Parent & Family Programs

Family Weekend

Family Weekend is tentatively scheduled for Friday-Sunday, October 1-3, 2021. We are planning for an in-person event but we know that the public health situation might require us to organize a virtual program. We will post updated information at this page as it becomes available.

Please call Parent and Family Programs at 516-463-4698 or email parents[at]hofstra.edu for more information.

Family Month 2020 Virtual Program

Thursday, October 1
6:30 p.m.

SAS PARENT SUPPORT NETWORK: How is your student doing so far?
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Professor Mary Banahan, founder of the SAS (Student Access Services) Parent Support Network, and Julie Yindra, director of Student Access Services, will let you know what to expect as the exams are approaching and how accommodations for students with apparent and nonapparent disabilities are organized this semester.

Friday, October 2
4 p.m.

Career Planning
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Darlene Johnson, Director of External Relations of the Center for Career Design and Development, will lead this session about career planning, career fairs, and the services that her office provides to students of all years and majors.

Monday, October 5
12:30 p.m.

In Her Own Words: A Holocaust Survivor's Account
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Join us for a personal interview with Anna Holtzman, a 93-year-old survivor of the Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. At the age of 12, Anna, a Polish Jew, would find her life changed forever as she was thrust into the throes of the Nazi invasion of Poland. She will share her story of survival, loss, and liberation living in a refugee camp in Bergen-Belsen after WWII. This event is sponsored by European Studies.

 

Monday, October 5
5 p.m.

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

Thursday, October 8
12:45 p.m.

Book Launch: In the Name of the Nation: India and Its Northeast, with author Dr. Sanjib Baruah
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Dr. Sanjib Baruah, from Bard College, will have Margaret Abraham and Aashish Kumar, from Hofstra University, as his conversation partners in this book launch event. There will also be a question & answer session with the audience.

Participants: Sanjib Baruah, Professor of Political Studies, Bard College; Margaret Abraham, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change and Professor of Sociology at Hofstra University;
Aashish Kumar, Professor of Radio, Television, Film at Hofstra University

Moderator: Kari Jensen, Professor of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra University

Sponsored by The Department of Global Studies and Geography, Hofstra University Honors College, and the Hofstra Cultural Center

Thursday, October 8
7 p.m.
(Choose one.)

DEAN'S FORUM: What’s New at the Herbert School with Dean Luk
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Join Dean Mark Lukasiewicz for a conversation about some of the exciting things happening at The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication this semester, including the launch of two new BFA programs in Writing for the Screen and Filmmaking, the upcoming Hofstra Votes LIVE simulcasts, the Career and Internship Fair, student media productions and other activities, industry guest speakers, and much more…
Dean Mark Lukasiewicz - Faculty Profile

Thursday, October 8
7 p.m.
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DEAN'S FORUM: HCLAS - What to Expect During the College Years with Dean Ben Rifkin
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You may have read What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but now that your child is in college, there doesn’t seem to be a guidebook. What should you expect in the first year, sophomore year, junior year, and senior year? What questions can you ask your student to help them find their way to great learning experiences? What should you do when they ask you for different kinds of help? Benjamin Rifkin, the Dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – as well as the father of two recent college graduates – will share his perspective on the challenges of parenting college students, especially in these challenging times. Dean Rifkin will discuss issues related to the online learning context of this pandemic year in his presentation.
Dr. Benjamin Rifkin - Faculty Profile

Friday, October 9
3 p.m.

Hofstra University Museum of Art - 2nd Fridays: What is a Print?
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Learn about the evolution of printmaking methods including an explanation of different techniques. Director and Chief Curator Karen T. Albert leads the discussion which includes examples of prints drawn from the collection.

Monday, October 12
11:15 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 2:55 p.m.

Indigenous People’s Day 2020: Reclaiming the Past, Confronting the Present, Shaping the Future
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Join students, faculty, and the community for an all-day exploration of the global indigenous movement and its centuries-long struggle for the defense of territory, culture, and the environment within the context of the many crises facing the planet.

