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Cultural Center

The Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Scholars

This award was established in 1985 in recognition of the outstanding role of the late founder of the Hofstra Cultural Center, Dr. Joseph G. Astman. Dr. Astman was a humanist, a cultural comparatist and a n international scholar who had the vision to establish the Hofstra Cultural Center as a forum for international scholarly thought.The Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Scholars

This award was established in 1985 in recognition of the outstanding role of the late founder of the Hofstra Cultural Center, Dr. Joseph G. Astman. Dr. Astman was a humanist, a cultural comparatist and an international scholar who had the vision to establish the Hofstra Cultural Center as a forum for international scholarly thought.

1986     Marilyn French, Author
Conference: The World of George Sand

1988     Andrea Bonanome (Italy), Medical Researcher
Conference: Chocolate: Food of the Gods

1989     Edmund W. Gordon, Psychologist
Conference: Minorities in Higher Education

1989     Nicole Pellegrin (France), Scholar
Conference: The French Revolution of 1789 and Its Impact

1990     Edmond Morris, Biographer,
and Sylvia J. Morris, Biographer
Conference: Theodore Roosevelt and
the Birth of Modern America

1990     Dore Ashton, Art Historian
Conference: Van Gogh 100

1990     John Cage, Composer and Artist
Conference: Bamboo and Oak: The Impact of East Asia on American Society  and Culture

1991     Paul Badura-Skoda (Austria), Musician, and
Eva Badura-Skoda (Austria), Musicologist
Conference: Mozart: 200 Years of Research and Analysis

1991     Charles W. Smithson, Banker
Conference: Innovative Financial Instruments and Development in Financial Services

1991     Lucine Amara, Opera Singer
Conference: Opera and the ôGolden Westö

1991     John G. Cawelti, Scholar
Conference: Detective Fiction and Film

1991     Marc Shell, Scholar
Conference: Money: Lure, Lore and Liquidity

1992     Artie Kamiya, Scholar
Conference: East Coast Regional Conference on
ôGames Children Playö

1993     Paul John Eakin, Scholar
Conference: First Person Singular: Autobiography Past, Present and Future

1994     Tovah Feldshuh, Actress
Conference: Women in Theatre: On the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Sarah Bernhardt

1994     Martin Bauml Duberman, Scholar
Conference: Art, Glitter and Glitz: The Theatre of the 1920s Celebrates American Diversity

1995     Kazuo Sayama (Japan), Writer and Baseball Historian
Conference: Baseball and the “Sultan of Swat”: Commemorating the 100th Birthday of Babe Ruth

1995     Ngȗgiȋ, Thiong’o Novelist and Essayist
Conference: Africa 2000

1995     Nicholas Johnson, Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission FCC)        
Conference: Eleventh International Interdisciplinary Conference on General Semantics

1996     Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Scholar
Conference: Inscription as Art in the World of Islam

1996     Peter A. Quinn, Author
Conference: Irish Literatures: Old and New Worlds

1996     Rem Koolhas, Founder and Principal, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, Netherlands,
and Professor of Architecture, Harvard University
Conference: (In)Visible Cities: From the Postmodern Metropolis to the Cities of the Future

1996     Joyce Carol Oates, Author and Poet
Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, Princeton University
Conference: George Sand: History, Politics and Society: From the First Empire to the Third Republic

1997     Herbert S. Parmet, Distinguished Professor Emeritus,
City University of New York
Conference: The Tenth Presidential Conference:
George Bush: Leading in a New World

1997     Edward Peters, Scholar
Conference: Pope Innocent III and His World

1997     Mario Lavista (Mexico), Composer
Conference: The Hispanic Connection: Spanish and Spanish-American Literature in the Arts of the World

1998     Oren Lyons (Iroquois), Scholar
Conference: Native American Experience:
Long Island, New York and Beyond

1998     Will Friedwald, Writer and Frank Sinatra Historian
Conference: Frank Sinatra:
The Man, The Music, The Legend

1999     Jon C. Teaford, Scholar
Conference: Nassau County: From Rural Hinterland to Suburban Metropolis

1999     Michele Luzzati (Italy), Scholar
Conference: The Most Ancient of Minorities: History and Culture of the Jews of Italy

1999     David B. Ruderman, Scholar
Conference: The Most Ancient of Minorities: History and Culture of the Jews of Italy

1999     Blanche Wiesen Cook, Historian
Conference: The Vision of Eleanor Roosevelt: World Citizen Ahead of Her Time

1999     Donald Spoto, Author
Conference: Alfred Hitchcock: In Celebration of the
100th Anniversary of the Birth of Alfred Hitchcock

