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Cultural Center

Conferences and Symposia

 

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Advance registration recommended.

Reservations will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

 

SPRING 2018

Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, 2018
SHAKESPEARE AND THE GLOBE

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In March 2017 the most historically accurate re-creation in North America of Shakespeare's Globe stage made its debut not on Broadway or in Los Angeles or La Jolla, but at Hofstra University. While much of the campus was preparing for the start of the spring 2017 semester, construction on a historic Hofstra Globe stage and rehearsals for its first production – Hamlet – were underway at the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse and at Emily Lowe Hall. The Hofstra Globe stage is a working laboratory for students, faculty, and guest artists. Hofstra's Associate Professor of Drama David Henderson, the director of this project, is the only college professor and set designer to have spent considerable time abroad, consulting with the archivists and design staff of Shakespeare's Globe in London. In spring 2018 the Globe will be erected again for the University's 69th Annual Shakespeare Festival, and an academic symposium has been planned to explore and discuss the Globe and what we have learned over the past 70 years.

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FALL 2018

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
November 7, 8, 9, 2018
ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS AND THE GREAT WAR:
A Hundred Years On

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, this interdisciplinary conference proposes to explore the impact of total war on the arts from a transnational perspective, including attention to the Ottoman Empire and colonial territories.

We are defining arts broadly – literature, performing arts, visual arts and media, including film, propaganda and other mass mediated forms. World War I was the matrix on which all subsequent violence of the 20th century was forged. The war took millions of lives, led to the fall of four empires, established new nations, and negatively affected others. During and after the war, individuals and communities struggled to find expression for their wartime encounters and communal as well as individual mourning. Throughout this time of enormous upheaval, many artists redefined their place in society, among them writers, performers, painters and composers. Some sought to renew or re-establish their place in the postwar climate, while others longed for an irretrievable past, and still others tried to break with the past entirely. This conference explores the ways that artists contributed to wartime culture – both representing and shaping it – as well as the ways in which wartime culture influenced artistic expressions. Artists’ places within and against reconstruction efforts illuminate the struggles of the day.

We seek to examine how they dealt with the experience of conflict and mourning and their role in re-establishing creative traditions in the changing climate of the interwar years.

Keynote address:
“The Great War and the Avant-Gardes”
Annette Becker
Professor of Contemporary History
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense

ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS AND THE GREAT WAR

FALL 2017

Thursday-Sunday, October 12-15, 2017
2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PEER TUTORING IN WRITING

The Hofstra University Writing Center is pleased to host NCPTW 2017, 2017 National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing.

Our invitation to focus on "reaching out" considers the various ways Writing Centers connect with stakeholders on our campuses, in cyberspace, and through research. Our Centers reach out to students we support, tutors we recruit, and faculty and administrators we wish to persuade. The extended theme of "Revising Writing Center Spaces and Identities" further seeks to generate inquiry, conversation, and debate about defining the spaces in which we practice. Our Centers value and revalue the literacies of both tutors and those who visit our spaces, allowing us to consider the reciprocal relationships between the identities of our Centers, our tutors, and the writers we support. Tutor-researchers are at the center of this work, recursively revising their Centers' practices and pedagogy, through the creation of "new knowledge about writing and about tutor research" (Fitzgerald and Ianetta v). #NCPTW2017

The keynote speakers for this conference will be Lauren Fitzgerald and Melissa Ianetta, authors of The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors: Practice and Research.
Conference Schedule

NCPTW 2017

Thursday and Friday, October 26 and 27, 2017

CULTURE AND IDENTITY CONFIGURATIONS: REFLECTIONS ON THE 21ST CENTURY

The symposium is an exceptional opportunity to bring together diverse perspectives and methodologies that are concerned with revealing and describing the intricacies and contradictions of contemporary identity discourses. An underlying methodological diversity is considered a prime requirement for addressing these complexities and contradictions, as ours is a time of increasing misapprehension among identity groups. Researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines will examine how identity is shaped, articulated and fostered in language, literature, religion, history, the arts, film, sociology, etc. The symposium also invites contributions that examine the role of immigration in forging and transforming contemporary identities.

