Cultural Center

Signature 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.

Charles Blow

Monday, September 27, 1-2:25 p.m. (Common Hour)

Opening and Keynote Address
Charles M. Blow

New York Times Journalist, CNN commentator and Former Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale University.

Mr. Blow is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which won a Lambda Literary Award and the Sperber Prize and made multiple prominent lists of best books published in 2014. People magazine called it “searing and unforgettable.” His second book, The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto, was named a “most anticipated book” by the San Francisco Chronicle, O, the Oprah Magazine, Time Out, Town and Country, and Literary Hub

Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater
John Crawford Adams Playhouse, South Campus

Friday, December 10, 7 p.m.
Sweet Honey in the Rock®

Sweet Honey in the Rock® is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains, and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for members of the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

Sweet Honey

Co-sponsored by Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hofstra University Honors College, the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, and the Noah Scholars program.

Funding for these programs has been provided, in part, by the Joseph G. Astman Family for the Hofstra Cultural Center

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Signature Speakers

Thursday, October 7, 4:20-5:45 p.m.

Banning Black Gods: Law, Race, and Religion in the Americas

Danielle Boaz
Banning Black Gods book cover

Danielle N. Boaz, Ph.D., J.D.
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Charlotte and  Practicing Attorney

Dr. Boaz will speak on the legal challenges faced by adherents of widely practiced religions of the African diaspora in the 21st century, including Santeria, Vodoun, Candomblé, Palo Mayombe, Umbanda, Islam, Rastafari, and Obeah. Examining laws, court cases, and human rights reports, Dr. Boaz argues that the historic persecution of these religions persists into the present day as restrictions on religious freedom, constituting a pervasive but under-acknowledged form of discrimination at the intersection of law, race, and religion.

In collaboration with the Rabinowitz Honors College; Departments of Anthropology; Comparative Literature, Languages and Linguistics; English; Global Studies and Geography; History; Philosophy; Political Science; Romance Languages and Literatures; and Writing Studies and Rhetoric. Programs in Africana Studies, Jewish Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Wednesday November 10, 6:30 p.m.

Protecting Shinnecock Homelands

Shavonne Smith

Shavonne F. Smith, Director of the Shinnecock Environmental Department, will discuss the effort to protect the Shinnecock shoreline on Long Island through collaboration with federal agencies, non-profits, and community volunteers.

The Helene Fortunoff Theater
Monroe Lecture Center, California Ave, South Campus

Hands stacked on one another
Kristal Brent Zook

Wednesday, September 15, 1 -2:25 p.m.
How Racism in the Academy Impacts Students, Faculty and Learning

Presented by Kristal Brent Zook, Professor of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations, Hofstra University

This talk will look at several recent high-profile cases involving faculty members of color, as well as student protests documenting racial injustice on campuses nationwide. Professor Kristal Brent Zook has published work on race, women, culture, and social justice featured in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and digital outlets, including The New York Times and The New Yorker, where she recently wrote about #BlackintheIvory. 

Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

For more information, call 516-463-6585 or email

Past Signature Events

Wednesday, February 17, 1 p.m.
A Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Racist Ideas in America/How to be an Antiracist

Join Dr. Katrina Sims, Department of History and faculty-in-residence, Division of Student Affairs, Hofstra University, and Sevion McLean, Hofstra engineering student, Hofstra resident assistant and president of Xi Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., for a moderated conversation.

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor.

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest ever winner of that award. He also authored three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His newest books are Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action; and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, co-edited with Keisha Blain, which will be out in February. In 2020, Time magazine named Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center in collaboration with the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.
Civil Rights Day presents John Whittington Franklin on Tulsa’s 'Black Wall Street'

In recognition of the 100th commemoration of the Tulsa massacre, join John Whittington Franklin, senior manager emeritus for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as he speaks about the history of the Tulsa “Black Wall Street” massacre.

Presented by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

 John Whittington Franklin

Wednesday, March 17, 1-2:25 p.m.
Distinguished African Scholars and Writers Series: Hegemonies of Knowledge Production on African Women and Gender: Whose Histories Matter?

In Hegemonies of Knowledge Production on African Women and Gender, Nwando Achebe details her personal journey to becoming an Africanist and gender historian. Along the way she considers questions relating to the ownership and production of Africanist knowledge: “Whose histories matter?” “Whose histories are celebrated?” “Whose histories are published?” – while highlighting several influential interpretive voices which have shaped and produced a problematic and Eurocentric canon. These voices have variously worked to interrupt and/or disrupt true understanding and knowing of African women and gender. Nwando Achebe ends her lecture by offering up her own African and gender-centered intervention into existing discourse and production of history.

