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.

These events are Free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. ALL GUESTS (Hofstra students, faculty, and staff) that attend a Hofstra University-sponsored indoor event must be fully vaccinated. Masks covering the mouth and nose  are optional at indoor events on campus. Updated mask protocols.

Fall 2022

See our Virtual Events Calendar for the most up-to-date information.

For More Information call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. or visit for the most up to date information. Advance registration is required. Programs subject to change.

Past Signature Events

Wednesday, February 2, 1-2 p.m.
Film Viewing and Discussion: Two Distant Strangers

Join us for a film viewing and discussion of Two Distant Strangers with the Africana Studies Program. Two Distant Strangers is a 2020 American short film written by Travon Free and directed by Free and Martin Desmond Roe. The film examines the deaths of Black Americans during encounters with police through the eyes of a character trapped in a time loop that keeps ending in his death. Two Distant Strangers won the award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, marking distributor Netflix’s first win in the category.

Two Distant Strangers movie poster

Panel: Dr. Veronica A. Lippencott, Director, Africana Studies Program, Associate Director, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Global Studies and Geography

Dr. Joel Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Mental Health Professions School of Health Professions and Human Services

Dr. Richard Hayes, Associate Professor, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Frank G. Zarb School of Business

Dr. Jonathan Lightfoot, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Literacy, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Director, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice

Co-sponsored by Intercultural Engagement & Inclusion in collaboration with Africana Studies Program, Hofstra Cultural Center and the Student Government Association

Monday, February 7, 2:40-4:05 p.m.
Is Demography Destiny? Diversity and its Discontents

Virtual Event

Presented by Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies
and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
Princeton University

The United States is the most demographically complex nation in the world, but does diversity undermine social cohesion? In its 2003 decision permitting narrowly tailored consideration of race in college admissions (Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306, 328-29), the U.S. Supreme Court opined that diversity is a compelling state interest. But what does that mean, exactly? This lecture will describe the changing ethno-racial composition of the U.S. population and discuss social, economic and political implications of these changes by focusing on higher education, where access has become contested terrain. I interrogate whether and how diversity undermines cohesion on college campuses. I also provide evidence about diversity and social cohesion by drawing on evidence about intermarriage, voting behavior and attitude surveys signaling acceptance of others.

Marta Tienda

Co-sponsored by Hofstra University Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Visiting Scholar Program, The Phi Beta Kappa Society. in collaboration with Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program 

Event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registrants will be sent an email with zoom link prior to join event.

Wednesday, February 9, 4:20-5:45 p.m.
The 2021 Election: Was It Really a Red Wave?

Following November’s election a Long Island Press headline read, “Red Wave Brings Political Sea Change to Long Island.” Democrats narrowly held the governorship in New Jersey while surprisingly losing that same office in Virginia. Here on Long Island Republicans swept nearly every election. Following recent elections, we’ve heard people talk of red waves and blue waves. Was this a red wave?

Join Hofstra Professors Philip Dalton (Rhetoric and Public Advocacy and Center for Civic Engagement); Mary Anne Trasciatti (Labor Studies and Rhetoric and Public Advocacy); and Rosanna Perotti (Political Science), as we discuss this election and its meaning as we look forward to next year’s midterms.

Arrows pointing at a signs reading Democrat and Republicans

Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

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

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Tuesday, February 15, 11:20-12:45 p.m.

Book Discussion: Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy with William Howell

Virtual Event

William Howell will reflect upon the rise of populism in American politics and its implications for presidential power, the capacity of government to solve public problems, and the need for institutional reform.

William G. Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago, where he holds appointments in the Harris School, Department of Political Science, and College. Currently, he is the chair of the Department of Political Science, director of the Center for Effective Government, and co-host of Not Another Politics Podcast. Dr. Howell has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. He currently is working on research projects on separation of powers issues, the origins of political authority, and the normative foundations of executive power.

William Howell

Sponsored by the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs  and the Hofstra Cultural Center in conjunction with the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registrants will be sent an email with zoom link prior to join event.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Axinn Library, South Campus

1-2:25 p.m.
Center for “Race,” Cultural and Social Justice
The Colloquia Series

Hofstra faculty members present their recent and ongoing publications and engage critically and theoretically with new scholarship focused on “race,” culture, and social justice.

Dr. Jonathan Lightfoot
Co-Director, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice
Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology

Privileging “Race” at Centers and Institutes in Higher Education: A Study of the Landscape
Centers and institutes have become an increasingly important part of the higher education landscape. This research takes a closer look at centers and institutes in the United States of America that focus on issues of “race,” culture and social justice to determine the value they bring to their host institutions. They offer an opportunity to produce and share interdisciplinary research and bypass the restrictions often inherent within the traditional departmental design. Removing structural barriers that limit creativity and innovation can broaden ideological perspectives and address larger policy problems towards the greater public good. Qualitative determinations of value will hopefully inspire more colleges and universities to establish or increase support of centers and institutes that seek to challenge issues of “race” and racism and the intersectional social injustices they engender. 

Presented by the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, Center for Civic Engagement and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Colloquia Series

6-8 p.m.
Keynote Panel


Frederick K. Brewington, Esq.
Civil Rights Attorney

Mark C. Niles
Professor of Law
Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law

The presentation will focus on the roots of the civil rights movement in the United States which began after the Civil War with the 13th Amendment, and the creation of Black Codes and the 1871 passage of the KKK Act. The KKK act is federal legislation enacted as an attempt to enforce the provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution – an amendment aimed at protecting all citizens from state laws that enabled discrimination against people of color. Since that time, vigilantism against people of color has continued in various forms, from lynchings, to so-called “stand your ground laws,” to citizens arrests. Both Niles and Brewington, will discuss the history and local implications of the vigilante phenomenon in our society and its impact overall, particularly on people of color.