This annual event is cosponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, Hofstra University Honors College, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Office of Intercultural, Engagement and Inclusion, and the Hofstra Cultural Center

Monday, October 12
7 p.m.

FACULTY LECTURE: Lifelong learning for personal enlightenment and professional success
Dr. Behailu Mammo
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Can we create our own lifelong learning education program for personal enlightenment and professional success? According to John Naisbitt, the most important skill to be a lifelong learner is learning how to learn:
"In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn." John Naisbitt
In this presentation, Professor Mammo will describe how we can all acquire this important skill.
Behailu Mammo, PhD, is Associate Professor of Mathematics and the 2020 Teacher of the Year from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He was born in Ethiopia, East Africa and came to the U.S. in 2000. Five years later, he received a PhD in Mathematics from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. His research interests include number theory, the science of learning, and teacher education. He has won an award for outstanding teaching by a graduate student and a Stessin Prize for outstanding scholarly publication. Besides teaching and doing research, he is the principal investigator of a federal grant funded by the National Science Foundation.

Tuesday, October 13
5 p.m.

DeMatteis SEAS Executive Speaker Series: Cybersecurity and the Democratic Process
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Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of democracies everywhere, and globally they have come under increasing threat by foreign adversaries who seek to manipulate or undermine their processes or outcomes. Join Shawn Henry, a world-renowned leader in the cybersecurity industry, as he shares his perspective on election security issues and how misinformation campaigns are shaping the cyber threat landscape.

Speaker: Shawn Henry ’87, President, CrowdStrike Service and CSO, CrowdStrike
Member, Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science Advisory Board

Wednesday, October 14
4 p.m.

How Can My Student Be on Track to Graduate in Four Years?
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Marc Oppenheim, Dean of University Advising, answers parent questions about how students can do academic planning, when to meet with their advisors, and how to use degree audit to effectively plan their majors and minors.

Thursday, October 15
11:15 a.m.

The National Security State is Devouring Our Democracy with Lawrence Wilkerson
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Lawrence Wilkerson is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the nation’s oldest public university, The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he has taught for the past 15 years. Previously, while serving in the U.S. Army for 31 years, he also taught at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Virginia. Positions he has held outside teaching include in the military, special assistant to General Colin L. Powell when the General was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and, in civilian life, chief of staff to Powell when he served as U.S. Secretary of State. Wilkerson is also a 2019-2020 nonresident fellow of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

Cosponsored with the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and the International Scene Lecture Series

Saturday, October 17
2 p.m.

Salsa & Bachata Lessons with Students of HBLD!

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Come learn salsa and bachata with Hofstra Ballroom and Latin Dance! Hofstra students will be teaching beginner-friendly basics and routines for some of their favorite social dances. Come chat, meet the team, and start up a new hobby!

Saturday, October 17
7 p.m.

Film Screening and Discussion with Dr. Benjamin Rifkin: Chukhray's 1997 Film The Thief
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Pavel Chukhray's 1997 film The Thief tells the story of a young boy whose stepfather turns out to be a thief. There are two versions of the film, each with a different ending. We will watch the shorter version of the film through Amazon Prime (link below) and then through our Zoom discussion platform, Dr. Rifkin will show the alternate ending. Then we will discuss how the meaning of the film depends on the film's given ending and what each version of the film says to us as American viewers in the 21st century. This film would be rated (R) in the American film rating system. The Amazon Prime link for The Thief.

The discussion, including the viewing of the alternative ending, will be through a Zoom link that you will receive upon registration for the event.

Tuesday, October 20
6 p.m.

