Friday, March 11, 2011

Hofstra Happenings: Hofstra to Present an Interdisciplinary Conference, Into Sunlight: The Impact of War on the Social Body — From Vietnam to Present

April 14-16, 2011, the Department of Drama and Dance in association with the Hofstra Cultural Center, the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, and the Center for Civic Engagement, will present an interdisciplinary conference exploring the impact of war and violence on the social body, bringing together diverse perspectives to engage both a public and university audience in active dialogue addressing current conditions of war through a historical lens. The program consists of three days of talks, panel discussions, art exhibitions and performance events. The conference will feature as keynote speaker David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of They Marched Into Sunlight, which beautifully explores the effects of violence on both those
in battle and those at home desperately searching for peace. Featured speakers include internationally renowned psychologist Edward Tick and
Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum Movement.

Initiated by Hofstra Associate Professor of Drama and Dance Robin Becker’s interest in creating an evening length dance piece drawn from They Marched Into Sunlight, the conference unfolds from the issues and ideas the book addresses. In addition, the drama program has commissioned a new play, which will premiere during the conference, that is based on the oral histories of Hofstra alumni. These two pieces act as focal points for the conference, leading an inquiry into the body as the site of social disintegration and the arts as a means of recovery.

For more information call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or


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