This article and video below features Frederick Brewington regarding desegregation in a Malverne school that he eventually attended.

Presented by the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, Center for Civic Engagement and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

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Fred Brewington
Mark C. Niles

Wednesday, February 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Analyzing the Legacy of Malcolm

Professor Jamel Coy Hudson teaches courses on rhetoric and public advocacy at Hofstra University and Baruch College at City University of New York. He specializes in the study of social justice movements & gives lectures on Dr. King's and Minister Malcolm X's liberationist traditions. #BlackHistoryMonth

Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Axinn Library, South Campus

Jamel Coy Hudson

Wednesday, March 2, 11:20 am - 12:45 pm
International Scene Lecture: The End of American Adventurism Abroad:
A Discussion of Declining Public Support for U.S. Interventionism with Dr. Trita Parsi
Virtual Event

Trita Parsi is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign policy, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He has authored three books on US foreign policy in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran and Israel. In 2021, he was named by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of the 50 most influential voices on foreign policy in Washington DC, and preeminent public intellectual Noam Chomsky calls Parsi “one of the most distinguished scholars on Iran.”

Speaker: Trita Parsi, Vice President, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Series Co-Directors: Dr. Carolyn Eisenberg, Dr. Linda Longmire and Adjunct Associate Professor Martin Melkonian, Hofstra University

Presented by the Center for Civic Engagement’s Institute for Peace Studies, Hofstra Cultural Center and Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternative.

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Trita Parsi,

Monday, March 7, 1-2:25 p.m. (Common Hour)
A Campus Discussion:
The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

On February 24th, Russia invaded Ukraine and started what could be the largest war in Europe since World War II. Over half a million people have already fled for safety as fierce fighting continues to expand across Ukraine. What are the roots of this conflict? What role has the US and NATO played in the lead-up to the invasion?  And what response seems most humane and constructive going forward?

Carolyn Eisenberg, Professor of History
Paul Fritz, Associate Professor of Political Science
Igor Pustovoit, Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics
Benjamin Rifkin, Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics

Moderated by:
Philip Dalton, Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Composition

Sponsored by Center for Civic Engagement.

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

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Russia and Ukraine Conflict

Monday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.
A Night of Poetry with King Yaw

Join us for a night of poetry with King Yaw. Yaw Osafo-Kantanka Kyeremateng is a Ghanaian artist residing in Accra, Ghana. Yaw is a writer, educator, and activist who connects to his audience through poetic story-telling on topics related to racial identity, family and immigration. Yaw finds joy in being a professional laugher and a rooted dancer with specialty in Afrobeats and West African tribal dance. On stage, Yaw becomes his stories, channels language through time and space to give the audience a cathartic experience. Reception to immediately follow in C.V. Starr Lobby.

The Helene Fortunoff Theater
Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus

Presented by The Rabinowitz Honors College in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, Africana Studies Program, Office of IEI and the African Students Association

King Yaw

Tuesday, March 8, 4:20-5:45 p.m.
A Childhood Experience of a Japanese Internment Camp: Tom Hasegawa’s Journeys to Tule Lake, Chicago and Long Island
Virtual Event

Tom Hasegawa was born in Los Angeles in 1938. The issuance of Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt after the onset of the Pacific War led to the loss of a thriving restaurant business in Little Tokyo that the Hasegawa family was running and the whole family was forcibly relocated in the Tule Lake internment camp in northern California. In this event, he will talk about his youthful days in the camp and the family’s journey to the mid-West and eventually to Long Island.

Tom Hasegawa received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, majoring in Biology. After graduating college, he took a teaching job at a high school on Long Island. He has given many talks on his days in the Tule Lake camp and his experiences in Chicago after the end of World War II for various organizations and schools.

Sponsored by the Department of History and the Asian Studies Program and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

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Event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registrants will be sent an email with zoom link prior to join event.

Tom Hasegawa
Japanese Internment Camp

Wednesday, March 9, 6 p.m.
Drawing Across Disciplines

A panel discussion from multiple perspectives about the importance and use of hand-drawing in numerous academic disciplines, particularly in this technological era. Focusing on topics such as observation and seeing, communication of ideas, visual problem solving, among others.

Moderator: Edward M. Segal, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Engineering, Hofstra University

Katherine Chan, MSFE/Senior Associate, Walter P. Moore
Mark Fiedler, Fiedler Marciano Architecture
Robert V. Hill, Associate Professor, Department of Science Education, Director, Anatomical Gift Program, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
James Lee, Chair and Professor, Fine Art, Design, Art History department, Hofstra University
Jason D. Williams, Donald E. Axinn Distinguished Professor in Ecology and Conservation, Department of Biology, Hofstra University

This is event is made possible with the support of the Hofstra University Museum of Art and the Hofstra Cultural Center in collaboration with The Alice Sawyer Award.

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

Man in Tuxedo

Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, 1891-1956), Man in Tuxedo, c. 1923-25, Ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper, 18.75 x 10 in., Hofstra University Museum of Art, gift of Midwood Medical Services, HU92.45

Monday, March 14, 11:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
UKRAINE: Borderland in the Crosshairs
with Ronald H. Linden

Virtual Event

RONALD H. LINDEN is professor emeritus of Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh where he served as director of the European Studies Center and director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies. At the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War in Europe, Dr. Linden was director of Research for Radio Free Europe in Munich. His publications focus on the international relations of Europe, Russia and Turkey and his most recent research has been on the impact of Chinese trade and investment in Europe.