Keynote Speaker:
Mahmood Mamdani
Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University

Conference Directors:
Alfonso J. García Osuna, PhD 
and Sabine Loucif, PhD
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Conference Schedule
Culture and Identity Configurations: Reflections on the 21st Century

Wednesday, November 1

BRUTAL LIBRARY: A SYMPOSIUM

The Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library building was dedicated in 1967 and is an award-winning example of the brutalist style architecture. Our celebration of the library’s 50th anniversary will set the building in its historical, social and cultural context – generating understanding and appreciation for this iconic but challenging structure. #BrutalLibrary

Peter Chadwick

Peter Chadwick will deliver the keynote lecture and serve as scholar-in-residence for the symposium. He is a London-based art director and graphic designer. He studied at the Chelsea School of Art, then worked at Creation Records, where he designed for chart-topping bands such as Primal Scream and Spiritualized. After setting up his own studio in 1996, Chadwick masterminded campaigns for major artists, including Groove Armada, Fatboy Slim, Cream and Hed Kandi. He runs the popular This Brutal House Twitter account (@BrutalHouse) and is a champion of brutalist architecture the world over. His recent book This Brutal World (Phaidon, 2016) has been described as “a beautifully curated visual manifesto” for brutalism.

BRUTAL LIBRARY: A SYMPOSIUM
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Wednesday-Saturday, November 1-4

2017 Association of American Editorial Cartoonists Convention: Satire and the City: Political Cartoon & Satire Festival

Join the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists for its 2017 convention – “Satire Fest” – where panel discussions include MAD cartoonists; New Yorker cartoonists; political satire in the Trump era; women who illustrate; the 30th anniversary of the First Amendment SCOTUS decision in Hustler v Falwell; free speech and safe spaces; visiting Middle Eastern and Northern African cartoonists' presentation; the future of political comics with Wiley Miller, creator of the strip Non Sequitur; andan interactive presentation on political cartooning by Kal, acclaimed cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun

Select events free to Hofstra students, faculty and staff with current HofstraCard.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit editorialcartoonists.com.

2017 Association of American Editorial Cartoonists Convention: Satire and the City: Political Cartoon & Satire Festival

  • 2016/2017 Academic Year

    SPRING 2017

    February 15, 2017

    Social Media: Transforming Communication at Work and in the Public Sphere

    Comila Shahani-Denning, Kevin NolandKara AlaimoJeff MorosoffKelly FinchamGary Miller

    Social media and technology has shaped the world dramatically over the past few years: how we work, how we socialize, how we advocate and understand the world around us. We will look at social media in recruitment, hiring, performance management, as well as social media and work-family balance/stress, the delivery of news, the formation of public opinion, how we process information and understand issues. (The Kalikow Center event on social media and the Presidential Election will be the following day, Thursday, February, 16.)

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    Social Media: Transforming Communication at Work and in the Public Sphere

    February 16, 2017

    How Has Social Media Influenced the 2016 Race for the White House and Policy Deliberations in 2017?
    9:30-11 a.m.
    Panel I: How Did Social Media Change the 2016 Presidential Race?

    This panel explores how the 2016 presidential candidates utilized social media; the implications of the ability of candidates to bypass the traditional press to communicate with voters directly via social media; how the candidates debated and responded to one another on social media platforms; and the role that social media played in determining the outcome of the election.

    Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

    11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m.
    Panel II: How Will the Use of Social Media in the 2016 Presidential
    Election Influence Political Deliberation and Policymaking?

    This panel considers how social media shapes public deliberation by looking at social media research from the 2016 presidential election and the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

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    February 28, 2017

    Performing Politics: Embodying Advocacy - Representing Race
    12:45-5:15 p.m.

    Paul Robeson said, "My art is my weapon." Performance is at the heart of political advocacy. Performances in the streets or on the stage are ways to express political opinions and encourage social change. On February 28, the last day of Black History Month, this symposium focuses on how performance, spoken word, and music have been and continue to be important tools for social change and racial equality, whether as part of the civil rights, women's rights, Black Lives Matter, environmental, LGBTQ+, labor, and other global protest movements.

    Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

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    Call Mr. Robeson
    7 - 8:30 p.m.

    Written and performed by Tayo Aluko
    With live piano accompianiment by
    Hofstra Alumnus Dennis Nelson, Class of 1986

    Paul Robeson was a world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. This roller-coaster journey through Robeson's remarkable life highlights how his pioneering and heroic political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of "'Ol' Man River."

