Cultural Center

Featured Events

The Legacy 1619-2019 Hofstra University

The core of Hofstra’s mission is to “create an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning through the free and open exchange of ideas, for the betterment of humankind.” Our No Hate @ Hofstra initiative promotes inclusion, honoring all communities on campus, and building bridges for groups and individuals to work together. Join the #HofNoHate conversation on social media.

Spring 2023

Advance registration is required.
For more information and to RSVP, visit, email or call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

Mary Ziegler

Signature Speakers

Hear from Mary Ziegler, Danielle N. Boaz, Shavonne F. Smith, and more.

Kevin Vallier

Donald J. Sutherland Lecture

The annual lecture brings to the Hofstra’s campus an outstanding speaker in one of the fields of the liberal arts and sciences or an outstanding artist in one of the fine or performing arts. The goal will be to invite individuals with a diversity of perspectives whose presence on campus and whose participation in a lecture or performance will significantly enrich both our students and our faculty.

Science Night Live

Science Night Live

From Darwin Day to Earth Day, the SNL series features exciting science research presented by some of the top scientists and lecturers in their fields.

Italian-American Experience

Italian American Experience

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

Issues in Judaism

Issues in Judaism

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

No Pants in Tucson

Joseph G. 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.

Past Events


Join in a series of readings and discussion as together we’ll explore the ways in which humans and the natural world co-exist within the context of American environmental myths past and present. Through a combination of fiction and memoir, we’ll consider the ways our relationship to landscape transcends borders, politics, race, and socio-economics—and the ways in which it brings inequities into sharp relief.

Facilitator:  Kelly McMasters, Assistant Professor of English + Director of Publishing Studies, Hofstra University

Tuesday, October 6, 6:30-8 p.m.
Speaking of Nature by Robin Wall Kimmerer
A Potawatomi Indian and botany professor, discusses finding language that affirms our kinship with the natural world.

Tuesday, October 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
Kincaid brings us to Antigua, where she grew up, reminding us that behind the benevolent Caribbean scenery are human lives, and makes palpable the impact of European colonialism and tourism. 

Tuesday, October 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham
Growing up on his family’s land in South Carolina, the author fell in love with the subtle beauties of the natural world around him--and grew up to be one of the lone Black men in a predominantly white field.

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30-8 p.m.*
Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault
Focused on a paper mill in Arsenault’s hometown in Mexico, Maine, this memoir is an American story, a human predicament, and a moral wake-up call that asks: what are we willing to tolerate and whose lives are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival?
*Special Guest Visit by the author

Tuesday, November 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Nine Ways to Cross a River: Midstream Reflections on Swimming and Getting There from Here by Akiko Busch
Focused on a paper mill in Arsenault’s hometown in Mexico, Maine, this memoir is an American story, a human predicament, and a moral wake-up call that asks: what are we willing to tolerate and whose lives are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival?
*Special Guest Visit by the author

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30-8 p.m.
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

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Humanities New York

In Conversation With Filmmaker Martha Pinson
Monday, October 5, 5 p.m.

The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and the Hofstra Cultural Center present In Conversation with filmmaker Martha Pinson. Martha Pinson is an independent film producer and director, who also has worked as a script supervisor for such major filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, Brian DePalma, Oliver Stone and others, as well as on a number of prominent TV series, including Law & OrderSex and the City, and Boardwalk Empire. Pinson will be discussing her own work as a producer-director, as well as her experiences as a script supervisor over the years.

Speaker: Martha Pinson, Independent Film Producer and Director

Moderator:  Rodney Hill, Chair and Associate Professor of Film
Department of Radio, Television, Film
The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication

This is a Virtual Event. Advance registration is required.

For more information and to RSVP
Martha Pinson

Indigenous People's Day 2020:
Reclaiming the Past, Confronting the Present, Shaping the Future 
Monday, October 12, 2020
1:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
All Events via Zoom

Join students, faculty and the community for an all-day exposure to some of the global indigenous movements and their centuries-long struggle for the defense of territory, culture, and the environment within the context of the many crises facing the planet.

This annual event is co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social JusticeHofstra University Honors College; the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, Office of Intercultural, Engagement and Inclusion, and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Shakespeare, Race, and Performance:
A Conversation with Dr. Erika T. Lin (CUNY Graduate Center, Theatre) and
Keith Hamilton Cobb (Actor/Playwright, American Moor)
Thursday, October 15 @ 4:30-6 p.m. (Virtual)

Join CUNY Professor Erika T. Lin and actor and playwright, Keith Hamilton Cobb, to discuss Shakespeare and the significance of producing and adapting his plays in our current moment. Shakespeare was crucial in making British and American theatre what they are today. Can the plays also support justice for people of color? What do we bring to these works, and how do we make them our own? And who counts as the “we” in industries whose gatekeepers have been (and remain) predominantly white? Our featured speakers, an award-winning scholar and the author of an award-winning play that sits at the intersection of Race, American Theater and Shakespeare, will engage the audience in tackling difficult subjects, including the limitations of academic and performance traditions that are underpinned by structural racism but also the power of the dramatic arts to shape our personal and political lives.

Dr. Vimala C. Pasupathi
Associate Dean, Honors College
Associate Professor, Department of English
Hofstra University

Register for the event and receive a link for limited access to streaming video of  a very unique and rarely seen performance of American Moor (available October 10-15).The text of American Moor is now available from Bloomsbury’s Methuen Drama Series and can be ordered here and at booksellers of your choice.

Sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center, Hofstra University Honors College and the Joseph G. Astman Family.

Keith Hamilton Cobb Dr. Erika T. Lin

“The Tornadoed Atlantic of My Being”: Melville, Brazil, and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.

A reading and Book discussion with Dr. John Bryant, Professor Emeritus of English,  Hofstra University. The reading will be from Bryant’s new biography, Herman Melville: A Half Known Life (Vol. 2, Wiley-Blackwell, 2020). The reading features an episode in the growth of his "black consciousness," this is, his evolving empathy for Black peoples and the dispossessed. Join the conversation on social media at #HofstraVotes.

Sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Department of English

This is a Virtual Event. Advance registration is required. 

For more information and to RSVP
Dr. John Bryant

2020 Donald J. Sutherland Lecture: The Elusive Quest for Shared Prosperity
Thursday, October 29, 4:30 p.m.

The public has been chronically disenchanted with the U.S. economy, and the pandemic has only heightened social unrest. What can we do to address these concerns? N. Gregory Mankiw will discuss the many difficult tradeoffs policymakers face as they search for answers.

Speaker: N. Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Moderator: Professor Constantine Alexandrakis, Department of Economics, Hofstra University

N. Gregory Mankiw is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Mankiw is a prolific writer and a regular participant in academic and policy debates. His research includes work on price adjustment, consumer behavior, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. His published articles have appeared in academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, and in more widely accessible forums, such as The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

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 and the Hofstra Cultural Center. 

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The Legacy 1619-2019

Join us as we recognize the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to North America and the ongoing experience of African Americans with a series of programming titled The Legacy 1619-2019. Programming reflects the journey of African Americans over four centuries and the hopes of a people, past and present, with historical reenactments, lectures, poetry readings, and panel discussions on a range of subjects. Each is a work in progress and is important in moving beyond the last 400 years. Join the #Hof1619 conversation on social media. For a full listing of #Hof1619 events, visit The Legacy 1619-2019.

The LegacyNo Hate

Political Communication and Rhetoric In the 2020 Presidential Race
Wednesday, February 12

Immediately following the New Hampshire primary on February 11, Hofstra University will host two political communication experts to examine campaign rhetoric in the 2020 presidential election. Dr. David Birdsell will discuss public policy debates on the campaign trail and the implications of policy dialogue on matters of equity in the United States. Dr. Basil Smikle Jr. will offer observations about messaging strategy in the nominating contests and possible ramifications for the general election.

Dr. David Birdsell, Dean, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs
Baruch College, CUNY

Dr. Basil Smikle Jr., Distinguished Lecturer of Politics and Public Policy,
School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY; Political Strategist and Former Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party
Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Political Communication and Rhetoric In the 2020 Presidential Race

Transcending Disciplines: An Artist’s Journey to Cultural Sustainability
Wednesday, February 20

In this lecture, Cristina Pato shares her artistic journey, forging a multifaceted career as an internationally acclaimed Galician bagpiper master, classical pianist, producer and educator. She will also underscore how her multiple identities – teacher, performer, writer, producer– are a platform to probe social questions raised by the intersection of classical and folkloric music.

Speaker: Cristina Pato is a renowned artist and learning advisor for the project Silkroad 2019-2020 Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization at the King Juan Carlos Center, New York University

(Presented in Spanish)
Room 202 Brower Hall, South Campus

(Presented in English)
Room 213, Monroe Lecture Center

Presented by the Department of Romance Languages and Languages.

Cristina Pato

With Great Power Comes Great Insanity:
Gendering Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iberia
Wednesday, March 4

This presentation will investigate the intersection between madness, power, excessive behavior, grief, and reputation in medieval and early modern Iberia. It will focus on three particular individuals and their social and cultural contexts: Isabel of Portugal (1428–96), queen-consort of Castile; Isabel of Aragon (1470–98) queen-consort of Portugal; and Juana of Castile (1479–1555) queen in-her-own-right of Castile. All were very closely related to Isabel I, the Catholic (born 1451, ruled 1474–1504), who ruled Castile as queen in-her-own-right and was lauded as a paragon of stability and rationality. Isabel of Portugal was Isabel the Catholic’s mother and the other were her eldest daughters. Each was described by their contemporaries as having gone mad, retreated into isolation, at least for a time, manifesting what might be described as extreme and self-destructive grief.

Speaker: Núria Silleras-Fernández, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Colorado at Boulder
Author, Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia

In collaboration with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; European Studies Program and
Center for "Race", Culture, and Social Justice.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library


Film Screening and Discussion: College Behind Bars
Wednesday, March 4

Out of the more than 50,000 men and 2,500 women incarcerated in New York state, only a tiny fraction have access to higher education. College Behind Bars explores the transformative power of education through the eyes of a dozen incarcerated men and women trying to earn college degrees – and a chance at new beginnings – through one of the country’s most rigorous prison education programs. It’s a program with wide-ranging benefits, including lower rates of recidivism, and it challenges our prioritization of punishment over education. A film by Lynn Novick.

