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Social media and technology have shaped the world dramatically over the past few years: how we work, how we socialize, how we advocate, and how we understand the world around us. The Hofstra Cultural Centerin collaboration with Hofstra’s MA Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations; and the Hofstra Career Center, is hosting a symposium that will examine how to effectively incorporate social media into our daily lives.

“Social Media: Transforming Communication at Work and in the Public Sphere” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. in various locations on Hofstra’s South Campus. The free, daylong seminar will draw speakers and experts to discuss the role of social media in recruitment and the workplace, as well as its role in the delivery of news, the formation of public opinion, and how we process information and understand issues. The event schedule features: 

Keynote Address: Dr. Sherry Turkle, 11:15 a.m. Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Join the #HUSocialSummit conversation on social media.

10 a.m. Social Media for Advocacy and Persuasion, Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, South Campus 

This panel will cover how social media can drive policy and persuasion. The panelists will also discuss the implications that social media has and will have as a tool for advocacy.

11:15 a.m. Keynote Address, Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus

Dr. Sherry Turkle, the Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss the effects of rapidly advancing technology on human behavior. Turkle is also the author of The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit and Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.

Dr. Sherry Turkle Photo Credit: Peter Urban
Dr. Sherry Turkle
Photo Credit: Peter Urban

3 p.m. The New Social Media: Protecting Yourself From Fake NewsGuthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, South Campus

Kelly Fincham, Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations, and Claire Wardle, Executive Director at the nonprofit First Draft, will hold a workshop and discussion on verifying information on social media.

4:30 p.m. Social Media, the Law and Hiring, Room 106, Calkins Hall, South Campus

Jackson Lewis attorney Ian Bogaty, Columbia University’s Tamar Senderowitz, and Hofstra industrial organization psychology professors Comila Shahani-Denning and Kevin Nolan will discuss research, practice and legal issues related to social media in hiring.

6:30 p.m. Managing Your Social Media Presence, Room 106, Calkins Hall, South Campus

The Hofstra Career Center will guide job applicants in their social media branding. This interactive session also features a recruiter from one of Hofstra’s employer partners, who will provide an employer’s perspective on how to stand out in an applicant pool.

These events are FREE and open to the public. Call 516-463-5669 or visit for more information.


On February 16, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs will present a two-panel event that will explore how the 2016 presidential candidates utilized social media; the implications of the ability of candidates to bypass the traditional press to communicate with voters directly via social media; how the candidates debated and responded to one another on social media platforms; and the role that social media played in determining the outcome of the election.

Panel I: 9:30 – 11 a.m. How Did Social Media Change the 2016 Presidential Race? Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Panel Chair/Moderator: Kara Alaimo, Hofstra University

Panelists include: Kelly Fincham of Hofstra University, Sasha Issenberg of Bloomberg Politics, and Daniel Kreiss of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Discussants include: Howard B. Dean III, Senior Presidential Fellow, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, Hofstra University and Chairman, Democratic National Committee, 2005-2009; and Edward J. Rollins, Senior Presidential Fellow, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, Hofstra University and Political Strategist

Panel II: 11:10 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. How Will the Use of Social Media in the 2016 Presidential Election Influence Political Deliberation and Policymaking?  Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Panel Chair/Moderator: Philip Dalton, Hofstra University

Panelists include: Charlton McIlwain of New York University and Jennifer Stromer-Galley of Syracuse University

Discussants include: Howard B. Dean III and Edward J. Rollins

These events are free, but advance registration is required.

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