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HOFSTRA CULTURAL CENTER presents a symposium

From the Emancipation Proclamation to the Election of Barack Obama and the Death of Trayvon Martin In 1903, the 40th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, W.E.B. DuBois wrote, “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line” (The Souls of Black Folk). At the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. declared: “But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.” This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. As Americans commemorate these anniversaries, we contemplate how far the nation has come in its quest to become a more equal society. Dates: Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8 Admission: Free (Online registration is required)

Hofstra Association of Black Journalists presents A Conversation with Cheryl Wills

Hofstra NAACP Chapter presents Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

Monday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. Plaza Rooms, Mack Student Center, North Campus In her book Die Free: A Heroic Family History, Ms. Wills talks about her great-great-great grandfather, Sandy Wills, who served in the Civil War as a member of the United States Colored Troops, and her father, Clarence Wills, the first black firefighter at Engine 1/Ladder 24 – the oldest engine company in Manhattan. Speaker: Cheryl Wills, NY 1 News Anchor Author, Die Free: A Heroic Family History Admission: Free

Wednesday, October 16, Plaza Room West Mack Student Center, North Campus 6 pm, Documentary Showing Very Young Girls A documentary film that chronicles the journey of young women through the underground world of sexual exploitation in NYC. 8 pm, Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery Panel Speakers: Professor Linda Longmire, Global Studiesand Geography Professor Kari Jensen, Global Studiesand Geography Professor Gregory Maney, Sociology Admission: Free

Hofstra University Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program in cooperation with the Hofstra Cultural Center presents a panel discussion The Challenges of Emancipation in the Atlantic World Wednesday, November 13, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus Participants: Benjamin Talton, Professor of History, Temple University Defending the Political Kingdom: Capitalism, Humanitarianism and the Limits of African Sovereignty in the 20th Century Enrique Martino, Researcher, Humboldt University of Berlin Enduring Atlantic Economies in the 20th Century: Nigerian Indentured Labour on the Plantation Island of Fernando Po Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Professor, Tufts University Defending Slavery in an Age of Emancipation: Spain, Cuba, and Puerto Rico in the Early Nineteenth Century Admission: Free

7 pm, Tuesday, November 5, Student Center Theater Mack Student Center, North Campus

On the Front Line With The Little Rock Nine: A Conversation with Ernest Green Civil Rights Activist and Graduate of Central High School Admission: FREE For more information, please contact the Hofstra NAACP Chapter at PETER S. KALIKOW CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY, Hofstra University present Thursday, November 7, 9:35-11 a.m. Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus

What Does John F. Kennedy’s Call to Public Service Mean for American Youth Today? Panel discussion on presidential leadership and public service. Participants: Howard B. Dean III, Chairman, DNC, 2005-2009 Senior Presidential Fellow, Peter S. Kalikow Center Edward J. Rollins, Political Strategist Senior Presidential Fellow, Peter S. Kalikow Center Scott D. Reich, Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Author, The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation

For more information on the above events, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit


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