    The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus

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    Admission is free, but tickets are required; limit two tickets per person.
    Please call the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644, MOnday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

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    March 2 - 10, 2017

    Shakespeare Festival - Debut of the Globe Stage

    68th Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival – Debut of Globe Stage
    We are proud to announce a very special all-Shakespeare semester to celebrate of theopening of the new Hofstra Globe Stage. The new Hofstra Globe Stage was researched and designed by David Henderson, associate professor and head of scenic design in the Department of Drama and Dance. This adds an exciting new chapter to Hofstra's long history of Globe scholarship that began with Hofstra President John Cranford Adams in 1945. The festival begins with a full-length production of Hamlet in full Elizabethan dress on the new Globe stage and continues with a one-hour adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and special performances of Elizabethan works by the Music Department and the Dance Program.

    For more information on Shakespeare related events visit Hofstra Shakespeare Festival.

    Hofstra New Globe Stage

    March 13 - 16, 2017

    Creativity Week

    (Due to inclement weather this event has been cancelled. Many of the events will be rescheduled. Please Check here for updates.)

    Craig Rustici, Department of English and Melissa Connolly, University Relations

    This week will feature single session workshops that will encourage students and faculty to engage creatively in the arts and humanities, writing, social sciences, the sciences, business, communication, health, and education. Faculty and students will be encouraged to host creativity workshops in a variety of disciplines. The week will feature interactive performances, displays of creative work, and active learning opportunities.

    For more information, visit Creativity Week at Hofstra.

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    Tuesday, March 28

    She's the First: A Symposium on Gender Equality

    She's the First (STF), a student club that assists girls in developing countries to attend school, presents a one-day symposium focusing on the equality of genders, with a concentration on girls education. Sessions include a keynote and a viewing of the film He Named Me Malala. Breakout group discussions engage participants on topics intersecting gender with politics, class and social order, and the challenges and opportunities for girls education in less-developed countries. A gender-related panel discussion ends the day. Information on starting or contributing to an STF group will be shared.
    Featured keynote speakers are:
    Anju Malhotra, Principal Advisor, Gender and Development, UNICEF
    Medea Benjamin, Writer, Activist and Co-founder, CODEPINK
    Mariana Debbe, Junior Board Member, She’s the First

    Presented in collaboration with the Offices of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion and Student Leadership and Engagement.

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    April 6-7, 2017

    Karl Marx's Critique of Political Economy and the Global Crisis Today:
    On the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Capital

    Conrad Herold, Department of Economics; Marc Silver, Department of Sociology

    Karl Marx was simultaneously one of the founders and one of the most important critics of the modern social sciences. All of the social sciences and humanities today draw widely from his work. At the core of Marx's published work is his analysis of capitalism: Volume one of Capital, published in 1867. At the core of Capital is his labor theory of value, which Marx draws from Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and the whole of classical political economy. This symposium will draw together leading scholars from all over the world who have been applying the Marxian analytical apparatus—including his labor theory of value—to decipher and understand the current global economic and political crisis.

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    Thursday-Sunday, June 1-4, 2017

    17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders,and Sexualities

    Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking About Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy

    Susan Yohn, Department of History

    This triennial conference is the world's largest gathering of scholars working in the fields of women's gender and sexuality history. Women's history has undergone enormous shifts since the first Berkshire conference in 1973, recasting dominant historical narratives and pioneering new ideas and methodologies. Fresh ideas about the very category of "women," innovative studies of the body, new analyses of sexuality, and transregional and transnational scholarship have transformed understandings of history. Reviving connections between communities and institutions, historians are increasingly joining forces — inside and outside the academy — with an eye toward affecting social change and social justice. The focus this year is on historical scholarship as a tool for activists and the teaching of history as a vehicle for activism.

    For more information and to register, please visit 2017berkshireconference.hofstra.edu.

    Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

    SUMMER 2016

    August 7-9, 2016

    Kant Multilateral Colloquium

    Terry Godlove, Department of Philosophy

    The theme of the meeting is "Kant on Violence, Revolution, and Progress: Historical, Political, and Metaphysical Themes." "Revolution" and "progress" are interpreted broadly, in order to include not only their historical or political meaning, but also Kant's "Copernican Revolution" in metaphysics, science, aesthetics, religion, etc. The Multilateral Colloquium is an annual conference involving approximately forty participants from Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, and, more recently, the USA and Russia. This is the first time the meeting will be hosted in the USA.

