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

HCLAS Dean’s Weekly Message

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

April 22, 2019

Dear Students:

As members of the global community, we saw the flames consume the spires of Notre Dame Cathedral.  We are also aware of the destruction of three African-American churches in Louisiana through hate-based arson.  These are huge losses for humanity, but the story of the fires is not over.  Because now, after the shock of the loss, comes the awesome and inspiring task of reconstruction.  Humanity has built-in resiliency and we have already seen significant waves of support for reconstruction for the cathedral in Paris and the churches in Louisiana.  In moments of profound loss, we comfort one another and find among us individuals who can contribute to the repair.

On a more personal level, I hope that what promises to be an extraordinary effort of communities near and far to repair all these houses of worship will be inspiring to you as you face your own individual challenges.  You are probably not faced with the task of repairing the damage to a stained glass window, but the tasks you do face are important and may even seem monumental to you.  

May you be inspired by the global effort to support the reconstruction of these houses of worship.  May that inspiration help you find the pools of resiliency within you to meet any and every challenge.  May you always know that there is support all around you – among your friends and the resources here at Hofstra (Center for Academic Excellence, Student Accessibility Services, Counseling, Career Center, and more) to help you meet any challenge. 

And now:  I’m happy to share with you some Congratulations and Events.


Congratulations to all the HCLAS students who have accepted an invitation from the Hofstra Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa to join PBK.  Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honors society in the liberal arts in the United States.  Last week I gave you some names of our 2019 PBK inductees, and here are some more (in alphabetical order):  Erica Baker, Sabreen Bhuiya, Andrew Ko, Bianca Saraniero, Yurui Xie, and Jillian Yuni.

Congratulations to our HCLAS Teachers of the Year!  These faculty have been selected by our graduating seniors, one from each of the four schools that make up Hofstra College:

  • School of Education:  Dr. Amy Catalano, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning & Technology
  • School of Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts: Dr. James Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Design, and Art History
  • Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy, and International Affairs: Dr. Paul Fritz, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
  • School of Natural Science and Mathematics: Dr. Elisabeth Ploran, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology


All Week

The FORM Gallery in Calkins Hall presents works by Adriana Medina ’20 and DaisyMae VanValkenburg ’20  this week.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32560

Tuesday, April 23

The 2019 Donald J. Sutherland Lecture presents “Conservatism in the Age of Trump” with Max Boot of the Washington Post whose most recent work of history, “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography. The lecture will take place in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater at 4:30 PM.  This event is free, but advance registration is required.  Please RSVP using this link:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31811

The Italian-American Experience Lecture Series:  Delirious Naples, a presentation by Hofstra’s own Dr. Stanislao Pugliese, about his new book, “Deliveries Naples: A Cultural History of the City of the Sun.” Discussion is at 7:30 pm in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32006

Wed., April 24

Earth Day: Local Change for a Sustainable Planet – how to make Hofstra more sustainable, a deliberative dialogue, will be held at 12:50 to 2:10 pm in Plaza West (Student Center) with David Hoffman, Associate Professor at Baruch College.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31962

Modernizing Government to Get Results – A talk by Nassau County Comptroller Jack SchnirmanWed., 6 to 8 pm in the Multipurpose Room. RSVP on Handshake https://hofstra.joinhandshake.com/events/292818 or email GBCR@hofstra.edu.

Venezuela:  Crisis and Opportunity from 4:30 to 6 pm in Breslin Hall 216, featuring Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, author of We Created Chavez published by Duke University Pressand Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela by Verzo Press, among other works. 

At 6 to 8:30 pm we are screening the Oscar-nominated film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=32948

Thursday, April 25

A Lecture on facilitated difficult dialogues on systems of power, privilege, and oppression will be presented by Dr. Tomeka Robinson, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy, Director of Forensics at Hofstra University, and Dr. Katrina Sims, Assistant Professor of History.  This is being held in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater at 4:30 to 6:00 PM.  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31990

Friday, April 26

The Hofstra Chorale and Chamber Choir with David Fryling, director, presents a concert featuring an eclectic selection of choral music in an exquisite acoustic space, the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, NY at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 senior citizen (over 65); Two free tickets with current HofstraCard. https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31175

Sunday, April 28

The Hofstra New Music Ensemble, with Patricia Spencer, director, will be performing at 3 pm in the Fortunoff Theater in the Monroe Lecture Center.  Admission is free:  https://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=31176


Monday, April 29 at 7 pm, we’re hosting Lydia Z.Z. Brown, a disability justice advocate, organizer, writer, and transracial adoptee, who will share with us a lecture entitled “Being Transracial Post-Dolezal” in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater.


Your Friendly Neighborhood Dean,


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