Presented by European Studies Program in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center.

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Ronald H. Linden
Image of Ukraine and Russian Flag

Monday, March 14, 2:40-4:05 p.m.
Hoop Dreams on Wheels

Virtual Event

“How has wheelchair basketball impacted college campuses? Hofstra University fielded the second collegiate wheelchair basketball team in the U.S. and the first on the East Coast.  Players on the Rolling Dutchmen included a Paralympian, an education professor, a member of the student activist group PUSH (People United in Support of the Handicapped), and the Vietnam War activist Ron Kovic.  Wisconsin-Whitewater won multiple national championships, and Rolling Warhawks went on to coach leading collegiate programs.  This presentation will address the impact of disability sports on individual athletes and on a wider community.” 

Craig M. Rustici will briefly outline the history of wheelchair basketball at Hofstra, and Ronald J. Berger will present his sociological analysis of the elite wheelchair basketball program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, an inquiry he has elaborated in two books: Hoop Dreams on Wheels: Disability and the Competitive Wheelchair Athlete (Sociology Re-Wired) and Wheelchair Warrior: Gangs, Disability, and Basketball

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Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Disability Studies Program.

Event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registrants will be sent an email with zoom link prior to join event.

Ronald J. Berger
Hoop Dreams on Wheels book


Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Guthart Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor

Center for Civic Engagement

9:40 -11:05 am.
Trafficked to Survivorship: Unity in Social Change

Join us on for a panel discussion on human trafficking with Suffolk County Anti-Trafficking Initiative (SCATI) Task Force with members Detective Sergeant James P. Murphy, Coordinator Suffolk County Police Department's Human Trafficking Investigations Unit and Molly England, Task Force Coordinator, along with Laura Mullen, President and Shannon Jones, Vice President, co-founders Human Trafficking Survivor Advisory Board at ECLI-VIBE.

11:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Unlearning Toxic Masculinity

Presenter: Sarah Stauffer/ Alex Attilli, Center for Civic Engagement Fellows

Join VIBES LI and CCE Fellows in an honest conversation about Toxic Masculinity and what tools we can utilize to unlearn this mindset. In this interactive lecture, Dr. Heather Parrott will lead a discussion of how traditional conceptions of masculinity are perpetuated through socialization and how they can be harmful to individuals, relationships, and society overall. We will explore ways in which toxic masculinity contributes to gendered violence, such as rape, domestic violence, and stalking. Heather Parrott and Diane Linares will discuss what ECLI-VIBES is doing to address these issues, and how you can help with these efforts.

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4:20-5:45 p.m.
Immigrant & Migrant Worker Rights: A Discussion

Presenter: Damali Ramirez, Center for Civic Engagement Fellow

Join migrant worker rights activists to discuss challenges migrant workers face in today's labor workforce. Angel Reyes Rivas of the Rural and Migrant Ministry, Nadia Marin-Molina of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), and Ani Halasz will lead a discussion about their activism to protect migrant workers. The discussion will explore the obstacles migrant workers face, such as language barriers, cultural differences, immigration status, and more to securing their labor conditions.

6-7:25 p.m.
Post-Prison Life: The Challenges of Re-entry

Presenter:  Joany Espinal, Civic Engagement Fellow

Traumatized and further destabilized, people are released into the vacuum of services and are expected to “rehabilitate” themselves and assume “normal” lives, as if various legal and social stigmas and prejudices against them did not exist, nor was their mental health status compromised. We are here to sensitize folks in the Hofstra community to these pervasive injustices and inhumanities through the lens of specialist’s who have experienced the prison system first hand. Moreover, to pose a question, can the prison system be reformed?

Speakers include: Sterling Green, Marcellus Morris, Laurence Gregory

Presented by the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, Center for Civic Engagement and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

For more information, email Johanna Lastor Montes at

Wednesday, March 16, 1-2:30 p.m. (Common Hour)
The Secret Life of Sex Workers: A Dialogue About Financial Independence, Legality, Marginalization and Sexual Empowerment

Virtual Event

The Secret Life of Sex Workers


Sawyer Eason

Sawyer Eason, Worker-Owner of Bluestockings Book Cooperative; Bassist of COP/OUT; Head of Brooklyn Transcore
Social Worker and Organizer; Sex Worker

Jared Trujilo

Jared Trujillo
Policy Counselor for New York Civil Liberties Union; Steering committee member for Decrim, NY; Board Member of New York State Defenders Association; Former public defender

Jill McCracken

Jill McCracken, PhD
Co-Director & Co-Founder of Sex Worker Outreach Program (SWOP), Behind Bars; Professor of Women's & Gender Studies- University of South Florida; Founder & Project Director of Adolescent Sexual Health Education and Research (ASHER) Project

Al Mercedes

Al Mercedes
Worker-Owner of Bluestockings Book Cooperative; Educator for Harm Reduction; Activist and Business Owner
Sex Worker

Content warnings: Discussions of police brutality, sexual activity, sexual abuse, poverty, legal discrimination.

Confidential counselors will be on call!


Presented by he Hofstra Cultural Center, The Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion, and The Rabinowitz Honors College.

Event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registrants will be sent an email with zoom link prior to join event. ASL Interpreters & Recorded for later viewing (with transcript).