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    FALL 2016

    September 23, 2016

    40th Anniversary of George Sand Association

    David Powell, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

    One day symposium in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the George Sand Association. The George Sand Association was established at Hofstra University after its first George Sand Conference held in 1976.

    There is no fee for attending the Symposium sessions.
    The fee of $35 covers the cost of the buffet Lunch, Wine and Cheese Reception and Coffee Breaks.

    For more information, please call 516-463-5669.


    Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    Race and Religion in the Americas: A Critical Spiritualities Symposium

    Julie Byrne, Balbinder Bhogal, Ann Burlein, Santiago Slabodsky, John Teehan and Department of Religion

    In the Americas in the last five years, a combination of factors have pushed religion and race to the forefront of discussion in media, policy, and scholarship. From events such as the shooting of congregants at Emmanuel AME in South Carolina and new diplomacy in the Americas by President Obama and Pope Francis; from persistent race-and-religion-baiting in the US Republican presidential primaries to movements such Occupy, #BlackLivesMatter, and renewed socialism; from ongoing attempts to close Guantanamo coupled with "War on Terror" drone strikes, the moment is ripe to grapple with issues behind the headlines. At Hofstra, too, initiatives to remedy campus inequalities coincide with the establishment of the Kalikow School, charged to add interdisciplinary scholarship and intellectual inquiry to discussions of policy and social movements. In this symposium on Race and Religion in the Americas, we aim to put the best and deepest of scholarly work in frank conversation (or tension) with the headlines.


    October 19, 2016

    A Multidisciplinary Middle Eastern and Central Asian Study Day

    Aleksandr Naymark, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Program

    A symposium where the faculty of Hofstra Middle Eastern and Central Asian program will give brief talks on their current research. The speakers will include: Stefanie Nanes (Political Science), Mario Ruiz (History), Santiago Slabotsky (Jewish Studies), Hussein Rashid (Religious Studies), Ann Feuerbach (Anthropology), Aleksandr Naymark (Art History), Mustafa Masrur (Applied Linguistics). Besides our regular Hofstra faculty we would like to invite two guest speakers: one for contemporary issues and one for the early studies. We also would like to organize Central Asian food tasting at lunch time and a film screening in the evening. The main purpose of the MECA study is to make our student body and the Hofstra community in general of the rich resources for the study of Middle East and Central Asia that we have at Hofstra.


    October 20, 2016

    On the Edge of Creation and Translation

    (Hispanic-American Writers and Scholars on Translation)

    Miguel Angel Zapata, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

    The launch of this symposium arises from a need and an interest in the study of the art of translation in a university. With 50 million people speaking Spanish in the US, we are constantly conditioned by the ever-present need to resort to translation. Moreover, translation is an undeniable presence and it is inherent in each of the areas of culture, science and all human knowledge would be inconceivable without translation. We start from the premise that translation is a critical and intellectual act that travels from translation to interpretation with respect to different objects of study (e.g., word, music, theater, cinema). With regard to the proposed translation symposium, the most directly involved disciplines are the departments and programs of Romance Languages and Literatures (Spanish, French, Italian), Comparative Literature (Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese), English (MFA), Religion, Music, Fine Arts (Film), African Studies, Asian Studies, Journalism, Media Studies & Public Relations, LACS, Medicine, Law, and Linguistics, among others.

    Keynote Speaker: Yusef Komunyakaa


    October 21-22, 2016 

    ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Conference

    Richard PuerzerDavid Rooney and Department of Engineering

    Regional conference for engineering educational leaders and faculty and students The Hofstra University School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) hosts the Mid-Atlantic Regional American Society for Engineering Education Conference. Issues of interest to engineering educators will be addressed in conference presentations and workshops over the two days. The keynote speaker is Dr. Joseph Sussman, chief accreditation officer for ABET, the agency that oversees accreditation for engineering programs worldwide.

    Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center
    Advance registration is required.