Nwando Achebe is the Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History, and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Social Science, and a multi-award-winning historian at Michigan State University. She is founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of West African History, and co-director of the Christie and Chinua Achebe Foundation. Achebe received her PhD from UCLA in 2000. In 1996 and 1998, she served as a Ford Foundation and Fulbright-Hays Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her research interests involve the use of oral history in the study of women, gender, and sexuality in Nigeria. Achebe is the author of six books.

Nwando Achebe
Female Monarchs and Merchant Queens in Africa

Thursday, April 23, 4:30-6 p.m.
Social Justice Reporting: Perspectives From Lolly Bowean

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, February 3
New York Times Magazine Staff Writer | Macarthur Genius Grant Fellow | Winner of The National Magazine Award

Nikole Hannah Jones

Hofstra University hosts New York Times Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones who was the inspiration for the New York Times pull out magazine, The 1619 Project.

NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES was named a MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow (one of only 24 people chosen, globally) for “reshaping national conversations around education reform” and for her reporting on racial re-segregation in our schools. This is the latest honor in a growing list: she’s won a Peabody, a Polk, and a National Magazine Award for her story on choosing a school for her daughter in a segregated city. Ms. Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity. She has written extensively on the history of racism, school resegregation, and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, as well as the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. She is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With, to be published on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House.

Sosnoff Theater at John Cranford Adams Playhouse

This event is free, but registration is required.

Thursday, February 13
What Happens? Musings & Meditations on Life
A Tribute to Langston Hughes in Verse and Song
by Tayo Aluko
with live jazz band accompaniment
featuring Everton Bailey, trumpet, and Dennis Nelson, piano

Langston Hughes was one of the most important writers and thinkers who celebrated black life and culture. Hughes' creative genius was influenced by his life in New York City's Harlem, the birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance. His literary works helped shape American literature and politics. Through his poetry, novels, plays, essays, and children's books, he promoted equality, condemned racism and injustice, and celebrated African American culture, humor, and spirituality.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

What Happens?  Event

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

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

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Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion (IEI)

Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.
Kwanzaa Celebration

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In collaboration with the Black Student Union, join us to learn about the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, watch performances, and enjoy food and refreshments!

Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on IEI events, please visit or email

Sunday, November 24, 7 p.m.
The Hofstra Jazz Ensemble
The Annual Peter B. Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund Concert

By the Virtue of the Blues

David Lalama, director

Featuring Harlem's Tina Fabrique, from Broadway musicals Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk and Ragtime, and dramatic roles in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Glass Menagerie, and The Old Settler.

Presented in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center series The Legacy 1619-2019. Funding provided by the Joseph G. Astman Family.

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

For tickets and information, please call the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., or visit

Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice

Wednesday and Thursday, November 20 and 21
The Distinguished African Scholars And Writers Series Program Lecture
With Dr. Alain Lawo-Sukam

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Wednesday and Thursday, November 20 and 21

Dr. Alain Lawo-Sukam, from Cameroon, is professor of Africana studies and Hispanic studies at Texas A&M University. A creative writer in three languages (French, English, and Spanish), author of trilingual poetry books (Dream of Africa. Rêve d'Afrique. Sueño con África, 2013) and a novel (Mange-Mil y sus historias de tierra caliente, 2017), he specializes in the history and culture of Afro-descendants in the Americas, focusing in particular on Afro-Colombian, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Argentine communities. The titles of two of his public lectures: "African Immigrants in Argentina: An Old-New Odyssey" and "Estado de la literatura africana en español y los departamentos de Estudios Hispánicos en los Estados Unidos.

For information, please contact the Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice at 516-463-6585 or

Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 p.m.
Great Writers, Great Readings: Colson Whitehead

Underground Railroad (an Oprah's Book Club selection and recipient of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize). His latest novel, The Nickel Boys, was published in July 2019. Previous works include The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York (a collection of essays). He was named New York's 11th State Author in 2018. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize for Literature, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He has taught at many prestigious institutions around the country and has been a writer-in-residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Wyoming.

Photo by Madeline Whitehead

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Colson Whitehead

Thursday, November 7, 4:30 p.m.
Keynote Address: Eddie S. Glaude Jr., PhD

Chairperson, Department of African American Studies
James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies
Princeton University

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Eddie Glaude Jr

Day of Dialogue

Wednesday, October 23, 7 p.m.