Thursday, March 17, 1:25 p.m.
Applying Random Graph Models In Building Machine Learning Algorithms
with Dr. Pawel Pralat

Currently, we experience a rapid growth of research done in the intersection of mining and modelling of complex networks. In this talk I will present a few problems from this intersection and show how random graphs was used to design the tool. There are two main reasons to include random graph models in mining complex networks. One may use random graphs to produce synthetic graphs with known ground truth. Or, the null-models can be used to test whether a given object exhibits some “surprising” property that is not expected on the basis of chance alone. Applications include community detection, link prediction and anomaly detection, among others.

Pawel Pralat

Dr. Pawel Pralat is a Full Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and the Director of Fields-CQAM Lab on Computational Methods in Industrial Mathematics at The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.

Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Department of Math.

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

Monday, March 28, 2:40-3:35 p.m.
Ukraine at War: Ukrainian Perspectives
Virtual Event

In his talk Michael Naydan will contextualize why the Ukrainians are fighting so ferociously for their freedom based on a history of trauma caused by the Tsarist Russian, Soviet, and Putin regimes that all targeted the suppression and destruction of the Ukrainian language and culture. He will delve into support for Ukraine throughout the world through art and other clever strategies. He will also discuss the psychological role of visual satire and memes in helping to promote the Ukrainian war effort and as a counter to Putin’s aggressively expansionist policy of “russkii mir” (the Russian world), which constitutes a replay of the tsars’ sixteenth-century gathering of lands Putin perceives to be historically Russian in the twenty-first.   

Michael Naydan is Woskob Family Professor of Ukrainian Studies and Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at The Pennsylvania State University and works primarily in the fields of Ukrainian and Russian literature and literary translation. He has published over 50 articles on literary topics, more than 80 translations in journals and anthologies, and more than 40 books of translations and edited volumes.

Presented by the Department of History in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registrants will be sent an email with zoom link prior to join event.

Michael Naydan
Great Gates of Kyiv

Tuesday, March 29, 11:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Afro-Peruvian Music Workshop

Afro-Peruvian music dates back to colonial times, and later in the 19th century it reached its peak, expressing its uniqueness in typical dances such as the Marinera, festejo, landó, tondero, zamacueca, and contrapunto de zapateo. Araceli Poma, “Huevito” Lobatón, and Yuri Juarez offer us the best of the Afro-Peruvian heritage through a workshop with songs and dances alluding to the great black culture of Peru.

Afro-Peruvian Music

Araceli Poma
Araceli Poma is one of the most representative artists of the new generation of Peruvian musicians. Araceli was nominated for the 2020 Latin Grammy Awards, with the album and documentary “The Warrior Women of Afro-Peruvian Music”, produced by the North American label JUST PLAY. This production poses a defiant challenge to racism, sexism and marginalization, through the power of the music and culture of the African diaspora. Her work is defined by her interest in making visible the fundamental contribution of women, challenging racism and marginalization through her music—recovering popular genres of Peruvian music, disseminating the legacy of male and female cultivators of the musical tradition—and, due to her Afro-Andean heritage, betting for the unification and integration of cultures. For more information on Araceli Poma visit

Fredy ‘Huevito’ Lobatón
“Huevito” was born and raised in Lima, Peru, with a father who led a highly respected Afro-Peruvian music and dance troupe, Huevito learned the rhythms, and the Cajón, at a very young age. He is also a three-time winner of Peru’s national zapateo fancy footwork contest. Lobatón is considered one of the masters of Peruvian zapateo in the world, and one of the most virtuoso percussionists of his generation. His distinctive approach to the Cajón, Quijada (jawbone) and Cajita, in a jazz context has made him a pioneer among Afro-Peruvian percussionists.

Yuri Juárez
Yuri Martín Juárez Yllescas is a guitarist and composer, began his career in 1996 as guitarist for various groups of Afro-Peruvian music, folk and fusion. His musical training ranges from formal studies at New York University with Gil Goldstein, John Scofield and Peter Bernstein and with the Peruvian masters of the guitar such as Pepe Torres, Alvaro Lagos, Jorge Madueño and more “street” experience in Afro-Peruvian Peñas. He has shared the stage and recorded with musicians such as Eva Ayllón, Susana Baca, Arturo O’Farrill, Ron Carter, and iconic Peruvian composers such as Kiri Escobar and Javier Lazo, and trail blazing bands including the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet, among others. For more information on Yuri Juárez at

For more information call Honors College at 516-463-4842 or email Professor Miguel-Angel Zapata at

Wednesday, March 30, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Documentary Viewing and Discussion: 'They're Teaching Children to Hate America': The Culture War Dividing US Schools
by Amudalat Ajasa, Class of 2022

Join us in the close of Women’s History Month with a documentary viewing and discussion showing the fight in America's school boards by our own Hofstra student, Amudalat Ajasa. The documentary looks particularly at the town of Carmel, Indiana, and their struggle over the introduction of diversity, equity and inclusion in the classrooms. A battle has erupted over those that welcome the changes and others that view it as "leftist indoctrination of their children," or the introduction of critical race theory in schools.

Read The Hofstra Chronicle News Story

They're Teaching Children to Hate America

Discussion will be facilitated by: Amudalat Ajasa
Major: Journalism; Minors: Global Studies and Meteorology


Dr. Katrina Sims
Assistant Professor of History
Hofstra University

Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion in collaboration with the NOAH Scholars' Program, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Black Student Union, Hofstra NAACP Chapter, and the African Students Association.

