The Hofstra University Center for Civic Engagement will present its 13th annual Day of Dialogue on Wed., Oct. 28, 2015. This year’s day-long schedule of events focuses on the theme of “Living (In)Equality,” and features almost two dozen workshops, panels, roundtable discussions, and performances on timely topics such as the fight for fair wages, the #blacklivesmatter campaign, LGBTQ rights, immigration and access to education, and health equity on Long Island. All events are free and open to the public.
“This year’s theme is a direct reflection of the urgency that we all feel within a national conversation highlighting inequalities of race, income, gender, and opportunity,” said Aashish Kumar, the Center for Civic Engagement’s (CCE) Director for Civic Literacy and On-Campus Events and a television professor in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. “The CCE’s mission is to encourage dialogue and civic action around issues of peace and social justice. What better forum than the Day of Dialogue to signify how central these issues remain in the lives of our students and surrounding communities.”
The Day of Dialogue provide an important opportunity for college students, as well as the larger Hofstra community, to think about current events and issues in a different and more meaningful context, says journalism major Natalia Orozco ’16, a CCE Fellow since February 2014 and a morning host on campus radio station WRHU 88.7 FM. “Framing all of these topics from the focal point of living inequality provides a foundation for people to understand how these very different issues relate to each other. They seem very detached from us on the news, but the reality is that we all play a part in one or more of these inequalities–even if it’s just through our very ignorance.”
Sessions in this year’s Day of Dialogue include:
- The Fight for 15: The Struggle for a Living Wage
- Media Portrayals of #BlackLivesMatter
- Obergefell vs. Hodges vs. Kim Davis: LGBTQ rights and the Constitution
- Reproductive Justice
- Performance: “Tearing Down Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
- Adjunctification of Universities
- Unequal Justice: Policing and Mass Incarceration in Minority Communities
- Play: “Kultar’s Mime”
Panels and workshops will feature Hofstra students, activists, and community representatives, as well as Hofstra faculty across several disciplines including history, sociology, political science, English, film, sustainability studies, rhetoric, public health and law.
Also, as part of Day of Dialogue, the Division of Student Affairs and the Career Center will present the second speaker in its Seeking Purpose series, Dylan Orr, the first openly transgender person appointed to a position within a U.S. presidential administration.