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Cultural Center

Spring 2019 Featured Events

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.

Tuesday, February 5, 7 p.m.
Making Safe Sex Sexy

Eileen Kelly is a sex educator and founder of the blog and Instagram account Killer and Sweet Thang. Kelly will talk about the importance of healthy relationships and open communications about safe and pleasurable sex. The event will be an open dialogue on how to improve our sexual health by ensuring that we know how to communicate our worries and desires as well as eradicate the stigma surrounding safe sex.

In collaboration with the Campus Feminist Collective.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Eileen Kelly

Thursday, February 7, 4:30 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Public Lecture Building a Brain: Cells, Circuits, and Developmental Disorders

Susan Birren is dean of arts and sciences and professor of biology and neuroscience at Brandeis University. In Birren’s Developmental Neurobiology laboratory, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers work together to gain a new understanding of how cellular interactions control the development of nerve cells and functional neural circuits. Her work has defined the reciprocal signaling between the nervous system and the heart that leads to neural control of cardiac function and to cardiovascular disease.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

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Cells, Circuits, and Developmental Disorder
Susan Birren

Tuesday, February 12, 4:30-6 p.m.
Visual Culture and Human Rights in Latin America

Jessica Stites Mor will present on a recent volume she edited that explores artistic production in solidarity movements in Latin America. This multidisciplinary anthology reveals the tremendous role that art and performance have played in the quest for social justice in the Americas. Case studies include artistic solidarity in the aftermath of the Honduran coup, feminist photography in Mexico, and tapestries in Chile.

Speaker: Jessica Stites Mor, Associate Professor of History, University of British Columbia, Okanagan; Editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Author of Transition Cinema: Political Filmmaking and the Argentine Left Since 1968 (University of Pittsburgh, 2012) and Human Rights and Transnational

Solidarity in Cold War Latin America (University of Wisconsin, 2013)

Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) and African Studies Program.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Jessica Stites Mor

Thursday, February 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Celebrate Douglass Day 2019!

This year, Hofstra will join universities and cultural organizations throughout the country in a live-streamed read-a-thon. Come by the Axinn Library to participate and have some cake!

Co-sponsored by EdTech, the Center for “Race,” Culture, and Social Justice, and the University Library. Commemorating Black History Month and the Hofstra University Museum of Art.

Main Lobby, Axinn Library

Frederick Douglas

Wednesday, March 6, 11:10 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
Political Speechwriting With Terry Edmonds

Terry Edmonds is the first African American chief White House speechwriter under former President William Jefferson Clinton. In the age of shorthand social media, the 24-hour news cycle, and the explosion of fragmentary information, Edmonds will discuss the fundamentals of political speechwriting, and address challenges faced by public advocates in today’s political environment.

In collaboration with the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Terry Edmond


Monday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Shakespeare Festival Distinguished Artist Lecture
Woodie King Jr.
Founding Director, New Federal Theatre

On Hofstra’s Globe stage, Hofstra’s Department of Drama and Dance, in conjunction with the 70th annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival, presents legendary theater director and producer Woodie King Jr. as this year’s distinguished artist. King has been described as “the king of black theater producers” by the journal American Visions (2000). As a writer, producer, director, and activist, King has championed the work of important black writers, actors, and directors, including the first production of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Woodie King Jr. received an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement in 1997.

Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Woodie King Jr.

Monday, March 25, noon-6 p.m.
The U Turn
Film Screening and Discussion With
Filmmaker Luis Argueta

The U Turn, the third documentary in Luis Argueta’s immigration trilogy, narrates the transformational journey of immigrant workers who broke their silence about abuses endured at the Agriprocessors Inc. meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. The film showcases the U visa, which permits victims of certain crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse while in the United States to enter or remain when they might not otherwise be able to do so.

Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan-American film director and producer. His 1994 film, The Silence of Neto, a coming-of-age film set in Cold War-era Guatemala, was the first Guatemalan film to be internationally recognized. Since then, Argueta has produced a trilogy of documentaries (AbUSed: The Postville Raid [2010], Abrazos [2014], and The U Turn [2016]) that present the human face of immigration and aim to contribute to the national and international conversation on one of the most important topics of our time.

Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) and African Studies Program.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

The U Turn


Wednesday, April 3, 12:10-1 p.m.
Prosecution Ethics in Current Times With
Angela J. Davis

Angela J. Davis is a professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law, and an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system. Davis previously served as director of the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she began as a staff attorney representing indigent juveniles and adults; as executive director of the National Rainbow Coalition; and as a former law clerk of the Honorable Theodore R. Newman, former chief judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals. Davis is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor (Oxford University Press, 2007. She has co-edited numerous books and published articles in the Michigan, Iowa, Fordham, and Hofstra Law Reviews.

The Sidney R. and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom, Room 308 Maurice A Deane School of Law, South Campus

For more information, please contact Debbie Grattan, legal ethics coordinator at the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, at 516-463-5748 or email deborah.j.grattan@Hofstra.edu.

Angela J. Davis

Tuesday, April 9, 11:10 a.m.
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Salt Sugar Fat, Michael Moss is a leading expert on the food industry, health and wellness, and marketing. Taking audiences on an eye-opening journey deep inside some of the world’s biggest and most successful companies, he offers audiences an illuminating and surprising look at the researchers, marketers, strategists, and CEOs who seduce us with their products. Moss brings to life the creative ways food manufacturers use the science of human behavior, biology and marketing. Using humor, case studies, and insight gleaned from investigative reporting that won him a Pulitzer Prize, he shows how companies get consumers to buy, often at the expense of their health.

In collaboration with the Food Studies Program and National Public Health Week.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Michael MossMoss Book Jacket

Monday, April 15, 12:50-2:15 p.m.
Practicing Development in the Jim Crow South

Drawing on a range of works that extends from gendered historical analyses of colonialism to critical histories of development, and based on archival research in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi, Dr. Mona Domosh argues that what we now call international development – a form of hegemony different from but related to colonialism – needs to be understood not only as a geopolitical tool of the Cold War, but also as a technique of governance that took shape within the realm of the domestic and through a racialized gaze. She does this by tracing some of the key elements of U.S. international development practices in the postwar era to a different time and place: the American South, a region considered “undeveloped” in the first decades of the 20th century, and the agricultural extension practices that targeted the rural farm home and farm women, particularly African- American women.

Speaker: Dr. Mona Domosh, Professor of Geography, Dartmouth College

In collaboration with the the Mu Kappa chapter of the international geographical honor society Gamma Theta Upsilon, and the Department of Global Studies and Geography.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Mona Domosh

Thursday, April 18, 9:35 a.m.
Psychographics: Graphic Memoirs and Psychiatric Disability

Elizabeth Donaldson juxtaposes the linkage of psychosis and violence in the superhero comics tradition with representations of mental illness in contemporary graphic memoirs. This new tradition of illness memoirs in comics helps to make a maligned disability experience (psychosis) publicly legible in innovative and potentially liberating ways.

Speaker: Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Associate Professor of English, Director, Medical Humanities Program, New York Institute of Technology

Editor, Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health; Co-editor, The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability

In collaboration with the Disability Studies Program.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Elizabeth Donaldson

Thursday, April 18, 11:10 a.m.
Scholar-Athletes and Embodied Learning: Writing Themselves In

Dr. J. Michael Rifenburg’s recent book The Embodied Playbook offers groundbreaking insight into the teaching of scholar-athletes. He offers a new approach to understanding student literacy in a surprising place: the university athletics department. Through analysis of a yearlong case study of the men’s basketball team at the University of North Georgia, Rifenburg shows that a deeper and more refined understanding of how humans learn through physical action can help writing instructors reach a greater range of students.

Speaker: J. Michael Rifenburg, Associate Professor of Writing, University of North Georgia

In collaboration with the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Dr. J. Michael Rifenburg

Monday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Navigating Our Intersections:
A Conversation About Race, Ability, and Queerness With Lydia X. Z. Brown

In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and in an effort to promote inclusive and intersectional dialogue about social justice, Lydia X. Z. Brown will deliver a lecture about their experiences as an autistic, trans-racial adoptee. Through their lecture, Brown will challenge us to speak about transracial and transnational adoption as a reproductive justice, disability justice, decolonization, and racial justice issue. They will also tackle how the fame of individuals emulating Rachel Dolezal and her blackface have affected their ability to navigate American society as a real transracial person.

Speaker: Lydia X. Z. Brown, Disability Justice Advocate, Organizer, and Writer

Co-sponsored by the Queer and Trans People of Color Coalition, The Gender Identity Federation, The Pride Network, Hofstra’s Asian American Pacific Islander Alliance, Collegiate Women of Color, Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion, and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Lydia X. Z. Brown

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