Center for Civic Engagement

Hofstra University
Center for Civic Engagement

Day of Dialogue XVII:
People on the Move: Conflict, Climate, and the Crisis of Forced Migration

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9 am-6 pm

Tentative Schedule

9:05-11:05a.m. (with break at 10:05 a.m. for changing classes)
Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Introductory Panel: People on the Move: Conflict, Climate, and the Crisis of Forced Migration

What do conflict, climate, and forced migration all have in common? Our Day of Dialogue 2019 introductory panel will open with alook at these topics and how they are interrelated.
Conflict: William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy
Climate: Professor Robert Brinkmann, Department of Geology, Environment, Sustainability, Hofstra University
Forced Migration: Law Professor Lauris Wren, who directs Hofstra’s Asylum Clinic

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus
2019 Lives in Public Policy and Public Services Address

How do we make a difference in public service? Lessons from political activism to elected office with New York State Senator Jessica Ramos (District 13). Co-sponsored by the Public Policy and Public Service Programs, Hofstra Cultural Center, the Office of University Relations, and the Center for Civic Engagement.


12:50-2:15 p.m.
Plaza Room West, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Student Perspective on Human Trafficking: What Can We Do?

This panel will consist of Hofstra University students who have taken a human trafficking class, and/or have close experience with human trafficking in the U.S.and abroad. They will lead a discussion examining the challenges of confronting this issue and how the average student can help stop it.

12:50-2:10 pm
Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Not Just a Crisis at the Border: Critical Immigrants' Rights Issues on Long Island 
The panel will discuss the immigration issues we face here on Long Island, including the implications of Trump's policies of reversing DACA, denying green card status for those who have used social services, increasing ICE's presence, and deporting "assumed" gang members.
Patrick Young, Esq., Downstate Advocacy Director, New York Immigration Coalition;
Keiko Cervantes-Ospina, Co-Founder and Attorney-in-Charge, Community Legal Advocates of New York;
Cheryl Keshner, Senior Paralegal/Community Advocate, Empire Justice Center and Coordinator of the Long Island Language Advocates Coalition;
Susan Gottehrer, Director, Nassau County Chapter, New York Civil Liberties Union (panelist & facilitator)

2:55-4:20 p.m.
Plaza Room West, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Crisis of Migration on Long Island

Join historian Michael D’Innocenzo, activist Sister Mary Beth Moore; and representatives from local Latina immigrants’ rights organization SEPA Mujer to discuss forced migration on Long Island and learn what you can do to help within your local community.

4:30-5:55 p.m.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, first floor, South Campus
1619 -2019: The Quest for Reparatory Justice to Achieve More Perfect Union

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Dutch ship White Lion in Jamestown, the British colony that was to become the Commonwealth of Virginia, with “20 and odd Negroes” from Africa. The arrival of these enslaved Africans was the opening chapter in one of the most horrific events in human history. In this presentation, Dr. Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, will present a detailed examination of the centuries-old struggle for emancipation, as well as the current movement for reparations in the U.S. and its global implications. Dr. Daniels served as executive director of the National Rainbow Coalition in 1987, and deputy campaign manager for Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign in 1988. From 1993-2005,Dr. Daniels served as first African American executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

Join the #HofDialogue conversation on social media.

For more information, visit or contact Josie Dituri, graduate assistant, Center for Civic Engagement, [at]


Active citizenship has become a core part of the mission and agenda of Hofstra University, which offers educational, co-curricular and cultural programs and activities that foster an awareness of local, national, and global issues. The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) plays a major role in the university’s fulfillment of core objectives.

Started as an initiative by faculty committed to promoting student involvement in community and public life, the CCE opened officially on February 2, 2007. We are a university institute designed to educate students in democratic values by actively engaging them as knowledgeable citizens in collaborative partnerships with their campus, local, state, national, and global communities.

Since its inception, the CCE has organized dozens of on-campus events, including forums, conferences, debates, workshops, exhibitions, cultural gatherings and performances around several important themes including nonviolence, social justice and sustainability, the democratic process, and globalization. The CCE now also offers a new minor in civic engagement as well as internships for academic credit.