In collaboration with the Department of Sociology, Criminology Program, and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

College Behind Bars

Digital Nonfiction: Composing Identities In and Beyond the Classroom
Thursday, March 5

In this 70-minute workshop, participants will learn about the contemporary and larger historical context of nonfiction digital storytelling; recognize how concepts from cultural rhetorics, as well as feminist, queer, and disability studies, can inform digital storytelling practices and help us connect to issues of identity and community belonging; practice applying key concepts to the composition of their own short-form work of digital nonfiction; and brainstorm practical, rhetorical strategies for undertaking similar digital nonfiction projects and lessons in the classroom (face-to-face, online, or hybrid) or other community learning venues.

Speaker: Londie Martin, Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

In collaboration with the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Londie Martin

From Coexistence to Shared Society: The Role of National Identity of Arab Citizens in Israel With Mohammad Darawshe - CANCELLED
Thursday, March 26

Mohammad Darawshe will discuss current affairs and analyze the results of the recent elections and their ramifications to Jewish-Arab relations with Israeli society. Mohammad Darawshe is the Director of Planning, Equality and Shared Society at Givat Haviva Educational Center and a Shalom Hartman Institute faculty member. Mohammad Darawshe is a leading expert on Jewish-Arab relations and has presented at the European Parliament, NATO Defense College, World Economic Forum, and Club de Madrid, US Congress, Herzliya Conference and Israel’s Presidential Conference.

Presented by the Muslim Students Association and the Hofstra Cultural Center, in collaboration with Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion, Hofstra University Honors College, Department of Religion and the Program in Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, and the Department of Political Science. #HofNoHate

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Mohammad Darawshe
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Long Island Divided
A Newsday Live Conversation - CANCELLED
Monday, March 30

Join us and lead Newsday investigative journalists for a discussion of housing discrimination on Long Island, its impact on would-be homeowners and communities, and what is being done to address the issue. This forum follows a three-year investigation by Newsday that revealed evidence of unequal treatment of minority homebuyers.


  • Olivia Winslow, Newsday Reporter
  • Keith Herbert, Newsday Reporter
  • Arthur Browne, Newsday Project Editor

Moderated by Lawrence Levy, Vice President for Economic Development & Professional Studies and Executive Dean, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Uncertainty, Action and Politics: Negligibility and Climate Change - CANCELLED
Wednesday, April 1

Is the negligibility of one’s contribution to a problem such as climate change a reason for inaction?

This has been asserted for individuals, companies, and even countries, comparing their contribution to the problem to that of others. Here I diagnose this line of appeal to ‘negligibility’ as based on a tacit importation of the economic model of perfect competition into the domain of politics where there is no reason to believe that it should apply. I will argue that the application of the theory of negligibility to the domain of individual and political action outside an idealized competitive market has distorted our understanding of action and denuded our understanding of politics. In accordance with this diagnosis, this paper aims not to solve the problem of negligibility so much as to dissolve it.

Speaker: Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and
Director, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

Author, Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living

In collaboration with the Department of Philosophy

Melissa Lane

Massive Agent-Based Simulations of Intelligent Transportation Systems - CANCELLED
Thursday, April 16

Have you ever thought of how one could optimize complex road and transportation systems where decision-making is not centralized? In this presentation you will learn how the team involving mathematicians, computer scientists, and engineers from the Computational Methods in Industrial Mathematics Lab (Fields-CQAM and Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada) developed a simulation system that modeled a real operation on the grid of roads in a large city such as Winnipeg or Toronto. The routes of cars were simulated based on the socio-economic profiles of drivers accessibly through the Canadian census data. The simulation software developed within the project is freely available as Open Source and uses Julia - the new programming for numerical computing. This approach allows to capture, analyze, and understand dependencies in a real world complex road system.

Speaker: Dr. Pawel Pralat, Associate Professor at Ryerson University and
Director of Fields-CQAM Lab on Computational Methods in Industrial Mathematics at The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences

In collaboration with the Department of Mathematics.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Dr. Pawel Pralat

Bespoke: Exploring Autism Poetics - CANCELLED
Thursday, April 23

Dr. Julia Miele Rodas is professor of English at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. Her book, Autistic Disturbances: Theorizing Autism Poetics from the DSM to Robinson Crusoe (University of Michigan Press, 2018) discusses how stigmatized characteristics of autistic language (such as "echolalia") are reflected in celebrated literary texts (such as repetition in Gertrude Stein). Rodas argues that autistic language is actually an essential part of mainstream literary aesthetics, visible in poetry by Walt Whitman, in novels by Charlotte Brontë and Daniel Defoe, in life writing by Andy Warhol, and even in writing by figures from popular culture. By affirming the aesthetic value of autistic language in literary texts, her book invites readers to reconsider the value of autistic language and autistic ways of being in everyday life.

In collaboration with the Disabilities Studies Program.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Julia Miele Rodas

Social Justice Reporting: Perspectives From Lolly Bowean - CANCELLED
Thursday, April 23

Lolly Bowean, award-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune, explores the process of telling the stories of her community dealing with race, poverty, and Chicago’s African American community. She discusses developing relationships and techniques for telling the stories of a city dealing with violence, diversity and disparities that is being led by its first black female mayor.

In collaboration with The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Lolly Bowean

Monday, September 16, 7 p.m.
Film Screening and Discussion: Bag It
With George Povall

George Povall, director of the Long Island-based environmental advocacy group All Our Energy, will introduce the film and speak about new legislation that will ban single-use plastic bags in New York. Following the screening, Christa Farmer, professor of geology, environment, and sustainability at Hofstra University, will lead a discussion. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the film, visit

In collaboration with the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Bag It

Institute for Peace Studies at Hofstra University

Wednesday, September 25, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
Commemorating International Day of Non-Violence and the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Mahatma Gandhi
featuring Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha is the author of many books, including a two volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Before India (2014) and Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World (2018), both of which were chosen by the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle as notable books of the year. He is a historian, biographer, and scholar of history and has taught at Yale, Stanford, University of Oslo, and London School of Economics.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, Institute for Peace Studies, Hofstra Cultural Center, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, and the departments of History and Sociology.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center


Maurice A. Deane School of Law presents

Thursday, October 3, 4:30-6 p.m.
Watching Bones With a Forensic Anthropologist
"Master in the Slop" (Season 9, Episode 14)

When the Jeffersonian team discovers the body of a renowned but disliked chess master amid pig slop, Sweets surprises the team with his chess skills and goes undercover in the world of professional chess to find the killer. Join us to watch this episode and delve into the show’s successes and failings with a real-life forensic anthropologist!

Speaker: Kristen Hartnett McCann
Department of Anthropology
Hofstra University

In collaboration with the Department of Anthropology.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library


Tuesday, October 15, 12:45-2:10 p.m.
Joel K. Goldstein

Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law (retired) Saint Louis University School of Law Joel K. Goldstein is a highly respected scholar of the vice presidency, presidency, and constitutional law, having written widely in all three areas. Perhaps best known for his work on the vice presidency, his doctoral dissertation grew into his first book, The Modern American Vice Presidency: The Transformation of a Political Institution. More recently, he has written a second book on the subject, The WhiteHouse Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden. He has written numerous scholarly articles and commentary pieces on the vice presidency and is frequently interviewed by national and international media on the subject.

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 and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

To register, please visit 

Join the #HofstraVotes conversation on social media.

Joel K. Goldstein

Tuesday, October 22, 9:25-11 a.m.
The Cultural Politics of Taste With Krishnendu Ray

Many food writers highlight the link between taste and territory (environmental factors) called "terroir." An argument has ensued mostly about roots and rootedness and slowing down change. This covers about half the human experience. The other half is about movement and dispersal. Billions of people are moving from country to city, from city to city, from nation to nation. Krishnendu Ray brings mobility to the center of the discussion on taste, focusing on South Asian immigrant foodways in the United States.

Krishnendu Ray is chair of nutrition and food studies at NYU, and former associate dean at Culinary Institute of America. He is the author of The Migrant’s Table (2004) and The Ethnic Restaurateur (2016), and co-editor of Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia (2012). Ray’s most recent work is on street vending in global cities.

In collaboration with the Food Studies Program in the Department of Anthropology.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library


Celebrating 80 Years of Francis Ford Coppola

A series of films showcasing Coppola’s work over the decades. To mark the 80th year of one of Hofstra’s distinguished alumni, Francis Ford Coppola (born April 1939), we present a series of film screenings, showcasing some of the director’s best work. From Coppola’s biggest hits of the 1970s, to his more independent productions and his recent, more personal approach to filmmaking, we are proud to present the following films.

Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m.
The Godfather (1972)

One of the true masterpieces of the American cinema, this sprawling family epic stars the incomparable Marlon Brando as the head of a New York crime family in the 1940s, with a supporting cast of future A-listers, including Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, James Caan, and Talia Shire. With stunning cinematography by one of the masters, the late Gordon Willis, this multiple-Oscar-winning film took Coppola’s career to a whole new level. Introduced by Professor Stanislao Pugliese, Hofstra University Department of History.

Monday, October 21, 7 p.m.
Apocalypse Now — Final Cut (1979/2019)

This mythic reimagining of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, set during the Vietnam War, won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. Starring Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, and Marlon Brando, the film was recently restored and expanded by Coppola’s American Zoetrope. Introduced by Associate Professor Aaron Braun, Hofstra University Department of Radio, Television, Film.

Wednesday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Coppola’s version of the classic vampire tale takes some liberties in turning Stoker’s source novel into a stylish, gothic romance crossed with a good old-fashioned horror film. Starring Gary Oldman as Dracula, with Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Waits, and Cary Elwes. Introduced by Assistant Professor Russell Harbaugh, Hofstra University Department of Radio, Television, Film.