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

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Wednesday, March 30, 4:15-5:45 pm
Carceral Straits and Sentimental Appeals:
Afro-Cuban Political Deportees in Chafarinas

In 1847, Spain occupied and incorporated the Chafarinas Islands, just off the Moroccan coast, into its carceral circuit in the Straits of Gibraltar; the tiny archipelago joined existing nodes of confinement in Cádiz, Melilla, Ceuta, and Vélez de la Gomera. In this talk, I will focus on one group of Cubans who were forcibly sent to Chafarinas at the end of the second of Cuba’s three independence wars, the “Little War”, in 1880. This deportee group was largely comprised of Afro-Cubans (many of them previously enslaved) and included significant numbers of women and children. I study the confluence of processes of racialization and discourses of family and sentimentality. The Afro-Cubans, I argue, sought to mobilize those discourses for their ends, a phenomenon that would ultimately pit the Spanish against the British empire, exemplifying the fraught interactions and intersections of diverse colonial spheres.

Presenter: Susan Martin-Márquez, Professor of Cinema Studies/Spanish and Portugese/Comparative Literature
Rutgers University, New Brunswick

105 Breslin Hall, South Campus

Presented by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

For more information, email Professor Benita Sampedro Vizcaya at

Chafarinas Islands

Wednesday March 30, 6:30-8 p.m.
CELEBRATE: Women and Freedom Music with Vienna Carroll and The Folk

Vienna Carroll and The Folk will join us for a performance and talk back as she walks down memory lane inviting us all into forgotten history, weaving personal and found stories with rousing song and images. Ms. Carroll will be joined by band members Keith Johnston, guitar and backing vocals; Stanley Banks, bass; and Newman Taylor Baker on washboard.

Vienna Carroll’s rich soulful sound takes you back to her Black church roots. Her passion and masterful storytelling light a fire in your soul. She interweaves old songs and forgotten stories of Black heroes to serve up Black history with a Serious Groove. Vienna formalized her studies of early Black music at Yale University with a BA in African American Studies. Her influences are Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and her early church experiences.

Vienna Carroll and her band

“Vienna Carroll...a unique story of America, sung by an incredible voice. Simply stunning. ” — Woody Lewis, Musician

In collaboration with the Department of English and the Africana Studies Program.

Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center In collaboration with the Department of English and the Africana Studies Program.

Funding for this program has been provided by the Joseph G. Astman Family Fund for the Hofstra Cultural Center.


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

Wednesday, March 30-April 13
National Public Health Week Event Series 2022

National Public Health Week,, an initiative of the American Public Health Association
National Public Health Week, Hofstra University

Join us for Hofstra University’s School of Health Professions and Human Services weeklong series of events in celebration of the American Public Health Association’s observation of National Public Health Week. This year’s events are offered either in-person or online. For in-person events, all Hofstra community members and guests must register in advance and adhere to Hofstra University’s COVID-19 policies regarding vaccination. All guests must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. Please visit the Together Again webpage for more information. Join the conversation on Social Media #HofNPHW22

Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8:20 p.m.
“What is Population Health and Why Does it Matter?”

An interactive panel discussion about population health, the different components (population health management, public health, health informatics), and how it relates to the future of healthcare. Attendees of this session will learn about population health, understand the direction that healthcare is moving in, and the skills needed for future health careers.

Rebecca Sanin, CEO and President of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island
David Nemiroff, President and CEO, Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers
Dr. Zenobia Brown, Vice President, Population Health Care Management, Northwell Health Solutions

Dr. Martine Hackett, Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

For a detailed listing of events, more information and to RSVP visit Hofstra National Public Health Week 2022.

Wednesday, April 6, 11:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Political Science Talks Politics: Populism, Illiberalism and Democratic Backsliding in Europe

European Union (EU) member states, like several countries across the globe including the US, have experienced a rise of populism and other forces to undermine democracy. The EU is an institution premised upon democracy, but what mechanisms can it employ to keep countries on the democratic path? This presentation will focus on democratic backsliding in Hungary and Poland and the role the EU has had to try to bring these countries back into the democratic fold.

Presenter: Dr. Carolyn Dudek, Professor and Chair, Political Science Department

Democracy in Europe

Presented by the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, Department of Political Science, the Public Policy and Public Service Program and the European Union’s Erasmus + Programme

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

Monday, April 11, 2:40-3:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
The Ukraine Crisis: Jewish and Queer Perspectives
Virtual Event


Sophia Sobko (she/they) is a queer Soviet Jewish cultural organizer, scholar, educator and artist, born in Moscow and now based on Lisjan Ohlone land in Oakland, CA. Sophia is currently a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley, where she is completing her dissertation on Soviet Ashkenazi Jewish negotiations of racial assimilation in the U.S. She is the founder and a stewarding member of Kolektiv Goluboy Vagon, and a founding artist with Krivoy Kolektiv.

Santiago Slabodsky is a sociologist of global knowledge who holds the Florence and Robert Kaufman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and directs the JWST program in the Department of Religion. In addition he serves in the faculty of three area studies programs: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, and European Studies. Dr. Slabodsky writes about intercultural encounters between Jewish and Global South social theories and political movements.

Sophia Sobko
Santiago Slabodsky

Moderated by Simon R. Doubleday, Professor of History, Hofstra University.

Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center, Department of History, European Studies Program, LGBT+ Program, and the Department of Religion and Jewish Studies

Event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registrants will be sent an email with zoom link prior to join event.