  • Day of Dialogue 2018

    Hofstra University
    Center for Civic Engagement
    Day of Dialogue XVI
    The Center for Civic Engagement is in the final planning stages for its annual Day of Dialogue, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 9 am – 9 pm. This year’s theme “Born Free and Equal”

    11:15 am-12:45 pm
    Mack Student Center, Multipurpose Room, North Campus
    The Dialogue Project
    Learn about cross-cultural environmental studies at the Arava Institute, where students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan and around the world come together to collaborate on environmental solutions. The Dialogue Project brings Arava Institute alumni to speak about their experiences with cross-border environmental cooperation and peace-building.
    Presenter: Arava Institute: Sarah Braverman, Ben Ben Ami, and Hasan Ebdah

    11:15 am – 12:45 pm
    Mack Student Center, Plaza Room West, North Campus
    Girl Rising: A discussion using curriculum centered on a film that depicts girls in different countries and their fight for education.
    Discussants: Imani Hinson, CCE Fellow; Donia Firooz, CCE Fellow; Shanon Thomas, CCE Fellow

    12:50 pm-2:15 pm
    Mack Student Center, Plaza Room West, North Campus
    Not People, They’re Animals: Criminalizing Immigrant Youth and the Myths Behind MS-13
    In this session, we’ll explore the roots of the MS-13, and why the ongoing media coverage of this group has failed to adequately represent both the pose they threat to the community, and the reasons for their emergence in the U.S.
    Presenter: Sergio Argueta, community activist and founder of S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc.
    Others TBD
    A presentation of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program.
    12:50 pm-2:15 pm
    MPR/Plaza Rooms, North Campus
    Digital Design and Narratives of Color
    This event is structured around a keynote speaker and a digital installation titled "Neurospeculative Afrofeminism" (NSAF). The speaker Ashley Baccus, is Co-Founder of Hyphen-Labs, an "international team of women of color working at the intersection of technology, art, science, and the future." Hyphen-Labs undertakes projects that utilize modern media such as VR, wearable technology, and innovative design to foreground issues in the public sphere related to the lack of spaces for women of color in technology, embodying the experience of marginalization, as well as futuristic projects based on contemporary oppressive state or patriarchal apparatus.
    This presentation is made possible by a Hofstra Cultural Center grant.
    Moderator: Aashish Kumar, Assoc. Professor, Radio/TV/Film
    Presenter: Ashley Baccus, Creative Director, Hyphen-Labs

    (related exhibit taking place the day prior to Day of Dialogue)
    Tuesday, October 23rd
    McEwen 216
    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Virtual Reality Exhibition: NSAF (Neurospeculative Afrofeminism) on Oculus Go
    VR is the immersive platform that transports our viewers into a NeuroCosmetology lab, a reimagined black hair salon, placing the viewer into a black woman’s body giving a glimpse into a speculative future of black women pioneering brain research and neuromodulation through the culturally specific ritual of haircare. NSAF has been shown at Sundance Film Fest, SXSW, Tribeca Film Fest (Jury Honorable Mention), Gray Area Art & Technology Festival, Primer Speculative Futures Conference, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Stony Island Arts Bank & Rebuild Foundation, New Inc: Versions Festival, Refinery 29's 29 Rooms.
    A presentation by students in a L. Herbert School of Communication’s “VR Storytelling” course.
    Contact: Prof. Aashish Kumar, Radio/TV/Film

    12:50 pm – 2:15 pm
    Plaza Rooms East, North Campus
    Screening:  “Eating Animals,”a film based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer that takes a close factory-based, corporate meat production and its impact on the environment, health and economic system.
    Moderator:  Dr. Sharryn Kasmir, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology and Director, Food Studies Program

