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Center for Civic Engagement

Hofstra University
Center for Civic Engagement
Day of Dialogue, October 28, 2015

Living (in)Equality

Schedule of Panels, Workshops and Presentations:

9:05-10:10 AM 

Opening remarks: Dr. Gail Simmons, Provost

Community of Inquiry: A model for dialogue

Professor Jessica Davis and Students
Plaza Room East, Mack Student Center, North Campus


9:30-11:00 AM

I Am a Man, I Am Not a Dog: Negative Depictions of Black Men and Hofstra’s Common Reading Assignment
Moderator: Prof. Jonathan Lightfoot, Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Prof. Jennifer Henton, Associate Professor of English, and Students
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South Campus


10:15-11:05 AM

National Issues Forum: United Nations at 70
Professor Emeritus Michael D’Innocenzo, The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Professor for the Study of Non-Violent Social Change
Margaret Melkonian, LI Alliance for peaceful Alternatives, CCE/LIA Peace Fellows Program
Plaza Room East, Mack Student Center, North Campus

Fight for 15 (Begins at 10:05)
Moderator: Prof. Sharryn Kasmir, Professor of Anthropology
Alicia Reyes, McDonald's worker FF415 Leader
Olivia Santoro, Long Island Progressive Coalition Organizer
246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library, South Campus


11:15-12:40 (Common Hour)

Access to Education for Disabled People
Blessing Offor, National Speaker, Vocalist, and Advocate for Disability Rights
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South Campus

Reporting Inequality
Kayla Rivara, Hofstra Alumnus and producer for the Real News Network
Plaza Room East, Mack Student Center, North Campus

Tearing Down Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Begins at 11:30)
Prof. Cindy Rosenthal and Drama Students Performance
Student performers: Francesca Cafarella, Maya Carter, Peter Charney, Noah Elhai, Jack Saleeby, Kristen Washington
205 Breslin Hall, South Campus


12:00-2:00 PM

Kim Davis, Obergefell v. Hodges and Same-Sex Marriage: Continuing Inequality?
Prof. Robin Charlow, Professor of Law
Prof. Joanna Grossman, Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law
Prof. Lauris Wren, Director for the LGBT Fellowship
Adrian Drepaul, President of the American Constitution Society; 3L at Hofstra Law School
308 Maurice A. Deane School of Law, South Campus


12:50-2:10PM

Grassroots Solutions to Local Inequalities
Prof. Greg Maney, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Civic Engagement
Mrs. Pearl Jacobs, President of Nostrand Gardens Civic Association, How we’re making Uniondale whole—a local solution to gentification
Sister Jeanne Clark, Founder of Homecoming Farm, Community supported agriculture—a local solution to poverty, conflict, and climate change
Ms. Jeannine Maynard LCSW, Board Member Uniondale Community Land Trust, Community land trust—a local solution to the housing crisis
Ms. Narda Cayenne, Administrative Assistant at I Support Roosevelt Youth Center, Education for empowerment—a local solution to bullying
Plaza Room East, Mack Student Center, North Campus

Don’t Believe the Media Hype: Black Lives Really Do Matter!
Moderator: Stefani Saintonge, Filmmaker and Adjunct Professor of Radio, Television, Film

Bob Law, Veteran Radio Broadcaster and Former Host of the Nationally-Syndicated show "Night Talk Live with Bob Law"
Pamela Brown, Brown, Writer, Filmmaker, and Activist, PhD Student in Sociology with a Focus on Media at The New School for Social Research, Co-host of the Morning Show on WBAI Radio
Stefani Saintonge, Filmmaker and Adjunct Professor of Radio, Television, Film
Natasha Rowley, Hofstra NAACP Student Representative
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South Campus

Syria: Crucible and Carnage
Moderator: Prof. Simon Doubleday, Professor of History
Prof. Stefanie Nanes, Associate Professor of Political Science
Prof Ala Alryyes, Queens College
Respondent: Prof. Mario Ruiz, Associate Professor of History
205 Breslin Hall, South Campus

Reproductive Justice 101: Moving Beyond the Pro-Choice Rhetoric
Prof. Karyn Valerius, Associate Professor of English
Representatives from the Planned Parenthood Nassau County Action Fund Youth Council
246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library, South Campus


2:55-4:20 PM

Adjunctification of Universities
Moderator: Prof. Vimala Pasupathi, Associate Professor of English
Sean M. Kennedy, Graduate Teaching Fellow, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, and Coordinator of Advocacy and Education, CUNY Adjunct Project
Robert S. Plath, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Hofstra University and Suffolk Community College
246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library, South Campus

