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Center for Civic Engagement


The Center for Civic Engagement invites you to our annual Earth Day event series, scheduled for Wednesday, April 18th, with additional programming occurring on Thursday, April 19th.

Wednesday April 18

11am-1pm, Calkins Quad (between Hofstra Hall and Calkins Hall) Rain Location - Netherlands Core North
Earth Day Outdoor Celebration

Join CCE on the quad during common hour for musical performances by students including a capella group Makin’ Treble and tabling by student clubs, community organizations, Compass Group, and more. Don’t forget to stop by Bits & Bytes Quad for Compass Group’s first Farmer’s Market of the spring, and participate in the Unity Project, also taking place on Calkins Quad.

All Day, Calkins Quad
The Unity Project: An Interactive Community Art Project
Community members tie colorful yarn around 32 posts marked with identifiers such as “I identify as LGBTQ+,” “I am multilingual” and “I live with a disability” to create an interconnected web that reflects our vibrant community.
Presented by Hofstra International, The Pride Network, Nippon Culture Society,
African Students Association, The Gender Identity Federation, South Asian Students
Association, Queer-Trans People of Color Coalition, National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, Hofstra’s Organization of Latinx Americans, Collegiate
Women of Color, Hofstra Cultural Center, Center for Civic Engagement, Office of Student
Leadership and Engagement, Events Management

12:50pm-2:15pm, Cultural Center Theater
Spring Awakening: A Conversation about the Rights of Nature
Spring Awakening is presented in coordination with the Center for Civic Engagement’s community partner Homecoming Farm. Homecoming Farm is a not-for-profit organization committed to the understanding that the human and natural world is one community of life.  A sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville welcoming people of all faith communities, they believe that when we care for the Earth, we care for ourselves, each other and future generations, while creating sustainable communities. This event will be a panel as well as discussion around the intrinsic rights of nature. The philosophy of Thomas Berry will serve as a guide for the talk by looking at the increase in environmental protection and how it’s changing ethics and law.

6:30pm-9pm, Monroe Lecture Hall
Screening: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Join the Center for Civic Engagement for a night to think about food and the waste that we produce. The screening of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste will be followed up with an in depth conversation about how our everyday habits affect our planet. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor of Sustainability Annetta Centrella-Vitale.

Thursday, April 19

9am-1pm, Hofstra Student Center Theater Room 151
The State of Long Island’s Local Suburban Agriculture: Where Do We Grow from Here?
The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University along with The Long Island Food Coalition, formerly Long Island Small Farm Initiative, and The North Shore Land Alliance are proud to present a conference on The State of Our Local Suburban Agriculture: Where do we grow from here?
This conference will bring together local experts in the fields of sustainable food production and distribution representing the current practices in both agriculture and aquaculture of the area.  There will be opportunity to discuss obstacles to our local food system that are impeding sustainable progress.   The desired outcome from this gathering of experts is to lay down the pathway for a vibrant local food system, one that supports growers committed to providing the community access to high quality products.

For more details, contact the Center for Civic Engagement Graduate Assistant Kristen Misak at kmisak1[at]pride.hofstra.edu