Conferences & Symposia
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 2020/spring 2021 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. Advanced registration is recommended.
Reservations will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.
Friday October 16 - Saturday October 17, 2020
ANNUAL MEETING, MIDDLE STATES DIVISION OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOGRAPHERS
Our annual meeting brings together geographers and those in related fields. There will be several paper sessions, panels, and poster sessions for presentations of research and related discussions in the broad field of geography. Moreover, there will be facilitated networking, plenary talks, and a geography bowl quiz competition for students on Friday evening. Students (high school/undergraduate/graduate) are especially encouraged to participate, as there will be cash prizes for the top student paper and poster presentations. Participants in the conference typically hail from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Puerto Rico, which comprise the 'Middle States' region of the American Association of Geographers.
Hofstra University will be the virtual host of this year’s meeting. Hofstra has a strong Department of Geography and Global Studies, which offers BA degrees in Geography and Global Studies and a BS degree in GIS. Moreover, the University has a closely allied department, the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability, which features BS degrees in Geology and Environmental Resources, and BA, BS, and MA options in Sustainability Studies. We will be promoting inclusion through specific activities at this year’s regional meeting. Students from schools with populations that are traditionally underrepresented at conferences will be offered free registration for our fall 2020 meeting. Moreover, we highly encourage meeting attendees to propose sessions and panels concerning issues such as social justice, racism in the academy, and mental health.
Jase Bernhardt, PhD
Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability
American Association of Geographers
Director, Climate Specialty Group (2018-2020)
President, Middle States Division (2020)
HOFSTRA CULTURAL CENTER
DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA AND DANCE
present a symposium
Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30, 2020 (POSTPONED)
SHAKESPEARE AND THE GLOBE
In March 2017, the most historically accurate re-creation of Shakespeare’s Globe stage in North America made its debut at Hofstra University. While much of the campus was preparing for the start of the spring semester, construction on a historic Hofstra Globe stage and rehearsals for its first production – Hamlet – were underway at the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse.
Hofstra Professor of Drama David Henderson, the director of this project, spent considerable time abroad consulting with the archivists and design staff of Shakespeare’s Globe in London; the result of his efforts, the Hofstra Globe stage, is a working laboratory for students, faculty, and guest artists that has no parallel in the United States. In fall 2020, the Globe will be erected again for the University’s 72nd annual Shakespeare Festival, and an academic symposium has been planned to explore and discuss the Globe and what we have learned since renowned Shakespeare scholar John Cranford Adams designed Hofstra’s first Globe stage reproduction in 1951.
THE LAWRENCE HERBERT SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION
LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD ON THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE – CANCELLED
Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 and 26
No one lives outside of the world of media today. Media studies as a discipline explores communication in the context of an environment saturated with mediated messages, in which critical consumption and production are the hallmarks of modern literacy. This symposium – marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication – highlights the powerful insights media studies provides with regard to major issues of our day, from health care and technology to politics and popular culture.
ReVisioning Media Studies - CANCELLED
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The keynote address will be given by Joshua Meyrowitz, professor emeritus of communication at the University of New Hampshire, where he received the Lindberg Award for Outstanding Scholar-Teacher in the College of Liberal Arts. He is the author of the award-winning No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior (Oxford University Press) and of multiple journal articles and book chapters on media and society.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library
THE 2020 SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS REGION 1 CONFERENCE – CANCELLED
Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21
The Press Club of Long Island sponsors this regional conference geared toward professional and student journalists. The conference features panel discussions and workshops on covering the Trump White House, cannabis, climate change, how to get a job in the current media landscape, entrepreneurial journalism, investigative reporting, and much more. This event is open to the public.
Conference events are free for Hofstra students, faculty, and staff with current HofstraCard, except for the opening reception and Saturday keynote lunch. Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register, visit http://www.pcli.org/2020r1c/.
Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12
GURU NANAK'S EK-ANEK VISION:
BEYOND RELATIVIST AND PLURAL DIVERSITIES OF THE MUSICAL WORD
International Conference Celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th Birth Anniversary
The Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies and the Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology are jointly organizing an international conference: Guru Nanak’s Ek-Anek Vision: Beyond Relativist and Plural Diversities of the Musical Word, to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. This interdisciplinary conference is built around Guru Nanak’s ek-anek (one-many) vision to create a platform in which scholars and performers with expertise in Sufi, Bhakti, and Sikh cultures will gather to explore the pluriversal and inclusive nature of the Gur-Sikh musical and literary heritage.
Join us for performances of Sikh, Bhakti, and Sufi hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib.
Thursday, October 10, 7:30-9 p.m.
Guru Nanak’s Musical Word sung from Sikh Sacred Scripture
A performance by Bhai Baldeep Singh (India)
Friday, October 11, 7:30-9 p.m.