P-3s or P-5: Public Private Partnerships . . . for the Plunder of Puerto Rico?
Moderator: Prof. Mario Murillo, Professor and Chair of RTVF at Hofstra
Invited Speaker: Nelson Dennis
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South Campus

DREAMers and Access to Education
Moderator: Nestor Melendez, Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement
Hofstra Alumni Oscar Espinal and Juan Pablo, DREAMers
100 Breslin Hall, South Campus

Health (in)Equity on Long Island
Prof Martine Hackett and community members
Plaza Room East, Mack Student Center, North Campus


4:30-5:55 PM

Unequal Justice: Policing and Mass Incarceration in Minority Communities
Jason Starr of NYCLU
Dr. Delores Jones Brown, Professor in the department of Law, Political Science and Criminal Justice Administration, John Jay College/CUNY
Laisa Pertet, 3rd year law student at Hofstra, with expreience in public defense
246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library, South Campus

The Power of Words: The Role of Language in Social Change
Moderator: Prof. Yvonne Stephens, Assistant Professor of Writing Studies
Prof. Jennifer Cunningham, Assistant Professor of English, Kent State University at Stark
Prof. Andrea Efthymiou, Assistant Professor of Writing Studies and Co-Director of Writing Center
Professor Mary Anne Trasciatti, Associate Professor of Rhetoric
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South Campus

Marriage Equality and Transgender Lives
Moderator: Prof. Lauris Wren, Director for the LGBT Fellowship
Juli Owens, Long Island and New York State Transgender Community Advocate
Naz Seenauth, Social Justice Advocate
Plaza Room East, Mack Student Center, North Campus


6:20-7:45 PM

The Seeking Purpose Series: Dylan Orr

Presented in cooperation with the Division of Student Affairs and the Career Center.  Dylan Orr is director of the Office of Labor Standards for the City of Seattle and previously served as chief of staff in the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor. He contributed to the development of national disability employment related regulations and policy, including work on historic regulations issued under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. For the last five years, he represented the Department of Labor’s efforts to implement the president’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy and contributed to LGBT-related policy. Among his volunteer pursuits, Mr. Orr was a founding member of Trans Legal Advocates of Washington (TransLAW), an organization formed to better serve the legal needs of transgender people. Mr. Orr has the honor of being the first openly transgender person appointed to a position within a U.S. presidential administration.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library first floor, South Campus


6:30-7:55 PM

Sustainable Development Goals: A New Perspective on Global (in)Equality
Professor Bob Brinkmann, Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability and Director of Sustainability Studies
Prof. David O’Connor, Chief of the Policy and Analysis Branch of the Division for Sustainable Development at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library, South Campus


7:00-9:30 PM

Kultar’s Mime
Presented by the Sik Research Institute and sponsored by the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies housed in the Department of Religion at Hofstra University, the internationally renowned play Kultar's Mime by Sarbpreet Singh and L Mehr Kaur followed by a Panel Discussion

Kultar's Mime, the play, synthesizes the sufferings of innocent victims of organized violence, separated by thousands of miles, numerous years and insurmountable differences of religion, language and culture. Drawing upon the raw imagery of both poems, it tells a story of human suffering and courage, reminding us that in the end all innocent victims are the same, regardless of which God they worship and what tongues they speak.

This play provides a moving reflection on the pain and horror of the 1984 Pogroms against Sikhs, but does so from the perspective of students of a Jewish Arts Collective. This twist is a brilliant innovation that ties the genocidal violence of 1984 to a broader context of the genocides of others. That we are all called, especially today, to witness the pain of others as our own, is an increasingly pressing reality – if it hasn't always been the case. 

To honor and add flesh to the rhetorical insight of having Jews reflect on Sikh trauma, the play will be followed by a Q&A session and a Panel Discussion, moderated by Dr. Balbinder Singh Bhogal, with speakers: Dr. Santiago Slabodsky(The Kaufman Chair of Jewish Studies, Hofstra University) and Prabhsharanbir Singh (Doctoral Candidate, University of British Columbia).

Career Center’s Diversity in the Workplace Events

5:15-6:10 PM

Identity and Disclosure in the Workplace

Career Center Breakout Session
Greenhouse, Mack Student Center, Bottom Floor

Office Cultures and Your Rights
Career Center Breakout Session
Multi-Purpose Room West, Mack Student Center, North Campus


For more information about the CCE or Day of Dialogue, contact: Co-director Aashish Kumar (Aashish.Kumar[at]hofstra.edu).

Day of Dialogue 2014