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Cultural Center

Participating Scholars


(In formation)

Judith Abrams
New York, NY
Molly Goldberg: When Jewish Eyes Are Smiling

Iska Alter
Hofstra University
"Waiting for Lefty" and the Idea of Betrayal


Donald Baker
C.W. Post Campus of LIU
Whither America? 1930s Popular Novelists in Search of a National Identity

Suzanne N. Berman
Hofstra University
1930s: A Decade of Public Relations Development in America

Kristen Blake
Molloy College
Franklin D. Roosevelt and U.S. Foreign Policy: From Isolation to Intervention


Gray Brechin
University of California/Berkeley
Standing in the Ruins of What We Built: New Deal Expansion of Public Education During the Great Depression and Its Contraction Today

David C. Cassidy
Hofstra University
Physics in the United States During the 1930s

Peter C. Chabora
Queens College/CUNY
Musings on Ecosystems and Seeking Extra Planets

Shawn Christian
Wheaton College
The Harlem Renaissance in 1935: On James Weldon Johnson’s “English 123”

Pellegrino D’Acierno
Hofstra University
The KKK in New Jersey

Zenia DaSilva
Hofstra University
Pan-Hispanic Panorama 1935: With a Bit About Brazil

Nora V. Demleitner
Hofstra University
Still Struggling With Its Identity: Legal Education Then and Now

Vincent DiGirolamo
Baruch College/CUNY
Son of the Forgotten Man: The Newsboy in 1930s Culture and Politics

Michael D’Innocenzo
Hofstra University
Will Rogers: The Humorist as Social Critic

Rob Domanski
City College of New York/CUNY
Defining the Public Interest: The Creation of the FCC, the Communications Act of 1934, and What They Mean for Net Neutrality

Joseph Dorinson
Long Island University
"Breaking the Slump:" American Popular Culture in 1935-36

Lisa M. Dresner
Hofstra University
Trains, Planes, Gin and Sin: Mysteries of the Mid-1930s

Sally Drucker
Nassau Community College
New York in the 1930s: The Photography of Max Drucker

Garrett Eisler
The Graduate Center/CUNY
“Premature” Antifascism on Stage and Screen: Jewish-American Drama and Film in the Era of Isolationism

Peter Eliopoulos
Middlesex Community College
The Fedora: A Statement of an Era

Esther Fusco and Sally Smith
Hofstra University
What do children’s picture books tell us about the world? An examination of literature in 1935 and 2010

Michael N. Geselowitz and Mort Harris 
Rutgers University
Long Island, Cradle of High Tech: The Transition From Electrical to Electronic Industry, 1901-1969

Sharron Greaves
Nyack College
Pigtails and Dimples: Shirley Temple, an Iconic Symbol of What Was Right When So Much was Wrong

Carolyn Grimstead
Long Island University
The Actor Frank Silvera and the Federal Theatre Project 1935-39

Richard P. Hallion
National Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution
Rhythms of Speed and Streamlining: The Transformation of American Aviation

Mort Hans and Michael N. Geselowitz
Rutgers University
Long Island, Cradle of High Tech: The Transition From Electrical to Electronic Industry, 1901-1969

Helen A. Harrison
Pollack-Krasner House & Study Center
Making Murals Modern: Social Consciousness and Formal Innovation During the New Deal

Stan Isaacs
Newsday (Ret.)
Race and Ethnic Issues in 1935 Sports

James J. Kolb
Hofstra University
"Miserable With You:" Broadway Songs From the Great Depression

Dean Kotlowski
Salisbury University
Paul V. McNutt and the Idea of Security in the 1930s: A Foretaste of Cold War Liberalism?

Jeffrey Kroessler
John Jay College/CUNY
Greater New York: The Sports Capital of Depression Era America

Daniel J. Leab
Seton Hall University
The Creation of the "March of Time"

Andrea Libresco
Hofstra University
When all curriculum was social studies curriculum: Whatever happened to the progressive vision of Harold Rugg?