Saint Kabir’s Musical Word sung from Sikh Sacred Scripture
A performance by Prahlad Tipanya (India)
Saturday, October 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
Saint Farid’s Musical Word sung from Sikh Sacred Scripture
A performance by Dhruv Sangari (India)
For more information, please contact Francesca Cassio, professor of music and Sardarni Harbans Kaur chair in Sikh musicology, at 516-463-5533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Religion
Friday, November 1, 12:45-6:15 p.m.
The Network Self: Relation, Process, and Personal Identity
This one-day symposium looks at Hofstra Professor Kathleen Wallace’s new book, The Network Self: Relation, Process, and Personal Identity (Routledge, 2019). The book offers a systematic treatment of the notion of the self as constituted by social, cultural, political, and biological relations. Inspired by feminist theories of relational selves and autonomy and by philosophers working on the nature of persons and personal identity, the book will be of interest to a wide range of disciplines and interests. The event will feature scholars from outside as well as from within the University. Please join us for an afternoon of thought-provoking discussion as we celebrate the work of one of our colleagues.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Hofstra Cultural Center.
Room 145 Mack Student Center
Thursday, October 24, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Conference on Conservation, Civic Engagement, and Active Lifestyle: “Take Action”
Forums and workshops on Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy of conservation, civic engagement, and active lifestyle will be presented.
Keynote presentations will be given by Michael Cullinane, author of Theodore Roosevelt's Ghost, and Joe Wiegand, Theodore Roosevelt impersonator. Events are open to the public, and will be particularly interesting for educators, middle and high school students, civic activists, conservationists, historical societies, and government officials.
Mack Student Center
Select events are free to Hofstra students, faculty, and staff with current HofstraCard. For more information and to register, visit trlegacypartnership.org.
ONE GIANT LEAP: Apollo 11 @ 50
Tuesday and Wednesday
April 2-3, 2019
The Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, marked a watershed moment in human history for science, engineering, and culture – in the United States and around the globe. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that landmark event, the Hofstra Cultural Center, in partnership with the Cradle of Aviation Museum, presents an interdisciplinary conference, featuring speakers on both the scientific and technological dimensions of the landing on the moon and its cultural and political repercussions, both on Long Island and around the world.
- Dr. Matthew H. Hersch, assistant professor of the history of science, Harvard University; author of Inventing the American Astronaut (2012)
- Dr. Kimberly Gilmore, senior historian; vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, the History channel/A+E Networks
- Mike Stiller, vice president, Development and Programming, at A+E Networks; executive producer of an upcoming Apollo 11 documentary
Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.
SIGNATURE SPEAKER: Mae C. Jemison, MD
Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, John Cranford Adams Playhouse
Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m.
SIGNATURE SPEAKER: Dr. Douglas Brinkley
The Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus
Thursday, March 7, at Hofstra University
Friday, March 8, at Columbia University
INTERSECTION OF SPORTS AND WRITING AND CULTURE
Sports media remains the most consumed category of news; however, it has undergone a revolution in recent years. With the advent of streaming – the standby of sports reporting, and the match or game summary – long-form journalism and multimedia features with interpretation have increasingly become valuable. Because the form requires deeper understanding of the social context in which sport operates, academics have become drawn to this type of writing. As sports integrated women, African Americans, Latinx, LGBTQ+ athletes, and individuals with disabilities, the field began to attract scholars from a variety of disciplines. This two-day symposium brings together a diverse group of scholars, journalists, and activists for workshops, public panels, and addresses.CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
October 3, 2018
LONG ISLAND HURRICANES ON THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1938 STORM:
PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 1938 "Long Island Express" hurricane, and look ahead to the future, this interdisciplinary symposium proposes to recount the many impactful tropical cyclones that have affected Long Island over the years, assess our current forecasting and hazard communication techniques, and discuss future planning for resilience to these extreme events. We seek participation from a range of experts in broad topic areas, including climatology, meteorology, sustainability, geography, communication, and history.
Dr. Louis W. Uccellini
Assistant Administrator for Weather Services,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
and Director, National Weather Service
October 18, 2018
Commemorating the 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 its power of ideas to change the world, as it inspires us to continue working to ensure that all people can gain freedom, equality, and dignity.
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” -- Eleanor Roosevelt
Blanche Wiesen Cook
Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
October 24, 2018
NEW NETHERLAND, NEW AMSTERDAM:
A CELEBRATION OF DUTCH HERITAGE AND TRANSATLANTIC EXCHANGE
Hofstra University will mark the 25th anniversary of its oldest international student exchange program with the University of Amsterdam with a symposium, New Netherland, New Amsterdam: A Celebration of Dutch Heritage and Transatlantic Exchange.
