Hofstra University

Cultural Center

Bringing the world to the Hofstra campus

For the past 50+ years, the Hofstra Cultural Center has invited members of the community to join us on campus for our programs, to learn and engage together. See our Virtual Events calendar.

The Hofstra Cultural Center was founded in 1976 by the late Joseph G. Astman, Professor of Comparative Literature and Languages at Hofstra University, and has evolved into a dynamic instrument for fostering scholarly exchange and intellectual debate.

Explore the Calendar

The Cultural Center hosts numerous events each year.

Fall Campus


Conferences & Symposia

The Cultural Center's conferences and symposia, focus on a variety of academic and cultural topics and are free and open to the public.

Event Series

Astman Cultural Events

The Joseph G. Astman Cultural Events are presented in loving memory of Dr. Joseph G. Astman, founder of the Hofstra Cultural Center.

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Great Writers, Great Readings

Each Great Writers, Great Readings event brings a notable author to campus for a reading and book signing.

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Issues in Judaism

This lecture series focuses on issues of interest related to Jewish heritage, culture, history, and more.

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Italian American Experience

A series of lectures centered on elements key to the lives of Italian and American heritage.

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Presidential Conferences

The Hofstra Cultural Center hosts a series of retrospective conferences discussing the policies and issues of the various presidencies.

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Science Night Live

A public lecture series that features exciting science research presented by some of the top scientists and lecturers in their fields.

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About the Center

The Hofstra Cultural Center (HCC) is an internationally renowned organization that includes a conference and symposium component, performance arts, and the publication of the proceedings of its conferences and symposia.

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Contact the Center

Our Office

HCC Administrative Offices:
Hofstra Cultural Center
108 Monroe Hall
127 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1270

Phone: 516-463-5669
Fax: 516-463-4793

Grant Applications

The Cultural Center invites faculty and student organizations to apply for Cultural Center event grants.