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Monday, April 11, 7 pm
Film Screening and Discussion: Maïdan
A Film by Sergei Loznitsa
Virtual Event

In 2014 protests erupted in Kyiv against then-President Yanukovych.  These protests, focused on Maidan Square, led to the collapse of his government; Yanukhovych himself fled the country, going to Russia. During the protests and shortly after, the government of the Russian Federation sent unmarked vehicles with Russian troops not in uniform into Crimea and the Donbas region, beginning what would become an 8-year war, culminating in the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa’s extraordinary documentary film, Maidan, tells the story of the protests of the Ukrainian people against their own government because they wanted their country to be aligned with the west, not with Russia. 

Maïdan movie poster

Join us on for a digital screening of the documentary and a discussion and Q&A afterward with Hofstra University faculty:
Dr. Paul Fritz, Professor of Political Science (International Relations), Hofstra University
Dr. Igor Pustovoit*, Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics (Russian), Hofstra University
Dr. Benjamin Rifkin, Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics (Russian) and Russian History, Hofstra University

*Native of Kyiv

Event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registrants will be sent an email with zoom link prior to join event.

Presented by the European Studies Program and the Department of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics.

Thursday, March 31, 1-2:25 p.m.
International Scene Lecture:
Tomorrow the World A Discussion of U.S. Global Strategy with Stephen Wertheim
Virtual Event

Wertheim is a historian of the United States in the world and analyst of contemporary American grand strategy. He is a Senior Fellow in the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is also a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School. He specializes in U.S. foreign relations and international order from the late nineteenth century to the present. In his book, Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy (2020), he reveals how U.S. leaders made a sudden decision to pursue global military dominance, which they had previously regarded as unnecessary at best and imperialistic at worst.

Speaker: Stephen Wertheim
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Series Co-Directors: Dr. Carolyn Eisenberg, Dr. Linda Longmire and Adjunct Associate Professor Martin Melkonian, Hofstra University

Presented by the Center for Civic Engagement’s Institute for Peace Studies, The Peter Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, Hofstra Cultural Center and Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives.

Stephen Wertheim

Event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registrants will be sent an email with zoom link prior to join event.

Presented by Hofstra Labor Studies Program and the Center for Labor and Democracy, in collaboration with Hofstra Women’s Studies Program and Hofstra Honors College.

For more information, visit or e-mail

March 31, 4:20-5:45 p.m.
Equal Pay Day 2022

Gender Inequality, Care Work and the Post-Covid Economy

The COVID crisis closed schools and childcare centers and posed enormous financial and mental health challenges to millions of working parents and the overworked, underpaid home health workers many depend on. Failure to resolve those challenges will threaten the prospects for closing the gender gap in jobs and pay and for building a fair and sustainable local and national economic recovery. Join the discussion on how best to rethink New York and national care policies for a more just and equitable future.


Pilar Gonalons, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Pilar Gonalons-Pons

Onika Shepherd-Bernabe, Political Director 1199 SEIU, Long Island

Onika Shepherd-Bernabe

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

Presented by Hofstra Labor Studies Program and the Center for Labor and Democracy, in collaboration with Hofstra Women’s Studies Program and Hofstra Honors College.

For more information, visit or e-mail

Monday, April 4, 2:10–4:05 p.m.
In Conversation with Hofstra LACS Faculty
What is Going on in the French-speaking Caribbean?
with Professor Sabine Loucif

In 1946, the Caribbean Islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique ceased to be colonies and became French overseas departments, with a representation in the national assembly comparable to that of any mainland department. While the change of status of the two islands was mostly perceived as a positive development, the people of Guadeloupe and Martinique have a specific history and identity that is distinct from that of the French metropolitan population. To this day, many feel misunderstood and discriminated against. The current sanitary crisis with Covid-19 has brought underlying conflicts to the surface and let to a movement for cultural validation in the French Caribbean that is worth exploring and discussing. #HofNoHate

Professor Sabine Loucif teaches French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and she is an active member of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, the Africana Studies Program and the Women’s Studies Program at Hofstra.

Presented by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

Breslin Hall 209, South Campus

For more information, email the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Porgram at

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Wednesday, April 13, 2:40-4:05 p.m.
Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug

Coffee is an indispensable part of daily life for billions of people around the world. But few coffee drinkers know this story. It centers on the volcanic highlands of El Salvador,where James Hill, born in the slums of Manchester, England, founded one of the world’s great coffee dynasties at the turn of the 20th century. In the process, both El Salvador and the United States earned the nickname “Coffeeland,” but for starkly different reasons, and with consequences that reach into the present. Provoking a reconsideration of what it means to be connected to faraway people and places, Coffeeland tells the hidden and surprising story ofone of the most valuable commodities in the history of global capitalism.

Presenter: Augustine Sedgewick, City University of New York

209 Breslin Hall, South Campus

Presented by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

For more information, email Professor Benita Sampedro Vizcaya at

Image of a coffee can


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Earth Day

11:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Indigenous Leaders in the Climate Movement

Presenter: Alex Attilli, Center for Civic Engagement Fellow

Indigenous voices for decades have been some of the most vocal proponents for climate action. Join indigenous climate leaders in a conversation about legal and political challenges to the climate movement in both the U.S. and abroad.