The keynote address will be given by bestselling author, historian and journalist Russell Shorto, whose book The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America (2004) has led to a broad reconsideration of the early Dutch colonial period of New York City and State and surrounding areas. Among many other works, he has also written a history of the city of Amsterdam (Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City, 2013), and just published a fascinating new illumination of the period of the American Revolution, called Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom (2017).
The symposium will also feature panels on the student experience in Amsterdam in Holland and at Hofstra in New York; on the organization of life from the 17th century on in Dutch houses and villages in Holland, and in New Netherland and New Amsterdam, with presentations by faculty and staff historians from Amsterdam and Hofstra, and the professional researchers of the New Netherland Institute in Albany, who will also speak about that facility, its resources and ongoing projects to recover the historical record of the early Dutch colonies in the New World. Further, Tweed Roosevelt, the great-grandson of Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, will speak about his family’s roots in the early settlement of New Amsterdam and the social climate of those times. A display from the university’s Special Collections will document in text and image Hofstra’s Dutch heritage. The 25th anniversary of its oldest exchange program is the opportunity for Hofstra to review, renew and broaden its understanding of its own Dutch heritage and identity, and rising profile in national and international contexts.CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
November 7, 8, 9, 2018
ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS AND THE GREAT WAR:
A Hundred Years On
To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, this interdisciplinary conference proposes to explore the impact of total war on the arts from a transnational perspective, including attention to the Ottoman Empire and colonial territories.
The keynote address will be given by Sarah Cole, Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literature and dean of Humanities at Columbia University. A specialist in literary modernism, she is the co-founder of the NYNJ Modernism Seminar. She is the author of two books, At the Violet Hour: Modernism and Violence in England and Ireland (Oxford, Modernist Literature and Culture series, 2012) and Modernism, Male Friendship, and the First World War (Cambridge, 2003), and has published articles in journals such as PMLA, Modernism/modernity, Modernist Cultures, Modern Fiction Studies, and ELH, and in edited collections. She is currently completing a book, forthcoming from Columbia University Press, that reassesses the under-appreciated career of H. G. Wells. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013-14.
Tuesday, April 10
SHOOT 4 CHANGE (S4C) CONFERENCE
A celebration of the establishment of the Shoot 4 Change (S4C) New York chapter of the international humanitarian reportage collective, this one-day conference brings together photographers, storytellers, and visionaries committed to raising public awareness and social engagement through the visual media. Sessions will examine photojournalism past and present, and how modern “docujournalists” are using social media to reach audiences in innovative ways that transcend the barriers presented by established media. Also addressed will be a major theme of Shoot 4 Change NY storytelling – namely the refugee and immigrant crises, both domestic and international. Related sessions include how one international NGO has used 360o immersive video to help Italian school children become “connected” to the realities of the refugee crisis, and another that will bring Holocaust survivors face to face with modern-day immigrants to find commonalities of experience that transcend the time between them. Join Antonio Amendola, founder of S4C, and fellow S4C members as we commemorate the resilient spirit of photographers determined to make a difference in the world, one click at a time.
Tuesday, April 17
U.S. FEDERAL POLICY IN THE SUBURBS SYMPOSIUM
For decades, the suburbs have determined the political fortunes of parties and candidates at the state and federal levels. Growing class and racial/ethnic diversity in these suburban battlegrounds is increasingly changing our understandings of the “swing voter” and partisanship. This one-day event will consider the suburban vote in 2016 and 2017, exploring how the suburbs are faring after the first year of the Trump presidency. Are the recent class divides among suburban voters likely to be transient, or do they herald a more enduring realignment? Will “suburban strategies” vary by region? How are majority-minority and new immigrant suburbs positioned within this political landscape?
Wednesday, April 25
HOFSTRA’S DIGITAL RESEARCH CENTER presents
Third Annual Digital Research Exchange (DREx) Symposium
- 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 will give the keynote address. 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. 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 modeling in digital humanities.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library
- 2-4 p.m.
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
For more information and to register, please visit DREx 2018: Digital Education.
POSTPONED - Date to be announced.
In March 2017 the most historically accurate re-creation in North America of Shakespeare's Globe stage made its debut not on Broadway or in Los Angeles or La Jolla, but at Hofstra University. While much of the campus was preparing for the start of the spring 2017 semester, construction on a historic Hofstra Globe stage and rehearsals for its first production – Hamlet – were underway at the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse and at Emily Lowe Hall. The Hofstra Globe stage is a working laboratory for students, faculty, and guest artists. Hofstra's Associate Professor of Drama David Henderson, the director of this project, is the only college professor and set designer to have spent considerable time abroad, consulting with the archivists and design staff of Shakespeare's Globe in London. In spring 2018 the Globe will be erected again for the University's 69th Annual Shakespeare Festival, and an academic symposium has been planned to explore and discuss the Globe and what we have learned over the past 70 years.
