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Center for Civic Engagement

Civil Rights and Wrongs

Dialogue, performances, screenings on the state of civil and human rights today


Know Your Rights: A Primer on Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Social Justice
9:05 a.m., 10th Floor Axinn Library
Poetry by SPITFIRE, collaboration between S.P.I.T. (Spokenword and Poetry Influencing Thoughts) and HUHC SLAM; Reflections by Prof. Jonathan Lightfoot, Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Program Department, Hofstra University

#OscarsSoWhite: Hollywood's Black List
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Breslin 211
A dialogue on issues of minority representation, art, commerce, and identity in the motion pictures industry today.

Prof. Bill Jennings, Dr. Rodney Hill, Prof. Bettina Gilois, Department of Radio, Television, Film, Hofstra University

Disability and Civil Rights: Invitation to Dance
11:15 am – 12:40 pm, Breslin 211
A screening of a documentary about Simi Linton, a NYC-based disability rights activist. Running time is 85 minutes.

Moderated by Prof Karyn Valerius, Associate Professor of English, Hofstra University

The Robben Island Bible (presented by the Department of Drama and Dance as part of Acting Shakespeare Lecture Series)
11:15 am, Helen Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center
The play centers around Sonny Venkatratham, a political prisoner on Robben Island from 1972 to 1978. He asked his wife to send him 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare' during a time when the prisoners were briefly allowed to have one book. The book's 'fame' resides in the fact that Venkatratham passed it to a number of his fellow political prisoners in the single cells. Each of them marked one of his favorite passages in the 'Complete Works' with his signature and the date. It contains thirty-two signatures, including those of Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada and Mac Maharaj, all luminaries in the struggle for a democratic South Africa.

New York and the Women’s Equality Act: Is Equality Equal Yet in the Workplace?
12:50 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., 10th Floor Axinn Library
On January 19, 2016, portions of the Women’s Equality Act aimed to level the playing field for women working in New York State, including provisions related to pay equality and pregnancy accommodations, became effective.  This panel will explore the legislative and historical path to WEA and celebrate its role in mitigating barriers to women’s success in the workforce.  Beyond WEA, the panel will explore the current legal status of women’s equality in the workplace and discuss obstacles that persist and whether such obstacles can be overcome by laws or policies. 

Moderator:  Lara Nochomovitz, Title IX Coordinator, Hofstra University
Prof. Joanne Grossman, Distinguished Professor of Family Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University

Trans-Migration: Transgender People and U.S. Immigration Practices
2:20 pm – 3:45 pm, Plaza West, Student Center
U.S. Immigration as Transgender in 2016. A brief conversation on transgender immigration in the U.S., an exploration of I.C.E.'s practices in deportation and what you need to know to educate yourself more on these issues of Trans/Human Justice issues.

Prof Lauris Wren, Law School; Remington C. Freeman, Assistant Director, Intercultural Engagement & Inclusion, Division of Student Affairs, Hofstra University.

The Water Crisis in Flint: Environmental Injustice, Systemic Racism, and Civil Rights
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Breslin 106
This event will bring together three speakers to discuss environmental justice, racism, and civil rights. Two speakers from Flint, Michigan will discuss the history of Flint, the events leading up to the water crisis and what they are doing to address the issues. A speaker from Nassau County will discuss environmental justice issues and concerns in Nassau County, and draw lessons from the events in Flint.

Moderator:  Prof. Jess Holzer, Department of Health Professions, School of Health Professions and Human Services, Hofstra University  
Panelists:  Marseille Allen, Founder, Water for Flint
Dr. Kent Key, PhD, MPH, Clinical Research Associate, Community Engagement, Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR)

The following event is being organized by the Office of the Provost and the Dean of Students on Civil Rights Day. All are welcome to attend.

Student Dialogue on Diversity
6:00 p.m. Helen Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center
Faculty and students are invited to a dialogue on student diversity issues. This event is organized by the Provost's office as part of a series of conversations that began in Fall 2015.
Moderator: Sofia Pertuz, Dean of Students, Hofstra University