     
     

    November 3, 2016          

    Traditions in Transition: Intangible Cultural Heritage in South and Southeast Asia

    Timothy Daniels and Patricia Hardwick, Department of Anthropology; Francesca Cassio, Department of Music;

    Patricia Welch, Department of Comparative Lit and Language

    This symposium will unite scholars from the disciplines of Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, Theater and Asian Studies to explore performance, healing, and sacred traditions of South and Southeast Asia. UNESCO defines intangible Cultural Heritage as "[t]he practices, representations, expressions, knowledge skills- as well as the instruments, objects artifacts and cultural spaces associated therewith - that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage". Expressive culture, defined by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage, has long been studied by scholars of Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, Religious Studies, Dance, and Theater.

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    November 10, 2016

    Suburban Sustainability, A Symposium

    Sandra Garren, Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability

    This Symposium will be a one-day event that includes three panel discussions and a buffet lunch with a keynote discussion focused on the political successes and challenges for making our suburbs sustainable.  The day will end with a reception at the Hofstra University Museum which is showcasing an exhibit on how Manhattan connects to suburban Long Island titled Over the River: Transforming Long Island. Speakers will include a range of experts who are working on real-world solutions to sustainability challenges within the realm of environment, economic development, and social equity. During this election year, the symposium will take on greater significance as the suburbs play an important role in the future of our country. 

    For the keynote luncheon please RSVP here. Seating is limited to 50 for the luncheon and requires a separate RSVP.

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  • 2015/2016 Academic Year

    SPRING 2016

    Wednesday, April 20
    Hofstra Cultural Center presents
    CAN WE TEACH CREATIVITY? CREATIVITY STUDIES IN 2016

    Building upon a keynote address by Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Symposium scholar Dr. Gerard Puccio, department chair and professor, International Center for Studies in Creativity, University at Buffalo, SUNY, this symposium explores the emerging field of creativity studies and some of its core questions: What is creativity? Can it be measured? Can it be taught? What environments cultivate creativity? How can creative thinking enhance the lives of individuals and success of organizations? Through research presentations, workshops and performances, this symposium investigates multiple facets of creativity.

    Related Event:
    Performance by the New York Neo-Futurists
    Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m.
    Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

    With its ever-changing “menu” of plays, Too Much Light … is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes — an original concept by Greg Allen and written by the New York Neo-Futurists. The audience is fully part of the act, deciding the order that these plays are performed. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. For more information and to register, please visit Hofstra Creativity Symposium 2016 or contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.


    Monday, April 4
    Hofstra Hillel: The Center for Jewish Life on Campus presents
    FROM THE ASHES: THE REBIRTH OF POLISH JEWRY

    For centuries Poland represented a vibrant center of Jewish life. This world was destroyed by the Holocaust. Today, Polish Jewry is experiencing an unexpected revival thanks to the work of dedicated members of young pluralistic Jewish communities, as well as non- Jewish allies and the support of the Polish government. There is a major shift occurring in how we understand the history of Polish Jewry. Instead of focusing solely on the destruction, today’s students will understand the full history of this important community. Symposium participants have the opportunity to hear from individuals, educators and scholars working in Poland to overcome all the odds and re-establish Jewish life. In addition to discussions and lectures, there will be films, art presentations, and performances designed to engage participants on different educational levels.

    For more information and to register, please call 516-463-6922.


    Monday and Tuesday, April 11 and 12
    The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication presents
    IMMERSIVE MEDIA AND THE FUTURE OF NONFICTION
    STORYTELLING: VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) HERE

    The symposium provides students and faculty with the opportunity to witness and interact with cutting-edge VR technology being used by organizations such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Google and Facebook. Panels include discussions on the practice and ethics involved in teaching and creating VR content; curricular and pedagogical issues involved in teaching VR; technical and ethical challenges confronting VR as it blurs the boundary between dispassionate journalism and empathic advocacy; as well as a sandbox-style, hands-on demonstration of the latest in VR technology and projects. The Long Island Visual Professionals will co-host a recent virtual reality project and the creative team behind it.
     
    For more information and to register, please email aashish.kumar@hofstra.edu.


    FALL 2015

    Wednesday, October 7
    IMMERSIVE MEDIA AND THE FUTURE OF NONFICTION
    STORYTELLING

    Explore the frontiers of digital storytelling with leading filmmakers and developers using virtual reality, interactive documentaries, and other emerging forms of video to engage audiences as never before. Panelists from the progressive National Film Board of Canada, Tribeca Film Institute, MIT Open Documentary Lab, and PBS series POV discuss their latest projects. The symposium includes screenings and opportunities for hands-on experiences with next generation media.

