A number of Hofstra departments and programs are collaborating to host a memorial on Monday, October 23, from 3-6 p.m. for Dr. Gregory Maney, PhD, the Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change. Dr. Maney, who passed away on September 2 after a long battle with brain cancer, was a professor of sociology and director for active citizenship and off-campus partnerships at the Center for Civic Engagement. He had served on the Hofstra faculty since 2001.
The memorial will take place at The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus.
Speakers will include Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gail Simmons, members of Dr. Maney’s family and Hofstra colleagues, including Linda Longmire, Margaret Abraham, Cindy Rosenthal, Patricia Navarra and Christopher Niedt. There will also be remarks by colleagues and collaborators from outside Hofstra – some from outside the United States –including Eitan Alimi of Hebrew University in Jerusalem; Lee Smithey of Swarthmore College; Patrick Coy of Kent State; civil rights attorney Fred Brewington; and musician Niall Mulligan.
Dr. Maney’s advocacy and research for peace led to collaborations with the LifeWay Network to conduct a study of human trafficking in the New York metropolitan area; the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives on creating local peace institutions; the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, on preventing and responding to hate crimes; and the Workplace Project on the human rights issues for day laborers.
He served on the boards of the Central American Refugee Center and the Long Island Immigrant Alliance. He also was a member of the Social Services Committee of the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, and the Irish (Easter Rising) Monument Committee of Nassau County.
He was a co-founder of the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition, which advocated for residents through the foreclosure crisis and community development issues. Dr. Maney’s work with the Coalition resulted in his being named to Long Island Press’ 13th annual Power List in 2015, which highlights the region’s 50 most influential people.
Dr. Maney held a number of academic leadership positions, including chair of the peace, war and social conflict section of the American Sociological Association. In 2015 Dr. Maney was installed as Hofstra’s second Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change. The professorship is named for the Long Island corporate lawyer who for many years acted as a confidant and legal counsel to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 2009 he and Maureen Murphy, Professor Emerita of Teaching, Learning and Technology, launched an Irish Studies program that has given Hofstra students a unique opportunity to delve into Ireland’s past through various in-depth subjects such as history and politics, the Irish diaspora and its culture and social relations.
Dr. Longmire said of Dr. Maney last month, following his passing, “He was a model of the scholar/teacher/activist who taught critical thought, nonviolence and caring in all aspects of life. … He was passionately, tirelessly committed to social justice and human rights, both in and for each person and in each institution. Though he is no longer with us, he will now dwell everywhere and always within the hearts of those who knew and loved him.”
Following the memorial at the Fortunoff Theater there will be a reception at the Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall on the 10th Floor of the Axinn Library.