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 March 10

November 11, 2019

Dear Students:

At Hofstra we think of our students as #WorldChangers. 

In order to change the world, you have to know the world.

There are many ways to improve your knowledge of the world beyond the neighborhood in which you grew up.  You can travel great distances to go to college in a place far away from home, and some of you have done that.  You can go on study abroad – and some of you have and will do that.  You can take advantage of an opportunity on campus to learn about a culture different from your own, even a culture that is fully American.  For instance, Colson Whitehead, the award-winning author of Underground Railroad and Nickel Boys, will be on campus this week to give a reading (see “Events” below for more detail) – don’t miss it!

You can also take advantage of opportunities right here at Hofstra to learn more about the greater world:

  • Study a foreign or second language
  • Take a class in any humanities or social science course that takes you beyond your geographic comfort zone (anthropology, art history, drama, dance, history, literature, music, economics, global studies, geography, history, political science, philosophy, religion, and sociology all offer courses with global perspectives)
  • Participate in some of this week’s National Geography Week events, sponsored by our Department of Geography and Global Studies (see “Events” below)
  • Go to a concert, film, or play from or about another world culture

You can also reach out to an international student and make a new friend, learning about their culture as you share your own.  One way to do that is to register to bring a Hofstra international friend home to celebrate Thanksgiving.  The deadline to do that is Wed., Nov. 13 and you can find all the information about it in the Opportunities section below.

You can also begin to dream and plan to participate in the Peace Corps.  There is information about the Peace Corps in the Opportunities section below and we will have a visit from a representative from the Peace Corps in the Spring 2020 semester.

There are many paths to become a world changer:  they all start with you taking the first step. I invite you to do just that. 

Before wrapping up this note to you, I also want to take this opportunity to say this:  Thank you to all the veterans in our community for your service.  And for those of you who are not veterans, be sure to reach out to the veterans in your life to acknowledge them on this special day, a day that commemorates their service and a day that marks a significant moment in history when two forces of what seemed to be opposing cultures (the French, British, and Americans on one side, and the Germans and the Austrians on the other) laid down their arms and declared peace.  Learning about people from diverse backgrounds is one very important way to try to prevent conflict from breaking out in the first place, and that would be a great way to honor our veterans.


Your friendly neighborhood dean,


PS Please take the academic integrity survey for which you’ve received a link in an email message to your @pride.hofstra.edu account by the Nov. 26 deadline and you’ll be eligible for a Barnes & Noble gift card.


Congratulations to every single Hofstra student on all the hard work you do every day to move toward successful completion of all your courses this semester!  (I bet you didn’t see that coming, did you?)

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Fefu and Her Friends for a terrific opening weekend!  If you haven’t seen the show, go next weekend, for sure!  (See “Events” below for more details.)

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Christopher Dippel (Department of Drama and Dance) for being honored as a founding member of the NY Neo-Futurists, a collective dedicated to theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper.

Congratulations to Professor Balbinder Bhogal of the Department of Religion for his work moderating a discussion at the premiere of the film Guru Nanak:  The Founder of Sikhism – Life and Legacy at the Paley Center for New Media this past weekend.


Sharing Thanksgiving with an International Student

Any local Hofstra student’s family (current or alumni), Hofstra staff, faculty, or administrator who wishes to host international students at their home for Thanksgiving may fill in a homestay host application form. The application form and more language about the homestay program is available on the Hofstra website at: https://www.hofstra.edu/parent-family/thanksgiving-homestay.html. All host applications should be emailed to parents@hofstra.edu by Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The invitation to join your family can be just for the Thanksgiving dinner or for an overnight and applicants to host are matched with international students based on the application.

Start Thinking about the Peace Corps

The Peace Corps two-year program is often called life-defining by the more than 220,000 Americans who have served. Get the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where you will live and work on projects ranging from education to business development. Peace Corps service can be the first step toward a career or the continuation of a life’s work. Upon completion of two years of service, the Peace Corps provides each Volunteer with more than $8,000 (pre-tax) to help with the transition to life back home. This money is yours to use as you wish. The Peace Corps also offers a myriad of graduate level fellowships to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Tuition costs are steeply discounted or eliminated in return for community service internships. Over 200 graduate schools participate in this program across all six sectors: health, education, environment, agriculture, community economic development, and youth development. Interested candidates are encouraged to check out our current volunteer opportunities and to connect with your recruiter Teckla Persons at tpersons@peacecorps.gov if you have more questions.  Stay on the look out for when the Peace Corps Recruiter will be on campus next semester to answer your questions in person!

