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Signature Events

Wednesday, September 27, 3 p.m.

A Conversation With Masha Gessen

Join Masha Gessen, Russian-American journalist and the author of several books, among them The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, as she discusses U.S. and Russian Affairs. Ms. Gessen is an expert on Vladimir Putin and the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Slate, Vanity Fair, and many other publications. Forthcoming, is Ms. Gessen’s new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. For more information on this speaker, please visit prhspeakers.com

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Masha Gessen

Monday, October 9, 4:30-6 p.m.

An Evening With Naomi Klein

From the bestselling author of No is Not Enough and This Changes Everything, award-winning journalist and syndicated columnist Naomi Klein in her most recent book, No Is Not Enough, attempts to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse, and it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future. Ms. Klein will also address from her book, This Changes Everything, what we think you know about global warming and the real inconvenient truth that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Naomi Klein

Tuesday, November 7, 4:30 p.m.

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment In Black America

James Forman Jr., former public defender, professor, and criminal justice reformer, Yale Law School

Based on his critically acclaimed book by the same name, this talk builds on Forman’s work as a public defender, a founder of a charter school for incarcerated teens, and a law professor to outline the criminal justice crisis with both data and human stories. He leaves the audience with hope for what can be done to make a difference, and how they themselves can contribute to change.

Co-sponsored by the Monroe Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, Criminal Justice Clinic and the Black Law Students Association, Maurice A. Deane School of Law.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

James Forman Jr

Wednesday, October 25, 6 p.m.


When Race, Class, Religion and Gender Collide – A Conversation Begins

A Play by Todd Logan

Presented by Canamac Productions, the nationally acclaimed play Defamation is a riveting courtroom drama that explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law with a twist: the audience is the jury. More than a play, Defamation is a unique opportunity for the community to engage in civil discourse about the most pressing social issues of our day. Through deliberations and post-show discussions, audiences engage in civil discourse that may challenge preconceived notions. Playwright

Todd Logan says, “Whether we like it or not, we still have major divides in this country. Most of us still go to bed at night in cities, communities and neighborhoods that are segregated by race, religion, ethnicity and/or class. I wanted to write a play that encourages open, honest conversation that leads to greater understanding and empathy to combat today’s prevailing trends.”

Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center; Office of Student Leadership; Hofstra Student Government Association; Maurice A. Deane School of Law; Center for Civic Engagement; NOAH Program; and the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

THE DEFAMATION EXPERIENCE: When Race, Class, Religion and Gender Collide – A Conversation Begins


Humanities New York



Join us as we celebrate the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes with this reading and discussion series, featuring four works that won the annual award for fiction. Each of our featured authors depicts our struggle to better ourselves and achieve the American dream — and each explores how, despite our efforts, we can end up unfulfilled or at odds with other elements of society.

Facilitator: Andrew Stambuk, Department of English, Hofstra University

  • Admission is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Seating is limited to 15 participants. Registrants are expected to participate in all four discussions.
  • To register and for more information, call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/culture. Book titles are available for loan with a refundable $10 deposit after series by contacting the Department of English between 9 am – 4 pm at 516-463-5454.

Thursday, September 28, 4:30-6 p.m.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Egan’s series of linked short stories — featuring overlapping characters and events — follows a group of musicians and music executives as life sends them in directions none could have anticipated.

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Thursday, October 19, 4:30-6 p.m.

Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow

Two writers and friends experience very different pathways through life in the 20th century, reflecting America’s changing relationship with art, commerce and life.

Humboldt’s Gift

Thursday, November 9, 4:30-6 p.m.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Dominican-American Oscar Wao’s nerdy fantasies provide a springboard for Diaz to interrogate the multigenerational experiences of one immigrant family.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Thursday, November 30, 4:30-6 p.m.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

These short stories look at the challenges of Indian-Americans in adapting to life in America while staying true to the culture and traditions of previous generations. 

Interpreter of Maladies

Location for all discussions: Hofstra Hall Parlor, South Campus

Sponsored by Humanities New York in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center.

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