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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.

Humanities New York Readings and Discussion Series: James Baldwin's America

  • Tuesday, February 27, 6:30-8 p.m. (Hofstra Hall Parlor, South Campus)
    Meet James Baldwin – Join us as we discuss some of Baldwin’s most powerful essays: Everybody’s Protest Novel; Notes of a Native Son; Equal in Paris; Faulkner and Desegregation; and Sweet Lorraine.
  • Wednesday, March 28, noon-2 p.m. (Plaza Room East, Mack Student Center, North Campus)
    Lunch with James Baldwin – Join us for a brown bag lunch as we begin to dissect Another Country.
  • Wednesday, April 18, 9-10:30 a.m. (Plaza Room West, Mack Student Center, North Campus)
    Breakfast with James Baldwin – Join us as we conclude the discussion of Another Country.
  • Tuesday, May 1, 6-8 p.m. (Hofstra Hall Parlor, South Campus)
    Tea with James Baldwin – Join us as we conclude our series. Any and all texts by Baldwin are open for discussion, with particular emphasis on: The American Dream and the American Negro; White Racism or World Community?; and If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?

"As is the inevitable result of things unsaid, we find ourselves until today oppressed with a dangerous and reverberating silence," James Baldwin wrote in the essay Many Thousands Gone. The essay was part of Baldwin’s first, most powerful collection, Notes of a Native Son, published 60 years ago. Join us as we celebrate the works of James Baldwin in James Baldwin: Collected Essays and James Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories.

Facilitator: Jennifer Henton, Department of English, Hofstra University
Admission is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Seating is limited to 15 participants per reading/discussion.

Registrants who can commit to all four discussions can borrow copies of the books to be discussed for a refundable $10 fee after the series. Please note that participants who wish to “drop in” may attend, but should contact the facilitator at jennifer.henton[at]hofstra.edu, to find out how to obtain a copy of the materials.

Light refreshments will be served.

Humanities New York

Related Event:
Thursday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.

Kickoff Film Screening and Discussion: I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film is a journey into black history and connects Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to the present. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library
In collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center.

I Am Not Your Negro

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

In commemoration of Black History Month, independent African-American filmmaker Kevin Willmott presents the "mockumentary," CSA: The Confederate States of America, a satire on racial inequality, imagining an America in which the Confederacy won the Civil War. A discussion led by Willmott will follow the film screening.

Room 211 Breslin Hall, South Campus

what if the south won the war

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.
JOSEPH G. ASTMAN SIGNATURE LECTURE
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.
D’Lo
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

D'Lo

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
HOFSTRA'S DIGITAL RESEARCH CENTER presents
Third Annual Digital Research Exchange (DREx)

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

Intersectional Justice in Practice

The Great War - A Hundred Years On - Join us for a continuation of events commemorating the anniversary of American engagement in World War I

Monday, February 26, 4-6 p.m.
Film Screening: Potemkin

Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein
This 1925 silent film is set during the Russian Revolution on the
Battleship Potemkin in 1905. The crew stages a mutiny against the ship’s officers,
ultimately leading to a police massacre on the streets of Odessa.

Room 211 Breslin Hall, South Campus

Potemkin

Wednesday, April 11, 12:50-2:15 p.m.
Global Impact of the Great War and the Making of the 20th Century

Tait Keller, Rhodes College

Plaza Room Middle, Mack Student Center


Wednesday, April 4, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
Library Readings:
Radical Reactions to the Great War: Strikes, Mutinies, Protests, Revolutions

Join us for a series of readings by students and faculty commemorating the Great War and
the Russian Revolution. We will hear voices of dissent, rebellion, and war weariness.
Light refreshments will be served.

Main Lobby, Axinn Library 


Friday, April 27, 8 p.m.
Hofstra Symphony Orchestra

Russian Music from the Fin-de-Siècle to the Second World War
Adam Glaser, director

Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, John Cranford Adams Playhouse

For tickets and information, unless otherwise noted, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., or visit HofstraTickets.com. Tickets for all performances are on sale now. Unless a performance is sold out, tickets are also available for purchase at the door (by cash or check only) beginning at least 60 minutes before showtime.


Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.
Just an Ordinary Lawyer
A Play, With Songs

Written and performed by Tayo Aluko, with live piano accompaniment from Hofstra alumnus Dennis Nelson, Just An Ordinary Lawyertells the story of Nigerian Tunji Sowande as he quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first Black judge in 1978. Also a fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, he muses on international politics and history as they affect the Black world from Africa to the USA and Britain, from the point of view of one who would rather watch sports, and spread love and peace through the medium of song.
 
"A fascinating show ... packs in so much" The Guardian
Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center; Hofstra University Honors College; Departments of Drama and Dance, History, and Sociology; and Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice.

Just an Ordinary Lawyer

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