Monday, November 4, 7 p.m.
The Rain People (1969)

Shot partially on Hofstra’s campus and featuring Shirley Knight, James Caan, and Robert Duvall, this feminist road movie is emblematic of the sort of independent, highly personal filmmaking to which Coppola has returned time and again throughout his career. Introduced by Professor Paula Uruburu, Hofstra University Departments of English and Radio, Television, Film and Associate Professor Christine Noschese, Hofstra University Department of Radio, Television, Film.

Monday, November 11, 7 p.m.
Tetro (2009)

Coppola’s first original screenplay since 1974, starring Vincent Gallo, Maribel Verdu, and Alden Ehrenreich in a semi-autobiographical family drama set in Buenos Aires. Tetro exemplifies Coppola’s return to a more independent mode of film production. Introduced by Assistant Professor Nicole Franklin, Hofstra University Department of Radio, Television, Film.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Radio, Television, Film in The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Location for all film screenings: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Tuesday, February 5, 7 p.m.
Making Safe Sex Sexy

Eileen Kelly is a sex educator and founder of the blog and Instagram account Killer and Sweet Thang. Kelly will talk about the importance of healthy relationships and open communications about safe and pleasurable sex. The event will be an open dialogue on how to improve our sexual health by ensuring that we know how to communicate our worries and desires as well as eradicate the stigma surrounding safe sex.

In collaboration with the Campus Feminist Collective.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Eileen Kelly

Thursday, February 7, 4:30 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Public Lecture Building a Brain: Cells, Circuits, and Developmental Disorders

Susan Birren is dean of arts and sciences and professor of biology and neuroscience at Brandeis University. In Birren’s Developmental Neurobiology laboratory, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers work together to gain a new understanding of how cellular interactions control the development of nerve cells and functional neural circuits. Her work has defined the reciprocal signaling between the nervous system and the heart that leads to neural control of cardiac function and to cardiovascular disease.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

View photos from Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Public Lecture Building Brain:
Cells, Circuits, and Developmental Disorder
Susan Birren

Tuesday, February 12, 4:30-6 p.m.
Visual Culture and Human Rights in Latin America

Jessica Stites Mor will present on a recent volume she edited that explores artistic production in solidarity movements in Latin America. This multidisciplinary anthology reveals the tremendous role that art and performance have played in the quest for social justice in the Americas. Case studies include artistic solidarity in the aftermath of the Honduran coup, feminist photography in Mexico, and tapestries in Chile.

Speaker: Jessica Stites Mor, Associate Professor of History, University of British Columbia, Okanagan; Editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Author of Transition Cinema: Political Filmmaking and the Argentine Left Since 1968 (University of Pittsburgh, 2012) and Human Rights and Transnational

Solidarity in Cold War Latin America (University of Wisconsin, 2013)

Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) and African Studies Program.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Jessica Stites Mor

Thursday, February 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Celebrate Douglass Day 2019!

This year, Hofstra will join universities and cultural organizations throughout the country in a live-streamed read-a-thon. Come by the Axinn Library to participate and have some cake!

Co-sponsored by EdTech, the Center for “Race,” Culture, and Social Justice, and the University Library. Commemorating Black History Month and the Hofstra University Museum of Art.

Main Lobby, Axinn Library

Frederick Douglas

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 Edmond


Monday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Shakespeare Festival Distinguished Artist Lecture
Woodie King Jr.
Founding Director, New Federal Theatre

On Hofstra’s Globe stage, Hofstra’s Department of Drama and Dance, in conjunction with the 70th annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival, presents legendary theater director and producer Woodie King Jr. as this year’s distinguished artist. King has been described as “the king of black theater producers” by the journal American Visions (2000). As a writer, producer, director, and activist, King has championed the work of important black writers, actors, and directors, including the first production of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Woodie King Jr. received an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement in 1997.

Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Woodie King Jr.

Monday, March 25, noon-6 p.m.
The U Turn
Film Screening and Discussion With
Filmmaker Luis Argueta

The U Turn, the third documentary in Luis Argueta’s immigration trilogy, narrates the transformational journey of immigrant workers who broke their silence about abuses endured at the Agriprocessors Inc. meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. The film showcases the U visa, which permits victims of certain crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse while in the United States to enter or remain when they might not otherwise be able to do so.

Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan-American film director and producer. His 1994 film, The Silence of Neto, a coming-of-age film set in Cold War-era Guatemala, was the first Guatemalan film to be internationally recognized. Since then, Argueta has produced a trilogy of documentaries (AbUSed: The Postville Raid [2010], Abrazos [2014], and The U Turn [2016]) that present the human face of immigration and aim to contribute to the national and international conversation on one of the most important topics of our time.

Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) and African Studies Program.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

The U Turn


Wednesday, April 3, 12:10-1 p.m.
Prosecution Ethics in Current Times With
Angela J. Davis

Angela J. Davis is a professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law, and an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system. Davis previously served as director of the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she began as a staff attorney representing indigent juveniles and adults; as executive director of the National Rainbow Coalition; and as a former law clerk of the Honorable Theodore R. Newman, former chief judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals. Davis is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor (Oxford University Press, 2007. She has co-edited numerous books and published articles in the Michigan, Iowa, Fordham, and Hofstra Law Reviews.

The Sidney R. and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom, Room 308 Maurice A Deane School of Law, South Campus

For more information, please contact Debbie Grattan, legal ethics coordinator at the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, at 516-463-5748 or email

Angela J. Davis

Tuesday, April 9, 11:10 a.m.
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Salt Sugar FatMichael Moss is a leading expert on the food industry, health and wellness, and marketing. Taking audiences on an eye-opening journey deep inside some of the world’s biggest and most successful companies, he offers audiences an illuminating and surprising look at the researchers, marketers, strategists, and CEOs who seduce us with their products. Moss brings to life the creative ways food manufacturers use the science of human behavior, biology and marketing. Using humor, case studies, and insight gleaned from investigative reporting that won him a Pulitzer Prize, he shows how companies get consumers to buy, often at the expense of their health.

In collaboration with the Food Studies Program and National Public Health Week.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Michael MossMoss Book Jacket

Monday, April 15, 12:50-2:15 p.m.
Practicing Development in the Jim Crow South

Drawing on a range of works that extends from gendered historical analyses of colonialism to critical histories of development, and based on archival research in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi, DrMona Domosh argues that what we now call international development – a form of hegemony different from but related to colonialism – needs to be understood not only as a geopolitical tool of the Cold War, but also as a technique of governance that took shape within the realm of the domestic and through a racialized gaze. She does this by tracing some of the key elements of U.S. international development practices in the postwar era to a different time and place: the American South, a region considered “undeveloped” in the first decades of the 20th century, and the agricultural extension practices that targeted the rural farm home and farm women, particularly African- American women.

Speaker: Dr. Mona Domosh, Professor of Geography, Dartmouth College

In collaboration with the the Mu Kappa chapter of the international geographical honor society Gamma Theta Upsilon, and the Department of Global Studies and Geography.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Mona Domosh

Thursday, April 18, 9:35 a.m.
Psychographics: Graphic Memoirs and Psychiatric Disability

Elizabeth Donaldson juxtaposes the linkage of psychosis and violence in the superhero comics tradition with representations of mental illness in contemporary graphic memoirs. This new tradition of illness memoirs in comics helps to make a maligned disability experience (psychosis) publicly legible in innovative and potentially liberating ways.

Speaker: Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Associate Professor of English, Director, Medical Humanities Program, New York Institute of Technology

Editor, Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health; Co-editor, The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability

In collaboration with the Disability Studies Program.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Elizabeth Donaldson

Thursday, April 18, 11:10 a.m.
Scholar-Athletes and Embodied Learning: Writing Themselves In

Dr. J. Michael Rifenburg’s recent book The Embodied Playbook offers groundbreaking insight into the teaching of scholar-athletes. He offers a new approach to understanding student literacy in a surprising place: the university athletics department. Through analysis of a yearlong case study of the men’s basketball team at the University of North Georgia, Rifenburg shows that a deeper and more refined understanding of how humans learn through physical action can help writing instructors reach a greater range of students.

Speaker: J. Michael Rifenburg, Associate Professor of Writing, University of North Georgia

In collaboration with the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Dr. J. Michael Rifenburg

Monday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Navigating Our Intersections:
A Conversation About Race, Ability, and Queerness With Lydia X. Z. Brown

In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and in an effort to promote inclusive and intersectional dialogue about social justice, Lydia X. Z. Brown will deliver a lecture about their experiences as an autistic, trans-racial adoptee. Through their lecture, Brown will challenge us to speak about transracial and transnational adoption as a reproductive justice, disability justice, decolonization, and racial justice issue. They will also tackle how the fame of individuals emulating Rachel Dolezal and her blackface have affected their ability to navigate American society as a real transracial person.

Speaker: Lydia X. Z. Brown, Disability Justice Advocate, Organizer, and Writer

Co-sponsored by the Queer and Trans People of Color Coalition, The Gender Identity Federation, The Pride Network, Hofstra’s Asian American Pacific Islander Alliance, Collegiate Women of Color, Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion, and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Lydia X. Z. Brown

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

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

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)

James Forman

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)

Cultural Defamation

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)

Naomi Klein

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

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center (09/27/17)

Masha Gessen

Monday, October 9, 2:55-4:20 p.m.
Global Judaisms Lecture III
Jews, Gender and Race in Latin America

Dr. Ariana Brodsky, president of the Latin American Studies Association and associate professor of history at St. Mary's College of Maryland, explores the paths taken by young Argentine Jewish women and men as they navigate these politically charged times. Youths who were active in Jewish communal institutions debated whether or not to participate in Argentine political youth groups. Most of them were training to eventually move to Israel, and many of these young Jews chose not to be apathetic to an existing political climate that increasingly viewed young people as agents of change.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

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Jews, Gender and Race in Latin America
Dr. Ariana Brodsky

Tuesday, October 10, 4:30-9 p.m.
The Business Culture of the Mohegan Tribe

The Business Culture of the Mohegan Tribe representative 1

Representatives from the Mohegan Tribe Council discuss an array of interesting topics related to business and Native American culture. The first session, led by Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, expounds on the importance and difficulties of cultural awareness when marketing and conducting business overseas. The second session will be an interactive discussion led by Charlie Strickland, vice chairman of the Council of Elders, who will sing, drum, and tell stories of the Mohegan Tribe.

