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Cultural Center

The Hofstra Cultural Center presents a conference:

From Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali

NOVEMBER 13-14, 2008

As a brash young man, Cassius Marcellus Clay was known as "The Lip from Louisville, Kentucky." Over the years, he has inspired millions of people throughout the world not only with his boxing prowess, but also with his courageous opposition to war and other violence, his faith and his humanitarian efforts. He has also made his mark with his words, which are now in vogue even among the hip-hop generation. Confirmed speakers include Dave Anderson, Angelo Dundee, Bill Gallo, Stan Isaacs, Robert Lipsyte, Arthur Mercante, Larry Merchant, Budd Schulberg, Bert Randolph Sugar and boxer Chuck Wepner.

A full schedule of events and registration information is available in the Conference Registration Program. There is a registration fee of $50 for the conference, $30 senior citizens (65and over), and $25 matriculated non-Hofstra student (with ID). All events (with the exception of meals) are free to Hofstra students, faculty and staff upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. 

Related Events:


Hofstra University Museum Exhibition:
The Greatest of All Time: Muhammad Ali
Sunday, September 21-Tuesday, December 2
Emily Lowe Gallery
Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus

The photographs in this distinctive original exhibition curated by Hava Gurevich and organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions capture Ali's life, including his boxing career, family life, humanitarian work and Olympic events. Photographers include Annie Liebovitz, Gordon Parks, Steve Shapiro, Thomas Hoepker, Sonia Katchian, and Art Shay.

 Opening Reception/Educator Open House
Featuring interpretive dances by Hofstra University students under the direction of Dyanne Harvey-Salaam; with Senior Dance Accompanist Arthur Solari

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Location: Emily Lowe Gallery

Admission: Free

 Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

                        Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

                        Closed Mondays and holiday weekends


Art Talk Series

This series is designed to stimulate dialogue and discussion. Thought-provoking dialogue and cutting-edge issues related to the contemporary world of art and society will be the focus of each Art Talk. 

Float Like a Butterfly: Muhammad Ali as African-American Icon

Dr. Joseph McLaren, Professor of English, Hofstra University will discuss how the legendary Muhammad Ali was not only a boxing champion, but an icon, whose significance within the African-American community was especially important in the 1960's. 

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 11, 4 .m.

Location: Emily Lowe Gallery

Admission: $5 general public

                  $3 senior citizen (over 65)

                  One free ticket with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard or for Hofstra    

                  University Museum members

Hofstra Entertainment Presents
Fightin' Words

conceived and directed byBob Spiotto
Performed "in the ring" and surrounded by the Hofstra University Museum's photo exhibition The Greatest of All Time: Muhammad Ali, this performance consists of boxing poetry-in-performance, as well as many boxing stories, quotes and anecdotes. This knock-out performance packs a solid punch with works by Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Ford, Homer, George Plimpton, William Hazlitt, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, O. Henry, Robert Benchley, Gene Tunney, Rod Serling, Norman Mailer, Red Smith and Muhammad Ali, and others. 

Date/Time: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 13, 14, and 15, 8 p.m.
Location: Emily Lowe Gallery, Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
Tickets: $15
             $12 senior citizen (over 65)
             $10 matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID

             One free ticket with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard
             Tickets on sale beginning October 28.


 Department of Drama and Dance presents

The Great White Hope
by Howard Sackler
directed by Royston Coppenger
The Great White tells the fictionalized story of Jack Johnson (called "Jack Jefferson" in the play) who, in 1908, became the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. As white America searches high and low for a champion capable of reclaiming the title, Jefferson mounts a doomed battle against the forces of institutionalized racism.

Dates/Time: Thursday, November 13 and 20, 8 p.m.

                    Friday, November 14 and 21, 8 p.m.

                    Saturday, November 15 and 22, 8 p.m.

                    Sunday, November 16 and 23, 2 p.m. 

Location:      Black Box Theater, New Academic Building, South Campus
Tickets:        $10 general admission

                    $8 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID
                     One free ticket with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard

                    Tickets on sale beginning October 28.

Boxing Gloves

Conference Co-Directors:

Michael Barnes
Associate Professor of Psychology
Faculty Athletic Representative
Hofstra University

Michael D'Innocenzo
Professor of History
Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor For The Study Of Nonviolent Social Change
Hofstra University

Conference Coordinator:

Athelene A. Collins
Senior Associate Director
Hofstra Cultural Center

Telephone: (516) 463-5669
Fax: (516) 463-4793

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