1999     Michael A. Morrison, Scholar
Conference: Millennial Shakespeare:
Performance/Text/Scholarship

2000     Peter Riddell, Associate Editor, The Times (London)
Conference: The Thatcher Years: The Rebirth of Liberty?

2000     Walter Isaacson, Managing Editor, Time
Symposium: The Leadership Difference:
Rating the Presidents

2000     Jackson R. Bryer, Scholar
Conference: A Robert Anderson Retrospective:
Theater and Film

2000     Carlisle Floyd, Composer, Susannah
Conference: Contemporary Opera at the Millennium

2001     Kenneth T. Jackson, Scholar
Conference: Redefining Suburban Studies

2001     Bill Michaelis, Scholar
Conference: The Child’s Right to Play: A Global Approach

2001     E.L. Doctorow, Author
Conference: Moby-Dick 2001: An International Celebration

2001     Richard A. Falk, Scholar
Conference: 2001: A Peace Odyssey

2001     George Wein, Producer
Symposium: Louis ôSatchmoö Armstrong:
A Celebration of Jazz

2002     John Seelye, Scholar
Conference: John SteinbeckÆs Americas

2002     Gwen Kirkpatrick, Scholar
Symposium: Spanish and Spanish-American Poetry: Transition 2000 and Beyond

2002     Howard Zinn, Scholar
Symposium: Representing Sacco and Vanzetti

2002     Ian Thomson, Scholar
Conference: “If This Is a Man”: The Life and Legacy of Primo Levi

2002     Gary Giddins, Biographer
Conference: Bing! Crosby and American Culture
2003     Robert Kimball, Author and Historian of Musical Theatre
Conference: The Broadway Musical: 1920-2020

2003     Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Writer, Equatorial Guinea
Symposium: Beyond the Patria: Exile, Border-Crossing, and Transnationalism in the Spanish-Speaking World

2003     Carl R. Gunther, Historian and Archivist
Conference: From Autogiro to Gyroplane:
The Past, Present and Future of an Aviation Industry

2003     George D. Jackson, Historian
Conference: St. Petersburg 300th Anniversary:
The City as a Cradle of Modern Russia

2004     J. Richard Hackman, Scholar
Conference: Applied Organizational Psychology

2004     Edith Grossman, Translator
Conference: Don Quixote: The First 400 Years

2005     Robert Fishman, Scholar
Conference: New Visions of Suburban Life:
An Interdisciplinary Conference

2005     Paul Ryan, Scholar
Conference: Youth Employment in the Global Economy

2005     Douglas Brinkley, Scholar
Conference: 11th Presidential Conference:
William Jefferson Clinton: The ôNew Democratö From Hope

2006     Ronald G. Knapp, Scholar
Conference: Asian Merchant Cultures at the Crossroads

2006     Anthony Saunders, Scholar
Conference: Managing Risk in Financial Institutions:
From Theory to Practice

2006     Eric J. Topol, Scholar
Conference: Biomedical Research and the Law

2006     Cathy L. Jrade, Scholar
Symposium: Rubén Darío: 90 Years Later

2007     Jay Pasachoff, Scholar
Conference: Building a Scientifically Literate Population and Workforce for the 21st Century

2007     Harold Koda, Scholar
Conference: Defining Culture Through Dress:
Individual and Collective Identities

2007     Talal Asad, Scholar
Conference: The Politics of Religion-Making
2007     Robert Davi, Artist
Symposium: Bond, James Bond: The World of 007

2007     Raymond Benson, Scholar
Symposium: Bond, James Bond: The World of 007

2007     Richard Kadison, Scholar
Conference: College Student Mental Health:
Psychological, Institutional and Legal Issues

2007     Jessica Milner Davis, Scholar
Conference: At Whom Are We Laughing?
Humor in Romance Language Literatures

2008     Alison Stone, Scholar
Conference: Philosophy of Luce Irigaray

2008     Doug Hesse, Scholar
Conference: “Who Owns Writing?” Revisited

2008     John A. Pojman, Scholar
Symposium: Building a Scientifically Literate Population and Workforce for the 21st Century:
The Science of Patterns and Colors

2008     Stephen Hart, Scholar
Symposium: I Am Going to Speak About Hope:
International Poetry Symposium Celebrating the
Work of César Vallejo

2008     Jeffrey T. Sammons, Scholar
Conference: The Greatest:
From Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali

2009     William F. McComas, Scholar
Conference: Darwin’s Reach: A Celebration of Darwin’s Legacy Across Academic Disciplines

2009     Neal A. Baer, M.D., Writer and Executive Producer
Symposium: Media and Social Change:
Using Entertainment Education to Improve the Outcomes of Health and Social Issues of Women