Presented in collaboration with the Hofstra American Marketing Association (HAMA).

Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center

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The Business Culture of the Mohegan Tribe representative 2

Wednesday, October 11, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
Ada Lovelace Day
Thinking like an Attacker: An Introduction to Red Team Security

Named for the 19th century scientist who pioneered computational programming, Ada Lovelace Day is part of an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Our speaker, Cassia Martin is a Senior Security Consultant with ten years of professional experience in systems, security, and programming. She uses automated tools in combination with manual testing techniques to identify vulnerabilities in web and mobile software. #AdaLovelaceDay
Speaker:  Cassia Martin
Senior Security Engineer

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Ada Lovelace Day

Wednesday, October 11, 3-4 p.m.
What Mathematics Can Tell Us About Cancer

J.B. Nation

J.B. Nation, a leading specialist in universal algebra, has been involved over the last 10 years in interdisciplinary study of genetic data on cancer patients, with the bio-informatics group at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu.

Multiple factors determine the progress of a tumor. Some of these factors are the same across different types of cancer, while others are associated with only one or a few types of cancer. How can we identify those factors? The NIH has made available mRNA expression and other variables, along with clinical data for about 30 different cancers. New computer algorithms for analyzing expression data have allowed Dr. Nation to compare the genetic profiles of 15 different types of cancer from NIH data and identify the most significant factors in each one. This is done from the mathematical properties of the expression table. Only afterwards are the biological processes interpreted. Moreover, one can also gain information about possible treatments.

This project involved collaboration among mathematicians, statisticians, physicians, pathologists, and computer scientists. As with the study of many other complex problems, progress in the treatment of cancer depends increasingly on interdisciplinary communication.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

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J.B. Nation chart

Wednesday, November 8, 12:50 -2:15 p.m.
Newsday - Go Inside

Meet the senior leadership of Newsday, one of the nation’s most dynamic media organizations, serving Long Island and New York City. In a changing media landscape, how has a 77-year-old, traditional print business transformed itself into a multimedia operation? How has digital delivery and interactivity changed how news is covered? Learn how publishing decisions are made and how the pieces of a daily news operation come together. Moderator: Cliff Jernigan, Chairperson, Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Wednesday, November 8
Hofstra Design-a-thon
Create, Collaborate, Compete

Student teams are invited to participate in a speed challenge to design creative works for a local nonprofit client. Featuring a lecture by Troy Griggs, graphics editor at The New York Times, and including faculty mentors and judges from The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and the Department of Fine Arts, Design, and Art History, the challenge is an opportunity for students to show off their design chops to win prizes and get published. No prior preparation is required. The client and the design challenge will be revealed at the event. Space is limited. Visit to register for the competition; registration for the lecture is not required.

11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
Lecture by Troy Griggs

12:40-6:30 p.m.

Calkins Lab, South Campus

For more information, please email

Troy Griggs

Tuesday, November 14, 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m.
Climate Change and Globalization in Coastal Regions:
Opportunities and Challenges for Building Resilience

Dr.  Robin Leichenko

Dr. Robin Leichenko's research intersects the fields of economic geography and human dimensions of global environmental change. Her work examines how and why processes of global economic and environmental change differentially affect cities, regions and sectors, and the implications of these processes for questions of vulnerability, equity, resilience and sustainability.  Her book, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (with Karen O'Brien, Oxford University Press, 2008) was awarded the 2009 Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography from the Association of American Geographers. Leichenko's talk will examine interactions between climate change and globalization in coastal regions of the United States.
Speaker: Dr. Robin Leichenko, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Rutgers University

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

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Opportunities and Challenges for Building Resilience

Wednesday, November 15, 2:55-4:20 p.m.
Book Presentation: A History of Infamy: Crime, Truth and Justice in Mexico

Pablo Piccato presents his new book, A History of Infamy, which explores the broken nexus between crime, justice, and truth in mid-20th century Mexico. Faced with the violence and impunity that defined politics, policing, and the judicial system in post-revolutionary times, Mexicans sought truth and justice outside state institutions. During this period, criminal news and crime fiction flourished. As Piccato demonstrates, ordinary people in Mexico have made crime and punishment central concerns of the public sphere during the last century, and in doing so have shaped crime and violence in our times.
Speaker: Pablo Piccato, Columbia University

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Pablo Piccato

Thursday, November 30, 4:30-9 p.m. (NAACP Grant)

Hofstra's chapter of NAACP will hold a series of workshops and a culminating "keynote conversation" to speak to the men and women of the Hofstra community separately about the difficulties each gender faces in the current racial climate. In our workshops, two speakers will give their unique perspectives on the gender divide in the black community and how to overcome and be successful through the different adversities each gender experiences. The culminating discussion will discuss the self-image of the black community and how we can come together to support one another to build a framework for change.
Speakers include Amanda Seales, comedian, actress, recording artist, and radio personality; and Sawandi Wilson, Hofstra graduate ‘09 and actor.

Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center

The Great War: A Hundred Years On


Join us for a continuation of events commemorating the anniversary of American engagement in World War I.

Thursday, September 28, 4:30 p.m.
Film Screening:
Hearts of the World (1918)

This film sets out to tell the story of World War I with the greatest realism possible through the melding of warfare and melodrama, a narrative strategy D.W. Griffith had perfected in his extraordinary and controversial film work prior to this film. Yet Griffith’s unprecedented access to the battlefield did not ensure the film’s success, and considering the reasons for this may help us understand something of the nature of what was a new and terrifying form of war—and the inability of contemporaries, from politicians to soldiers, to grasp its true nature.

Dr. Isabelle Freda
Assistant Professor of Radio, Television, Film
The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
Hofstra University

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Hearts of the World

Wednesday, October 18, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
Feminizing Farming
World War I and Female Agricultural Resilience in France

Dr. Nicole Dombrowski-Risser
Professor of History
Towson University

Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, Axinn Library, 10th Floor

Nicole Dombrowski-Risser

Friday, November 10, 8 p.m.
Hofstra Symphony Orchestra
Music and the Great War

Adam Glaser, director

Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Tuesday, November 28, 2:10 p.m.
Film Screening
J’accuse (1919)

J’accuse, a French silent film directed by Abel Gance, juxtaposes a romantic drama with the background of the horrors of World War I. Work on the film began in 1918, and some scenes were filmed on actual battlefields. The film’s powerful depiction of wartime suffering, and particularly its climactic sequence of the “return of the dead,” made it an international success and confirmed Gance as one of the  most important directors in Europe.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library



Tuesday, October 31

Just in time for some Halloween fun, join us for an evening full of “spooktacular” interactive fun – learn about Long Island’s very own witchcraft trial, listen to stories about Hofstra ghosts and apparitions while on a guided tour of the South Campus, and then settle back for a trick or treat film screening with a live performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. #HofHalloween


Celebrate Halloween as Tara Rider sheds light on the most famous American witch hunt, which began in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. Yet, more than three decades before that notorious event, Long Island had its very own witchcraft trial — the trial of Goody Garlick. Accusations of flying on poles and cavorting with the devil ran rampant in the colonies during the 17th century and led to hundreds of accusations of witchcraft. To understand what happened during these trials, we must first understand the stresses of ordinary 17th century life in New York and why the fear of witches existed. The trial of Goody Garlick acts as a lens to help us understand the hysteria associated with these accusations.
Speaker: Dr. Tara Rider
Lecturer and Director of the International Academic Program to Ireland and England
Stony Brook University

Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Witchcraft Trial


Join us after the lecture for a ghost tour of Hofstra’s South Campus. The walking tour will feature stories and surprises, and will highlight Hofstra’s own ghosts and stories of nearby apparitions. Cider and doughnuts will be served.
Facilitated by Geri Solomon, University Archivist and Debra Willett, Educational Coordinator,Long Island Studies Institute.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Long Island Studies Institute.
Meet in front of Hofstra Hall, South Campus.


“Don’t dream it. BE IT!” Join us to celebrate the original cult classic film with live performances by students and community members. Full of “spooktacular” interactive fun – door prize for best Halloween costume, trick or treat, and free popcorn.

Co-sponsored by Intercultural Engagement & Inclusion (IEI)

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Thursday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.
The Crisis of Black Education by Dr. Christopher Emdin

From the moment that black people set foot on the shores of theUnited States, the most powerful tool for their oppression has been the denial of an education. Dr. Emdin explores the ways that this practice has evolved over time, and the ways that we can resist the denial of an education. Drawing from the words and work of civil rights icons throughout history, the talk emphasizes the role of resistance to oppression through formal engagement in education. In a merging of theory, practice, science, and story, this address explores a way forward for those destined to lead the charge for social justice. Christopher Emdin is an associate professor of mathematics, science, and technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and associe also serves as Minorities in Energy ambassador for the U.S. Depate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. Hartment of Energy and the STEAM ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Emdin will sign copies of his book For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood, available for purchase after the lecture.
Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and Black Student Union (BSU)

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

The Crisis of Black Education

Monday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Shakespeare Signature Speaker: Joseph T. Morton*

Joseph T. Morton, former Hofstra University student. The noted American actor speaks about his experiences at Hofstra and beyond, including his work in classical theater, contemporary drama, film and television. Current work includes ABC's hit show Scandal and the critically acclaimed Turn Me Loose off-Broadway.

*Mr. Morton's appearance is subject to his professional schedule.

Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Hofstra Shakespeare Festival

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Shakespeare Signature Speaker

68th Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival – Debut of Globe Stage
We are proud to announce a very special all-Shakespeare semester to celebrate of the opening 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 JulietThe 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.

