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Event Calendar

We are pleased to once again host a presidential debate at Hofstra University and invite you to explore our programming. ALL events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.

Please be aware, when attending events during the school year, when classes are in session, parking is often limited on South Campus to faculty and students. There is additional parking available on North Campus, approximately a 10-minute walk from Adams Playhouse, through the Student Center and over the unispan. Thank you for your cooperation.

High school groups interested in joining us for a program may qualify for meals or promotional debate items. Teachers interested in bringing a class should contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at (516) 463-5669.

  • A Look Back at Debate ’08 and Debate 2012
    This exhibit mainly features photographs of the participants in the two debates, Hofstra students involved in debate-related activities, and campus scenes. Also included are programs, flyers and memorabilia that help to document these two important events in Hofstra history.
    Joan & Donald Axinn Library, 1st floor lobby

  • First Families
    Hofstra University has had a long history of distinguished visitors to our campus. Many politicians, dignitaries and celebrities have come to campus to educate, entertain or receive commendations. Dwight D. Eisenhower received an honorary degree in 1950 (before he was president) and Eleanor B. Roosevelt (daughter-in-law of Theodore Roosevelt) was on Hofstra’s Board of Trustees from 1949-60. In 1961 Adlai Stevenson who was a candidate for president twice and then the United States’ representative to the United Nations, received an honorary degree.

    Many candidates for the presidency have campaigned at Hofstra including Robert F. Kennedy, who gave a campaign speech in 1964, Hubert Humphrey in 1968, and Jimmy Carter who spoke at the Physical Fitness Center in 1976. First Lady Betty Ford visited Hofstra in 1981, however, the first actual presidential visit was when Gerald Ford attended Hofstra’s Presidential Conference in 1989. Since that time, First Ladies, daughters, brothers and Presidents have visited Hofstra on many different occasions.

    In this exhibition of photographs from Hofstra University Libraries’ Special Collections, we feature photographs of U.S. presidents and their family members who have visited Hofstra University over the years.
    Joan & Donald Axinn Library, Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, 10th floor

  • RSVPTuesday, September 27, 12:45-2:10 p.m.
    Post-Debate Discussion with Prof. Carolyn Eisenberg & Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives Peace Fellows
    Emilie Beck and Natasha Rappazzo
    Join Professor Carolyn Eisenberg, Department of History, Hofstra University, along with Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives Peace Fellows Emilie Beck and Natasha Rappazzo, as they evaluate the debate for the impact of suggested policies to the international scene.
    Sponsored by the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives and the International Scene Lecture Series
    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

  • RSVPTuesday, September 27, 2:20-3:45 p.m.
    International Opinion: Student Roundtable on Global Governance
    Join moderator Professor Kara S. Alaimo, Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations in a discussion with international students about the global perspective on the American political scene.
    Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, Hofstra Honors College and International Student Affairs
    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

  • RSVPTuesday, September 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Hofstra Network of Elementary Teachers
    TEACHING THE 2016 ELECTIONS

    Emilie Beck and Natasha Rappazzo
    A workshop given by Andrea Libresco
    There's nothing more exciting than teaching in an election year…
    Even this one!
    Come join us for strategies and discussion about how to teach up to and beyond the elections in your elementary and middle school classes – grades 4-8.
    Hagedorn Hall 006-007

  • RSVP Tuesday, September 27, 7 p.m.
    America’s Role in the Global Arena: A Foreign Policy Analysis of the First US Presidential Debate
    Foreign diplomats and decision-makers discuss their perspectives on the candidates' remarks about American foreign policies and actions abroad.

    Panelists include:
    · David O'Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
    · Helga Flores, Principal External Relations Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
    Dr. Carolyn M. Dudek, Professor of Political Science and Director of European Studies, Hofstra University
    Moderated by Jason Isaacson, Director of Government and International Affairs, American Jewish Committee
    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

  • Past Events
  • RSVPMonday, September 12, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
    Signature Debate Speaker: The Madhouse Effect: Michael Mann
    Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and Director, Earth System Science Center, Penn State University; Author, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy.
    Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

  • Mann - September 12
  • RSVPTuesday September 13, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
    Signature Debate Speaker: The Evolving Media and Political Landscape: David Axelrod, Democratic strategist
    David Axelrod served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama and to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition, as well as senior strategist to Barack Obama's historic campaign for the presidency in 2008 and his reelection in 2012. Today he serves as Director, Institute of Politics, University of Chicago and Senior political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
    Moderated by Meena Bose, Executive Dean for Public Policy and Public Service Programs
    Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
    Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
    Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies
    Professor of Political Science
    John Cranford Adams Playhouse