Guthart Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor

1-3 p.m.
Unfolding The Possibilities In Sustainable Fashion

Presenter: Zahra Omairat and Elissa Cano, Center for Civic Engagement Fellows

The purpose of this event is to explore the complexity in maintaining sustainability in the fashion industry, and its applications in production, its impact socially and environmentally. The objective is to expose the audience to the speakers' different perspectives regarding the extent of sustainability in the fashion industry while also considering the impacts these progressive initiatives would have on business. Followed by a fashion event where there will be a runway with students modeling their own or another student's sustainable fashion pieces, this can include upcycled clothing, fully thrifted pieces, or pieces made out of recycled materials.

Guthart Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor

Presented by the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, Center for Civic Engagement and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

1-2:25 p.m.

The Importance of Landscaping with Native Plants on Long Island
Discover why planting native plants in gardens is so important for protecting the ecology of Long Island

Speaker: Anthony Marinello, Secretary of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) and owner of the Dropseed Native Landscapes Native Plant Nursery

Moderated by Philip Dalton, Director, Hofstra Center for Civic Engagement and J Bret Bennington, Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability, Chair, Hofstra University

Roosevelt Quad Tent, South Campus
Rain Location: Breslin Hall 216, South Campus

2:40-4:05 p.m

Help Plant a Native Pollinator Garden
Join us in planting Hofstra’s first native pollinator garden with species grown from seed by Hofstra students in our greenhouse.

Speaker: J  Bret Bennington

Student Garden at Stuyvesant Hall, North Campus

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For more information, email Johanna Lastor Montes at

Monday, April 25, 4:20-5:45 p.m.
Postcolonial Citizenship in Hispanic Africa
The Case for Granting Nationality to Former Colonial Subjects

Presenter: Alicia Campos Serrano,  Universidad Autónoma of Madrid (Spain)

During the last years of Spanish rule over African colonies, from the late 1950s to the 1970s, new forms of colonial government and semi-colonial autonomy were deployed. They resulted into the brief and unequal incorporation of these territories into the Spanish nation, a project which did not prevent uneven decolonization processes in Spanish Africa, with dissimilar consequences: from the effective independence of Equatorial Guinea to the forced integration of Western Sahara into a neighbour state within the Maghreb. This presentation analyses the trajectory of postcolonial relations between Spanish and African rulers, and it inquires into the possibility of granting citizenship status to old colonial subjects and their descendants.

Presented by the Department of the Romance Languages and Literatures, the Africana Studies Program and the European Studies.

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Spanish Africa
Equatorial Guinea

Distinguished African Scholars and Writers Series
Featuring Imali J. Abala

Professor of English, Ohio Dominican University

Dr. Abala, is an African woman writer, Editor-in-Chief of Kenya Studies Review and author: The Dreamer (nominated for the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, 2017), Haughty Boys of NgorokeMoody Mood and Red Round BallDrum Bits of TerrorA Fallen Citadel (a poetry collection), Jahenda, the Teenage Mother, The Disinherited and Move on, Trufosa. Her poems have been translated into Russian,  and many have appeared in multiple anthologies—I Can’t Breathe, Musings During a Pandemic, Kistretch Journal, Out of Depths: Poetry of Poverty, Courage, and Resilience, Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories and Poems from East Africa, A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of African Poets, and Reflections: An Anthology by African Women Poets.

Imali J. Abala

Dr. Abala reflects on the poignant issue of dreaming and ensuing challenges women face in society as she discusses her work, why she writes, and what she writes about. Contextualizing her talk within the mores of the Logooli culture, she weaves together multiple stories of women to illustrate how gender-constructed norms contribute to their marginalization, disempowerment and, consequently, denying them their individuality and voice, fulfilment of their dreams and humanity.

2:40-4:05 P.M.
“Herstory: Dreams, Voice and the Paradox of Gender”
Guthart Cultural Center Theater

“Debunking Common Myths And Misconceptions About Africa”
Roosevelt 213

This lecture centers around "lessons learned" after years of teaching an African literature course, which introduces students to Africa for the first time. 

Presented by The Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice

Thursday, April 28, 2:40-4:05 p.m.
The History of the Anti-Nuclear Disarmament Movement and Its Significance in View of the Ukraine-Russia Conflict
with Margaret Melkonian
Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives
Virtual Event

Ms. Melkonian will discuss the role of the anti-nuclear and disarmament movement in moving the United States and Soviet Union back from the brink of nuclear war in the 1980’s. She will outline the lessons learned and their relevance to the current Ukraine and Russia crisis, given the risk of use of nuclear weapons.  

Margaret Melkonian is the Director and a co-founder of the LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives. She is Downstate Chair of Peace Action New York State (PANYS). She coordinated the Peace Fellows Program at Hofstra University, which began in the spring of 2013 to 2019.The LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives is a community partner of Hofstra’s Center for Civic Engagement.

Event is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Registrants will be sent an email with zoom link prior to join event.

Presented by the Hofstra University Department of History And The Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center

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Margaret Melkonian
Anti-Nuclear protesters

Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m.
An Exclusive Conversation with Kim Kelly

Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author, and organizer based in Philadelphia, PA. She has been a labor columnist for Teen Vogue since 2018, and her writing on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in The New Republic, the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baffler, The Nation, The Columbia Journalism Review, and Esquire. She has also worked as a video correspondent for More Perfect Union, The Real News Network, and Means TV. Previously she was the heavy metal editor at VICE’s Noisey, and a leader in the VICE Union. She is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World’s Freelance Journalist Union, an elected councilperson for the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE).