Thursday-Sunday, October 12-15, 2017
2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PEER TUTORING IN WRITING
The Hofstra University Writing Center is pleased to host NCPTW 2017, 2017 National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing.
Our invitation to focus on "reaching out" considers the various ways Writing Centers connect with stakeholders on our campuses, in cyberspace, and through research. Our Centers reach out to students we support, tutors we recruit, and faculty and administrators we wish to persuade. The extended theme of "Revising Writing Center Spaces and Identities" further seeks to generate inquiry, conversation, and debate about defining the spaces in which we practice. Our Centers value and revalue the literacies of both tutors and those who visit our spaces, allowing us to consider the reciprocal relationships between the identities of our Centers, our tutors, and the writers we support. Tutor-researchers are at the center of this work, recursively revising their Centers' practices and pedagogy, through the creation of "new knowledge about writing and about tutor research" (Fitzgerald and Ianetta v). #NCPTW2017
Thursday and Friday, October 26 and 27, 2017
The symposium is an exceptional opportunity to bring together diverse perspectives and methodologies that are concerned with revealing and describing the intricacies and contradictions of contemporary identity discourses. An underlying methodological diversity is considered a prime requirement for addressing these complexities and contradictions, as ours is a time of increasing misapprehension among identity groups. Researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines will examine how identity is shaped, articulated and fostered in language, literature, religion, history, the arts, film, sociology, etc. The symposium also invites contributions that examine the role of immigration in forging and transforming contemporary identities.
Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology
Alfonso J. García Osuna, PhD and Sabine Loucif, PhD
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Wednesday, November 1
The Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library building was dedicated in 1967 and is an award-winning example of the brutalist style architecture. Our celebration of the library’s 50th anniversary will set the building in its historical, social and cultural context – generating understanding and appreciation for this iconic but challenging structure. #BrutalLibrary
Peter Chadwick will deliver the keynote lecture and serve as scholar-in-residence for the symposium. He is a London-based art director and graphic designer. He studied at the Chelsea School of Art, then worked at Creation Records, where he designed for chart-topping bands such as Primal Scream and Spiritualized. After setting up his own studio in 1996, Chadwick masterminded campaigns for major artists, including Groove Armada, Fatboy Slim, Cream and Hed Kandi. He runs the popular This Brutal House Twitter account (@BrutalHouse) and is a champion of brutalist architecture the world over. His recent book This Brutal World (Phaidon, 2016) has been described as “a beautifully curated visual manifesto” for brutalism.
Wednesday-Saturday, November 1-4
2017 Association of American Editorial Cartoonists Convention: Satire and the City: Political Cartoon & Satire Festival
Join the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists for its 2017 convention – “Satire Fest” – where panel discussions include MAD cartoonists; New Yorker cartoonists; political satire in the Trump era; women who illustrate; the 30th anniversary of the First Amendment SCOTUS decision in Hustler v Falwell; free speech and safe spaces; visiting Middle Eastern and Northern African cartoonists' presentation; the future of political comics with Wiley Miller, creator of the strip Non Sequitur; andan interactive presentation on political cartooning by Kal, acclaimed cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun.
Select events free to Hofstra students, faculty and staff with current HofstraCard.
For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit editorialcartoonists.com.
February 15, 2017
Social Media: Transforming Communication at Work and in the Public Sphere
Comila Shahani-Denning, Kevin Noland, Kara Alaimo, Jeff Morosoff, Kelly Fincham, Gary Miller
Social media and technology has shaped the world dramatically over the past few years: how we work, how we socialize, how we advocate and understand the world around us. We will look at social media in recruitment, hiring, performance management, as well as social media and work-family balance/stress, the delivery of news, the formation of public opinion, how we process information and understand issues. (The Kalikow Center event on social media and the Presidential Election will be the following day, Thursday, February, 16.)View photos from:
Social Media: Transforming Communication at Work and in the Public Sphere
February 16, 2017
How Has Social Media Influenced the 2016 Race for the White House and Policy Deliberations in 2017?
Panel I: How Did Social Media Change the 2016 Presidential Race?
This panel explores how the 2016 presidential candidates utilized social media; the implications of the ability of candidates to bypass the traditional press to communicate with voters directly via social media; how the candidates debated and responded to one another on social media platforms; and the role that social media played in determining the outcome of the election.
Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center
11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m.
Panel II: How Will the Use of Social Media in the 2016 Presidential
Election Influence Political Deliberation and Policymaking?
This panel considers how social media shapes public deliberation by looking at social media research from the 2016 presidential election and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Student Center Theater, Mack Student CenterView photos from:
How Has Social Media Influenced the 2016 Race for the White House and Policy Deliberations in 2017?
