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Creating Conversations

Naomi Klein

Each year, Hofstra welcomes to campus a wide range of speakers for varied academic symposia and conferences. Speakers and performances during the 2017-2018 academic year included:

  • Ajay Banga, president and CEO of Mastercard, who spoke at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business Leadership Series held at the Morgan Library in Manhattan
  • #MeToo movement founder and civil rights activist Tarana Burke
  • D’Lo, the Tamil Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comic, who shared his story of being a queer/transgender person raised in an immigrant family and community
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Forman Jr., whose experience as a public defender, founder of a charter school for incarcerated teens, and a law professor at Yale inspired his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
  • David Frum, author of Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
  • Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, who discussed U.S.-Russian affairs as well as her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
  • Naomi Klein, the award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of international bestsellers This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate and No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
  •  Pulitzer Prize-winning author John McPhee, who spoke and did a reading and book-signing as part of Hofstra’s Great Writers, Great Readings series
  • Former chief scientist at NASA (2013-2016) Ellen Stofan, who discussed what space exploration can mean for innovation on Earth
  • Tony and Emmy Award-winning dance legend Twyla Tharp, who discussed creativity and how to overcome mental blocks in the creative process
  • Former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, the first Latina elected to serve as a council member for New York City’s 8th District (2006-2017)
  • Kevin Willmott, the independent filmmaker who directed CSA: The Confederate States of America, a satirical “mockumentary” that imagines an America in which the Confederacy won the Civil War

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