Cultural Center

Spring 2020 Featured Events

We have cancelled the balance of the Spring Cultural Center schedule and are working on trying to reschedule some of these events in the Fall 20/Spring 21 year, if feasible. Some events will be offered virtually. See our Virtual Events Calendar for the most up to date information.

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.

From Coexistence to Shared Society: The Role of National Identity of Arab Citizens in Israel With Mohammad Darawshe - CANCELLED
Thursday, March 26

Mohammad Darawshe will discuss current affairs and analyze the results of the recent elections and their ramifications to Jewish-Arab relations with Israeli society. Mohammad Darawshe is the Director of Planning, Equality and Shared Society at Givat Haviva Educational Center and a Shalom Hartman Institute faculty member. Mohammad Darawshe is a leading expert on Jewish-Arab relations and has presented at the European Parliament, NATO Defense College, World Economic Forum, and Club de Madrid, US Congress, Herzliya Conference and Israel’s Presidential Conference.

Presented by the Muslim Students Association and the Hofstra Cultural Center, in collaboration with Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion, Hofstra University Honors College, Department of Religion and the Program in Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, and the Department of Political Science. #HofNoHate

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Mohammad Darawshe
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Long Island Divided
A Newsday Live Conversation - CANCELLED
Monday, March 30

Join us and lead Newsday investigative journalists for a discussion of housing discrimination on Long Island, its impact on would-be homeowners and communities, and what is being done to address the issue. This forum follows a three-year investigation by Newsday that revealed evidence of unequal treatment of minority homebuyers.


  • Olivia Winslow, Newsday Reporter
  • Keith Herbert, Newsday Reporter
  • Arthur Browne, Newsday Project Editor

Moderated by Lawrence Levy, Vice President for Economic Development & Professional Studies and Executive Dean, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Uncertainty, Action and Politics: Negligibility and Climate Change - CANCELLED
Wednesday, April 1

Is the negligibility of one’s contribution to a problem such as climate change a reason for inaction?

This has been asserted for individuals, companies, and even countries, comparing their contribution to the problem to that of others. Here I diagnose this line of appeal to ‘negligibility’ as based on a tacit importation of the economic model of perfect competition into the domain of politics where there is no reason to believe that it should apply. I will argue that the application of the theory of negligibility to the domain of individual and political action outside an idealized competitive market has distorted our understanding of action and denuded our understanding of politics. In accordance with this diagnosis, this paper aims not to solve the problem of negligibility so much as to dissolve it.

Speaker: Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and
Director, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

Author, Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living

In collaboration with the Department of Philosophy

Melissa Lane

Massive Agent-Based Simulations of Intelligent Transportation Systems - CANCELLED
Thursday, April 16

Have you ever thought of how one could optimize complex road and transportation systems where decision-making is not centralized? In this presentation you will learn how the team involving mathematicians, computer scientists, and engineers from the Computational Methods in Industrial Mathematics Lab (Fields-CQAM and Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada) developed a simulation system that modeled a real operation on the grid of roads in a large city such as Winnipeg or Toronto. The routes of cars were simulated based on the socio-economic profiles of drivers accessibly through the Canadian census data. The simulation software developed within the project is freely available as Open Source and uses Julia - the new programming for numerical computing. This approach allows to capture, analyze, and understand dependencies in a real world complex road system.

Speaker: Dr. Pawel Pralat, Associate Professor at Ryerson University and
Director of Fields-CQAM Lab on Computational Methods in Industrial Mathematics at The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences

In collaboration with the Department of Mathematics.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Dr. Pawel Pralat

Bespoke: Exploring Autism Poetics - CANCELLED
Thursday, April 23

Dr. Julia Miele Rodas is professor of English at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. Her book, Autistic Disturbances: Theorizing Autism Poetics from the DSM to Robinson Crusoe (University of Michigan Press, 2018) discusses how stigmatized characteristics of autistic language (such as "echolalia") are reflected in celebrated literary texts (such as repetition in Gertrude Stein). Rodas argues that autistic language is actually an essential part of mainstream literary aesthetics, visible in poetry by Walt Whitman, in novels by Charlotte Brontë and Daniel Defoe, in life writing by Andy Warhol, and even in writing by figures from popular culture. By affirming the aesthetic value of autistic language in literary texts, her book invites readers to reconsider the value of autistic language and autistic ways of being in everyday life.

In collaboration with the Disabilities Studies Program.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Julia Miele Rodas

Social Justice Reporting: Perspectives From Lolly Bowean - CANCELLED
Thursday, April 23

Lolly Bowean, award-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune, explores the process of telling the stories of her community dealing with race, poverty, and Chicago’s African American community. She discusses developing relationships and techniques for telling the stories of a city dealing with violence, diversity and disparities that is being led by its first black female mayor.

In collaboration with The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Lolly Bowean

Past Cultural Center Featured Events