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Friendship Symposium: December 3rd

Hofstra will host the “Friendship Symposium: A Day of Lively Discussion and Debate” this Wednesday, December 3, addressing  topics such as friendship in the age of social media, friendship through creative collaboration, and the history and future of these unique relationships.

Three panels featuring students and invited speakers will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the various theaters on Hofstra’s campus (see event listing below for locations.)

Donna Freitas, author of Sex and the Soul, from the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame will discuss how social media has impacted relationships. The second panel features accomplished clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and visual artist Kevork Mourad, addressing relationship issues when artists collaborate.  The final panel welcomes Amanda Herbert from Christopher Newport University, professor of History and author of Female Alliances, along with Rutgers University’s Seth Koven, professor of History and author of The Match Girl and the Heiress.

 The event is sponsored the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, Hofstra Cultural Center, and Hofstra University Honors College, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions Grant and the Peter Allan Teleha Endowed Memorial Fund.

Admission is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the event co-organizers, Simon R. Doubleday at or Lauren Kozol at


Symposium Schedule

11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. SESSION I

Friendship in the Age of Social Media

Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall

Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus

Invited Speaker: Donna Freitas, University of Notre Dame

Student Panelists:

Hannah Goldman, Hofstra University, Class of 2018

Robert Mitchell, Hofstra University, Class of 2017

Maria Petraitis, Hofstra University, Class of 2018

Moderator: Warren Frisina, Hofstra University


2:55-4:20 p.m. SESSION II

The Art of Friendship: Creativity and Collaboration

Musical-Artistic Performances: Gilgamesh and Home Within

The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center,

South Campus

Featured Artists: Kinan Azmeh, Clarinetist

Kevork Mourad, Visual Artist

Student Panelists: Muhammad Muzammal, Hofstra University, Class of 2017

Niloofar Rasouli, Hofstra University, Class of 2018

Erica Sattler, Hofstra University, Class of 2018

Film: Gilgamesh: The College Years

Moderator: Lauren Kozol, Hofstra University


4:30-5:55 p.m. SESSION III

The Past and Future of Friendship

Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater

Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

Invited Speakers: Amanda Herbert, Christopher Newport University

Seth Koven, Rutgers University

Student Panelists: Julie Rafatpanah, Hofstra University, Class of 2015

Francesca Scaraggi, Hofstra University, Class of 2016

Moderator: Simon Doubleday, Hofstra University

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