February 28, 2017
Performing Politics: Embodying Advocacy - Representing Race
Paul Robeson said, "My art is my weapon." Performance is at the heart of political advocacy. Performances in the streets or on the stage are ways to express political opinions and encourage social change. On February 28, the last day of Black History Month, this symposium focuses on how performance, spoken word, and music have been and continue to be important tools for social change and racial equality, whether as part of the civil rights, women's rights, Black Lives Matter, environmental, LGBTQ+, labor, and other global protest movements.
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South CampusView photos from:
Performing Politics: Embodying Advocacy - Representing Race
Call Mr. Robeson
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Written and performed by Tayo Aluko
With live piano accompianiment by
Hofstra Alumnus Dennis Nelson, Class of 1986
Paul Robeson was a world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. This roller-coaster journey through Robeson's remarkable life highlights how his pioneering and heroic political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of "'Ol' Man River."
The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South CampusView photos from:
Call Mr. Robeson
Admission is free, but tickets are required; limit two tickets per person.
Please call the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644, MOnday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
March 2 - 10, 2017
Shakespeare Festival - Debut of the Globe Stage
68th Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival – Debut of Globe Stage
We are proud to announce a very special all-Shakespeare semester to celebrate of theopening of the new Hofstra Globe Stage. The new Hofstra Globe Stage was researched and designed by David Henderson, associate professor and head of scenic design in the Department of Drama and Dance. This adds an exciting new chapter to Hofstra's long history of Globe scholarship that began with Hofstra President John Cranford Adams in 1945. The festival begins with a full-length production of Hamlet in full Elizabethan dress on the new Globe stage and continues with a one-hour adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and special performances of Elizabethan works by the Music Department and the Dance Program.
For more information on Shakespeare related events visit Hofstra Shakespeare Festival.
March 13 - 16, 2017
(Due to inclement weather this event has been cancelled. Many of the events will be rescheduled. Please Check here for updates.)
Craig Rustici, Department of English and Melissa Connolly, University Relations
This week will feature single session workshops that will encourage students and faculty to engage creatively in the arts and humanities, writing, social sciences, the sciences, business, communication, health, and education. Faculty and students will be encouraged to host creativity workshops in a variety of disciplines. The week will feature interactive performances, displays of creative work, and active learning opportunities.
For more information, visit Creativity Week at Hofstra.
Tuesday, March 28
She's the First: A Symposium on Gender Equality
She's the First (STF), a student club that assists girls in developing countries to attend school, presents a one-day symposium focusing on the equality of genders, with a concentration on girls education. Sessions include a keynote and a viewing of the film He Named Me Malala. Breakout group discussions engage participants on topics intersecting gender with politics, class and social order, and the challenges and opportunities for girls education in less-developed countries. A gender-related panel discussion ends the day. Information on starting or contributing to an STF group will be shared.
Featured keynote speakers are:
Anju Malhotra, Principal Advisor, Gender and Development, UNICEF
Medea Benjamin, Writer, Activist and Co-founder, CODEPINK
Mariana Debbe, Junior Board Member, She’s the First
Presented in collaboration with the Offices of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion and Student Leadership and Engagement.Symposium Registration
April 6-7, 2017
Karl Marx's Critique of Political Economy and the Global Crisis Today:
On the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Capital
Conrad Herold, Department of Economics; Marc Silver, Department of Sociology
Karl Marx was simultaneously one of the founders and one of the most important critics of the modern social sciences. All of the social sciences and humanities today draw widely from his work. At the core of Marx's published work is his analysis of capitalism: Volume one of Capital, published in 1867. At the core of Capital is his labor theory of value, which Marx draws from Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and the whole of classical political economy. This symposium will draw together leading scholars from all over the world who have been applying the Marxian analytical apparatus—including his labor theory of value—to decipher and understand the current global economic and political crisis.View photos from:
Karl Marx's Critique of Political Economy and the Global Crisis Today:
On the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Capital
Thursday-Sunday, June 1-4, 2017
Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking About Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy
Susan Yohn, Department of History
This triennial conference is the world's largest gathering of scholars working in the fields of women's gender and sexuality history. Women's history has undergone enormous shifts since the first Berkshire conference in 1973, recasting dominant historical narratives and pioneering new ideas and methodologies. Fresh ideas about the very category of "women," innovative studies of the body, new analyses of sexuality, and transregional and transnational scholarship have transformed understandings of history. Reviving connections between communities and institutions, historians are increasingly joining forces — inside and outside the academy — with an eye toward affecting social change and social justice. The focus this year is on historical scholarship as a tool for activists and the teaching of history as a vehicle for activism.
For more information and to register, please visit 2017berkshireconference.hofstra.edu.
