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

Dear Students:

With the decision last night to cancel face-to-face classes this week, we have a two week period with no classes (including this week and spring break).  Let’s hope that these two weeks are a time in which the virus will recede and throughout the country we’ll be able to reclaim presence in our communities. 

In the meantime, please – whether you’re remaining in a Hofstra Residence Hall, going or staying home, or traveling somewhere, please try your best to stay healthy! 

That being said, we also have some holidays this week: in fact, we have two holiday celebrations from two different faith traditions, both of which are connected to diversity and inclusion.

Tonight and tomorrow, Jews celebrate Purim, an ancient holiday commemorating the day when the Jews were spared a genocide planned by the ancient Persian king’s chief minister.  The Persian king, alerted to the plot by his Jewish wife, spared the Jews, hung the chief minister, and now Jews all over the world eat triangular pastries shaped like the hat of the chief minister (called “hamantaschen”) and enjoy costume parties and games.  The holiday celebrates peoples of different cultures living together in respect and community.

Today and tomorrow Hindus are celebrating Holi, an ancient holiday of colors celebrating love, playfulness, laughter, forgiveness, and the repair of broken relationships.  It is so popular in India and among communities of Hindus around the world that the festival has spread to parts of Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.  This holiday engages all members of the community, friends and strangers, rich and poor, in play with colored powders and water.

These two joyful holidays are a reminder for all of us of the power of inclusion and respect and the joy that comes when everyone is included in the fun.

I wish you all a beautiful and successful week and a restorative and HEALTHY break.  I look forward to welcoming you back to classes on Monday, March 24, when we will officially be in meteorological spring.


Your friendly neighborhood dean,



Congratulations to the members of Hofstra’s Collegium Musicum, and their director, Professor Morrongiello of Hofstra’s Music Department, for their outstanding concert on Saturday.  It was beautiful!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the production of “What You Will,” the one-hour adaptation of Shakespeare’s 12th Night.  And a special shout out to the director, Hofstra Drama’s Professor Ilona Pierce. The play was riotously funny and the innovative production, with 70s music, really enhanced the gags.  The mustaches were a hoot!


Monday, March 9:  Spring Writing Proficiency Exam (Registration Opens)

Events for After Spring Break (Mark Your Calendars)

Monday, March 23, 2020

12:55 PM – 02:30 PM: The Good University with Raewyn Connell

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

11:10 AM – 12:35 PM: How Has Super Tuesday Changed the 2020 Presidential Race? Assessing the Second Kalikow School Poll

04:30 PM – 06:00 PM: Uncharted Roundtable: Shock of the New

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Art in Medicine Event: Sixth Annual Celebration of Visual Art Exhibit

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