2009     Miguel Angel Sikota Ndjoli, Audiovisual Artist
Conference: Between Three Continents:
Rethinking Equatorial Guinea on the 40th Anniversary
of Its Independence From Spain

2009     Eugenio Nkogo Ondo, Philosopher
Conference: Between Three Continents:
Rethinking Equatorial Guinea on the 40th Anniversary
of Its Independence From Spain

2009     Joan Marter, Scholar
Symposium: Perle Fine and Early Leaders of
Abstract Expressionism
2009     Bernard Neville, Scholar
Conference: Jean Gebser: Identity, Civilization and Consciousness

2009     john a. powell, Scholar
Conference: The Diverse Suburb:
History, Politics and Prospects

2009     Suzanne Jill Levine, Scholar
Conference: Borges and Us: Then and Always

2010     Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Scholar
Symposium: Sexual Identities:
They Ain’t What They Used to Be!

2010     Peter Zweifel, Scholar
Conference: New Directions in American Health Care: Innovations From Home and Abroad

2010     Howard P. Chudacoff, Scholar
Symposium: Child’s Play, Children’s Pleasures: Interdisciplinary Explorations

2010     Remo Bodei, Scholar
Conference: For a Dangerous Pedogogy:
A Manifesto for Italian and Italian American Studies

2010     Francesco Durante, Scholar
Conference: For a Dangerous Pedogogy:
A Manifesto for Italian and Italian American Studies

2010     Michael Bérubé, Scholar
Symposium: The Future of the Liberal Arts in
the 21st Century

2010     Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2007-2009)
Symposium:  U.S. Presidential Leadership at the
United Nations: Evaluating the Past 65 Years and
Looking Ahead to 21st-Century Governance

2010     Kevin Smith, Scholar
Symposium:  KAPOW! From Pulp Fiction to Google Books

2010     Margo Wootan, Scholar
Conference:  Public Health Challenges and Achievements: 1935-2010

2010     James P. Gee, Scholar
Symposium: 75 Years: The Transformation of Public Schools

2010     Sheila W. Wellington, Scholar
Conference: Social Responsibility in Business
in the 21st Century

2011     Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Scholar
Conference: Communication, Technology and Democracy:
Promises, Prophecies and Projections, 1935-2011
2011     Morris Dickstein, Scholar
Conference: 1935: The Reality and the Promise

2011     Fritz Stern, Scholar
Conference: 1935: The Reality and the Promise

2011     David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
Into Sunlight: The Impact of War on the Social Body From the Vietnam Era to the Present

2011     Juan Gonzalez, Journalist
Conference: Innovative Communication Within and
Across Communities

2011     Stefania Rinaldi, (Italy), Direttrice Laboratorio
“Coro di Voci Bianche” del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli
Conference: Delirious Naples: For a Cultural, Intellectual, and Urban History of the City of the Sun

2011     Angelo Cannavacciuolo, (Italy), Writer, Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Conference: Delirious Naples: For a Cultural, Intellectual, and Urban History of the City of the Sun

2012     Erik Gunderson, Scholar
Symposium: Queer Rhetoric

2012     Chuck E. Morris, III, Scholar
Symposium: Queer Rhetoric

2012     Martine Hackett, Scholar
Symposium: The Ethical Use of Internet Cloud-Based Apps and Social Media (ICASM) in Healthcare

2012     Bradley H. Crotty, M.D., Scholar
Symposium: The Ethical Use of Internet Cloud-Based Apps and Social Media (ICASM) in Healthcare

2012     John Thorn, Scholar
Conference: The 50th Anniversary of the New York Mets

2012     Edwin Charles, Athlete and Poet
Conference: The 50th Anniversary of the New York Mets

2012     Donna Gabaccia, Scholar
Conference: E Pluribus: What Is Italian American?

2013     William Fulton, Author
Conference: From the Outside In:
Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs

2013     Burrell Montz, Scholar
Conference: From the Outside In:
Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs
2013
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Scholar
Symposium: Impact Investing: From Private Equity to Microfinance

2014
Roderick Ferguson, Scholar
Symposium: Michel Foucault 2014: Beyond Sexuality

Ladelle McWhorter, Scholar
Symposium: Michel Foucault 2014: Beyond Sexuality

Jennifer Doyle, Scholar
Conference: Soccer as the Beautiful Game:  Footballs Artistry, Identity and Politics

David Goldblatt, Scholar
Conference: Soccer as the Beautiful Game:  Footballs Artistry, Identity and Politics

2014     Pyong Gap Min, Scholar
Association of Asian Studies:
Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences

2014     Bridget Welsh, Scholar
Association of Asian Studies:
Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences