In honor of Civil Rights Day, Hofstra University’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) presents a full day of forums, talks, and presentations on issues such as disability law, housing discrimination, and immigration rights — Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, 10 am-6 pm.
“This year is the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which specified that the vote not be denied due to race; the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote; the 65th anniversary of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, which abolished an earlier quota system based on natural origin; and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination of Americans with disabilities in all areas of public life,” said Andrea Libresco, CCE Director and Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology . “Civil Rights Day gives us all the opportunity to learn and engage in civil discourse about the state of rights in America in 2020.”
The schedule for “Civil Rights: Right Here, Right Now!” includes:
10:10-11:05 am: Present Day Civil Rights and the Constitution
11:15 am-12:45 pm: Visual Rhetoric and Representations of the Amistad Mutiny
11:15 am-12:45 pm: Does the Americans with Disabilities Act Work in America?
12:50-2:15 pm: Taking Action to End Housing Discrimination on Long Island
2:55-4:20 pm: How to Increase Respect and Acceptance on Hofstra’s Campus: A Deliberative Dialogue
4:30-5:55 pm: Protecting Immigration Rights in 2020
Participants include students as well as faculty and staff from areas such as rhetoric, law, global studies and geography, religion, and Student Affairs. Experts from organizations such as the New York Civil Liberties Union and Disability Rights Advocates are also scheduled to present.
For a full schedule of program descriptions, speakers, and locations, visit the CCE website. Civil Rights Day events are co-sponsored by the Dean’s Office of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hofstra University Honors College, and the Center for “Race,” Culture, and Social Justice.
For more information, contact Andrea Libresco, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology, Hofstra University, Andrea.S.Libresco[at]hofstra.edu.