    Presented by The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.
    For more information and to register, please email aashish.kumar[at]hofstra.edu or carol.t.fletcher[at]hofstra.edu.

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    IMMERSIVE MEDIA AND THE FUTURE OF NONFICTION

    Friday, October 16
    PARASITES AND PATHOGENS:
    ECOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL IMPACTS OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

    Climate change is altering the geographic range of many parasites and disease-causing organisms, bringing them into contact with new host species and human populations, stressing established ecosystems, and creating new public health challenges. Hofstra University’s STEM Collaboratorium Initiative (HUSCI) hosts a day of talks bringing together epidemiologists, ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and public health experts to discuss how parasites and pathogens are responding to climate change and to consider some major areas of concern. Each session includes a question-and-answer period.

    Symposium Directors:
    Dr. J Bret Bennington
    Chairperson
    Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability

    Dr. Jason Williams
    Professor
    Department of Biology

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    PARASITES AND PATHOGENS

    Thursday, October 22
    HEALTH EQUITY IN THE CHANGING AMERICAN SUBURBS

    The suburbs typically evoke images of safe, healthy spaces to live, work and play, and for many residents these images are a reality. But for many others, this state of well-being is increasingly, and dangerously, elusive. This one-day symposium, co-sponsored by the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University’s Institute for Suburban Health Equity, the Master of Public Health Program, and the Hofstra Cultural Center, features a keynote speaker and interactive panel presentations, including “The Challenges of Aging in Place in the Suburbs”; “Catching the Community: Suburban Health Care Delivery Systems”; “Stress, Stigma and Suburban Mental Health Services”; and “Suburban Substance Abuse: Problems and Promise.”

    Symposium Director:
    Dr. Martine Hackett
    Assistant Professor
    Master of Public Health and Community Health Programs


    Thursday, November 5
    CUBAN POPULAR MUSIC AND ITS DIASPORA

    This one-day symposium explores recent trends in Cuban popular music both on the island and abroad. Looking beyond the traditional repertoire best exemplified by the much-praised film Buena Vista Social Club, the event convenes scholars, DJs, and performers to discuss popular genres such as salsa, hip-hop and timba; the sessions examine Cuban music in the context of transnational movements in the Caribbean, the United States and the international scene. The symposium features keynote speaker Dr. Joaquin Borges-Triana, Havana-based scholar and music critic and author of several books about Cuban alternative popular music. As the governments of the United States and Cuba work together to restore diplomatic and economic relations, the symposium looks at the kind of musical and cultural relations that happen alongside, behind, and in spite of politics, and features a dance and music workshop, and a musical performance by the New York-based formation Global Rhythms.

    Symposium Director:
    Dr. Maria J. Anastasio
    Associate Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures


    Tuesday, November 10
    HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: GLOBALIZATION AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

    This interdisciplinary symposium explores the rise of human trafficking in global, national and local contexts. Although labor and sex trafficking make up the greatest percentage of human trafficking, it also includes phenomena such as child soldiers, exploitation of refugees, and organ trafficking. Human trafficking affects people of all ages, nationalities, genders, and ethnicities, but has particular consequences for the most vulnerable populations. This daylong symposium examines the economic, political and cultural environments that give rise to and encourage human trafficking. Policies and processes that have been developed to address the widespread problems of human trafficking will be assessed. Leading up to the symposium, a series of films will be shown highlighting various aspects of human trafficking.

    Program Schedule

    Lunch and Keynote Address With Siddharth Kara
    Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and Adjunct Lecturer John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University Author, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

    Pre-Symposium Film Series:

    Tuesday, October 6, 4:30 p.m.
    The Whistleblower
    This film, starring Rachel Weisz, is based on true events surrounding sex trafficking in the former Yugoslavia.

    Tuesday, October 13, 4:30 p.m.
    Invisible Children
    A student documentary about Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a brutal rebel group of abducted child soldiers.

    Tuesday, October 20, 4:30 p.m.
    The Body Parts Business
    A BBC exposé of the international trafficking of body parts focusing on Guatemala, Argentina and Russia.