  • Axelrod - September 13
  • RSVPTuesday, September 13, 12:45-2:15 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: America’s 21st Century Infrastructure Challenges
    A panel of experts explore the challenges to rebuild the US infrastructure. The panelist will discuss how these projects will be funded and how our two political parties plan to address these issue in their campaign platforms. We will examine the role that government agencies and their regulations play in the implementation and costs of major infrastructure programs?
    Sponsored by the School of Engineering
    West Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center

  • RSVPTuesday, September 13, 12:45-2:10 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: Foreign Policy Issues for the Next President
    Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies speaks on foreign policy in the Middle East.
    Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the International Scene Lecture Series
    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

  • RSVPTuesday, September 13, 2:20-3:45 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: Irrational Fears: Understanding the Impact of
    Islamophobia on American Muslims
    A panel of students and experts discuss Islamophobia in the U.S. and its role in this election cycle.
    Moderated by Dr. Tomeka Robinson, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Director of Forensics, Hofstra University.
    Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the International Scene Lecture Series
    Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, Axinn Library

  • RSVPTuesday, September 13, 4-6 p.m.
    Panel Discussion:  World of Work
    The typical employment relationship has changed drastically over the last few decades and will continue to evolve as the millennials assume leadership positions in organizations and technological advances shape the world of work.  Employers strive to create organizational cultures that are responsive to workers and support various work-life-balance initiatives while navigating a myriad of employment legislations which frame the relationship.  From the type of work to the methods of collaborating and producing, organizations are facing transformative decisions regarding the optimal form of strategy and structure to remain competitive.  What should the new employment relationship look like?   How can employers balance competing interests and still move the economy forward? 
    Sponsored by the Frank G. Zarb School of Business
    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

  • RSVPWednesday, September 14, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    The United States as the World’s Police Force:
    Does It Have to Be This Way Forever?
    The United States is on the cusp of a change in its approach to foreign policy. The primary threat in the world today is terrorism, not land wars between great powers, yet the global security infrastructure continues to be based upon Cold War-era conditions. The documentary American Umpire, narrated by Jim Lehrer, takes a critical look at the U.S. role as the world’s police force. Through interviews with some of the most significant leaders in American foreign policy, including Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright, George Shultz, and more, American Umpire explores our origins as a neutral nascent republic and our transition to a highly engaged superpower after World War II. American Umpire asks the important question, “What is the future of American geopolitical engagement in a rapidly changing world?” A discussion with diplomatic historian Elizabeth Cobbs, whose book American Umpire is the basis for the documentary, will follow the film screening.
    Moderator: Meena Bose, Executive Dean for Public Policy and Public Service Programs
    Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
    Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
    Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies and Professor of Political Science
    Hofstra University
    Speaker: Elizabeth Cobbs, Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History, Texas A&M University
    National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

  • RSVPWednesday, September 14, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    Signature Speaker: Conversation with Bobby Jindal: The 2016 Race for the White House, Former Governor of Louisiana
    Bobby Jindal has a well-earned reputation as one of America’s most successful public sector executives and one of the boldest innovators in the health care and education sectors. Jindal used his two terms as Governor of Louisiana to rebuild and diversify the state’s economy and financial footing in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
    Moderated by Richard Himelfarb, Associate Professor of Political Science
    Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
    John Cranford Adams Playhouse

  • Jindal - September 14
  • RSVPWednesday, September 14, 7 p.m.
    Film Screening: The War Room(1993)
    The 1992 presidential election was a victory not only for Bill Clinton but also for the new breed of strategists who guided him to the White House—and changed the face of politics in the process. For this thrilling, behind-closed-doors account of that campaign, renowned cinema verité filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker captured the brainstorming and bull sessions of Clinton’s crack team of consultants—especially James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, who became media stars in their own right as they injected a savvy, youthful spirit and spontaneity into the process of campaigning. Fleet-footed and entertaining, The War Room is a vivid document of a political moment whose truths (“It’s the economy, stupid!”) still ring in our ears. Filmmakers D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus will introduce the film and hold a Q&A session afterwards.
    Sponsored by the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
    Room 211, Breslin Hall, South Campus

