan
The mainstream media mainly portrays U.S. involvement in Afghanistan as a two-sided conflict that can be resolved by foreign military intervention. However, another group exists within the conflict whose voices are rarely heard. The Afghan Peace Volunteers are a grassroots group of multi-ethnic Afghan college students and youth seeking a life of non-violence, the unity of all people, equality, and self-reliance. They do not affiliate with any political group or religion, emphasizing the need for Afghans to unite and settle problems without combat. The Volunteers also connect with ordinary people in other parts of the world to discuss non-violent solutions for Afghanistan. The APVs connect monthly with local community organizations on Long Island for Global Days of Listening via webcam. In light of the presidential debates and election, the AVPs have been invited to Hofstra to answer questions posed by Hofstra students, faculty, staff, and affiliated civilians.

Moderators: Susan Peretti & Jacqueline Jill Rito, Global Days of Listening
Ariel Flajnik, CCE Fellow, Hofstra Women of Action
Location: The Lowenfeld Conference Hall, 10th Floor, Axinn Library

Deliberative Democracy Policy Forum 2: "America's Role in the World: What Does National Security Mean in the 21st Century?"
Facilitators: DD Fellows Jesse Crosson, Priyanka Jaisinghani, Etana Jacobi, Ian Poulos, Kayla Rivara
Location: BDC 246, Axinn Library

1:55-2:50pm

Other Ideas: Remove Troops from Afghanistan Now?
Both Presidential candidates share the assumption that the United States should keep its troops in Afghanistan through 2014, if not later. This panel will consider another idea: that the United States should stop the war now and bring all US troops and security contractors home now.
Moderator: Carolyn Eisenberg, Ph.D., Professor of History, Hofstra University
Speaker: Camillo 'Mac" Bica, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, a long-time activist for peace and justice, a member of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and the coordinator of the Long Island Chapter of Veterans for Peace.
Commentators: Hofstra Students
Location: Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South campus

Empowering Long Island Families and Children
Panelists will discuss a collaborative partnership between Hofstra's Center for Civic Engagement, Project DOCC, NuHealth, and Health Leads to connect families with children with chronic illnesses or special needs to social services, community organizations, and advocacy resources. Opportunities for student participation in this exciting partnership will be highlighted.
Panelists: Maggie Hoffman, Director of Project DOCC; Marsha Hurst, Lecturer in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University; Diane Cohen, Vice President For Care Transitions and Community Programs in NuHealth at Nassau University Medical Center; Cheryl Mwaria, Professor of Anthropology and CCE Partnership Director, Hofstra University
Organizer and Facilitator: Dr. Greg Maney, Professor of Sociology, Co-Director, Center for Civic Engagement
Location: The Lowenfeld Conference Hall, 10th Floor, Axinn Library

Deliberative Democracy Policy Forum 3: "A Nation in Debt: How Can We Pay the Bills?"
Facilitators: DD Fellows Kate Ardrey, Jesse Crosson, Paige Lock, Julie Rafatpanah
Organizer: Michael D'Innocenzo
Location: BDC 246, Axinn Library

2:55-4:20pm

The Outsider Inside: International Students' Perspectives on the U.S. Elections
The U.S. elections are being watched by people across the world. In this session, a panel of international students at Hofstra will share their perspectives on the presidential campaign, and will discuss pertinent political issues surrounding the elections, and how the process and results might impact them. This will be followed by a dialogue between the speakers and with the broader audience on the many perspectives put forth.
Organizer: Dr. Margaret Abraham, Professor of Sociology, and Professor Mario Murillo, Chair, Department of Radio, Television, Film, Co-Director, Center for Civic Engagement
Location: Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South campus

Sustainability, the Environment and the Elections
This panel will explore the role of environmental issues in the coming election. A variety of topics will be discussed including: What are the candidates' positions on the environment and how are they addressing it in the campaign? How will communities be impacted by the results of the election? What role does the new sustainability movement have on the political discourse?
Panelists: Ralph Acampora, Philosophy;Robert Brinkmann(organizer);Professor and Director of Sustainability Studies,Department of Geology,Environment,and Sustainability,Director of Sustainability Research,National Center for Suburban Studies;Edgard Laborde, Power Up Communities and Christopher Niedt, Sociology.
Moderator: Lisa-Marie Pierre,Center for Suburban Studies
Location: The Lowenfeld Conference Hall, 10th Floor, Axinn Library

Deliberative Democracy Policy Forum 4: "Immigration in America: How Do We Fix A System in Crisis?"
Facilitators: DD Fellows Ariel Flajnik, Mishaina Joseph, Kayla Rivara, Jeanine Russaw
Organizer: Michael D'Innocenzo, DD Fellows, CCE
Location: BDC 246, Axinn Library

4:30-5:55pm

Que Lo Que Pasa Aquí? Latinos and the 2012 Elections
Both the Democratic and Republican Parties are trying to woo the ever-important Latino vote, especially in certain swing states with growing Latino populations. But to what extent is this pandering, or are the concerns of the diverse and complex Latino community across the country being shortchanged by both major parties in the name of politics as usual. This panel will examine these and other questions about the Latino vote.
Organizer: Phi Iota Alpha, and HOLA, Hofstra Organization of Latin Americans
Panelists: Robert Martinez, Hofstra alumnus, local Immigrant Rights attorney, Angelo Falcon, Executive Director, National Institute for Latino Policy.
Location: Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South campus

Grassroots Democracy in Action: Visions for Uniondale
Panelists will discuss a collaborative partnership between Hofstra's Center for Civic Engagement and the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition (a coalition of over 20 community organizations in Uniondale). In particular, panelists will highlight the importance of community organizing to ensuring transparency, accountability, and inclusion in a formal, community development initiative by the Town of Hempstead as well as the success of a joint CCE-GUAAC poverty alleviation initiative. Opportunities for student participation in making these visions for Uniondale realities will be highlighted.
Panelists: Pearl Jacobs, President of Nostrand Gardens Civic Association; Heidi Sanft, Vice President of Nostrand Gardens Civic Association; Jeannine Maynard, Co-Facilitator of the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition; Yolanda Bromfield, CCE/GUAAC's AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America
Organizer and Facilitator: Dr. Greg Maney, Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director, Center for Civic Engagement
Location: The Lowenfeld Conference Hall, 10th Floor, Axinn Library

6:30-8:00pm

Van Jones Keynote Speech: Rebuilding the Dream
Van Jones is an American environmental advocate and attorney, and is currently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a senior policy advisor at Green for All. He also served the Obama administration in the newly created position of Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this Day of Dialogue keynote presentation, he will discuss why people need to remain actively engaged in the democratic process on a daily basis, especially between electoral cycles, in order to make a difference in one's community, and strengthen democracy. Register online at www.hofstra.edu/VanJones

Location: Student Center Theater