1619-2019: The Quest for Reparatory Justice to Achieve More Perfect Union

With Dr. Ron Daniels

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Dutch ship White Lion in Jamestown, in the British Colony that was to become the Commonwealth of Virginia, with "20 and odd Negroes" from Africa. The arrival of these enslaved Africans was the opening chapter in one of the most horrific tragedies in human history. In this presentation, Dr. Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, will present a historic look at the centuries-old struggle for emancipation, and the current movement for reparations in the U.S. and its global implications. Dr. Daniels served as executive director of the National Rainbow Coalition in 1987, and deputy campaign manager for the Jesse Jackson for President Campaign in 1988. From 1993 to 2005, Dr. Daniels served as the first African American executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

In collaboration with the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

For information, please visit Join the #HofDialogue conversation on social media.

Tuesday, October 22
6 p.m., Documentary Screening
8 p.m., Panel Discussion
Living on Long Island While Black: The Suburban Search for Justice

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A screening of Strong Island explores the murder of William Ford Jr. through the eyes of his brother, Yance Ford, the Oscar-nominated director in the category of feature documentary (2018). The film looks at Long Island's past through a detailed crime story, the legacy of trauma on one family, and the reverberating consequences on families.

The panel discussion, co-moderated by Martine Hackett, associate professor in the Master of Public Health and Community Health programs, and Nicole Franklin, assistant professor of radio, television, film, Hofstra University, will feature Keith Bush, whose murder conviction was overturned in May 2019 after he spent 33 years in prison, and a Nassau County Civil Liberties Union representative, as they discuss and take questions from the audience on systemic racism in criminal justice.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Saturday, October 19, 9:30 a.m.
Brooklyn and Abolition Tour

Tour takes you through historic Brooklyn Heights and will examine the abolitionist movement; includes a visit to Plymouth Church. Meet at Brooklyn Atlantic Terminal in front of Starbucks. Each tour will run for two hours.

Facilitator for both tours: Alan Singer, professor of teaching, learning and technology, and director of social studies education programs.

Advance registration is required. To register visit

For more information, please call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit

Wednesday, October 16, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
Keynote Address: Deborah Gray White, PhD
Are There Really Forty Million Ways to Be Black in the Age of Trump?

Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History
Rutgers University

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Deborah Gray White

Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
Great Writers, Great Readings: Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th poet laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five poetry collections:Monument (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award; Thrall (2012); Native Guard (2006), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq's Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000), the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize, and the Lillian Smith Book Award for Poetry. Her book of nonfiction,Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, was published in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Trethewey was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

Photo by Joel Benjamin

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Natasha Trethewey

Center for Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, September 24, 11 a.m. -2:15 p.m.
Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge Regional Symposium and Pitch Competition

This event showcases preselected businesses who have submitted applications and received mentorship, and will pitch their innovations to a panel of healthcare and entrepreneurship experts, all vying for over $60,000 in cash and prizes.

The theme for 2019 is Creating Wellness, focusing on improving health care and inspiring solutions that address healthcare inequity in underserved communities. The challenge connects participating businesses with these communities to test and develop their products. Wizdom Powell, PhD, director of the Health Disparities Institute at UConn Health, will give the keynote address, titled "Breath, eyes, memory: Optimizing emotional well-being among boys and men of color."

Multipurpose Room and Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

For more information or to register, please visit or call Stacey Sikes at 516-463-7496.

Walking Tours

Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m.
New York Slavery Tour – African Burial Ground

A memorial dedicated to enslaved Africans in Colonial America.

Meet at the African Burial Ground, 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

African Slavery Memorial

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.
Unheard Voices

Conceived by Judy Tate

American Slavery Project

Unheard Voices is an original monologue piece, with singing and drumming, by the award-winning writers of the American Slavery Project. Up to 30,000 men, women, and children from New York's Colonial era are buried in the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. Based on specific burials, each monologue gives one of them voice and honors those African descendants – enslaved and free – who were buried without their names.

In collaboration with the Women's Studies Program, the Hofstra Cultural Center, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice.

Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, John Cranford Adams Playhouse

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

Evaluating the Trump Presidency at Midterm With Major Garrett

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

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

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

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

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Major GarrettWild Ride

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

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

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

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Basil Smikle Jr

Wednesday, March 6, 11:10 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
Political Speechwriting With Terry Edmonds

Terry Edmonds is the first African American chief White House speechwriter under former President William Jefferson Clinton. In the age of shorthand social media, the 24-hour news cycle, and the explosion of fragmentary information, Edmonds will discuss the fundamentals of political speechwriting, and address challenges faced by public advocates in today’s political environment.

In collaboration with the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Terry Edmonds

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

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

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Jonathan Haidt

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

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

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

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

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Max Boot

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

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

Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tuesday, October 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
On the Occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence
Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II

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

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

Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater, Adams Playhouse, South Campus

Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II

The Central Park Five

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

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

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

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

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

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

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

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Natalie Byfield

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

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

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

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Jonah Goldberg

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

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

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

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Ada Lovelace Day

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