  • RSVPThursday, September 15, Noon-2 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: To TPP or Not TPP?  Should the U.S. Join the Trans-Pacific Partnership
    and other International Trade Agreements?
    Both of the major presidential candidates are opposed to joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an eleven-nation trade agreement involving nations from Asia and Latin America that President Obama negotiated and signed.  Many critics of the TPP and other trade agreements argue that the process for negotiating them lacks sufficient transparency and that the provisions unduly favor large corporations without sufficient protections for labor and environmental rights.  This panel of leading trade law scholars will evaluate and discuss the extent to which these criticisms are justified and whether such criticisms support US non-participation in the TPP and future trade agreements. Speakers include Raj Bhala, Raymond F. Rice Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas School of Law; Robert Howse, Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law, New York University School of Law; and Marley Weiss, Professor of Law, Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland.
    Sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law
    The Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom (Room 308), Deane School of Law

  • RSVPThursday, September 15, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
    AARP presents Take A Stand!: The Future of Social Security and You 
    AARP New York hosts a free luncheon to discuss the future of Social Security.  We need the next President and Congress to take action and ensure Social Security remains strong for future generations.  A panel of experts will discuss what is at stake and how we can urge Presidential and Congressional candidates to Take A Stand!  This event is open to the public, students and Hofstra community. 
    Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center

  • RSVPThursday, September 15, 5 p.m.  (OPEN TO HOFSTRA STUDENTS ONLY)
    Panel Discussion: Let’s Talk About It: Civility and Elections 2016
    Moderated by Sofia B. Pertuz, AVP & Dean of Students
    Co-sponsored with the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board, Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, College Democrats, College Republicans, and Campus Feminist Collective
    Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture

  • RSVPThursday, September 15, 6-8:30 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: An Agenda for Public Education
    Since passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002 with bipartisan support, the federal government has played an increased role in establishing national educational policy and standards. The Republican Party platform leans toward returning more authority to the states and privatizing education. The Democratic Party leans toward maintaining the federal voice in education but has also been more responsive to parents and teachers. What will be the future of public education in the United States? Moderated by Eustace Thompson, Professor of Educational Leadership, Hofstra University. Panelists include Carol Burris, Executive Director of the Network for Public Education; Max Eden, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Yohuru Williams, Fairfield University; Leo Casey, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute; Kevin Welner, CU Boulder Professor & Director of the National Education Policy Center; John Hildebrand, Newsday Senior Education Writer; and Alan Singer, Professor of Education, Hofstra University. Commentators include Andrea Libresco, Professor of Social Studies Education and Director of the Minor in Civic Education, and Elfreda Blue, Professor of Specialized Programs in Education, Hofstra University.
    Sponsored by the School of Education
    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

  • RSVP Monday, September 19, Noon - 2 p.m.
    CONSTITUTION DAY 2016
    The Future of SCOTUS: How Newly Appointed Supreme Court Justices Could Dramatically Change Key Areas of Constitutional Law

    The new president taking office in January 2017 will likely have the power to appoint at least one — if not two or three — new justice to the Supreme Court. What are the issues of constitutional law that could be affected by the changes in the membership of the Court? Our panelists will examine and discuss some key areas of constitutional law that could change dramatically depending on the views of the new justice or justices on the Court. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

    Topics to be discussed include:
    · CAMPAIGN FINANCE by Professor James Sample
    · FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND PRESIDENTIAL POWER by Professor Julian Ku
    · THE SECOND AMENDMENT by Professor Leon Friedman
    Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom, Room 308, Deane School of Law

  • RSVPMonday, September 19, 7 p.m.
    Science, Policy, and Controversy – Dr. Daniel Hicks
    At every stage of research, scientists make decisions that can affect the outcomes of that research—from which questions to investigate to how to interpret data. Dr. Daniel J. Hicks will examine how such decisions can become flashpoints for policy controversies, using examples such as genetically modified foods and climate change. This phenomenon creates serious challenges for the ideal of basing public policy on objective, universally-accepted science. Dr. Hicks is a philosopher of science, ethicist, and AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Currently he is hosted by the National Science Foundation's National Robotics Initiative, where he is working on emerging ethical issues with self-driving cars. Dr. Hicks is broadly interested in public scientific controversies, and has written on issues including genetically modified foods, vaccines, and obesity.
    Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy
    For more information, please email Prof. Christopher Eliot at christopher.eliot[at]hofstra.edu
    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