    Tuesday, October 27, 4:30 p.m.
    Very Young Girls
    This film focuses on the recruitment, manipulation, and exploitation of young American girls in Queens, N.Y., for the purpose of prostitution.

    All films above are shown at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library.

     

    Symposium Director:
    Dr. Linda A. Longmire
    Professor
    Department of Global Studies and Geography

    HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: GLOBALIZATION AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
  • 2014/2015 Academic Year
    2014/2015 Academic Year

    SPRING 2015

    MARCH 24-26

    George W. Bush Presidential Conference
    The Hofstra Cultural Center's Presidential Conferences bring together scholars from a wide variety of fields, journalists, former government officials, and in some cases, the former U.S. Presidents themselves, to discuss the policies and issues of the various administrations. 

    FALL 2014

    DECEMBER

    Thursday, December 4

    Poetry and Visual Arts: Homage to Jorge E. Eielson

    Hofstra University will host a one-day symposium honoring the great Peruvian poet/artist Jorge Eduardo Eielson.

    One of the most radical voices of Latin American poetry of that century, Eielson was known for his iconoclastic poetry and his quipus, today considered precursors of conceptual art. The symposium is in collaboration with the Americas Society and The Italian Cultural Institute of New York.

    OCTOBER

    Bioethics Center Symposium

    SEPTEMBER 18-20

    Association of Asian Studies:
    Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences

    The Hofstra Cultural Center, in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Association for Asian Studies (MAR-AAS) and the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), will host an international conference that reflects on the theme Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences to further our understanding of how ongoing economic, social and political transformations have challenged present day perceptions of Asian cultural identities.

  • 2013/2014 Academic Year
    2013/2014 Academic Year

    SPRING 2014

    APRIL 10-12

    Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football's Artistry, Identity and Politics
    An international conference — in anticipation of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil — exploring the historical, social, political, economic, cultural and humanitarian aspects of the world’s most popular sport.

    March 27-28

    LGBT Conference
    Foucault 2014: Beyond Sexuality
    Michel Foucault is one of the foremost and most widely read French philosophers of the 20th century. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of his death and the publication of the final two volumes of his profoundly influential History of Sexuality. This year's LGBT conference offers a significant opportunity to revisit Foucault's work, his influence, his legacy, and the future of Foucauldian studies.

    FALL 2013

    November 7-8

    From the Emancipation Proclamation to the Election of Barack Obama and the Death of Trayvon Martin

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. As Americans commemorate these anniversaries, we contemplate how far the nation has come in its quest to become a more equal society.

    October 24-25

    Digital Thinking/Critical Thinking: Building the Humanities at Hofstra

    This two-day conference focuses on how to create a Digital Research Center at Hofstra that will enable faculty and students to develop digital solutions to critical and cultural problems. Keynote speakers include: Valerie Barr, Professor of Computer Science and Director of Interdisciplinary Programs, Union College; Wyn Kelley, Senior Lecturer in Literature, MIT; and Kurt Fendt, Principal Research Associate in Comparative Media Studies and Executive Director of HyperStudio – Digital Humanities at MIT.

    Panels will explore strategies for interactive and collaborative research, integrating scholarship and pedagogy through online digital tools, and the DRC's proposed scholarly websites. Workshops will acquaint participants with the Annotation Studio (annotation), Locast (mapping), and TextLab (editing revision).

    Program Schedule

    Wednesday, October 16, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    MAURICE A. DEANE SCHOOL OF LAW
    AT HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
    The Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy
    as part of the
    Garfunkel Wild, P.C. Thought Leadership in Action Speaker Series
    presents the

    Affordable Healthcare’s Next Act Symposium

    The symposium provides a forum in which to exchange ideas about how to best approach the development of new policy initiatives aimed at addressing existing and newly created gaps in health care, in light of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation.

    Panel discussions include: Social Justice: The Best Preventative Medicine;
    Missing Pieces in the Affordable Care Act “Puzzle”; Implementing National Policy: From Birth to End-of-Life; and Breaking the Bonds of Professional Silos.

    Keynote Speaker: Wendell Potter, Senior Analyst, Center for Public Integrity Consumer Liaison, National Association of Insurance Commissioners Senior Fellow on Healthcare, Center for Media and Democracy

    For more information, please contact Melissa Kessler at 516-463-7361.

    Program Schedule