FACULTY LECTURE: This Little Piggy Went to Court
Dr. Glen Vogel
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The law impacts every aspect of business. As a result, businesses need to be aware of the legal and regulatory framework that governs the marketplace and, in addition, what happens when there is a legal or ethical problem that results them being engaged with the legal system. Professor Vogel, a constitutional scholar, former practicing business litigator, current professor of legal studies, and the 2020 Teacher of the Year for the Zarb School of Business, will walk you through one of the more engaging business disputes he worked on as a practicing attorney and how such real-world examples translate into the classroom to enhance the educational experience of his students. Dr. Vogel - Faculty Profile

Tuesday, October 20
7 p.m.

FACULTY LECTURE: Why Do Presidential Debates Matter in the Race for the White House?
Dr. Meena Bose
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In the past four decades, debates have been part of every presidential election, with memorable moments, famous remarks or rejoinders, variations in format, and much more. This lecture will examine the role of debates in White House campaigns, with a close focus on the 2020 general-election debates to date. Given Hofstra University’s unique record of hosting three consecutive presidential debates, in 2008, 2012, and 2016, the session also will address how the 2020 debates differ from those in the last three elections. Dr. Meena Bose has been named a 2020 Teacher of the Year. - Faculty Profile

Tuesday, October 20
8 p.m.

FACULTY LECTURE: Designing and Building with Unconventional Materials
Dr. Edward Segal
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The bridges and buildings that surround us are usually constructed from well-established materials such as steel, concrete, bricks, and wood, but the palette of potential construction materials is much richer. Professor Segal will introduce a broad range of unconventional materials, such as synthetic ropes, scrap acrylic, and aluminum cast into cracked clay, that are used in a wide range of applications from building architectural pavilions to disaster relief. Professor Segal has been named a 2020 Teacher of the Year.

Wednesday, October 21
10:10 a.m.

Does Foreign Policy Matter?
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The Kalikow Center and Political Science Department will examine the presidential race, voting rights, and policy debates leading up to the 2020 elections.

Speaker: Bernard J. Firestone
Professor of Political Science
Former Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hofstra University

Wednesday, October 21
4 p.m.

The State of H.O.P.E. Presents: The Health of Our Nation
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Join Hon. Kemp Hannon for the latest installment in the School of Health Professions and Human Services signature event series: The State of H.O.P.E. (Healthcare Opportunities and Policy Exchange). Focusing on the upcoming 2020 election cycle, this virtual panel discussion will provide an in-depth analysis of the possible future implications of healthcare policy in the United States. Featured panelists will provide their expert opinion on how fluctuating policy pertaining to access to healthcare will be addressed in the new Congressional session and with the Office of the President.

Facilitated by The Honorable Kemp Hannon
Health Policy Fellow, School of Health Professions and Human Services, Hofstra University
New York State Senator, 1989-2018

Wednesday, October 21
6:30 p.m.

"The Tornadoed Atlantic of My Being": Melville, Brazil, and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
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A reading and book discussion with Dr. John Bryant, Professor Emeritus of English, Hofstra University. The reading will be from Bryant’s new biography, Herman Melville: A Half Known Life (Vol. 2, Wiley-Blackwell, 2020).

The reading features an episode in the growth of his "black consciousness," this is, his evolving empathy for Black peoples and the dispossessed.

Sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Department of English

Wednesday, October 21
7 p.m.

Leadership and Innovation: One Neurosurgeon’s Approach with Dr. David Langer
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Dr. Langer is Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital and Vice President of Neurosurgery for Northwell Health's Western Region. Join Dr. Langer as he discusses the importance of learning to lead; the “mindset” of leadership; and a lifetime approach to innovation and importance of accepting failure. In June of 2020, Netflix launched “Lenox Hill,” an original docuseries starring Dr. Langer, which provides an honest and empathetic look into his role as a neurosurgeon in New York City.