  • RSVPMonday, September 19, 7 p.m.
    Millennials, social media and the 2016 Presidential Election
    This panel discussion will examine some of the most popular contemporary media organizations and social media outlets where Millennials are consuming news about the 2016 Presidential Election, and how these forums are shaping the views of first-time voters. 
    Sponsored by the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
    Room 211, Breslin Hall, South Campus

  • RSVPTuesday, September 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    The Concord Coalition presents Principles & Priorities
    The Concord Coalition in collaboration with Hofstra University hosts a unique federal budget policy experience.  Principles & Priorities is an interactive exercise in which participants learn how difficult it is to balance the federal budget.  Students and local citizens working in small groups of five to ten review current tax and spending policies, suggest priorities for the future, and apply their personal principles throughout the exercise.  By considering issues such as federal spending priorities, tax policy, and the future of the important Social Security and Medicare programs, participants gain firsthand experience addressing the difficult issues facing policymakers in today's fiscal environment. Ultimately, participants form a budget plan to put America on a sound fiscal foundation for the next several years. Principles & Priorities concludes with a wrap-up discussion of the results from each group and the lessons learned from the exercise.
    Plaza Rooms, Mack Student Center

  • RSVPTuesday, September 20, 12:45-2:30 p.m.
    The Concord Coalition presents Our Nation's Fiscal Future.  
    This timely and balanced forum will include nationally renowned Washington experts including former CBO Director Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)Joe Minerick, Center for Economic Development, and Robert Bixby, Concord Coalition.  With the next president's first budget scheduled to be released just weeks after taking office, he or she will have to hit the ground running.  The discussion will help dispel common myths about fiscal policy and answer some of the following questions:
    • What is the current composition of the federal budget? How are taxes spent and who pays for them?
    • What options are being considered to change the federal budget, strengthen the economy, and improve our quality of life?
    • What kind of political compromises will be required of our political leaders to change or even to maintain current federal budget priorities?

    Plaza Rooms, Mack Student Center

  • RSVPTuesday, September 20, 7 p.m.
    Signature Debate Speaker:  Michael Eric Dyson
    , Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University; Author, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America
    Moderated by Julie Byrne, Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Chair in Catholic Studies
    Associate Professor, Department of Religion
    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

  • Dyson - September 20
  • RSVPWednesday, September 21, 11:15a.m.-12:40 p.m.
    Signature Debate Speaker:  In Defense of Political Correctness and Identity Politics: Sally Kohn, CNN commentator
    Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America today. She is a CNN political commentator and Daily Beast columnist. Previously a Fox News contributor—the inspiration for her widely seen TED talk—Sally's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York magazine, More magazine, RollingStone.com, Elle.com, USA Today, TIME, AFAR magazine and many other mediums. Her work has been highlighted by outlets ranging from the Colbert Report to the National Review. Sally is ranked by Mediaite as one of the 100 most influential pundits on television and by The Advocate as the 35th most influential LGBT person in the media.
    Moderated by Steven D. Smith, Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, and Sofia B. Pertuz, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students John Cranford Adams Playhouse

  • Kohn - September 21
  • RSVPWednesday, September 21, 12:50-2:15 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: The 2016 Elections and Transatlantic Relations: Promotion of 'orderism' or 'democracy'?
    The foreign policy ideas of the 2016 presidential candidates could hardly be more different, especially on the vital issue of Transatlantic relations. Ahead of the first Presidential Debate held at Hofstra University, panelists will engage in a roundtable discussion of the candidates stances on Transatlantic relations and related issues such as the future of NATO, US-EU relations, Russian assertiveness, and immigration, among others.

    Panelists include:
    Justin Vogt, Deputy Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
    Carolyn Dudek, Professor of Political Science, Hofstra University
    Paul Fritz, Associate Professor of Political Science, Hofstra University
    Moderated by Dr. Bernard J. Firestone, Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    Sponsored by the Department of Political Science
    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

  • RSVPWednesday, September 21, 4-6 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: Analytics and Decision Making
    Big data is getting more precise, more accessible, faster and cheaper.  Analytics software is becoming increasingly more advanced and widespread.  As a result, the proliferation of data and advances in new technology enable private business, government, education and the military to make better decisions, faster and cheaper.  The world of business is changing. The economy is changing.  The impact and value of analytics in major sectors of our economy will be discussed by the panel.
    Sponsored by the Frank G. Zarb School of Business
    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

