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

September 23, 2019

Dear Students:

In much of our lives, many of us may tend to focus our attention on the near future or the past, missing the present as we do so.  If you’re not paying attention, you might miss some spectacular events this week, such as the poetry reading by Natasha Tretheway (Wed., 9-25, see below) and the PRIDE Network’s annual Drag Show (Thursday, 9-26, see below).

I urge you to take advantage of the opportunities all around you here at Hofstra, to get the most out of the present, so you won’t miss events that will help you grow intellectually or emotionally (or both).  Being present is critically important.  Here’s a poem that may help you understand why.


Your friendly neighborhood dean,


Did I miss anything?

By Tom Wayman

“Did I miss anything? 
A question frequently asked by students after missing a class.”

Nothing. When we realized you weren’t here
we sat with our hands folded on our desks
in silence, for the full two hours

Everything. I gave an exam worth
40 per cent of the grade for this term
and assigned some reading due today
on which I’m about to hand out a quiz
worth 50 per cent

Nothing. None of the content of this course
has value or meaning
Take as many days off as you like:
any activities we undertake as a class
I assure you will not matter either to you or me
and are without purpose

Everything. A few minutes after we began last time
a shaft of light descended and an angel
or other heavenly being appeared
and revealed to us what each woman or man must do
to attain divine wisdom in this life and
the hereafter
This is the last time the class will meet
before we disperse to bring this good news to all people
on earth

Nothing. When you are not present
how could something significant occur?

Everything. Contained in this classroom
is a microcosm of human existence
assembled for you to query and examine and ponder
This is not the only place such an opportunity has been gathered

but it was one place

And you weren’t here


The deadline to apply for the HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant (grants of up to $1,000 for students with demonstrated financial need to help defray costs associated with internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, and community service projects) is October 15.  You can find out all the details and download the forms at this website:  www.hofstra.edu/tlg 

Applications may be submitted until November 19 for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship which is a scholarship opportunity to support students who are US citizens in a summer study abroad in one of the following languages:  Arabic*, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese*, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese*, Korean*, Persian, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian*, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu. For languages marked with an asterisk, applicants are required to have one or two years prior study, see the website for details and the application itself:  https://www.clscholarship.org/


Exhibits All Week

The Rosenberg Gallery: Randy Moore Exhibition

Other People’s Parties

Environmental Impact

Monday, September 23, 2019

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Medical Physics: Health Physics at Chernobyl Webinar

06:00 PM: Issues in Judaism Lecture Series: In Darkness film screening

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

11:00 AM – 02:15 PM: The Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge Regional Symposium and Pitch Competition

07:00 PM: Italian-American Experience Lecture Series: Assunta Spina (1915) Film Screening

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: International Day of Non-Violence featuring Ramachandra Guha

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: The Colloquia Series: Dr. Alvaro Enrigue  

06:30 PM: 16th Annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series presents Natasha Trethewey

Thursday, September 26, 2019

12:45 PM – 02:10 PM: Political Science Talks Politics: The Process of Choosing the President

08:00 PM: The Pride Network: Annual Drag Show

Friday, September 27, 2019

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Fall Writing Proficiency Exam

The Weekend:  Fall Fest – see https://www.hofstra.edu/home/news/ur/fallfestival/index.html

Monday, September 30, 2019

All Day: Fall Writing Proficiency Exam (Registration Opens)

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