Hofstra University’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) will commemorate its annual Globalization Day with “Wars of the World,” an all-day series of panels, screenings, and performances examining how global conflict, migration, environment and food security continue to both divide and unite the world – Tuesday, March 15.
“CCE’s mission is to promote active citizenship at the local, regional, and global level,” said Aashish Kumar, co-director of the Center for Civic Engagement and an associate professor in the Department of Radio, Television, Film. “Through the various events on Globalization Day, we hope to demonstrate how the local and the global manifest in different aspects of our lived experience, and share some ways in which an engaged public can impact this spectrum.”
The day’s schedule of events includes:
- GMO OMG – a screening and discussion about genetically modified organisms and their global impact, featuring representatives from national advocacy group Food & Water and Hofstra’s student club, Get Global. (9:35-11 am, Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library)
- He Named Me Malala – a documentary that shares an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan. The film shows the impact of military conflict on the life and education of civilians in affected areas, and showcases Malala’s advocacy as a model of international civic engagement. (11:10 am-12:35 pm, Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library)
- Global Wars, Global Media: Journalism and Politics in a Make-Believe World– this panel will assess the current state of war reporting in an environment where sensationalist campaign coverage seems to be the only game in town, and features investigative journalist Bob Hennelly and Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. (12:45-2:10 pm, Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library)
- The UN in Resolving Conflicts: Syria, A Case Study – a talk by Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, and a writer, activist and analyst on Middle East and UN issues. (2:20-3:45 pm, Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library)
- Can You See The Rainbow From Where You Are? – students and others share personal stories about the global struggle for LGBTQIA rights. (4:30-5:55 pm, Studio B, Studio B, Lawrence Herbert School of Communication)
In conjunction with Globalization Day, the Hofstra Cultural Center, Women Studies Program, and the Department of Drama and Dance will present Mariposa & the Saint, a play starring Julia Steele Allen, inspired by the true experiences of Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca, a woman incarcerated in Northern California and held in solitary confinement for three years. The free performance, which encourages dialogue about prison reform and the ethics of solitary confinement, will begin at 2:20 pm at The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center.
Globalization Day co-sponsors include the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, Long Island Teachers for Human Rights, and the Documentary Filmmakers Club at Hofstra University. For more information, visit Hofstra.edu/globalizationday.