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Cultural Center

Spring 2018
Hofstra Cultural Center Academic Grants

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.

Wednesday, February 28, 7 p.m.
Filmmaker Kevin Willmott

In commemoration of Black History Month, independent African-American filmmaker Kevin Willmott presents Destination: Planet Negro, a satire on racial inequality and a spoof of 1930s science fiction movies. A discussion led by Wilmott will follow the film screening.

Room 211 Breslin Hall, South Campus

Tuesday, March 6, 4:30 p.m.
Terror and Beauty
How Terrorists Can Use Mathematics to Build Cells That Are Probably the Most Difficult for Law Enforcement to Disrupt

Dr. Jonathan D. Farley explains how math theory can be used to fight terrorism and break up terror cells. He says, "They're asking the wrong question and getting the wrong answer." Using lattice theory, including Boolean algebra, to analyze social networks, Farley believes it is a far more effective means of finding terror cells and ultimately saving lives. Farley says of fighting terror: “It’s better to fight smarter, not harder," and find our vulnerability to future attacks.

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan D. Farley, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Morgan State University

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Dr. Jonathan D. Farley

Wednesday, March 14, 4:30 p.m.
Good Food/Good Work

Join food justice activists, pioneering chefs, and media innovators as they talk about their passion for good food and good work. Hofstra’s Minor in Food Studies Program presents this multimedia program to introduce an exciting new field of study.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Thursday, March 15, 12:45 p.m.
Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI BAU (ret.) James Fitzgerald

Join retired FBI agent and criminal profiler James R. Fitzgerald, whose pioneering forensic linguistics played a critical role in the Unabomber case by extracting clues from the language in Ted Kaczynski’s writings. Fitzgerald, or Fitz, as he was known, is the central character in a new scripted miniseries Manhunt: The Unabomber, which debuted last year on the Discovery Channel.

James Fitzgerald

Thursday, March 15
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) and the Spanish Civil War

ALBA!2:20-3:50 p.m.
In the Footsteps of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Following the Americans who Fought Fascism in Spain

Join us for a lecture and discussion on the nearly 3,000 American women and men who volunteered to fight against fascism in Spain from 1936 to 1939. Who were they and what were some factors that may have contributed to their decision to volunteer? Why haven’t we learned about them in school or through textbooks? How has their legacy been treated over the years in Spain? And why is keeping their legacy alive of the upmost importance for young Americans? This session is open to all.

Moderator: Dr. Simon R. Doubleday, Professor of History, Hofstra University

4:30-6:30 p.m.
Workshop for Teachers: How to Integrate the Spanish Civil War Into Your Social Studies Syllabus

Join us for an introduction to a rich and diverse collection of primary and secondary source material that deals with the Spanish Civil War and the development of anti-fascism in the United States. How can we incorporate these materials into our teaching? In what ways do the stories of the women and men of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade challenge the historical narratives that dominate social studies teaching and the status quo in this country? Why is keeping their legacy alive so vital? This session is open to Hofstra students in the Secondary Education program and Long Island social studies teachers.

Moderator: Dr. Alan Singer, Director, Secondary Education Social Studies, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Hofstra University

Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center

Wednesday, April 4, 5:30 p.m.
Rethink Poverty: The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)

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.

Advance registration is required; participation is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Hofstra University Honors College.

Maurice A. Deane School of Law, South Campus

For more information, please call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/culture.

Thursday, April 5, 11 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
SIGNATURE EVENT: A Conversation With David Frum

Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Author, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
Speechwriter for President George W. Bush, 2001-200

Former White House speechwriter, Atlantic columnist, and media commentator David Frum explains why President Trump has undermined our most important institutions in ways even the most critical media has missed. This thoughtful and hard-hitting book is a warning for democracy and America’s future.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

David Frum

Monday, April 9, 4:30 p.m.
Twyla Tharp: The Creative Habit

All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. Creativity is the product of preparation and effort, and it is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, join us as world-renowned choreographer and dance artist Twyla Tharp speaks about her book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, based on the lessons she learned in her remarkable 35-year career.

Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Twyla Tharp

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Jews, Gender and Race in Latin America

This performance and talkback by a South Asian American transgender comic/actor commemorates the Trans Day of Visibility and is presented in conjunction with Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. D’Lo is a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comedian whose work ranges from stand-up comedy and solo theater to plays, film and music production, poetry, and spoken word performances. Rooted in social justice, D'Lo brings the fierce with the funny through his stories and stand-up comedy about being a queer/transgender person raised within an immigrant family and community.

Co-sponsored by Hofstra Cultural Center, Center for Civic Engagement, and Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library


Tuesday-Thursday, April 17-19, All Day
UNITY Project

UNITY is an interactive community art project that celebrates and promotes the human connection at Hofstra University in response to the discordant and aversive rhetoric in politics. It is a collaboration among 12 clubs that are part of the Multicultural Student Leadership Caucus. The project consists of 32 posts marked with identifiers such as, “I am multilingual, I identify as LGBTQ+, I live with a disability,” etc. Community members tie colorful yarn around the posts to create an interconnected web that reflects our vibrant community.

Playhouse Quad, South Campus

UNITY Project

Wednesday, April 25
Third Annual Digital Research Exchange (DREx)

11:10 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
Working Spaces as Learning Spaces: Experiential Pedagogy in Digital Humanities

Julia Flanders is professor of the practice in English, and director of the Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern University Library. She has served as chair of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Consortium and as president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities. She has taught a wide range of workshops and courses in digital humanities, and has consulted on numerous digital humanities projects. Her research focuses on data modeling, textual scholarship, humanities data curation, and the politics of digital scholarly work. She directs the Women Writers Project, edits the online journal Digital Humanities Quarterly, and is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Textual Scholarship. She is currently co-editing a book on data modelingin digital humanities.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

2-4 p.m.
Panel Discussion

Following the keynote address, there will be a panel discussion moderated by John Bryant, professor emeritus, Hofstra University. Panelists include Alison Booth and Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia; Wyn Kelley and Kurt Fendt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Ethna Lay and Adam Sills, Hofstra University.

Hofstra University Club, David S. Mack Hall, North Campus

Thursday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.
Speculation: The Value of Languages in Uncertain Times

Western media often tells consumers that multilingualism is good for them and that it constitutes an important economic asset for society. Advertisements for language schools promise that learning a foreign language will result in better jobs and pay, while educational policies stress the importance of language learning for future professional success. Businesses are happy to highlight the multilingual skills of their workers as proof of their international character. All these arguments link language skills with access to the job market, increased salary, creativity, and high work productivity in a world that is internationally interconnected, service- and information- oriented – and, as such, highly multilingual. This talk provocatively challenges the main premise of these discourses and argues that the value of languages is highly speculative. Only under certain conditions does language emerge as economic capital; under other conditions, a multilingual repertoire can instead become the object of exploitation, hence reproducing existing forms of social inequalities.

Speaker: Alexandre Duchêne, Professor of Sociology of Language and Multilingualism
Head of the Department of Multilingualism and Foreign Language Teaching
University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Intersectional Justice in Practice

What is justice? How do we, as various communities, work toward a just society for all? These are the main conceptual questions explored by Cymone Fuller, Vera Institute of Justice; Che Johnson-Long, Racial Justice Action Center; Ceci Piñeda, Good Old Lower East Side Inc.; and Ashleigh Eubanks, Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation. The speakers' knowledge and professional practices span food security; environmental and climate justice; and youth, racial, and gender justice. The backgrounds and range of experiences that each panelist offers will raise awareness of the concept of intersectionality and the interconnected struggles to create resilient communities across the United States.

Moderator: Dr. SM Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Criminology Program
Department of Sociology
Hofstra University

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

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