August 7-9, 2016
Terry Godlove, Department of Philosophy
The theme of the meeting is "Kant on Violence, Revolution, and Progress: Historical, Political, and Metaphysical Themes." "Revolution" and "progress" are interpreted broadly, in order to include not only their historical or political meaning, but also Kant's "Copernican Revolution" in metaphysics, science, aesthetics, religion, etc. The Multilateral Colloquium is an annual conference involving approximately forty participants from Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, and, more recently, the USA and Russia. This is the first time the meeting will be hosted in the USA.
September 23, 2016
40th Anniversary of George Sand Association
David Powell, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
One day symposium in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the George Sand Association. The George Sand Association was established at Hofstra University after its first George Sand Conference held in 1976.
There is no fee for attending the Symposium sessions.
The fee of $35 covers the cost of the buffet Lunch, Wine and Cheese Reception and Coffee Breaks.
For more information, please call 516-463-5669.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Race and Religion in the Americas: A Critical Spiritualities Symposium
Julie Byrne, Balbinder Bhogal, Ann Burlein, Santiago Slabodsky, John Teehan and Department of Religion
In the Americas in the last five years, a combination of factors have pushed religion and race to the forefront of discussion in media, policy, and scholarship. From events such as the shooting of congregants at Emmanuel AME in South Carolina and new diplomacy in the Americas by President Obama and Pope Francis; from persistent race-and-religion-baiting in the US Republican presidential primaries to movements such Occupy, #BlackLivesMatter, and renewed socialism; from ongoing attempts to close Guantanamo coupled with "War on Terror" drone strikes, the moment is ripe to grapple with issues behind the headlines. At Hofstra, too, initiatives to remedy campus inequalities coincide with the establishment of the Kalikow School, charged to add interdisciplinary scholarship and intellectual inquiry to discussions of policy and social movements. In this symposium on Race and Religion in the Americas, we aim to put the best and deepest of scholarly work in frank conversation (or tension) with the headlines.
October 19, 2016
A Multidisciplinary Middle Eastern and Central Asian Study Day
Aleksandr Naymark, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Program
A symposium where the faculty of Hofstra Middle Eastern and Central Asian program will give brief talks on their current research. The speakers will include: Stefanie Nanes (Political Science), Mario Ruiz (History), Santiago Slabotsky (Jewish Studies), Hussein Rashid (Religious Studies), Ann Feuerbach (Anthropology), Aleksandr Naymark (Art History), Mustafa Masrur (Applied Linguistics). Besides our regular Hofstra faculty we would like to invite two guest speakers: one for contemporary issues and one for the early studies. We also would like to organize Central Asian food tasting at lunch time and a film screening in the evening. The main purpose of the MECA study is to make our student body and the Hofstra community in general of the rich resources for the study of Middle East and Central Asia that we have at Hofstra.
October 20, 2016
On the Edge of Creation and Translation
(Hispanic-American Writers and Scholars on Translation)
Miguel Angel Zapata, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
The launch of this symposium arises from a need and an interest in the study of the art of translation in a university. With 50 million people speaking Spanish in the US, we are constantly conditioned by the ever-present need to resort to translation. Moreover, translation is an undeniable presence and it is inherent in each of the areas of culture, science and all human knowledge would be inconceivable without translation. We start from the premise that translation is a critical and intellectual act that travels from translation to interpretation with respect to different objects of study (e.g., word, music, theater, cinema). With regard to the proposed translation symposium, the most directly involved disciplines are the departments and programs of Romance Languages and Literatures (Spanish, French, Italian), Comparative Literature (Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese), English (MFA), Religion, Music, Fine Arts (Film), African Studies, Asian Studies, Journalism, Media Studies & Public Relations, LACS, Medicine, Law, and Linguistics, among others.
Keynote Speaker: Yusef Komunyakaa
October 21-22, 2016
Richard Puerzer, David Rooney and Department of Engineering
Regional conference for engineering educational leaders and faculty and students The Hofstra University School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) hosts the Mid-Atlantic Regional American Society for Engineering Education Conference. Issues of interest to engineering educators will be addressed in conference presentations and workshops over the two days. The keynote speaker is Dr. Joseph Sussman, chief accreditation officer for ABET, the agency that oversees accreditation for engineering programs worldwide.
Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center
Advance registration is required.
November 3, 2016
Traditions in Transition: Intangible Cultural Heritage in South and Southeast Asia
Timothy Daniels and Patricia Hardwick, Department of Anthropology; Francesca Cassio, Department of Music;
Patricia Welch, Department of Comparative Lit and Language
This symposium will unite scholars from the disciplines of Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, Theater and Asian Studies to explore performance, healing, and sacred traditions of South and Southeast Asia. UNESCO defines intangible Cultural Heritage as "[t]he practices, representations, expressions, knowledge skills- as well as the instruments, objects artifacts and cultural spaces associated therewith - that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage". Expressive culture, defined by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage, has long been studied by scholars of Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, Religious Studies, Dance, and Theater.
