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Center for Civic Engagement

Hofstra University
Center for Civic Engagement
Day of Dialogue XIV:

Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like
October 26, 2016

Schedule of Panels, Workshops and Presentations

9:05-11 am 
Student Center Plaza Room East

Islam, Islamophobia, and American Democracy
A discussion about issues confronting the US democracy with regard to our understanding of Islam and the backlash against American Muslims in a divisive election year.

Dr. Mufti Farhan Director of Islamic Affairs for Muslims on Long Island, Inc. and the Islamic Center of South Shore, Valley Stream, Long Island.
Dr. Hussein Rashid, founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency
Prof. Nazreen Bacchus, Department of Sociology, Hofstra University
Mariam Qureshi, President, Hofstra Muslim Student Association
Organizer/Moderator:  Fatimah Mozawalla, CCE Fellow

10:10-11:05 am
Student Center Plaza Room West

Environmental Justice and Grassroots Action
What environmental issues plague communities around Hofstra? Come hear a panel of local advocates for environmental justice discuss their efforts to build a more sustainable society.

Helen Alessi from the Long Beach Latino Civic Association
Dr. Jess Holzer and Dr. Martine Hackett, Department of Health Professions, Hofstra University
Ivan Bermejo, Sustainability major
Moderator/Organizer:  Dr. E. Christa Farmer, Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability, Hofstra University

11:15 am-12:40 pm (Common Hour)
Breslin 205

HeartHeaded Spoken word performance by T. Wise
Brooklyn-based spoken word performance artist T. Wise invites audiences to join her in questioning identity, privilege, and the workings of this world, all the while holding the pain and making room for the joy. Sponsored by Women's Studies.

Organizer/Moderator:  Prof. Karyn M. Valerius, director of women’s studies and professor of English, Hofstra University

*T Wise will also be offering a workshop from 12:55 – 2:15 pm in Breslin 205.

1:20 – 2:35 pm
Student Center Plaza Room West

Has Democracy Lost Its Way? Ancient and Modern Perspectives
"Global confidence in democracy and freedom as universal values is in sharp retreat," one leading commentator recently observed. "Over the past decade, American democracy has gone from being a model and inspiration to an illustration of dysfunction." As one US presidential candidate calls for the imprisonment of the other, we ask: Is American democracy in crisis? Has it come off the rails — and was it ever on the rails? Panelists and audience members will discuss the meaning, the potential, and the limitations of democracy in the United States, comparing it with democratic processes in Athens and elsewhere in the ancient world.

Prof. Amy Baehr, Philosophy, Hofstra University
Prof. James Tan, History and Classics, Hofstra University
Lola Solís, undergraduate history major at Hofstra University
Moderator:  Dr. Simon Doubleday, History, Hofstra Univesity

2:55-4:20 pm
Student Center Plaza Room West

The Campaign that Never Ends: Mental and Sexual Health in LGBTQIA Community – A Roundtable Discussion
LGBTQIA students discuss and answer questions about how legislation affects their mental and sexual health, as well as what they need from our elected officials on this topic.

Moderator: Adam Gustafson, CCE Fellow

2:55-4:20 pm
Student Center Plaza Room East

Democracy In The Year of Bernie, (Br)Exit, and Trump

In a recent NPR podcast, a political theorist is quoted as saying: "I have students coming into my classroom with a surging antipathy for democracy. They are frustrated. They find it to be a ridiculous way to govern a society, and they are ready to dismiss it out of hand and start having the conversation about alternatives." This panel looks at global democracies and how they are contending with these shifts.

Dr. Alicia Gil-Torres, Journalism Professor at the University of Valladolid (Spain)
Dr. Lubna Nadvi, University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban, South Africa (via Skype)
Prof. Mario Murillo, Department of Radio, Television, Film, Hofstra University
Moderator: Prof. Aashish Kumar, CCE Co-Director, Hofstra University

2:55 – 4:20 pm
Roosevelt 109

The New Cold War: United States, Russia, and the Syrian Crisis
Dr. Tina Mavrikos-Adamou, Department of Political Science, Hofstra University
Dr. Paul Fritz, Department of Political Science, Hofstra University
Moderator/Organizer:  Prof. Marty Melkonian, Department of Economics, Hofstra University

5:45 – 7:15 pm
10th Floor Axinn Library

Diversity Listening Dinner Roundtable Follow-Up: Developing an Action Plan

7:30-9:30 pm
Breslin 211

Do Not Resist

Documentary screening followed by discussion
An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist– the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. Co-Sponsored by Hofstra University Library.

Representatives from the Black Law Students Association, College Republicans, and Hofstra NAACP Chapter.
Moderator:  Prof. Sasha Rodriguez, Department of Sociology, Hofstra University


Let's Talk Political Cartoons

The Hofstra University Museum and the Center for Civic Engagement are coming together to create conversation built around the politically-charged work showcased in the Political Slant II: Editorial Cartoons exhibit in the David Filderman Gallery on the 9th floor of the Axinn Library.

There will be four separate sessions with a different conversation topic:

  • 11:15 am: Thomas Nast: How things change and how they stay the same
  • 12:50 pm: Comparing Trump & Clinton Cartoons
  • 2:55 pm: Undecided Voters and This Election
  • 4:30 pm: Rhetoric of Human Lives

7 pm  
Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Caught Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Coral Reefs and Climate Change
Join Dr. Jessica Santangelo from the Hofstra University Department of Biology as she shares her research adventures in the Florida Keys, Mexico, Hawaii and Palau. She discusses the impacts of the recent El Niño and ocean acidification on corals (and other marine ecosystems) around the world.

For more information, please email CCE Graduate Assistant Jack Costello at jcoste11[at]pride.hofstra.edu

Day of Dialogue 2015