Hofstra New Globe Stage

Wednesday, March 8, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
Forging a More Inclusive Campus in a Conflicted Country:
Navigating "Race," Diversity and Social Justice

Renowned attorney Gloria Browne-Marshall, JD, MA, delivers the inaugural address as Hofstra launches its new Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice. Her talk encourages the University community to support the new center in its efforts to move Hofstra forward in embracing the principles and policies of diversity in everyday practice. Browne-Marshall is associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is the author of several books, including her most recent, The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice
Presented by the Department of Drama and Dance, and the Hofstra Cultural Center

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

For more information, please email the Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice at RaceCultureSocialJustice[at]

Gloria Browne-Marshall
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Monday, March 27, 4:30 p.m.
Hofstra Cultural Center and Jewish Studies Program present
Sephardim In Network: Arab-Jewish Worlds

Join us for this lecture delivered by two experts in the field who explore the networks of Sephardim of Arab-Jews through the Atlantic and Mediterranean. The speakers unveil hidden stories of intercultural encounters, struggles for identity, and religious creativity.
Speakers: Ronnie Perelis, Rabbi Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies, Yeshiva University
Francesca Bergoli, Director of Jewish Studies, City University of New York

Presented in collaboration with the Hofstra Department of Religion and Hofstra Hillel: The Center for Jewish Life on Campus.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Wednesday, April 5, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

Join us for a series of readings commemorating the anniversary of American engagement in World War I, including the reading of President Woodrow Wilson's speech "Making the World Safe for Democracy" and other works focused on democracy.

Main Lobby, Axinn Library
The Great War - A Hundred Years On

Related Event:
Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Film Screening and Discussion
All Quiet on the Western Front

The 1930 American film starring Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander and based on the book by the same name, shows the physical and mental toll that World War I took on the soldiers. Rodney Hill, Hofstra assistant professor of radio, television, film, leads a discussion following the film

Room 211 Breslin Hall, South Campus

All Quiet on the Western Front Film

Presented by the Department of History

Hofstra Cultural Center presents
Film Screenings and Discussion:
The Anthropologist

Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger, The Anthropologist is a documentary about the work of anthropologist Susie Crate, who travels the world studying cultures already affected by climate change. It is also a film about mothers and daughters who are anthropologists – Crate's relationship with her teenage daughter is juxtaposed with an interview with Mary Catherine Bateson, anthropologist and daughter of American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead.

Monday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
Screening: The Anthropologist

Tuesday, April 18
9:30 a.m. Screening: The Anthropologist
11 a.m. Discussion with director Seth Kramer

The Anthropologist movie poster
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Wednesday, April 26, 11:10 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
Second Annual Digital Research Exchange (DREx):
Designing Digital Archives for Research and Pedagogy

The symposium begins with a keynote address by Raymond Siemens, Canada research chair in humanities computing and distinguished professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, a leader of collaborative, transformative, interdisciplinary scholarship and pedagogy.

Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, Axinn Library, 10th Floor

2-4 p.m.
Panel Discussion

The afternoon panel discussion is moderated by John Bryant, professor emeritus, Hofstra University. Panelists include Thomas Augst, New York University; Jeffrey Ravel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Elizabeth Dillon, Northeastern University.

Hofstra University Club, David S. Mack Hall, North Campus

Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and Hofstra's Digital Research Center (DRC)

Wednesday, September 28, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)

What Is Latinx Queer History?

How do you translate queer into Spanish? How do you create culturally sensitive, bilingual, age-appropriate materials about Latinx gender and sexuality or LGBT experience?

Dr. Larry La Fountain-Stokes discusses his recent toy theater Enciclopedia Deiknumena publication titled A Brief and Transformative Account of Queer History/Un Breve y Transformador Relato de la Historia Queer, illustrated by Dave Buchen and published in Puerto Rico, in the context of other books on lesbian, gay, and transgender topics for young readers.

Dr. La Fountain-Stokes was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora, and of the short story collections Abolición del pato and Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails. Dr. La Fountain-Stokes’ creative work also includes performances and a series of You Tube videos as Lola von Miramar, a Puerto Rican drag queen with a PhD who loves poetry and cooking.

Presented by Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) and African Studies Program in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center.


Latinx Queer History

Tuesday, October 11, 11:10 a.m.
Theater of War

Theater of War is an innovative public health project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, and their caregivers and families today. Using Sophocles’ plays to forge a common vocabulary for openly discussing the impact of war on individuals, families, and communities, these readings are aimed at generating compassion and understanding between diverse audiences.

Each performance is followed by community panelist remarks and a facilitated town hall discussion.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center


Theater of War

Wednesday, October 12, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
Ada Lovelace Day

Named for the 19th-century scientist who pioneered computational programming, this event is part of an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Speaker: To be announced.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center


Monday, October 31, 2:55 p.m.
MICHAEL KIMMEL: Angry White Men: Masculinity at the End of an Era

Michael Kimmel is one of the world's leading experts on men and masculinities. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, he founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook in 2013.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

Michael Kimmel

Wednesday, November 9, 7 p.m.
The Aesthetic Brain With Dr. Anjan Chatterjee

This event brings Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, to Hofstra to talk about his recent book The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art. Dr. Chatterjee discusses findings from cognitive neuroscience that reveal neural structures and networks engaged in our response to beauty and in other aesthetic encounters.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

The Aesthetic Brain With Dr. Anjan Chatterjee

Monday, November 14, 7 p.m.
Jennifer Teege
My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me:
A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me is a book born of a shocking discovery for speaker Jennifer Teege. She picked up a book by chance at Hamburg's main library and discovered that her grandfather was the brutal Nazi commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp, portrayed so memorably by Ralph Fiennes in the film Schindler's List. Ms. Teege's mother was German; her father was Nigerian. Raised in a loving home by her adopted German family, Ms. Teege struggled with depression as she coped with the trauma of rejection by her birth mother. She went to college in Israel, where she learned fluent Hebrew and earned degrees in Middle Eastern and African Studies. She later returned to Germany and now had to learn about her biological family's secret from a book; and that a monstrous man, Amon Goeth, reviled for decades as "the butcher of Plaszow," was her biological grandfather. After her emotional pilgrimage, Ms. Teege says, "I'm no longer a prisoner of the past. I know now that I am not to blame, and the guilt no longer weighs heavily on my shoulders. There is no Nazi gene: We can decide for ourselves who and what we want to be."

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Jennifer Teege

Wednesday, November 16, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
The Emergent National Security Landscape: The New Strategic Polarization of the World President

Obama’s national security strategy suggests that environmental factors represent a core foreign policy challenge, and indeed, the ongoing discourse regarding the potential security implications of climate change has promoted environmental security to the forefront of the global security agenda. As the president suggests, national security affairs may no longer be limited to traditional politico-military dynamics; but instead, climate, resources, and demographics may now be viewed as being equally important as traditional elements of national power. Nevertheless, linkages between violent conflict and environmental degradation are a matter of some controversy and continue to inspire a great deal of debate in academic and professional circles.

Speaker: Frank Galgano, Chair, Department of Geography and Environment, Villanova University

Co-sponsored by the Department of Global Studies and Geography

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Frank Galgano

Thursday, December 1, 4:30 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Philip Kitcher:
Six Problems of Climate Change

Debates concerning what to do about climate change – and whether to do anything at all – turn on six major questions: (1) Is it real? (2) Does it matter? (3) How much should we care about the future? (4) What can be done? (5) Who will pay? (6) Do we need new politics? Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, will explain these questions, and suggest answers to them. The lecture is drawn from a forthcoming book, co-authored with Evelyn Fox Keller, The Seasons Alter: How to Save Our Planet in Six Acts (W.W. Norton, 2017).

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Philip Kitcher

Wednesday, February 24, 11:15 a.m.
Acting Shakespeare Lecture Series
The Robben Island Bible

A staged reading of the verbatim theater piece The Robben Island Bible, followed by a talkback with the playwright, Matthew Hahn. The Robben Island Bible centers around South African Sonny Venkatrathnam, a political prisoner on Robben Island from 1972 to 1978. Venkatrathnam asked his wife to send him The Complete Works of William Shakespeare during a time when prisoners were briefly allowed to have one book other than a religious text. The book's "fame" resides in the fact that Venkatrathnam passed the book to a number of his fellow political prisoners in the single cells. Each prisoner marked his favorite passage in the book and signed it with the date. It contains 32 signatures, including those of Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada and Mac Maharaj, all luminaries in the struggle for a democratic South Africa. The selection of text provides fascinating insight into the minds, thinking and soul of those political prisoners who fought for the transformation of South Africa. It also speaks to the impact of Shakespeare on the human spirit regardless of place or time.

Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center

Robben Island Bible
View photos from: Acting shakespeare Lecture Series: The Robben Island Bible

Wednesday, March 2, 11:15 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
The 2016 Donald J. Sutherland Lecture with Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens writes "Global View," the The Wall Street Journal's foreign affairs column,
for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2013. He is the paper's deputy
editorial page editor, responsible for the international opinion pages, and a member of
the paper's editorial board. He is also a regular panelist on the Journal Editorial Report, a
weekly political talk show broadcast on Fox News Channel..

Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

View photos from: The 2016 Donald J. Sutherland Lecture with Bret Stephens

For a printable pdf, please visit Sutherland 2016 pdf.

Tuesday, March 8, 11 a.m.
Remember the Triangle Fire

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory located one block east of Washington Square Park. Beginning on the eighth floor, the fire burned through three floors of the Asch Building, now NYU’s Brown Building. There were over 500 employees – mostly young women and recent immigrants. Because the owners had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits – a then-common practice to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks – many of the workers could not escape and jumped from the high windows. Fire trucks arrived, but their ladders reached only the sixth floor. The elevators ran as long as they could as workers pressed into the cars; some tumbled down the elevator shaft. In the end, 146 people died. There was a trial, but the owners – long known for their anti-union activities – were acquitted. The fire became a rallying cry for the international labor movement. Many of our fire safety laws were created in response to this tragic event and improved safety standards.

Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center

Remember the Traingle Fire
View photos from: Remember the Triangle Fire

Friday, March 11, 2:55 p.m.
The Music Business, Broadway, Belting, and Crossing Over From the Classical Side

Steven Gross presents a Master Class illumining many of the things he has learned in his more than 20 years of musical experience, including what to expect during a Broadway audition, the best way to present your materials and how to select your personal repertoire. Mr. Gross has worked on Broadway and the West End as a music director, conductor and pianist. Mr. Gross has appeared with many national and international opera companies, symphony orchestras and festivals. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from Yale University and is a Fulbright and Rotary Scholar. He has extensive experience working in academia as a clinician, guest artist and professor and is the founder and CEO of the musical theater database

Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Department of Music

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

View photos from: The Music Business, Broadway, Belting, and Crossing Over From the Classical Side
Steven Gross

Tuesday, March 15, 2:20 p.m.
Mariposa & the Saint

Longtime friends and current collaborators Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca and Julia Steele Allen have written a play through the prison wall. Over the course of three years, crafted only by letters, they smuggled out a story that is urgent, emotional and profound. From inside the isolation of solitary confinement, Mariposa speaks directly to the audience. Her words will change you. The performance is followed by opportunities for the audience to engage in a dialogue regarding the issue of solitary confinement and take action. Directed by Noelle Ghoussaini with performances by Ray Huth and Julia Steele Allen.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Mariposa & the Saint

Monday, March 21, 2:55 p.m.
Walt Whitman’s Musical Voice

Hofstra Writing Studies and Composition faculty member and noted spoken word Entertainer Paul Kirpal Gordon teams up with pianist/composer Steve Elmer to present iconic poems from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass – read aloud to musical compositions by Ellington, Debussy, Chopin, Gershwin, and Rodgers and Hart, among others. Hofstra students and special guests present readings and a PowerPoint presentation on the Long Islandborn poet.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

View photos from: Walt Whitman's Musical Voice
Walt Whitman’s Musical Voice


Thursday, April 7, 9:30 a.m.
The Politics of Big Food and Big Soda:
A Conversation with Dr. Marion Nestle

Junk food and soda have long been known to be leading contributors to obesity, diabetes, dental disease, and other health problems that plague Americans, yet they remain multibillion-dollar industries with global reach. Dr. Marion Nestle, world renowned for her research examining scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice and the impact of the immense lobbying power in the food industry, outlines both the challenges and winning strategies (including imposing taxes on sodas, removing sodas from schools and restricting marketing to children, excluding the purchase of sodas using food stamps, and limiting the sizes of drinks sold) and calls for a greater investment by companies and communities in promoting sports and outdoor entertainment, healthy alternatives to sugary drinks, and more nutrition research. Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

National Public Health Week at Hofstra

Tuesday, April  12, 2:20 p.m.

Equal Pay Day: CHORE WARS! Gender Equality Comes Home
As women moved into the formal labor force in large numbers over the last 40 years, essential care work has increasingly shifted from the family domain to the market. On this national Equal Pay Day, join us as a forum of experts and activists discuss why essential child care and elder care work remain low-paid in this country even as demand grows for high-quality care. How can public policies help improve the equity and effectiveness of care work? Speakers include Silvia Federici, Hofstra professor emerita and author of Revolution at Point Zero; Nancy Folbre, University of Massachusetts Amherst economics professor, editor and author of For Love and Money: Care Provision in the United States; and Jocelyn Gill-Campbell, coordinator of Domestic Workers United NYC. Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and African Studies Program

Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m.
The Blooming Garden of Beauty

Experience a full immersion into the world of classical Japanese dance and music, with a Kabuki performance by Sachiyo Ito and Dancejapan. The performance will be followed by a Q&A on women in Japanese arts, with participants Francesca Cassio, PhD, Hofstra University, and Patricia Welch, PhD, Hofstra University.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

View photos from: The Blooming Garden of Beauty
The Blooming Garden of Beauty


Friday, February, 6, 8 p.m.
Black Angels Over Tuskegee

by Layon Gray
featuring Hofstra Alumnus Lamark D. Cheston

Winner of the 2009 NAACP Award, 2009 ADA Award and 2010 NYC Audelco Special Achievement Award. Incredible! Vibrantly energetic and emotionally captivating, Black Angels Over Tuskegee is a historical docudrama narrative of six men embarking Upon a journey to become the first aviators in the United States Army Air Forces during a tumultuous era of racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism in twentieth century American history.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

David Tavarez Photo credit: Aidan Cole

Sunday, February 8, 5 p.m.
African Diaspora: Music and Dance in the Old and New Worlds

Join Hofstra’s Department of Music and the Hofstra Cultural Center as we go on a musical journey of the African Diaspora celebrating music and dance in the Old and New Worlds. The audience will experience West African drumming and dancing; South African choral music; concert music by African, Latin American and African-American composers; and Cubop (Cuban bebop) and Calypso dances for Big Band choreographed by Mickey Davidson. Highlights include performances by Hofstra student dancers and musicians, ensembles from Hempstead and Uniondale High Schools, and invited guest artists, including the internationally acclaimed Imani Winds.

John Cranford Adams Playhouse

David Tavarez

Wednesday, February 11, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
Black History Month Reception

Join the Hofstra community as we celebrate Black History Month. The reception will feature keynote speaker Gloria Browne-Marshall, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Multicultural & International StudentPrograms Office, Zarb Black & Hispanic MBA/MS Associationand the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Black History Month Reception

Monday, February 23, 4:30 p.m.
Invisible Wars: Indigenous Religion, Resistance, and Dissent in Colonial Mexico

Dr. David Tavárez, associate professor and chair of anthropology at Vassar College, discusses his research on transatlantic/global colonial intellectual exchanges. He also explores evangelization and language policies, writing, and power in the public sphere, as well as in Nahua and Zapotec societies. He is the author of The Invisible War: Indigenous Devotions, Discipline, and Dissent in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2011).

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

View photos from:
Invisible Wars: Indigenous Religion, Resistance, and Dissent in Colonial Mexico

David Tavarez

Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m.
I Hear America Singing: Walt Whitman and the Great American Songbook

Spoken word entertainer Kirpal Gordon and his Speak-Spake-Spoke Septet present an evening of Walt Whitman’s poetry performed to musical compositions from the Great American Songbook. Gordon and his band weave familiar and timeless standards that fit Whitman’s King James rhythms and expand their meaning Musicians include Arthur Kell, bass; Todd Bashore, alto saxophone; Claire Daly, baritone saxophone; Carlton Holmes, piano; Amanda Monaco, guitar; and Warren Smith, percussion. Hofstra students and other special guests present readings of Whitman’s poetry.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

View photos from:
I Hear America Singing: Walt Whitman and the Great American Songbook

Kirpal Gordon

Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Religion Evolves: A Rap Guide to Religion

Canadian bornhip-hop artist Baba Brinkman performs faith-illuminating songs inspired by the best of evolutionary and cognitive science. This event – part hip-hop concert, part stand-up comedy, and part TED Talk – explores one of the most heated questions of our age: What is the point of religion?  This groundbreaking work, fresh from a five-star run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and an extended off-Broadway engagement, explores the evolution of religion, leaving audiences with a new appreciation for religion itself, as well as for its critics.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

View photos from: Religion Evolves: A Rap Guide to Religion

Ba Ba Brinkmann

Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m.
A Former Skinhead’s Fight Against Prejudice

A violent childhood made our speaker easy prey for skinhead gang recruiters. At an early age he was a leader in the neo-Nazi movement hosting a cable access show used for Skinhead recruitment. While serving a prison term, he began questioning his hatred after meeting inmates that made him questions his racist beliefs . After leaving prison, he met others who made him question his hatred. He evenutally defected from the white supremacy movement. Hear our speaker as he tells his inspirational true story of going from a leader in the white supremacy movement to becoming a speaker in the movement against hate and for tolerance.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Wednesday and Thursday, April 1 and 2
Cambridge Union Society Debate
View photos from: A Former Skinhead's Fight Against Prejudice

Hofstra University hosts the Cambridge Union Society from the University of Cambridge, England, one of the oldest and most prestigious debating societies in the world. A series of debating workshops for students will be followed by two debates featuring mixed Hofstra-Cambridge teams. Debate topics will be announced.

Wednesday, April 1, 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m. - First Debate
"This House believes that police shootings of African-Americans are not about racism"

Thursday, April 2, 11:10 a.m.-12:05 p.m. - Second Debate
"This House believes preparing for global warming is preferable to efforts to stop global change."

Location for both debates: Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Hofstra - Cambridge Debate

Equal Pay Day
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 2:55 p.m.

In celebration of Equal Pay Day 2015 Hofstra University presents a forum on the employment challenges of working women. Join the discussion in this free annual event presented by Hofstra's Labor Studies.
Panel participants to be announced.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

View photos from: Equal Pay Day

Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.
National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
HIV: Isn’t There a Vaccine for That?

Youth ages 13 to 24 account for an estimated 26 percent of all new HIV infections diagnosed in the United States, yet only 23 percent of sexually active high school students have ever been tested for HIV. Most new HIV infections are among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Panelists from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Pride for Youth, the Health and Education Alternatives for Teens Program and local YMSM Living with HIV lead interactive discussions focusing on the latest trends, behavioral and biomedical prevention strategies, and methods to engage suburban YMSM. Other topics include key measures that every young person needs to take to protect themselves and their partners, and issues surrounding dating, disclosure and discrimination among YMSM. This event is held in conjunction with Hofstra’s School of Health Sciences and Human Services National Public Health Week.

View photos from
"National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
HIV: Isn't There a Vaccine for That?"

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Red Ribbon

Monday, April 20, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Conversations on Colonial Mexico:
The Life Within: Local Indigenous Society in Mexico's Toluca Valley

Caterina Pizzigoni, associate professor of Latin American history at Columbia University,
discusses her research on indigenous societies in central Mexico. Analyzing testamentary
documents, Pizzigoni chronicles Nahua homes, daily life, and how a region held onto its
Nahua traditions while incorporating aspects of Spanish imperialism.

View photos from
"Conversations on Colonial Mexico:
The Life Within: Local Indigenous Society in Mexico's Toluca Valley"

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Wednesday, April 22, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
Can Pharmaceuticals Be Replaced With Bioelectronics?