Fight Like Hell is a definitive history of the labor movement and the people who risked everything to win necessities like fair wages and access to employment, a safe workplace, disability, and discrimination protections, and the eight-hour workday. Here, figures like “first lady of the coal mines” Ida Mae Stull, Latino farmworkers’ heroine Maria Moreno, queer Black civil rights icon Bayard Rustin, pioneering sex worker's rights activist Margo St. James, Ford whistleblower Suzette Wright, and the indomitable Mother Jones get their due. Kim Kelly’s publishing debut is both an inspiring read and a vital contribution to American history, offering a transportive look at the forgotten heroes who’ve sacrificed to make good on America’s promises.

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

Presented by The Center for Study of Labor and Democracy and Labor Studies Program in collaboration with the Center for Civic Engagement and Long Island Jobs with Justice.

Kim Kelly
Fight Like Hell by Kim Kelly

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

Hands stacked on one another
Kristal Brent Zook

Monday, September 20, 2:40-4:05 p.m.
The (D)Evolution of the American Presidency with Dr. Stephen F. Knott

Stephen F. Knott is a professor in the National Security Affairs Department. Prior to accepting his position at the War College, Knott co-chaired the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. His books include Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency, Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America and Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics. His most recent book is The Lost Soul of the American Presidency: The Decline into Demagoguery and the Prospects for Renewal. He is currently at work on a book on the presidency of John F. Kennedy.

Read the Hofstra Chronicle News Story

Stephen F. Knott

Monday, September 27, 1-2:25 p.m. (Common Hour)
Hofstra University Presidential Inauguration Celebration Week Symposia - Building and Bridging our Future Together: Hofstra University and our Communities

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

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Charles Blow

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

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

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.

Danielle Boaz
Banning Black Gods book cover

Tuesday, October 12, 1-2:25 p.m.

Getting Closer to Electing Madam President

Nichola D. Gutgold is a professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State Lehigh Valley. An internationally recognized scholar on the rhetoric of women in non-traditional fields, her research has been featured in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, US News and World Report, the Los Angeles Times, as well as international press outlets. Dr. Gutgold’s newest book is  Electing Madam Vice President: When Women Run Women Win is available for purchase at

Presented by the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs and The Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and the Department of Political Science.

Guthart Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

Join the conversation on social media #HofstraVotes #KalikowPanel

Read the Hofstra Chronicle News Story

Wednesday, November 3, 4:20-6 p.m.
Rage Renegades: A Message to Allies

A lecture by Myisha Cherry, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Riverside, in which she will discuss Rage Renegades: A Message to Allies from her new book The Case for Rage: Why Anger is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle (Oxford University Press, November 2021).

Rage Renegades refers to allies with rage at racial injustice. They are rage renegades because although their privilege and place in a white-supremacist society is meant to guarantee that they will be complicit or engage in racism as a way to maintain racial domination, they instead show outrage at such a society. In doing so, they rebel against a racist system that was designed to benefit them exclusively. But rage renegading can also go wrong when it reinforces the same white supremacy that the rage aims to challenge. In this talk, I’ll describe four ways in which this misdirection can happen as well as provide some suggestions for how to steer clear of it. 

Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Department of Philosophy.

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Myisha Cherry
The Case For Rage

Thursday, November 4, 2:40-4:05 p.m.
Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood with Author Mark A. Torres
Virtual Event

Join us for the riveting story of the migrant labor camps in Suffolk County from their inception during World War II, through their heyday in 1960, and culminating with their steady decline towards the end of the 20th century. Author Mark A. Torres will discuss the history of the camps, the factors that led to their decline, and the heroic efforts of critics who fought to improve the lives of migrant workers on Long Island’s East End during this period.

Presented by Hofstra Labor Studies and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) program in collaboration with Long Island Jobs with Justice.

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Mark Torres
Long Island Migrant Labor Camps book

Wednesday, November 10, 1-2:25 p.m. (Common Hour)
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

Michael Moss, an investigative journalist, talks about his reporting on the processed food industry that earned him a Pulitzer Prize and led to his writing a pair of New York Times bestselling books. His work has been likened to a detective story in the way that he crawls through the underbelly of this $1 trillion enterprise to reveal just how the food giants got us to become so dependent on their products, and stands as an urgent indictment of that same industry given the enormous hidden cost to our health. You may never look at potato chips or Cheetos or Hot Pockets the same way again.

Speaker: Michael Moss Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author of Hooked, Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit our Addictions

Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Hofstra Food Studies Program

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

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Michael Moss - Hooked

Wednesday November 10, 6:30 p.m.

Protecting Shinnecock Homelands

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

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Shavonne Smith

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.

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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Sweet Honey

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

Donald J. Sutherland Lecture:
Trust in a Polarized Age with Dr. Kevin Vallier 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1-2:25 p.m. 

Dr. Kevin Vallier will discuss how Americans today don't trust each other and their institutions as much as they once did. The collapse of social and political trust has arguably fueled our increasingly ferocious ideological conflicts and hardened partisanship. But is today's decline in trust inevitable or avoidable? Are we caught in a downward spiral that must end in institutional decay or even civil war, or can we restore trust through our shared social institutions? Dr. Vallier will offer a powerful counter-narrative to the prevailing sense of hopelessness that dogs the American political landscape, synthesizing political philosophy and empirical trust research, restoring faith in our power to reduce polarization and rebuild social and political trust.  

Dr. Kevin Vallier is associate professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University, where he directs the program in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law. 

The Donald J. Sutherland Lecture is named for the former Hofstra trustee who endowed this lecture series. 

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

College Behind Bars Image

Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion (IEI)

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

No Hate Logo

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