Apply to the Student-Run Record Label 

Do you aspire to a career in the music industry? Get started now with the Center for Entrepreneurship’s record label, Unispan Records, which offers students real-life experience recording, producing, promoting and distributing music and mentorship from top industry professionals. Students will sign a new artist and commercialize music over the course of the Spring and Fall 2020 semesters.  Positions with the record label are volunteer and unpaid, but some students may be eligible to earn academic credit through independent study. Applications are due on December 2, 2019 and there are limited spots available. Email Sharon.N.Goldsmith@Hofstra.edu with any questions.

Apply to the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge

Apply now for the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge, an entrepreneurship competition series open to all Hofstra students with cash and prizes from Digital Remedy totaling $75,000.  The application only takes about 5 – 10 minutes to complete.  You can enter a business idea, a startup company, or a class project that you think could be a business.  Applicants will participate in a business Bootcamp, receive mentorship from Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, and have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of entrepreneurs/investors.  This is a great opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, build your resume, and learn what it takes to start a business. Email Sharon.N.Goldsmith@Hofstra.edu with any questions.

Info Session about Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (to Prepare for Med School Application)

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Premedical Postbaccalaureate Certificate Webinar

Info Session about MS in Engineering Management

Wed., Nov. 13 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: MS in Engineering Management Information Session Webinar

Info Session for Study Abroad in Greece

Wed., Nov. 13 11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: Hofstra in Greece Information Session


Exhibits All Week

Environmental Impact

Other People’s Parties

The Rosenberg Gallery: Skye Hilton Exhibition (Starting Wed., Nov. 13)

Monday, November 11, 2019

07:00 PM: Francis Ford Coppola screening: Tetro (2009)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: Kyogen Performance and Workshop with members of the Yamamoto Tojiro Kyogen Company

01:15 PM – 02:00 PM: Zucker School of Medicine presents Did You Know?

04:30 PM – 06:00 PM: Trilingual Poetry Reading in Mapudungun, Spanish and English featuring Poets Elicura Chihuailaf and Jose Marmol

05:30 PM: National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University Celebration of Suburban Diversity

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Digital Marketing Workshop: Growing Your Instagram Audience

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: Learn About Music Venue Management from the Paramount

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: The Rosenberg Gallery: Skye Hilton Exhibition Reception 

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM Digital Games, Digital Geographies, Urban Play in Video Game

11:30 AM: Fall Dance Concert Symposium

03:00 PM: Electoral Districting In More Than Euclidian Spaces

03:30 PM: Immigration Mic 100: A Live Podcast on DACA and Long Island

04:30 PM – 06:00 PM: Environmental Impact Roundtable: Art Into Action

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM:  Zucker School of Medicine presents STUMPED

06:30 PM: 16th Annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series presents Colson Whitehead

Thursday, November 14, 2019

11:10 AM – 12:35 PM: Political Science Talks Politics: Polling 101

12:45 PM – 02:10 PM: What Does the Kalikow Poll Reveal About the 2020 Race for the White House?

06:30 PM: Hevreh Ensemble and Native American Flute Maker Daniel Bigay

07:00 PM – 08:30 PM: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of #MeToo: a panel discussion

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM:  Fefu and Her Friends

Friday, November 15, 2019

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM: Medical Physics: Marie Curie – Legacy Without Decay

07:00 PM: The Rhoda Pinsley Levin Honors Recital

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Fefu and Her Friends

Saturday, November 16, 2019

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Fefu and Her Friends

Sunday, November 17, 2019 

01:00 PM: The Hofstra Brass Ensemble

02:00 PM – 03:30 PM: AIA/LIS Lecture Series: The Unstoppable Species: New Perspectives on Homo Sapiens’ Origin and Their Dispersal

02:00 PM – 04:00 PM: Fefu and Her Friends

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