Kevin Tracey, MD
President and CEO, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
President and Professor, Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine
Senior Vice President of Research, North Shore-LIJ Health System
Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Molecular Medicine and Neurosurgery,
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Kevin Tracey

Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Guest Performance of The Well Reds

The Well Reds, an alternative/pop/punk/rock band with a captivating musical style similar to The Fray, The Muse, and One Republic, perform original music from their newly released album Volume (November 2014) and teach about the songwriting process. Guitar-playing techniques are demonstrated during this interactive event, featuring raw and synthesized sounds.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

View photos from "Guest Performance of The Well Reds"

Well Reds

Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Are We Ready for the Next Hurricane? A Symposium on Superstorm Sandy and Preparedness

Two expert panels discuss the local impact of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, as well as our efforts to prepare for the next huge storm. Panelists include Adam Sobel, professor, Columbia University, and author of Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future; Amy Simonson, United States Geological Survey, Coram, NY;  Nelly A. Romero, program director, Long Beach Latino Civic Association; Anthony Eramo, member, Long Beach City Council; John McNally, co-chair, Long Beach Community Reconstruction Program, and associate director, regional action, The Energeia Partnership at Molloy College; and Erika Schaub, assistant director of public safety and emergency management officer, Hofstra University.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

View photos from "Are We Ready for the Next Hurricane? A Symposium on Superstorm Sandy and Preparedness"

Monday, September 15, 7 p.m.
1989 Revisited: Tiananmen and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
25 Years Later

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of History at UC Irvine, editor of the Journal of Asian Studies and author of Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China and China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know revisits 1989. How similar or different were the nearly contemporaneous protests that broke out in Beijing, Budapest and Bucharest in 1989? Do the interpretations of the events that circulated at the time still make sense, and why did the struggles in China – as opposed to places like Czechoslovakia – end so differently? And does 1989 hold the same significance today as it did in the immediate wake of the toppling of the Berlin Wall?

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Libary

Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Wednesday, October 1, 3 p.m.
Why the Digital Is/Isn’t Important:
A Measured Approach to Using New Media Remarkably

Digital technologies bring with them a bounty of new processes, practices, and products that find their way into academic life. We are faced with the challenge of determining how best to incorporate them into faculty research, pedagogical practice and student projects, though we may be tempted to take this challenge on with breathless enthusiasm.

Kimon Keramidas, assistant professor and director, Digital Media Lab, Bard Graduate Center, focuses on a more measured approach, one that puts this digital era in historical perspective and better empowers us to create remarkable things with these new media.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Why the Digital Is/Isn’t Important: A Measured Approach to Using New Media Remarkably

Designing the Movies: John Muto and the Art of Production Design

John Muto is a member of the Design Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. During his long career as a production designer (one of the key creative roles in the film production process), he has been responsible for the overall "look" of such films as Night of the Comet (1984), Species (1985) and the two films that we will be screening: River's Edge and Home Alone.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

John Muto

River's Edge

Wednesday, October 1, 5 p.m.
River's Edge (1986)
Directed by Tim Hunter and starring Keanu Reeves in one of his best (and earliest) screen roles. In this shocking drama, a high-school slacker kills his girlfriend and shows off her dead body to his friends. His friends' reaction is almost as perplexing as the crime itself. The film also features performances from Crispin Glover, Ione Skye and Dennis Hopper. The film's stark, gritty realism is largely the result of the production design by John Muto.

Home Alone

Wednesday, October 8, 5 p.m.
Home Alone (1990)
Production designer John Muto will introduce this classic film starring Macauley Culkin and directed by Chris Columbus who plays an 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left home alone while his family flies to France for Christmas. He must defend his home against idiotic burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). The screening will be followed by a discussion with John Muto about his strategies in designing the overall "look" of the film. A light reception will follow.

Co-sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, the Herbert Lawrence School of Communication

Wednesday, October, 8, 2:55-6 p.m.
Si Se Puede !
Cesar Chavez and Immigrant Rights Today

Si Se Puede ! Cesar Chavez and Immigrant Rights Today

The Civil Rights Act became law fifty years ago and that same year Cesar Chavez founded the United Farmworkers Union as a popular movement for expanding immigrants' labor and human rights. As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, join us for a viewing of the new film Cesar Chavez (2014), followed by a discussion on the film and current immigration policy debates with Lori Flores, Professor of History, Stony Brook University and Emma Kreyche, Organizing Director, Worker Justice Center.

112 Breslin Hall or Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 5 p.m.
Hofstra Celebrates Black History Month

A concert exploring the African Diaspora — the spread of music and dance from Mother Africa throughout the world. Join us to experience West African drumming and dancing, South African choral music, concert music by African and Afro-Cuban composers, and Cubop and Calypso dances for Big Band. Hofstra student dancers and musicians, ensembles from Uniondale and Hempstead High Schools, and invited guest artists and alumni will perform.
John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Thursday, October 9, 6 p.m.
Inclusion and Exclusion Through Interfaith Dialogue:
Lessons From Crown Heights and the Interfaith Center of New York

Dr. Henry Goldschmidt, scholar and director of education programs at the Interfaith
Center of New York, draws on his extensive experience to describe what interfaith work
really looks like “on the ground.” He also explores how the category of “interfaith” can
include but also exclude potential participants in interreligious conversation and conflict
resolution. This 40-minute talk concludes with a question-and-answer dialogue with the

246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library

Friday, October 10, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Media and Migration from Africa to Spain

This daylong event features film screenings and a round-table discussion on the intersections of media, migration, Africa, and Spain organized by Benita Sampedro Vizcaya, Hofstra University, and H. Rosi Song, Bryn Mawr College. The film curator is
María Teresa Cabo, director of the Galician Film Festival of New York, and the event features scholars from the tristate area and Pennsylvania researching topics such as media and migration, labor studies, borders, Afro-European relations, the Maghreb and West Africa, Mediterranean studies, Spain, Galicia and Cataluña.

Films include Sahara Chronicle (2007), El espectáculo (2012),Tann Sa Yoon (2013), and Todos vos sodes capitáns (You Are All Captains) (2011).

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Tuesday, October 14, 3 p.m.
Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day

Named for the 19th-century scientist who pioneered computational programming, the event is part of an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dr. Rebecca Wright, director, Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Rutgers University, and a professor in the Rutgers Computer Science Department, is the guest speaker for Hofstra’s Ada Lovelace Day celebration.

Dr. Wright’s research focuses on information security, including cryptography, privacy, foundations of computer security, and faulttolerant distributed computing, as well as foundations of networking.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Saturday, October 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Managing New York Ocean Resources: Connecting Science and Policy

New York Marine Sciences Consortium

The 2014 New York Marine Sciences Consortium meeting is focused on the future of New York ocean policy and implementation. Input from the scientific community, policy makers, other stakeholders and the general public will be used to develop recommendations and identify critical knowledge gaps regarding ocean-related human uses, natural resources, and cultural factors. Responses from the meeting will be presented to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Oceans and New York state to guide development of regional and New York ocean action plans and ocean assessments, and help maximize the benefits of our ocean resources and protect the health of the ecosystem.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Tuesday, October 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Domestic Violence: Dare to Speak Its Name
(Communities Respond to Intimate Partner Abuse)

Domestic Violence:Dare to Speak its Name

The Criminology Program of Hofstra’s Sociology Department, in association with the Herstory Writers Workshop, presents a conference that brings together memoir writers and experts on the social, economic and political causes of domestic violence and introduces the most recent changes to the legal system in dealing with this offense, which has only recently been defined as a crime. Social and political movements and academic research (particularly feminist research) have made immense contributions to understanding the nature and causes of intimate partner abuse.

This conference will explore how community response, legal innovations and the raising
of public consciousness through a story-based strategy can change hearts, minds and
policies around domestic violence, while giving a voice to those who have too often been
silenced in the arenas that affect their lives the most.

246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library

Wednesday, October 22, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

J. Herbie DiFonzo

Dilemmas of Shared Parenting in the the 21st Century:
How Law and Culture Shape Child Custody
J. Herbie DiFonzo, Professor of Law
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Wednesday, October 29
Day of Dialogue 2014: Social Responsibility and Human Security

A day of workshops, panels and performances devoted to deliberation and reflection
on some of the major issues that face our community, our nation and the world, from
the crises in the Middle East to the midterm elections and racism in professional sports,
to the state of the economy. This all-day annual event presented by Hofstra’s Center
for Civic Engagement serves as an important forum for community engagement and
participation. Students, faculty and community members are welcome. All events are free
and open to the public.

Various campus locations

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling

Wednesday, November 5, 11:15 a.m.
I Was Born a Baby: The Dynamic Development of Gender Variability

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor Emerita, Brown University, is a leading expert in biology and gender development and a frequent commentator for media outlets such as The New York Times and PBS. Dr. Fausto-Sterling’s current research on parent-infant interactions and the embodiment of gender uses dynamic systems theory to demonstrate how cultural difference becomes bodily difference.

This groundbreaking new approach to the study of gender differences exposes the flawed premise of the nature vs. nurture debate.

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Friday, November 7, 2:20-5 p.m.
Singing on Stage: A Master Class with Jane Streeton of the
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London

Jane Streeton

Jane Streeton presents a master class with Hofstra drama and music students featuring techniques from her book Singing on Stage: An Actor’s Guide (June 2014). Ms. Streeton is an international soprano soloist in opera and concert and has worked as a singing coach and vocal advisor for film; with the BBC; in West End musicals; and at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.

She is the coordinator of the singing team and course leader for the Musical Theatre Short Courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

The master class is open to the public.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m.
Bridging Community and Academic Research:
What’s in It for Us?

Bridging Community and Academic Research: What’s in It for Us?

Academics do research to understand the world better and to make sense of complex and interesting phenomena, but how can they connect that research to the problems of the “real world”? Communities that are the focus of academic study often have little say in the research process, though their input and experiences make valuable contributions to improving the very issues being researched. Join us in a conversation with sociologist Barbara Katz Rothman, professor, CUNY Graduate Center, that highlights the benefits of and barriers (for both researchers and community members) to working together to solve problems, with practical tips on how to bridge the participation gap.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Thursday, November 20, 4:30-6 p.m.
Pride and Purpose Debate: Does Nuclear Energy Have
a Role in Our Sustainable Energy Future?

