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Cultural Center

Fall 2018 Featured Events

All events are FREE and open to the public. Advance registration recommended. Reservations will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

Thursday, September 20, 11 a.m.
SIGNATURE EVENT: 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, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
DRAMATIC PERFORMANCES: Actually

by Anna Ziegler
with pre-show and post-show talkback

At a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton, Tom and Amber connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. As things progress, they find themselves in murky territory, with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. What actually happened between them? Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this hit production explores the intersection of gender and race on campus today, offering “a portrait of a generation.”
– The Boston Globe

In collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs for the It’s On Us Campaign. 

Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center


INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF SOUTH AMERICA SERIES

Monday, October 8, 4:30 p.m.
The Descendants of the Incas, From the Tahuantinsuyo to the Republic of Peru

Ronald Elward offers insight into the (mythical) origins of the Inca people, the empire, and the organization of imperial families and their role during the colonial period before asking: What happened to the descendants of the Incas? In 1800, the indigenous elite in the city of Cusco included about 90 families. What impact did the Rebellion of Túpac Amaru II and the independence of Peru have on the fate of these Inca families, in Cusco and nearby towns? Do any of these families survive to this day

Wednesday, October 10, 2:55 p.m.
Millenary Lima: A New Narrative for an Invented City
By Javier Lizarzaburu Montani

Millenary Lima is the slogan of a recent campaign to rewrite the official narrative of the city of Lima, Peru, rethinking the historical experience of the indigenous and mestizo population. The official story of its European colonial origins, stressing the legitimacy of European and creole contributions, was maintained for over 500 years, downplaying the civilizations that had inhabited the city of Lima for over 4,000 years, and which had been well-developed prior to the European arrival. This lecture will trace the origins of the Millenary Lima campaign and its connections with the explosion of migration from the countryside to the city since the 1960s. These demographic changes helped to signify the city as a culturally and symbolically mestizo territory.

Speaker: Javier Lizarzaburu Montani, Writer and Communications Expert
Former Senior Producer, BBC

Monday, November 5, 4:30-6 p.m.
Making Machu Picchu: The Politics of Tourism in 20th-Century Peru

Millions of travelers have visited Machu Pichu, dubbed, the “Lost City” by Hyram Bingham in 1913. When Bingham first encountered Machu Picchu, the site was an obscure ruin. Now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu is the focus of Peru’s tourism economy. Mark Rice, assistant professor of Latin American Studies, Baruch College, CUNY, traces its history in the 20th century – from its “discovery” to today’s travel boom – and it reveals how it was transformed into both a global travel destination and a powerful symbol of the Peruvian nation. The lecture will explore the contradictions and ironies of Machu Picchu’s transformation, calling attention to the importance of tourism in the creation of national identity in Peru, and in Latin America more generally.

Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Location for all three lectures in this series: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library


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.

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.

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

Dr. Eric Freedman
Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Rights
Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University

Dr. Tammy Gales
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Hofstra University 

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library 

In collaboration with the Department of Sociology’s Criminology Program.

I Am Not Your Negro

Wednesday, October 10, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
The “Educated Native”: A Personal Journey Through the American Education System

Dr. Nichole Prescott, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Texas System currently takes a lead role in implementing the Texas Prospect Initiative, which is designed to strengthen the PK-20 pipeline and enhance college readiness, with a focus on underserved minority populations. But as a Myaamia (Native American), woman, and first-generation college student, Prescott’s educational and professional success was not a foregone conclusion. In this talk, she embeds the story of her own educational experiences in a broader discussion Events are subject to change. For an up-to-date listing of events, times and locations, about the historically tumultuous relationship that Native Americans have had with the hegemonic, mono-cultural approach to education in America. As a tool of colonization and assimilation, education has been used to inflict cultural violence on Native peoples in the past (some would argue that it continues to do so). Yet this talk suggests that it may now hold the key to economic self-sufficiency and empowerment today. Compelled by her akima (chief) to go to graduate school in 1998, Prescott set off on an educational journey that combined traditional cultural and mainstream education. This journey would empower her relationship with her culture, awaken her activism for social justice, and equip her with the tools to address the systemic damage done to underserved communities.

In collaboration with the Department of History.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Dr. Nichole Prescott

Monday, October 22, 4:30 p.m.
The Future of Us:
What the Dreams of Children Mean for 21st Century America:
A Conversation With Dr. Irwin Redlener

Dr. Irwin Redlener, pediatrician, public health activist, and author of The Future of Us, draws on his personal experiences to investigate the nation’s health care safety net and special programs that are designed to protect and nurture our most vulnerable kids, but that too often fail to do so. The lecture will be followed by a multidisciplinary panel of respondents and a book signing.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

The Future of Us

Wednesday, October 24, 12:50-2:15 p.m.
NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism: Digital Design and Narratives of Color With Carmen Aguilar y Wedge,

Co-founder of Hyphen-Labs NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism (NSAF) is an award-winning, three-part digital narrative that sits at the intersection of product design, virtual reality (VR), and neuroscience. Inspired by the lack of multidimensional representations of black women in technology, NSAF products range from sunblock for traveling through the multiverse, to earrings embedded with cameras that offer protection and visibility. The VR experience is set in a neurocosmetology lab where black women are pioneering techniques of brain optimization and cognitive enhancement. Scientific research explores the neurological and physiological impact of showing images of empowered black women as well as content made for and by women of color. VR is the immersive platform that transports viewers into a neurocosmetology lab, a reimagined black hair salon, placing the viewer into a black woman’s body and providing a glimpse into a speculative future of black women pioneering brain research and neuromodulation through the culturally specific ritual of haircare.

Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center


Thursday, October 25, 2:20-3:45 p.m.
The Myth of a Freely Chosen Status:
Puerto Rico’s Future in the Wake of ‘PROMESA’ and Hurricane Maria

Featuring Puerto Rican independence leader and former political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, whose 55-year sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 as one of his last acts in office. López Rivera, who spent 35 years in prison for “seditious conspiracy,” has been described as the “Nelson Mandela of Puerto Rico,” and is seen as a hero by many Puerto Ricans. He will discuss the state of the independence movement in the context of the island’s ongoing financial crisis and the devastating impact that last year’s storm has had on the Puerto Rican people.

Introduced by Professor Mario A. Murillo, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, and Hofstra Cultural Center.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

For information, please visit hofstra.edu/cce.

The Future of Us

Thursday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.
The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America,
With Shawn Rochester

In his new book, Shawn Rochester shows how the “black tax” – the financial cost of conscious and unconscious antiblack discrimination – creates a massive financial burden on Black American households that dramatically reduces their ability to leave a substantial legacy for future generations. Rochester lays out an extraordinarily compelling case that documents the enormous financial cost of current and past anti-black discrimination on African-American households.

Speaker: Shawn Rochester
Author, Financial Coach
Chief Executive Officer, Good Steward LLC

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

Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America

Thursday, November 15, 11:15 a.m.
Digital Cartographies of Everyday Life

As the ubiquity of digital mapping tools and geographic information systems continue to transform our understanding of urban spaces and processes, the question remains, “Whose city are we mapping?” Popularizing the tools of mapping does not directly imply democratizing the map. Rather, as Meisterlin argues in this talk, alternative cartographies are still needed to describe and draw the pluralism of diverse cities. Further, while geographic information system (GIS) is often cited (and sometimes vilified) as a totalizing technology, she proposes an analytical framework for the systematic mapping to describe comparative differences and every experience.

Speaker: Leah Meisterlin
Urbanist, GIS Methodologist and Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Columbia University

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Leah Meisterlin

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