Julia Lisella
Regis College
Margaret Walker and Muriel Rukeyser as New Deal Poets

Phillip Lopate
Hofstra University
No Longer Silent, Not Yet Noir: Hollywood Films in the Mid-Thirties

David M. Lugowski
Manhattanville College
Film Authorship, Censorship and American Culture: A Tale of Two Films by James Whale in Hollywood, 1935

Charles McKay
1935: The Year the Front Porch Disappeared From American Homes

Christopher McKittrick
Suffolk Community College and C.W. Post, Long Island University
In the Shadow of Jazz: The Secret History of New York Blues and
“Drafting” the Funnies: How Popeye, Superman, Dick Tracy, Captain America and Friends Helped Save America

Ronald Meyers
East Stroudsburg University
Intellectuals, Literary Critics, and the Cold War: Seeds Sown in the 1930s

Natalie Naylor
Hofstra University (ret.)
Robert Moses and His Legacy on Long Island

Toby Norris
Assumption College
Autonomy or Engagement: French Artists and Writers in the Crucible of Politics

Bez Ocko
Hofstra University
WPA Poster Project in Perspective

Ruth Prigozy
Hofstra University
F. Scott Fitzgerald: His Lost Decade

Richard Puerzer
Hofstra University (Ret.)
The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords: One of the Greatest Teams in the History of Baseball?

Stanislao Pugliese
Hofstra University
An Ideology of Compensation: Fascism and the Ethopian War in the Italian American Community

John W. Pulis
Hofstra University
Between the Wars: Benito Mussolini, Haile Selassie, and the Apocalypse in Afro-American Cultural History

Susan Quinn
Brookline, MA
FDR and the Two Harolds

Kelly K. Ronayne
St. John’s University
Experimental Philanthropies and the Negro Theatre

David M. Rooney
Hofstra University
Envisioning Supersonic Flight The 1935 Volta Conference and Its Aftermath

Patricia Rossi
North Merrick, NY
The Fashion Industry: The Role and the Reponse, 1930-1939

Susan Rubisch-Gisler
Carlow University
The Impact of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 on American Unionization

Joshua Ruff
Long Island Museum, St. Joseph’s College
"They Dress Them Up:" The Prewar Rise of Levitt and Sons, 1929-1941

Robert B. Sargent
Hofstra University (Ret.)
The "Battle of the Styles" and he Hofstra Campus That Might Have Been

George L. Scheper
The Johns Hopkins University
Corporate Roles in the Construction of Modernity and "Modernism" in New York in the 1930s

Jorge Serrano
Montclair State University
W.E.B. DuBois and Black Reconstruction

Philip M. Sherman  
Great Neck, NY
The State of Computers in 1935

Harvey Smith
University of California/Berkeley
The Monkey Block: The Art Culture of the New Deal in the San Francisco Bay Area

Sally Smith and Esther Fusco
Hofstra University
What do children’s picture books tell us about the world? An examination of literature in 1935 and 2010

Edward J. Smits
Nassau County Historian
Nassau County’s 1935 Charter: A Political Virus for the 21st Century

Judith Stallings-Ward
Norwich University
Two Faces of Anarchism: Gandhi and Durruti

Brian Stipelman
Dowling College
Love and Sacrifice: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Democratic Theory

Josh Stoff
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Airmindedness: Long Island and America’s Romance With the Airplane, 1927-1940

Claudia M. Stolz
Urbana University
Take Dos Passos Off the Shelf; Read; Reassess!

Jon-Christian Suggs
John Jay College/CUNY (ret.)
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Proletarianism, Promise, and Reality in 1935

Yuki Terazawa
Hofstra University
1935: The Politics of the “New Woman” in China and the Women’s Movement Worldwide

Katie Uva
The Graduate Center/CUNY
The First Houses Project and the Struggle for Public Housing in New York City

Thomas G. Voss
Huey, Charlie and Bill: A 1935 Retrospective

Patricia Welch
Hofstra University
Edogawa Rampo’s “The Caterpillar,” and the Modern Body Politic

W. Ray Kwame Williams
Rutgers University Business School
Again, Crisis Meets Opportunity: FDR and Obama Comparative Reflections 

Marshall Zucker  
Gotham Avenue School, Elmont, NY
The Seeds of Racial Equality in the United States Were Planted in Forest Hills on a Night in July, 1935