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Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement at Hofstra University

Globalization Day 2015

The Consequences of War, Terror and the Rise of Islamophobia Worldwide

Wednesday, March 11th

We are approaching the 15th year of the Global War on Terrorism, which was launched in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001. As the event recedes into our collective historical memory, the daily consequences of the decisions made in its wake manifest themselves in the lives of millions of people around the world. Join us for a day of panels, deliberative discussions and presentations designed to assess where we are today after so many years of global conflict.

9:05am to 10:00am and 10:10am to 11:05am
Deliberative Democracy Sessions: Imagining a World Beyond War
These two deliberative sessions will be led by student Peace Fellows of the LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, one of the Center for Civic Engagement’s local community partners. Students will examine the state of the ongoing international war on terror and the significance of non-violence in light of today’s complex global conflicts.

Location: Library 246

11:15-12:45 pm
Global Responses to Satire and Free Speech: Cultural Reflections in the Wake of the Charlie Hebdo Massacre
The almost universal condemnation of terror attacks aside, the post-Charlie Hebdo massacre discussions saw the emergence of nuanced opinions about satire and free speech from different parts of the world.  This panel will discuss some of these responses against the backdrop of an absolute defense of free speech.

Melissa Pagnotta, Senior, majoring in Video/TV in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication;
Susan Drucker, Phd., Professor of Media Studies, Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University;
Lizz Winstead, co-creator, former correspondent and head writer of The Daily Show, and co-founder, Air America Radio
Moderated by Aashish Kumar, Associate Professor, Radio, Television, Film

Location: Library 246

The Endless Global War on Terror: Assessing the Past and Looking Towards the Future
Student-led panel featuring Middle East expert and author Phyllis Bennis, senior Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, where she directs its New Internationalism Project and Hugh Handeyside, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project.

Location: Library 246

1:55-2:50 p.m.
The Globalization of Islamophobia
This session will examine the roots of Islamophobia in the U.S. and around the world and efforts that are emanating from the community to counteract its negative effects.


Dr. Faroque Khan, Physician and founder of the Islamic Center of Long Island, author of Story of a Mosque in America.
Dr. John Teehan, professor, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Hofstra University
Hugh Handeyside, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project

Location: Plaza Room West, Student Center

AUMF: A Blank Check for (More) Endless War?
What is the significance of the Obama Administration’s request from Congress for an Authorization to Use Military Force in its fight against ISIS? After 14 years of war, is Washington getting ready for even more military intervention without limits?

Phyllis Bennis, senior Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies;
Dr. Carolyn Eisenberg, Professor of History and Political Science, Hofstra University
Moderated by: Martin Melkonian, Professor of Economics, Hofstra University

Location: Plaza Room West, Student Center