The schedule of events includes:
All Day: The Unity Project: An Interactive Community Art Project, Calkins Quad (behind Hofstra Hall), South Campus. Community members tie colorful yarn around 32 posts marked with identifiers such as “I identify as LGBTQ+,” “I am multilingual,” and “I live with a disability” to create an interconnected web that reflects Hofstra’s vibrant community.
11am-1pm (Common Hour): Earth Day Outdoor Celebration, Calkins Quad (behind Hofstra Hall), South Campus. Rain location at the Netherlands Core, North Campus. The festival features musical performances by students including a capella group Makin’ Treble, tables hosted by student clubs and community organizations, and more.
During this time, the quad in front of Bits & Bytes will feature Compass Group’s first farmer’s market of the spring.
12:50pm-2:15pm: Spring Awakening: A Conversation about the Rights of Nature, Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, first floor, South Campus. This panel discussion will focus on caring for the earth, creating sustainable communities, and the connection between environmental protections, ethics, and law. Presented by the CCE in coordination with its community partner, Homecoming Farm, a nonprofit organization that offers workshops and intergenerational organic gardening projects that, in part, help feed those in need.
6:30-9 pm; Screening: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Hall, South Campus. The screening will be followed by an in-depth conversation about how everyday habits affect the planet, led by Annetta Centrella-Vitale, adjunct instructor of sustainability studies.
The events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit hofstra.edu/earthday.
In addition, on Thursday, April 19, the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University will hold a conference looking at sustainable food production on Long Island as part of Earth Day programming. “The State of Long Island’s Local Suburban Agriculture: Where Do We Grow from Here?” will be held 9 am-1 pm in the Student Center Theater, North Campus. Learn more.