Moderated by Benjamin Rifkin, Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Thursday, October 22
Noon

Public Health Webinar: Health-Related Social Control: When are attempts to change others’ behavior most likely to succeed?
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Join Associate Professor Sarah Novack, PhD, who will describe recent research on the effects of social control (attempts to change another person’s behavior), including examples related to weight, parenting, and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Monday, October 26
7 p.m.
(Choose one)

DEAN'S FORUM: School of Health Professions and Human Services
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Join Dean Holly Seirup in this open forum for parents and families. Dean Seirup will explain what is happening midsemester in our school and answer parent questions.
Dean Holly Seirup's profile

Monday, October 26
7 p.m.
(Choose one)

DEAN'S FORUM: Frank G. Zarb School of Business
Janet Lenaghan, Dean
Dr. Lutisha Vickerie, Dean Of Undergraduate Programs
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How to Ensure your Zarb Student Lands the Best job with Financial Security

This session will review career outcomes for Zarb alumni and how parents can help their Zarb students secure a good job postgraduation through internships and networking. We will also discuss personal finance tips for navigating college expenses and preparing your student for financial security after graduation. Details include:
- Experiences of Zarb Ambassadors
- Tips from the Center for Career Design and Development Liaison – Sabrina Laria or another rep
- Potential: Navigating financial aid during and after college (maybe see if we can get an alumni to talk about parent tips for navigating college expenses/debt even after the graduation)

SPEAKERS:

Janet Lenaghan, Dean - Faculty Profile

Lutisha S. Vickerie, PhD, JD, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Associate Academic Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Assistant Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship
Frank G. Zarb School of Business - Faculty Profile

Tuesday, October 27
6 p.m.

FACULTY LECTURE: The Importance of Intellectual Curiosity and Inquiry
Dr. John Krapp
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Various philosophers and writers have asserted that there is no progress without opposition. Without a reason to move, things are inclined to stay at rest. This observation seems as true of ideas as it is of the physical properties of the material world. Let’s spend our time together discussing the importance of intellectual curiosity and inquiry, two of the most important values in the undergraduate academic landscape, and how a commitment to both can make your experience at university as profitable as it can be. John Krapp, PhD, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics and Chair, was named Teacher of the Year 2020.

Faculty Profile

Tuesday, October 27
7:30 p.m.

Honors College: Conversation with the Dean
Dr. Warren Frisina
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Join Dr. Warren Frisina, Dean, Hofstra University Honors College, to discuss what’s happening in HUHC at this point in the semester and how students should be preparing for the spring semester. The dean will also explain how students who are not currently in Honors College may join this community designed to enrich the lives of students performing at the highest levels at Hofstra.

Wednesday, October 28
6:30 p.m.

Where is Your Fitness? - with Pat Montagano
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Join the Zoom sessions with Pat Montagano, Director of Campus Recreation, to talk about your fitness. Where are you now? Where do you want to be? Parents and family members must take care of their health and wellness as much as their students.

Thursday, October 29
6 p.m.

Mental Health and COVID-19
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Dr. John Guthman, Executive Director of Student Health and Counseling Center, discusses how parents and family members can support their students' mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, October 29 

8 p.m.

HOFSTRA PARENT COUNCIL
FAMILY PAINT NIGHT

Hofstra University Parent Council is inviting you to a fun evening of painting and networking. Priyanka from Krafty Hands, a local craft artist, will lead students, parents and family members in painting. This is a fundraiser, benefiting Hofstra's Student Emergency Assistance Fund. You need to register by Thursday, October 22. Parent Council members will deliver paint supplies to families who live on Long Island. Krafty Hands will mail paint supplies to families who are farther away. The event is virtual and is conducted online.

Cost: $35 per person (includes materials)
Register by October 22 by submitting your payment to Krafty Hands via:
Venmo - Tiru-Khanna (Last 4 digits of the phone number are 1271)
Zelle - 646-331-0381

Participants will paint the painting below. You may invite your students, family, and friends to register. Please email parents@hofstra.edu.

painting

HofBeats

Sigma’cappella Creep video

Hofstra Chorale

Please call Parent and Family Programs at 516-463-4698 or email parents[at]hofstra.edu for more information.


Thank you to everyone who came out for Family Weekend 2019. Check out photos from the event below.