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Signature Events Spring 2019

Thursday, February 14, 9:30-11 a.m.

Evaluating the Trump Presidency at Midterm With Major Garrett

Major Garrett is CBS News chief White House correspondent and author of Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of An Extraordinary Presidency (St. Martin’s Press, 2018).

Commentary by Kalikow Center Senior Presidential Fellows Howard B. Dean III, Democratic National Committee, 2005-2009 and Edward J. Rollins, political strategist

Moderator: Meena Bose, Executive Dean for Public Policy and Public Service Programs
Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies
Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra University
Join the #HofstraVotes and  #KalikowPanel conversation online.

In conjunction with the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Major Garrett Wild Ride

Wednesday, February 27, 11:10 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)

Basil Smikle Jr. is a Distinguished Lecturer of Politics and Public Policy at the City University of New York’s School of Labor and Urban Studies, and former executive director of the New York Democratic Party. He was also senior aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton during her first campaign for Senate and later on her Senate staff. As a Democratic strategist whose commentary has been featured regularly on CNN, MSNBCand TheHill.com, Smikle will discuss the 2020 presidential election cycle and what to expect for policy in the next two years of the Trump presidency.

In collaboration with the Xi Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Basil Smikle Jr

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 Edmonds

Thursday, March 28, 12:45 p.m.

Jonathan Haidt is a professor of ethical leadership, New York University—Stern School of Business. He is a social psychologist whose research examines the intuitive foundations of morality. His New York Times bestseller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion offers an account of the origins of the human moral sense, and shows how variations in moral intuitions can help explain the polarization and dysfunction of American politics. Haidt’s writings appear frequently in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he has given four TED talks. He was named one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and byProspect magazine.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Jonathan Haidt

Tuesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m.

Max Boot discusses the impact of the Trump presidency on America’s domestic politics and international standing. He then looks ahead to the future of a post-Trump Republican Party.  Boot is a historian and foreign policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a columnist for The Washington Post, a global affairs analyst for CNN, and author of The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam and The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.

The Donald J. Sutherland Lecture is named for the former Hofstra trustee who endowed the annual event.

Co-sponsored by Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Hofstra Cultural Center, and the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library


To register, please visit hofstra.edu/sutherland2019. Join the #HofstraVotes conversation on social media.

Max Boot

Past Signature Events

  • Signature Events Fall 2018

    Signature Events Spring 2018

    Thursday, September 20, 11 a.m.
    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Ta-Nehisi Coates is a former national correspondent for The Atlantic, a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, and a winner of the 2015 National Book Award for his book, Between the World And Me. Coates has emerged as an essential voice for our times. His award-winning writing combines reportage, historical analysis, and Image result for A Nation Under Our Feetpersonal narrative to address some of America’s most complex and challenging issues pertaining to culture and identity. Since 2016, Coates has written Marvel’s The Black Panther comic book about the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions – Wakanda Forever. In addition, Coates recently signed with Marvel to create a new series based on the 1966 Captain America.

    Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, John Cranford Adams Playhouse

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Tuesday, October 2, 6:30-8 p.m.

    On the Occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence
    Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II

    Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II is the president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival. The Poor People’s Campaign renews Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s challenge to confront racism, militarism, and poverty. Barber served as president of the North Carolina NAACP, the largest state conference in the South, from 2006 to 2017, and currently sits on the national board of directors of the NAACP. He is the author of three books: Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing; The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement; and Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation.

    In collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice and the Hofstra NAACP Chapter.

    Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, Adams Playhouse, South Campus

    Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II

    The Central Park Five

    In 1989, the rape and beating of a white female jogger in Central Park made international headlines. Many accounts reported the incident as an example of “wilding” – episodes of poor, minority youths roaming the streets looking for trouble. Police intent on immediate justice for the victim coerced five African-American and Latino boys to plead guilty. The teenage boys were quickly convicted and imprisoned. Dr. Natalie P. Byfield, who covered the case for the New York Daily News, now revisits the story of the Central Park Five from her perspective as a black female reporter in the book Savage Portrayals.

    Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.
    Film Screening and Discussion
    The Central Park Five (2012)

    Filmmaker Ken Burn’s documentary about the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were arrested in 1989 and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. The Central Park Five tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice. A discussion led by Dr. Natalie P. Byfield will follow the screening.

    Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

    Wednesday, October 17, 11:10 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
    The Central Park Five Panel Discussion

    In this panel discussion, Byfield illuminates the race, class, and gender bias in the massive media coverage of the crime and the prosecution of the now-exonerated defendants. Her sociological analysis and first-person account persuasively argue that the racialized reportage of the case buttressed efforts to try juveniles as adults across the nation. Savage Portrayals casts new light on this famous crime and its far-reaching consequences for the wrongly accused and the justice system.

    Dr. Natalie P. Byfield
    Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
    and Anthropology
    St. John’s University

    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library 

    Natalie Byfield

    Wednesday, October 17, 4:30 p.m.
    The Future and Past of Conservatism With Jonah Goldberg

    Syndicated Political Columnist, National Review Senior Editor, FOX News Contributor & Bestselling Author, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning and his most recent book The Suicide of the West

    As contradictory as it may sound, the conservative movement is constantly changing. The Bush years changed conservatism in profound ways, mostly for the worse. How will Trump’s presidency further these changes? What does the future of conservatism look like? And does conservatism’s failure necessarily mean liberalism’s success?

    Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

    Jonah Goldberg

    Thursday, October 18
    70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. Join us as we commemorate the power of the Universal Declaration and it’s power of ideas to change the world as it inspires us to continue working to ensure all people can gain freedom, equality and dignity.

    Keynote address:
    Dr. Blanche Wiesen Cook,
    Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, CUNY
    Author and biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt, Vols. I, II, III

    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

    Ada Lovelace Day
  • Signature Events Spring 2018

    Signature Events Spring 2018

    Thursday, March 1, 9:35 a.m.

    THE 2018 DONALD J. SUTHERLAND LECTURE presents Ilya Somin
    Professor of Law
    George Mason University of Law

    Author, Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter One of the biggest problems with modern democracy is that most of the public is usually ignorant of politics and government. Many people believe that their votes are unlikely to change the outcome of an election and don't see the point in learning much about politics. This creates a nation of people with little political knowledge and little ability to objectively evaluate what they do know. Ilya Somin writes regularly for the Volokh Conspiracy law and politics blog at The Washington Post. He is also the author of The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain (2015) and coauthor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (2013).

    The Donald J. Sutherland Lecture is named for the former Hofstra trustee who endowed the annual event.

    Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center.

    Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

    Ilya Somin

    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, 2001-2002

    Former White House speechwriter, Atlantic senior editor, andmedia 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

    Trumpocracy by 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. #HofCreativity

    The Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue

    Twyla Tharp
  • Signature Events Fall 2017
    James Forman

    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 (11/07/17)

    Cultural Defamation

    THE DEFAMATION EXPERIENCE: 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 (10/25/17)

    Naomi Klein

    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 (10/09/17)

    Masha Gessen

    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 (09/27/17)