Does Nuclear Energy Have a Rle in Our Sustainable Energy Future

In recent years, many concerned with the role of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming have advocated that we quickly increase the amount of nuclear energy produced around the world in order to replace carbon-based energy to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, many others have raised concerns about nuclear waste and safety and disagree with this approach. Participants will debate whether nuclear energy has a place in our efforts to create a more sustainable future.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

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Amara Lakhous

Tuesday, December 2, 9:30-11 a.m.
Clash of Civilizations in Italy

Amara Lakhous, author, Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, examines the theme of identity through the descriptions of idiosyncrasies in multicultural
Italy by way of a story of a murder in Rome.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Jorge Eielson

Thursday, December 4, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Poetry and the Visual Arts in Romance Languages
(XIX-XXI Centuries): A Tribute to Jorge E. Eielson (1924-2006)

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 the 20th 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.

Friday, September 19, 12:30 pm
Joseph G. Astman International Concert Series
Music From Around the World

The Taiko Masala Drum Ensemble*
Founded by master drummer Hiro Kurashima, the ensemble combines the training and discipline of Japanese martial arts with the precision and power of complex drumming.

*Presented in conjunction with the Hofstra Cultural Center conference Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences
Main Dining Room, Mack Student Center

Professor Rita Ganguly

Tuesday, November 11, 7 p.m.
Lecture and Demonstration: Women in India: Music and Culture
Professor Rita Ganguly, New Delhi, India Professor Rita Ganguly is an authority in the fieldvof semiclassical Indian music, with particular reference to the romantic repertoire performed by female artists. She is the foremost disciple of the legendary Ghazal singer Begum Akhtar, and she will be at Hofstra to share her memories and her music.
Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Gamelan Kusuma Laras

Friday, November 14, 7 p.m.
Gamelan Kusuma Laras performing The Spirit of Gamelan

Gamelan Kusuma Laras is a classical Javanese gamelan orchestra based in New York City that performs music, dance and theater from the classical repertoire of the courts of Central Java. The orchestra was formed 30 years agoto study and present Indonesian performing arts to American audiences. Kusuma Laras has entranced music and dance lovers in the United States and in Indonesia with its authentic performances on instruments created especially for the Indonesia Pavilion at the World's Fair of 1964-65 in New York.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Joseph G. Astman Concert Series Sacred Music From Around the World

Sepideh Raissadat

Persian Mystic Songs for Nowruz
Sepideh Raissadat, vocal and sehtar
Naghmeh Frahmand, zarb, daff
The event celebrates the Nowruz, the festivity marking the Iranian New Year on March 21. The repertoire presented by Sepideh Raissadat includes masterpieces of Persian mysticism set to music.
Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.

Francesca Cassio

Sikh Holy Hymns
Dr. Francesca Cassio, vocal and tanpura
Parminder Singh Bhamra, pakhawaj
Nirvair Kaur Khalsa, taus
Dr. Francesca Cassio (Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology at Hofstra University) will perform traditional hymns from the Sikh Gurus's repertoire (16th-18th centuries) in the traditional dhrupad style. Dr. Cassio will be exceptionally accompanied on pakhawaj by Parminder Singh Bhamra (from the Anad Foundation, India) and on taus by Nirvair Kaur Khalsa. The event aims to celebrate the Sikh Festival of Vaisakhi.
Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.

Alsh Ensemble

The Alash Ensemble Performing
Overtone Singing from Mongolia
The Alash Ensemble is a trio of master overtone singers (xöömei) from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. The ancient art of overtone (or throat) singing developed among the nomadic herdsman of this region. Alash remains grounded in this tradition, while expanding its musical vocabulary with new ideas from the West.
Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

Cambridge Union Society Debate

Hofstra University will host one of the oldest and most prestigious debating societies in the world, the Cambridge Union Society, from the University of Cambridge (England).
A series of debating workshops for students will be followed by a debate, featuring mixed Hofstra-Cambridge teams.

First Debate: Individualism
Tuesday, March 25, 11:10 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Second Debate: Surveillance
Wednesday, March 26, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

Mark Wood

Electrify Your Strings With Mark Wood

Mark Wood, Emmy-winning composer and music education advocate as well as an original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, presents innovative techniques in music education and performs on an electric violin, the Viper, his own invention.
Friday, March 28, 2:55 p.m.

Joe Lieberman

2014 Donald Sutherland Lecture: The Honorable Joe Lieberman

The 2014 Donald Sutherland Lecture will feature former United States Senator Joe Lieberman (1989-2013) from Connecticut.
John Cranford Adams Playhouse
Thursday, April 3, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Various events around campus.
Thursday, April 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
National Public Health Week Keynote Address
Dr. John McDonough, Harvard School of Public Health
Monday, April 7-Friday, April 11

The Butler

The Butler
Film directed by Lee Daniels.  As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.
Dates/Times: Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 23 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Soul of a Nation
By the creators of the nationally acclaimed theatrical series of multimedia, one-person plays Faces of America.

In this performance three actors all portray young African Americans, who examine topicsthat the present college generation feel need to be addressed. These include the U.S. Justice System, hair, balancing adulthood, intersection of cultural identities, and more.
Date/Time: Monday, February 24, 7 p.m.

Wil Haygood

A Conversation with Wil Haygood
Washington Post journalist and author of the book The Butler will speak about his book, which inspired the movie, followed by a book signing.
Date/Time: Tuesday, February, 25, 7:30 p.m.

Heart Health

Hofstra Heart Health Week
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Surprisingly many young people are at risk. Learn how you can change this during a week of free activities, including health screenings and nutritional consults; expert talks on cardiac arrest and stress management; a blood drive; and “Hoops for Hearts” and “Dodgeball for Hearts” tournaments.


The Edge of Therapy: Students, Yoga and Mindful Practice — A Four-Hour Workshop
A panel discussion with mindfulness and yoga-in-school experts, followed by break-out groups. Exciting new dimensions of psychotherapy are emerging from the juncture of Eastern and Western traditions. This is a rare opportunity to meet with leading practitioners and researchers. Participating students will speak about their experiences with yoga and mindful techniques. This is a workshop of importance to students, educators and psychotherapists alike.
Date/Time: Monday, March 4, 4-8 p.m.
Please visit Hofstra Cultural Center Event Recordings to view the event video.

Women’s History Month/Religion and Film Series:The Works of Margarethe von Trotta

Both screenings will be followed by a panel discussion led by Hofstra professors from various departments to examine the intersection of religion, politics and gender as portrayed in the films of renowned German director Margarethe von Trotta.


The inspirational portrait of Hildegard von Bingen, the famed 12th-century Benedictine nun, who has emerged from the shadows of history as a forward-thinking and iconoclastic pioneer of faith, change and enlightenment.
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 4, 6:30 p.m.

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt
A biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. The film covers Arendt’s controversial reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann for The New Yorker.
Date/Time: Monday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.

Living with Nature

Living With Nature: Food, Beauty and Healing in Post-Tsunami Japan

Internationally renowned chef and restaurateur Kazushiro Sato discusses his family’s experience with the tsunami and demonstrates his cooking skills as he sculpts fruits and vegetables into intricate shapes such as flowers and butterflies. He will explain how important it is for us to live alongside nature as we mark the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 5, 7 p.m.

Sixth Annual Seminar in Central Asian and Middle Eastern Numismatics

This seminar brings to Hofstra top world specialists on coins of the Ancient Near East and Islamic World. Over the past five years this event has evolved into an important North-American international forum for the specialists on the history of pre-modern coinage. 111 Breslin Hall, South Campus

Date/Time: Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

65th Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival
Acting Shakespeare Lecture Series: FIASCO THEATER
Three co-founders of Fiasco Theater, one of New York's most innovative ensemble companies,will discuss the art of acting and producing Shakespeare today.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m.

Beauty and the Brain
Dr Anjan Chatterjee, discusses his new book The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art (Oxford University Press, 2013). Dr Chatterjee uses neuroscience to probe how an aesthetic sense is etched in our minds and evolutionary psychology to explain why aesthetic concerns feature centrally in our lives.
Date/Time:         February 5, 5-6:30 p.m.
Funding provided by the Hofstra Cultural  Center Grants

Count Basie

Up South - The Great Migration in Sound and Movement
"Up South: The Great Migration in Sound and Movement" featuring performances by the Hofstra Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Hofstra student dancers, invited choral ensembles from Hempstead High School and Uniondale High School and acclaimed soloists Diana Solomon-Glover, Robert Hughes and Steven Herring.  Hofstra student actors will guide the audience through a semi-historical narrative describing the great migration. Hofstra Jazz band will round off the show with a Count Basie dance featuring set choreographed by Mickey Davidson. 
Date/Time: February 9, 5 p.m.
Funding provided by the Hofstra Cultural  Center Grants

Ethnicity and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Italy: Film Viewings led by Italian Ghanaian Filmmaker Fred Kuwornu

Fred Kuwornu, film director and activist, will present two of his acclaimed documentaries and conduct a question and answer period after each screening.
Both films will be shown on Wednesday, February 12

18 Ius Soli: The Right of Citizenship
The documentary examines the difficulty in obtaining citizenship in modern Italy, particularly for those immigrants coming from North African and Sub-Saharan countries.
Showing at 12:45 p.m.

Inside Buffalo
The story of the 15,000 soldiers of the 92nd African-American Infantry Division who served in Italy during World War IIwent unnoticed upon their return to the United States.
Showing at 3:30 p.m.

Artists Without Walls
Artists Without Walls inspires, uplifts, and unites people and communities of diverse cultures through the pursuit of artistic achievement. Through music, dance, and the spoken word, they build a multicultural community that springs from “creative chemistry.” Performers hail from all over the globe including Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, the U.S., and Hofstra University!
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 18, 2:20-3:45 p.m.
Funding provided by the Hofstra Cultural Center Grants

Sacred and Secular in the Sikh Musical Tradition

Monday, November 17, 7 p.m.
Lecture: Sacred and Secular in the Sikh Musical Tradition
Dr. Virinder S. Kalra
, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Manchester, UK
How does the sacred/secular opposition explain itself in the context of musical production? Through the deconstruction of the sacred/secular opposition, Dr. Kalra explores the relationship of religion and music to wider questions of religion and politics. Its postcolonial approach brings Asia into the Western sacred/secular opposition, and provides a set of analytical tools — a language and range of theories — to allow further exploration of non-Western religious music.
Presented in collaboration with the Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology at Hofstra University
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library