Hofstra University’s Center for Civic Engagement presents “Civil Rights and Wrongs” – a full day of forums, discussions, and performances that will examine the current state of human and civil rights in America – on Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Presented in honor of Civil Rights Day, the day’s events will look at the ongoing challenges of understanding the intersection of race, immigration, gender and sexual orientation through timely sessions including:
- #OscarSoWhite: Hollywood’s Black List – a dialogue on issues of minority representation, art, commerce and identity in the film industry today.
- Pay Equity, Family Leave, and the Law – a look at how the Women’s Equality Act has helped break down some barriers to women’s success in the workplace, and how laws and policies can be used to bring about continued change.
- Trans-Migration: Transgender People and U.S. Immigration Practices – a conversation about transgender immigration in the U.S., practices in deportation, and what you need to know about trans/human justice issues.
- The Water Crisis in Flint: Environmental Injustice, Systemic Racism, and Civil Rights – three speakers, including two from Flint, Michigan, will discuss the events leading up to the water crisis there and what they are doing to address it, as well as the lessons that can be applied to environmental justice issues on suburban Long Island.
The day will also include a primer on civil rights and social justice, slam poetry, film screening, and a performance presented by the Department of Drama and Dance. The offices of the Provost and Dean of Students will also sponsor a dialogue where students and faculty can discuss diversity issues and concerns, as part of a series of conversations that began in fall 2015.
For a full schedule of speakers, events, and locations, visit Hofstra.edu/crd.
“Civil Rights and Wrongs” is presented in cooperation with the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Department of Health Professions in the School of Health Professions and Human Services.