November 10, 2016
Suburban Sustainability, A Symposium
Sandra Garren, Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability
This Symposium will be a one-day event that includes three panel discussions and a buffet lunch with a keynote discussion focused on the political successes and challenges for making our suburbs sustainable. The day will end with a reception at the Hofstra University Museum which is showcasing an exhibit on how Manhattan connects to suburban Long Island titled Over the River: Transforming Long Island. Speakers will include a range of experts who are working on real-world solutions to sustainability challenges within the realm of environment, economic development, and social equity. During this election year, the symposium will take on greater significance as the suburbs play an important role in the future of our country.
For the keynote luncheon please RSVP here. Seating is limited to 50 for the luncheon and requires a separate RSVP.
Wednesday, April 20
Hofstra Cultural Center presents
CAN WE TEACH CREATIVITY? CREATIVITY STUDIES IN 2016
Building upon a keynote address by Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Symposium scholar Dr. Gerard Puccio, department chair and professor, International Center for Studies in Creativity, University at Buffalo, SUNY, this symposium explores the emerging field of creativity studies and some of its core questions: What is creativity? Can it be measured? Can it be taught? What environments cultivate creativity? How can creative thinking enhance the lives of individuals and success of organizations? Through research presentations, workshops and performances, this symposium investigates multiple facets of creativity.
Performance by the New York Neo-Futurists
Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
With its ever-changing “menu” of plays, Too Much Light … is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes — an original concept by Greg Allen and written by the New York Neo-Futurists. The audience is fully part of the act, deciding the order that these plays are performed. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. For more information and to register, please visit Hofstra Creativity Symposium 2016 or contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.
Monday, April 4
Hofstra Hillel: The Center for Jewish Life on Campus presents
FROM THE ASHES: THE REBIRTH OF POLISH JEWRY
For centuries Poland represented a vibrant center of Jewish life. This world was destroyed by the Holocaust. Today, Polish Jewry is experiencing an unexpected revival thanks to the work of dedicated members of young pluralistic Jewish communities, as well as non- Jewish allies and the support of the Polish government. There is a major shift occurring in how we understand the history of Polish Jewry. Instead of focusing solely on the destruction, today’s students will understand the full history of this important community. Symposium participants have the opportunity to hear from individuals, educators and scholars working in Poland to overcome all the odds and re-establish Jewish life. In addition to discussions and lectures, there will be films, art presentations, and performances designed to engage participants on different educational levels.
For more information and to register, please call 516-463-6922.
Monday and Tuesday, April 11 and 12
The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication presents
IMMERSIVE MEDIA AND THE FUTURE OF NONFICTION
STORYTELLING: VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) HERE
The symposium provides students and faculty with the opportunity to witness and interact with cutting-edge VR technology being used by organizations such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Google and Facebook. Panels include discussions on the practice and ethics involved in teaching and creating VR content; curricular and pedagogical issues involved in teaching VR; technical and ethical challenges confronting VR as it blurs the boundary between dispassionate journalism and empathic advocacy; as well as a sandbox-style, hands-on demonstration of the latest in VR technology and projects. The Long Island Visual Professionals will co-host a recent virtual reality project and the creative team behind it.
For more information and to register, please email email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 7
IMMERSIVE MEDIA AND THE FUTURE OF NONFICTION
Explore the frontiers of digital storytelling with leading filmmakers and developers using virtual reality, interactive documentaries, and other emerging forms of video to engage audiences as never before. Panelists from the progressive National Film Board of Canada, Tribeca Film Institute, MIT Open Documentary Lab, and PBS series POV discuss their latest projects. The symposium includes screenings and opportunities for hands-on experiences with next generation media.
Friday, October 16
PARASITES AND PATHOGENS:
ECOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL IMPACTS OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is altering the geographic range of many parasites and disease-causing organisms, bringing them into contact with new host species and human populations, stressing established ecosystems, and creating new public health challenges. Hofstra University’s STEM Collaboratorium Initiative (HUSCI) hosts a day of talks bringing together epidemiologists, ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and public health experts to discuss how parasites and pathogens are responding to climate change and to consider some major areas of concern. Each session includes a question-and-answer period.
Dr. J Bret Bennington
Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability
Dr. Jason Williams
Department of Biology
Thursday, October 22
HEALTH EQUITY IN THE CHANGING AMERICAN SUBURBS
The suburbs typically evoke images of safe, healthy spaces to live, work and play, and for many residents these images are a reality. But for many others, this state of well-being is increasingly, and dangerously, elusive. This one-day symposium, co-sponsored by the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University’s Institute for Suburban Health Equity, the Master of Public Health Program, and the Hofstra Cultural Center, features a keynote speaker and interactive panel presentations, including “The Challenges of Aging in Place in the Suburbs”; “Catching the Community: Suburban Health Care Delivery Systems”; “Stress, Stigma and Suburban Mental Health Services”; and “Suburban Substance Abuse: Problems and Promise.”