  • RSVPWednesday, September 21, 6 p.m. (OPEN TO HOFSTRA STUDENTS ONLY)
    Debating through the Decades
    Sponsored by the Office of Off-Campus Living and Commuter Student Services, Commuter Student Association, Student Government Association and Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity 
    Location: TBD

  • RSVP Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-8:15 p.m.
    "Your Health: What’s at Stake in the 2016 Election?"
    New York Times Health Business Reporter Reed Abelson will discuss the evolution of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) as well as other health policy issues, such as health care costs, mental health and consumerism (such as the role of patient choice, Medicate vouchers). Ms. Abselon has been with The New York Times since 1995 and currently covers the business of health care, focusing on the federal health care law, health reform and how financial incentives affect the delivery of medical care.

    Among her accomplishments, she and her colleague, were the recipients of the 2012 Front Page Award from The Newswomen’s Club of New York for their series on a for-profit hospital chain backed by private equity, and the tension between delivering profits to investors and high quality care for patients.

    In addition, she is also known for her involvement in the 2008 “Evidence Gap” series of stories, in which The New York Times explored the use of popular medical treatments with scant evidence of their effectiveness. She was also part of “Health Plans,” a series of stories reporting on the myriad failings in the nation’s health care system in 2008.

    Ms. Abelson was also among a team of reporters who were the 2004 finalists for a Gerald Loeb Award for their series, “Fixing Medicare.”

    This will be an interactive session with ample opportunity for Q&A. Sponsored by the Master of Public Health Program (MPH) and the Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program in the School of Health Professions and Human Services.
    For more information, please email Corinne Kyriacou at corinne.kyriacou[at]hofstra.edu
    Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

  • RSVPThursday, September 22, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
    Signature Debate Speakers: What Issues Will Decide the 2016 Presidential Election? A Discussion with Eugene Robinson and Stephen Hayes
    Eugene Robinson, TheWashington PostMSNBC Contributor
    Eugene Robinson uses his twice-weekly column in The Washington Post to pick American society apart and then put it back together again in unexpected and revelatory new ways. His remarkable story-telling ability has won him wide acclaim, most notably as the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the 2008 presidential race that resulted in the election of America’s first African-American president. In his three decades at The Washington Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s award winning Style section.

    and

    Stephen F. Hayes, The Weekly Standard and FOX News Contributor
    Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard and a FOX News contributor, where he is a regular member of the “FOX News All-Stars" on the network's signature news broadcast, Special Report with Bret Baier. Hayes is the author of two New York Times best sellers: The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America and Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President. Hayes has written extensively about national politics, international affairs and the country’s current political leadership. He was the first to report that Mitt Romney was preparing to select Paul Ryan as his running-mate and broke a series of stories related to the attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
    Moderated by:
    Kara Alaimo, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor and Associate Chair
    Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
    Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
    John Cranford Adams Playhouse

  • Hayes/Robinson - September 22
  • RSVPThursday, September 22, 4:30-6 p.m.
    Signature Debate Speaker:  The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency:  Ellen Fitzpatrick, Professor of History, University of New Hampshire and scholar specializing in modern American political and intellectual history, is the author and editor of eight books including The Highest Glass Ceiling Women’s Quest for the American Presidency (Harvard University Press, February 2016)
    Moderated by Susan Yohn, Professor of History, and Karyn Valerius, Associate Professor of English and Director of Women Studies
    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

  • Fitzpatrick - September 22
  • RSVPThursday, September 22, 6 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: Internet of Things - Technology, Standards, Policy, and Opportunities
    A panel of industry experts will explore the progress and challenges in merging multiple technologies together to create the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). The panelists will discuss how different technologies from multiple disciplines including; wireless networks, sensors, internet protocols, big data, analytics and cloud services are merged to create new IoT applications and solutions that drive quality of life improvements for citizens, cost savings and return of investment for cities, industries and enterprises. While creating new industry segments or verticals from sensors/devices and the data they capture including Intelligent Transportation, Smart Homes, Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, and Industrial automation and Health Care applications. They will also explore how industry standards, government policies and regulations can help facilitate the emerging IoT and enable cities, industries and enterprises to enrich lives of their citizens and employees while facilitating new business segments and new business models.

