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Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement at Hofstra University

Globalization Day 2018

Hungry for War? Conflict and Global Poverty

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

9:35 am – 9 pm

The Center for Civic Engagement invites you to our annual Globalization Day, scheduled for Tuesday, April 3rd, with additional programming by campus partners occurring on Wednesday, April 4th and Tuesday, April 10th. This year’s theme, “Hungry for War? Conflict and Global Poverty,” is an attempt to contrast the persistent rhetoric of war with the dire conditions confronting displaced populations and to examine the political economy of famine and poverty. CCE along with students, campus partner organizations, and faculty from various departments has organized panels, performances, and research presentations that are designed to provoke thinking on the connections between wars and global deprivation.

Tuesday, April 3

9:35 a.m.-11 a.m.: Education and Action: The Exodus of the Rohingya
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
An exploration of the Rohingya people and the mass genocide happening in Myanmar. Experts will also explain how we can get involved in tackling this issue.
Panelists:  TBD

11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m.: The U.S. and Iran: Where Are We Headed?
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
Speaker:  Medea Benjamin, Author, Co-Founder of CODE PINK
Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, is the author of the new book, Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection. Her previous books include: Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control; Don’t Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart, and (with Jodie Evans) Stop the Next War Now (Inner Ocean Action Guide).
Presented by the Departments of Sociology, History and Economics in cooperation with the Center for Civic Engagement, Institute for Peace Studies, Long Island Teachers for Human Rights, Hofstra Cultural Center, and Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives.

12:50-2:15 p.m.: The Impact of Colonization: Famine in the World Today
Plaza Room Middle, Mack Student Center, North Campus
How does colonization play a role in today's famines across the globe? Is it our duty as Americans to help out those countries who are suffering from famine? Does race play a role in famine relief? How can governments make sure the proper relief is given to the people who need it most? Join us in presentations and a panel discussion as we explore the relationship between colonization and famine.
Panelists: Professor Alan Singer, Teaching Learning Technology, and students Lucas Nocera and Regina Volpe

2:20-3:45 p.m.: Our Word is Our Weapon: Social Movements, Community Media and Political Participation in Post Conflict Colombia
Plaza Room Middle, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Point two of the six-point peace agreement signed by the Colombian government and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) focused on political participation as a pre-requisite for building a lasting peace in a post-conflict Colombia. Along with providing guarantees for leaders of social movements and representatives of the political opposition, the accords emphasized the important role of community media for citizens to engage in the construction of a democratic culture.
Speakers: Dr. Clemencia Rodriguez, professor of Media Studies, Temple University, author of Citizens Against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia
Mario A. Murillo, Professor, Communications and Latin American Studies at Hofstra University.

4:30-5:55 p.m.: The Korea Crisis: Weapons Sales and Nuclear Threats
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
In celebration of Globalization Day, the International Scene Lecture Series presents a talk by William Hartung, Director, Arms and Security Project at Center for International Policy. Presented by Hofstra’s Departments of Economics, History, and Sociology in cooperation with the Center for Civic Engagement, Institute for Peace Studies, Long Island Teachers for Human Rights, Hofstra Cultural Center, and Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives.

6:30-9 p.m.:  Screening:  Poverty Inc.
The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Hall, California Ave., South Campus
A screening and talkback for the film Poverty Inc., which has won over 60 international film festival honors along with several awards, which explores the vast multi-billion-dollar poverty industry and the negative effects that it has on the countries that are being “helped.”

Wednesday, April 4

5:30 p.m.: Rethink Poverty: The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
This interactive, immersive program is a profoundly moving experience as it encourages people to think about the harsh realities of poverty and to talk about how communities can address the problem. Most importantly, it moves people to make a difference. CAPS bridges the gap from misconception to understanding. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty as it is based on real Community Action clients and their lives. CAPS exists to promote poverty awareness, increase understanding, and inspire local change.
Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center. Co-sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Hofstra University Honors College.

Tuesday, April 10

2:20 p.m.-4 p.m.: Workshop with Double Edge Theatre, creators of Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro
Emily and Jerry Spiegel Theater, California Avenue, South Campus
A workshop with Double Edge Theatre artists on techniques for developing devised performances. Double Edge’s most recent production was inspired by the lives and work of queer feminist artist Leonora Carrington and experimental filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.  Presented by Hofstra’s Women’s Studies Program and CCE.  For more information, contact Cindy Rosenthal at Cindy.Rosenthal@hofstra.edu

9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Shoot 4 Change (S4C) Conference
Various Locations
A celebration of the establishment of the Shoot 4 Change (S4C) New York chapter of the international humanitarian reportage collective, this one-day conference brings together photographers, storytellers, and visionaries committed to raising public awareness and social engagement through the visual media. Sessions will examine photojournalism past and present, and how modern “docujournalists” are using social media to reach audiences in innovative ways that transcend the barriers presented by established media. Also addressed will be a major theme of Shoot 4 Change NY storytelling -- namely the refugee and immigrant crises, both domestic and international. Related sessions include how one international NGO has used 360o immersive video to help Italian school children become “connected” to the realities of the refugee crisis, and another that will bring Holocaust survivors face to face with modern-day immigrants to find commonalities of experience that transcend the time between them. Join Antonio Amendola, founder of S4C, and fellow S4C members as we commemorate the resilient spirit of photographers determined to make a difference in the world, one click at a time.
Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center.

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