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HCLAS Dean’s Weekly Message

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

February 10, 2020

Dear Students:

Sometimes people dismiss the study of the arts, humanities, social sciences, or education as not worth the investment of time because they believe that people who study these disciplines don’t make a lot of money.  I’m taking this opportunity to tell you that this is simply not true.  Individuals who earn a degree in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or education go on to career trajectories that are as fulfilling as they are remunerative.  Research shows that students with these majors graduate into lower-paying jobs in the short-term, but within a few years move into positions that are more and more remunerative. 

Here is but one of the articles that are published every year that explore the research on this topic.

In HCLAS we have a course to help all our students figure out what career path might be a good match for them: UNIV 006.  This course is run every fall and spring semester, for one credit, pass/fail.  In this course, students learn about themselves and their own interests, exploring career opportunities they didn’t even know existed.  The students in this class then go on to consider what opportunities they might want to take up while they’re in college (e.g., internship, study abroad, community service, undergraduate research) and how those might help launch them to their career of interest.  If you haven’t taken this course yet, please consider it for Fall 2020!

Lastly, this is just a friendly reminder that the deadline to apply for the HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant is coming up – on March 1.  See “opportunities” below for more information.



PS the weekly message next week will come out on Wednesday Feb. 19 after the President’s Day Break.


Congratulations to all the Hofstra students on the Political Science Department trip to New Hampshire to see the presidential primary campaigns up close and personal.  Your stories on social media convey the excitement of your experience.  And congratulations and thanks to the Political Science faculty who are guiding you on this exciting journey.

Congratulations to the Hofstra students (some Philosophy majors, some Philosophy minors, and some students taking Philosophy courses who might soon be majors and minors!) and Philosophy faculty who moderated, judged, and facilitated the annual high school ethics bowl earlier this month.

Congratulations to the Hofstra Dance Team (with many HCLAS members) who earned three 2nd place prizes in the Universal Dance Association Collegiate Tournament last month.

Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Lightfoot (Teaching, Learning, and Technology and co-director of the Center for “Race,” Culture, and Social Justice) who was honored earlier this month by the Islip NAACP with a Legacy Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Baehr, Philosophy, who was profiled in the Hofstra Chronicle!

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Zwirin (Teaching, Learning, and Technology) who served as as juror at the Art Guild’s HerStory competition and exhibit.

Congratulations to Dean Rifkin, whose co-authored textbook for intermediate Russian, Panorama, was selected by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European language as the best contribution to the field in the area of pedagogy in 2019.


Apply to the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge

Apply for the HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant by March 1. 

Georgia Tech University invites applications for its master’s degree program in global media and cultures.  The program site can be accessed at: https://grad.modlangs.gatech.edu/ 

The application is available at: https://grad.modlangs.gatech.edu/funding

Thursday, Feb. 13

03:50 PM – 04:50 PM:  Information Session: Washington Center Internships

05:30 PM – 06:30 PM: Smartphone Photography Workshop


Exhibits All Week

The Rosenberg Gallery: Daniel Giordano Exhibition

Other People’s Parties

Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age

Monday, February 10, 2020 

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM: Medical Physics: Radiomics webinar

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

07:00 PM: Italian American Experience Lecture Series: The Alchemy of Italy

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM: Political Communication and Rhetoric in the 2020 Presidential Race

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Strengthening Justice in Our Justice System: Challenges in Progressive Prosecution A Talk by Eric Gonzalez

07:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Diversity, Dialogue, and Dessert Series: Health in Black Communities

07:00 PM: Science Night Live: Darwin Day — Charles Darwin in the Galapagos Islands

07:30 PM:  After Parkland: Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, February 13, 2020 

02:30 PM – 03:45 PM: Political Science Talks Politics: Impeachment and the 2020 Election

06:30 PM: What Happens? Musings & Meditations on Life – A Tribute to Langston Hughes in Verse and Song

Friday, February 14, 2020 

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

Monday, February 17, 2020 – Tuesday, February 18, 2020

President’s Day Break (no classes)

All Day: Spring Writing Proficiency Exam (Registration Opens)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

11:00 am to 2:00 pm:  Career Closet – Come get professional attire for an interview!

6:00 pm:  Intersex – The Voice of a Hidden Community

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