    Lead Panelist:
    Jim Nolan, Executive Vice President, InterDigital - IoT Solutions

    Other Panelists include:
    Bob Wild, Senior Vice President, IPS

    Chris Cave, Director R&D InterDigital Labs

    Joshua Mecca, President and Founder M&S Biotics

    Sponsored by the School of Engineering
    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

  • RSVPFriday, September 23, 3 p.m.
    A Face in the Crowd
    Elia Kazan’s 1957 film A Face in the Crowd is an early indictment of the role of television—and advertising—in American politics. Made after Eisenhower’s second television-fueled presidential campaign, it is a stark portrayal of the exploitation of television for commercial and political ends, particularly the capacity of the small screen to create a new kind of celebrity. Many of the questions raised by this unique film, made in the early years of television, remain with us today. Selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Walter Matthau. Introduced by Isabelle Freda with the participation of HofCritics.
    Breslin 211

  • Friday, September 23
    Doors open at 6:30pm
    Show starts at 7:00pm

    Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company
    Come and join in a fun filled evening of political themed improv from the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company. UCB TourCo brings the best improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles to new audiences all around the country.
    Monroe Lecture Hall

  • Saturday, September 24, 12:30 p.m.
    Hofstra Rocks the Debate! 2016
    Sponsored by Hofstra Concerts
    Hofstra Concerts has put together an awesome lineup of student performances and student speakers for our Hofstra Rocks the Debate concert! Join us in Hofstra USA on Saturday, September 24th at 12:30 p.m. for live entertainment and a free BBQ for Hofstra students.
    Hofstra USA

  • Saturday, September 24, 8 p.m.
    Larry Wilmore: Making Sense of the Nonsense
    Larry Wilmore, formerly the host of The Nightly Show, provided viewers with his distinct point of view and comedic take on current events and pop culture.

    The series featured a diverse panel of voices and provided a perspective largely missing in the late-night television landscape. As a former correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Wilmore added his own unique comic perspective to the reality-based look at news, trends, pop culture, current events, politics, sports and entertainment.

    *Tickets: Limit two free tickets per CURRENT Hofstra ID. Tickets are available through the Hofstra Box Office by calling 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    John Cranford Adams Playhouse

  • Sunday, September 25, 3 p.m.*
    Dramatic Performance: W.E.B. DU BOIS: A Man for All Times
    Written and Directed by Alexa Kelly
    Featuring Brian Richardson
    Martin Luther King, Malcolm X. Remembered. Revered. Yet W.E.B. Du Bois, every bit their equal, is largely forgotten. New York’s Pulse Ensemble Theatre remedies this with a riveting drama in which we are transported into Du Bois' private and political world, an inspirational journey through almost one hundred years in this great man's life, an experience both humorous, touching and enlightening. Join us as we explore the public life of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois.

    Dr. Du Bois fought tirelessly for anti-lynching laws and for Civil Rights for all people. He believed in women's rights, and the right for all people to have work, free education and medical coverage. Indeed if it were not for McCarthy having accused Du Bois of being a Communist, in the McCarthy witch hunts, (he was acquitted!) the name of Dr. Du Bois would be as famous in America as that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said of his mentor "History cannot ignore W.E.B. DU BOIS" .

    *Tickets: Limit two free tickets per person. Tickets are available through the Hofstra Box Office by calling 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Sponsored by the NOAH Program and Hofstra Cultural Center
    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

  • Sunday, September 25, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
    Herbert Insiders: Covering the Presidential Race
    Hofstra alumni who will be on campus for the September 26 Presidential Debate as members of media organizations credentialed by the Commission on Presidential Debates, will discuss their role covering this presidential election cycle and the upcoming debates. Some of these alumni were also student volunteers during the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Debates at Hofstra University.

    John Santucci ’11 Editorial Producer, ABC News
    Jaime Ball Rios ’99 Production Manager, Fox News Channel
    Elissa Salamy ’16 Social Media Moderator, Newsday Media Group
    Annik Spencer ’14 Account Executive, CooperKatz & Company, Inc.
    Axinn Library, 246 / IdeaHUb

  • Monday, September 26, 11:15 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
    Debate Day Media Panel
    Featuring:
    Rita Ciolli, Editorial Page Editor, Newsday
    Jared Rizzi, White House Correspondent, SIRIUSXM radio
    Paul Middelhof, Campaign Correspondent, German newspaper, Die Zeit

    Moderated by Meena Bose, professor of political science, director of the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and executive dean of the public policy and public service program at the Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; and Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies.