    2:55 pm-4:20 pm
    Plaza Rooms West, North Campus
    The Ethics of Immigration: Is US Policy Immoral?
    Whom shall we welcome as residents here? What are our moral responsibilities to refugees? How do we reconcile immigrant rights with the rights of long-term residents? If our immigration system is broken, what would more ethical policies look like? Come hear a discussion of these and other ethical issues raised by U.S. admissions and deportation policies today, by our speakers.
    Presenters: Ana Levy-Lyons (author of new book No Other Gods & Senior Minister, 1st Unitarian Church, Brooklyn); Amy Baehr (Professor, Philosophy Dept., Hofstra U.); and Paula Chirinos (DACA recipient & former Fellow, Center for Civic Engagement);  (Professor, Philosophy Dept., Hofstra U.); Paula Chirinos (DACA recipient & Student Fellow, Center for Civic Engagement), Rosanna Perotti (Professor, Political Science Dept., Hofstra U.); and Kimberley Chin, Deputy Director of the Children’s Defense Fund- NY
    Contact: Dr. Greg DeFreitas, Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Study of Labor and Democracy, Hofstra University
    This is a presentation of Hofstra’s Labor Studies Program.

    4:00 pm-5:30 pm
    David Felderman Gallery, 9th floor Axinn Library
    Hidden in Sight: Voices Unheard. Join us for a discussion led by representatives from Herstory Writers Workshop encouraging people to think about the harsh realities of incarceration
    and talk about how communities can address the problem.  This discussion will be preceded by a virtual reality immersive project by The Guardian titled “6x9:  A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement.”  (see below for details  of screening)
    A Hofstra University Museum presentation for Day of Dialogue.
    (related Virtual Reality exhibit)
    11:15 am-12:45 pm; 5:30pm - 6:30 pm
    9th Floor Axinn Library, South Campus
    What’s it like to spend 23 hours a day in a cell measuring 6x9 feet for days, weeks, months or even years? 6x9 is the Guardian's first virtual reality experience, which places you inside a US solitary confinement prison cell and tells the story of the psychological damage that can ensue from isolation.
    A presentation by students in the “VR Storytelling” course at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
    Contact: Prof. Aashish Kumar, Radio/TV/Film

    4:30 pm-5:55 pm
    Student Center, Plaza Room East
    What Is The “Real News”? The Media & The 2018 Midterm Elections: A dialogue on the state of broadcast news in the age of “fake news.”
    Presenters:  Paul Jay, Founder of The Real News Network, Kayla Rivera, Associate Producer, The Real News Network and former Hofstra CCE Fellow
    Contact: Prof. Martin Melkonian, Coordinator of Community Partnerships and Co-Director, International Scene Lecture Series, Hofstra University

    7 pm
    Monroe Lecture Hall
    Closing event
    HOMEFUL by Amy Ginther. Eager to leave behind her suburban US life, Amy moves abroad to explore the world. But when sudden events force her to return, she navigates a more personal terrain, compelling her to reflect on her identities as an American, transracial adoptee, and woman of color, as she seeks to define what home really is.
    Presenters: Amy Mihyang Ginther (Writer/Performer)
    Co-sponsored by Department of Drama and Dance, Hofstra University Honors College; Center for Civic Engagement, Women’s Studies Program and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

    Please note the following related events taking place in October.

    Thursday, October 25th
    Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus
    2:20 pm -3:45pm
    "The Myth of a Freely Chosen Status: Puerto Rico’s Future in the Wake of 'PROMESA' and Hurricane Maria"
    Featuring Puerto Rican independence leader and former political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, whose 55-year sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 as one of his last acts in office. Lopez Rivera, who spent 35-years in prison for “seditious conspiracy,” has been described as the “Nelson Mandela of Puerto Rico,” and is seen as a hero for many Puerto Ricans. He will discuss the state of the independence movement in the context of the island’s ongoing financial crisis and the devastating impact last year’s storm has had on the Puerto Rican people. A collaboration between The Center for Civic Engagement, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Program, the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, and the Hofstra University Cultural Center
    Introduced by Professor Mario A. Murillo, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication