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Define '09 - New Challenges, New Solutions

We are pleased to announce the launch of "Define '09: New Challenges, New Solutions," a year-long series of programs designed to examine the new presidential administration, its policies and initiatives, the challenges we currently face and ways of addressing our country's most pressing issues.

Designed to keep our students and our community engaged in politics and civic engagement, this program builds from the success of Educate '08 and the hosting of the October 15 debate. We hope to have participation from all schools and colleges, as well as any department that plans public programs, as we did for Educate '08. In addition to lectures and conferences, we encourage the creation of interactive programs, performances, exhibitions and social events.

To faculty: If you are planning a speaker, panel, film series, course or event in Spring or Fall 2009 that pertains to the way in which the Obama Administration is crafting its programs for the next four years, or which address the political environment surrounding these policies, please contact Rosanna Perotti or Melissa Connolly. As in the case of the Educate '08 civic education campaign, we would like to make sure that events are timed to minimize scheduling conflicts, ensuring maximum participation from the Hofstra community.

Students with program ideas should contact Dr. Jayne Brownell, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

Community members, educators and regional advocates with program ideas should contact Melissa Connolly.

Other partners in Define '09 include:
The Office of the Provost, Dr. Herman Berliner
The Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, Chair Dr. Meena Bose
Center for Civic Engagement, Chair Dr. Cynthia Bogard