    (Open to Hofstra students, credentialed media and guests only)
    Student Center Theater
    Mack Student Center, North Campus

  • Monday, September 26, 1-2:30 p.m.
    (OPEN TO INVITED GUESTS AND HOFSTRA COMMUNITY ONLY)
    Democracy in Performance – Presidential Politics 1872
    History will come alive in the Chautauqua tradition at the first presidential debate of 2016, hosted by Hofstra University, as costumed living history performers explore the roots of issues such as voting rights, race, and women in politics. Chautauqua were late 19th century educational performances that mixed enlightenment with entertainment to engage people with democratic ideals and reform movements. In the spirit of Chautauqua, Debate ‘16’s “Democracy in Performance” will feature focus on the pivotal Presidential election of 1872: the first time a woman pursued the U.S. presidency. Even though women couldn’t legally vote in most states, Victoria Woodhull ran for President that year, and civil rights and women’s rights activist and former slave Frederick Douglass was named her Vice Presidential candidate. Women’s suffragist Susan B. Anthony was arrested and tried in court for attempting to vote. Meanwhile, Frederick Douglass campaigned strenuously for Ulysses S. Grant. It would be 100 years later before the first Black woman ran for the nation’s highest office. Shirley Chisholm will set the stage for her civil rights and women’s rights predecessors in this Chautauqua-style performance.
    North Campus/Intramural Field

  • Monday, September 26, 1-4 p.m.
    Issues Alley
    A forum in which student organizations and other groups discuss and engage in interactive activities and exhibits about issues important in the 2016 election.

    (Open to Hofstra students, credentialed media and guests only)

    Student Center Dining Hall and parking lot north of Student Center

  • Monday, September 26, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
    Get Social with CNN Politics
    A look at the 2016 Election on the #MyVote Tour

    Featuring:
    Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN Digital Correspondent
    Chris Moody, CNN Politics Senior Digital Correspondent
    Kelly Fincham, Asst. Professor of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations, Hofstra University

    (Open to Hofstra students, credentialed media and guests only)

    Student Center Theater
    Mack Student Center, North Campus

  • RSVPMonday, September 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: From “Si se puede” to “Build the Wall”: The Importance of the Latino Vote in 2016 
    A panel of journalists, academics and community activists explore the range of issues within the diverse Latino community, and how the two major parties are (or not) addressing their many concerns.

    Panelists include:
    Howard Jordán, attorney, journalist, and political activist, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Hostos Community College in the South Bronx, where he directs the Public Policy and Law Unit.

    Jessica Ramos
    , Director of Latino Media for Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City of New York, where she develops and executes media strategies with ethnic and community media. A veteran community activist, she served as Communications Director for Build Up NYC, an advocacy organization for construction, hotel, and building maintenance workers in New York City.

    Henry Salgado
    , Community Relations coordinator for the 12-member Republican delegation in the Nassau County Legislature.

    Nadia Marin, attorney and long time activist who has advocated for the rights of immigrant workers for years. She is the former executive director of the Northeast Chapter of NDLON, the National Day Laborer’s Organizing Network.

    Sergio Argueta, community activist, organizer and social worker who co-founded S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth Inc., in Uniondale, Long Island.

    Moderated by Mario A. Murillo, Professor, Department of Radio, Television, Film, Hofstra University, former Co-Director and current member of the Center for Civic Engagement.

    Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement
    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

  • Monday, September 26
    Division of Student Affairs Debate Watch Parties (OPEN TO HOFSTRA STUDENTS ONLY)
    Main Dining Room -- Commemorate, 6 p.m.
    Netherlands Core – Create, 3 p.m.
    Student Center Theater – Educate, 7 p.m.
    Hofstra USA – Celebrate, 7 p.m.

  • RSVPMonday, September 26, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
    Debate Watch: A Viewer’s Guide to Televised Debate
    Evaluating a televised debate in a social media filled age demands an understanding that the medium matters.  This panel will offer tips for viewing the debates critically. It will provide a guide for how to be media literate while watching the presidential debates and campaign. The event will feature members of the Hofstra faculty of communication and invited experts. This will be followed by the simulcast viewing of the first presidential debate followed by the opportunity for audience discussion. 
    Sponsored by the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
    John Cranford Adams Playhouse

  • RSVPMonday, September 26, 8-11:30 p.m.
    Debate Watch
    Members of the community alongside Hofstra students and faculty watch the debate and discuss relevant issues before and after it airs.
    Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement
    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center