Dr. Martine Hackett
Master of Public Health and Community Health Programs
Thursday, November 5
CUBAN POPULAR MUSIC AND ITS DIASPORA
This one-day symposium explores recent trends in Cuban popular music both on the island and abroad. Looking beyond the traditional repertoire best exemplified by the much-praised film Buena Vista Social Club, the event convenes scholars, DJs, and performers to discuss popular genres such as salsa, hip-hop and timba; the sessions examine Cuban music in the context of transnational movements in the Caribbean, the United States and the international scene. The symposium features keynote speaker Dr. Joaquin Borges-Triana, Havana-based scholar and music critic and author of several books about Cuban alternative popular music. As the governments of the United States and Cuba work together to restore diplomatic and economic relations, the symposium looks at the kind of musical and cultural relations that happen alongside, behind, and in spite of politics, and features a dance and music workshop, and a musical performance by the New York-based formation Global Rhythms.
Dr. Maria J. Anastasio
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Tuesday, November 10
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: GLOBALIZATION AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
This interdisciplinary symposium explores the rise of human trafficking in global, national and local contexts. Although labor and sex trafficking make up the greatest percentage of human trafficking, it also includes phenomena such as child soldiers, exploitation of refugees, and organ trafficking. Human trafficking affects people of all ages, nationalities, genders, and ethnicities, but has particular consequences for the most vulnerable populations. This daylong symposium examines the economic, political and cultural environments that give rise to and encourage human trafficking. Policies and processes that have been developed to address the widespread problems of human trafficking will be assessed. Leading up to the symposium, a series of films will be shown highlighting various aspects of human trafficking.Program Schedule
Lunch and Keynote Address With Siddharth Kara
Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and Adjunct Lecturer John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University Author, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery
Pre-Symposium Film Series:
Tuesday, October 6, 4:30 p.m.
This film, starring Rachel Weisz, is based on true events surrounding sex trafficking in the former Yugoslavia.
Tuesday, October 13, 4:30 p.m.
A student documentary about Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a brutal rebel group of abducted child soldiers.
Tuesday, October 20, 4:30 p.m.
The Body Parts Business
A BBC exposé of the international trafficking of body parts focusing on Guatemala, Argentina and Russia.
Tuesday, October 27, 4:30 p.m.
Very Young Girls
This film focuses on the recruitment, manipulation, and exploitation of young American girls in Queens, N.Y., for the purpose of prostitution.
All films above are shown at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library.
Dr. Linda A. Longmire
Department of Global Studies and Geography
George W. Bush Presidential Conference
Thursday, December 4
Hofstra University will host a one-day symposium honoring the great Peruvian poet/artist Jorge Eduardo Eielson.
One of the most radical voices of Latin American poetry of that century, Eielson was known for his iconoclastic poetry and his quipus, today considered precursors of conceptual art. The symposium is in collaboration with the Americas Society and The Italian Cultural Institute of New York.
Bioethics Center Symposium
Association of Asian Studies:
Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football's Artistry, Identity and Politics
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. As Americans commemorate these anniversaries, we contemplate how far the nation has come in its quest to become a more equal society.
Digital Thinking/Critical Thinking: Building the Humanities at Hofstra
This two-day conference focuses on how to create a Digital Research Center at Hofstra that will enable faculty and students to develop digital solutions to critical and cultural problems. Keynote speakers include: Valerie Barr, Professor of Computer Science and Director of Interdisciplinary Programs, Union College; Wyn Kelley, Senior Lecturer in Literature, MIT; and Kurt Fendt, Principal Research Associate in Comparative Media Studies and Executive Director of HyperStudio – Digital Humanities at MIT.
Panels will explore strategies for interactive and collaborative research, integrating scholarship and pedagogy through online digital tools, and the DRC's proposed scholarly websites. Workshops will acquaint participants with the Annotation Studio (annotation), Locast (mapping), and TextLab (editing revision).
Wednesday, October 16, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
The symposium provides a forum in which to exchange ideas about how to best approach the development of new policy initiatives aimed at addressing existing and newly created gaps in health care, in light of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation.
Panel discussions include: Social Justice: The Best Preventative Medicine;
Keynote Speaker: Wendell Potter, Senior Analyst, Center for Public Integrity Consumer Liaison, National Association of Insurance Commissioners Senior Fellow on Healthcare, Center for Media and Democracy
For more information, please contact Melissa Kessler at 516-463-7361.