HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

HCLAS Dean’s Message

HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message
HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message

February 25, 2019

Dear Students: 

This week I want to talk with you about the arts generally and specifically about the arts at Hofstra.

The vast majority of HCLAS students are not majoring in the arts; the vast majority of HCLAS students don’t have a minor in the arts.  However, all of you have to take some arts courses to fulfill your distribution requirements.  For some of you, that’s all you’ll do – take a few classes, and be done. 

But I want to take this moment of your time to urge you to take advantage of the opportunities right here on campus to broaden your horizons. 

Works of art, music, drama, dance, and literature move human hearts.  What is it about an extraordinary poem or painting that makes us cry out in wonder in shock, anger, bewilderment or maybe even just cry?  Really, it’s only a collection of dots of ink or paint on a page or a canvas, but somehow they combine to convey a meaning that touches the reader or viewer across the boundaries of time and space. 

Of course it’s easy to take advantage of arts opportunities in NYC, where you’ll find some of the best theater, music, dance, art, and poetry readings in the world.  

However, please don’t lose sight of the fact that the arts are also right here on campus and it doesn’t get any more convenient than that.

To that end, I want to remind you that this weekend we have the opening of the 70th annual Shakespeare Festival here at Hofstra, including the premiere of Richard III on our very own Globe Stage.  Don’t miss it:  Shakespeare will never be more convenient and it will ever be less expensive to attend.  And moreover: the people acting in the performance and all the people who make it happen backstage are (almost all of them) your very own classmates.  Show them your support by showing up. 

Be an arts consumer here on campus and beyond: it makes you a better person by opening you up to new ideas and perspectives.

Remember, you can’t spell Hofstra without the Arts.

And now, some congratulations, some opportunities, and, of course, events.


Congratulations to Hofstra Alumna Carmen Pestano (2017) who is a co-author with Dr. Carolyn Dudek, Professor and Chair of Political Science, on an article entitled “Canaries in a Coal Mine: The Cayuco Migrant Crisis and the Europeanization of Migration Poicy,” which was accepted for publication in Revista Española de Ciencia Politica, the top political science journal in Spain.

Congratulations to Design alumna Nicole Barth, founder and creator of Ronik Designs, for winning the prestigious Webby Award for best website in the area of government and civil aviation for her company’s redesign of the website for Terminal 4 at JFK: https://www.ronikdesign.com/project/jfk-terminal-4/ and https://www.jfkt4.nyc/

Congratulations to Dr. David Fryling (Music) who has been elected national President of the Aerican Choral Director’s Association for a 2-year term as President-Elect, a 2-year term as Vice president, and then a 2-year term as President in 2023-2025.  For more ifnormation, see https://news.hofstra.edu/2019/02/19/acda-elects-david-fryling-president/


Wed., Feb. 27 come visit the Career Closet from 11 am to 1 pm in the Greenhouse to find clothes for all sizes, body types, and gender identities – clothes are free and yours to keep – to help you prepare for internship and job interviews, fairs, and the workplace.  For more information: https://events.hofstra.edu/?eID=31670

Remember that Friday, March 1 (that’s THIS FRIDAY) is the deadline to submit your application for an HCLAS transformative learning grant. This grant opportunity is for students with an HCLAS major with financial need as verified by Student Financial Services who want to engage in study abroad, an internship, undergraduate research, or community service in summer 2019 or fall 2019 but need a little extra money to make it happen.  The application and more information are available at this link:  www.hofstra.edu/tlg 


TODAY!!! On Monday, February 25!

On February 27 we will be celebrating Civil Rights Day with a number of events on the theme “The WE in Identity Politics” (see https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31964 for information about the entire day’s events).  Events on  February 27 include the following:

At 11:30 on Feb. 27 in the Spiegel Theater we have our symposium on Richard III as part of the 70th Hofstra Shakespeare Festival: https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31139

On Friday March 1 @ 8 pm in the Playhouse Theater (on the Globe Stage) we have opening night for Richard III in the 70th Annual Shakespeare Festival: Don’t let this be the winter of your discontent: Come see Richard!  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31133.  In addition, you can see Richard III on 8 pm on March 2, 8, or 9 and at 2 pm on March 3 and 10.

Make your plans now for Monday, March 4:

At 7 pm on the Globe Stage in the Cranford-Adams Playhouse, don’t miss the annual Shakespeare Festival Distinguished Artist Lecture by Woodie King, Jr, described as “the king of black theater producers,” who played an important role in the first production of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, winner of an Obie Award in 1997, founding director of the New Federal Theater.


Your Friendly Neighborhood Dean,


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