Monday, July 25, 2011

A Look at Some of the Events That Made 2010-2011 a Golden Year With a Diamond Weekend - February 2011

Students Celebrate a Sweet Valentine’s Day

Candy, art and a scientific look at kissing were the ingredients for the February 11 to 14 Sweet Valentine event series. Programs included a decadent chocolate tasting sponsored by Hofstra University Honors College; chocolate giveaways presented by Entertainment Unlimited; an exhibit and lecture by artist Sid Chidiac, who paints with chocolate; a lecture by scientist Sheril Kirshenbaum, author of The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us; the unveiling of the Hofstra crest, created in chocolate by Mr. Chidiac; and a cookie lovers reception sponsored by Hofstra Dining Services.

More February News ... 

  • Hofstra University’s Center for Climate Study (HUCCS), in partnership with the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York, unveiled the first phase of an exhibit on climate change funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The exhibit features ongoing research by a team of Hofstra professors, including Dr. Myla Aronson and Dr. Russell Burke from the Biology Department, Dr. J Bret Bennington and Dr. E. Christa Farmer from the Geology Department, and Dr. David Weissman from the Engineering Department.
  • The Hofstra University Museum opened two exhibitions. The original exhibit Soweto Art: From the Collection of Violet and Les Payne, commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising, was on view at Emily Lowe Gallery and included approximately 40 paintings and works on paper by artists of Soweto, South Africa. 1930s Art in America at the David Filderman Gallery provided a “snapshot” of the visual arts in America during the 1930s.
  • To celebrate the music and spiritualism of pop superstar George Harrison, Godfrey Townsend and other musicians from The Alan Parsons Project performed with an ensemble of Indian Kirtan musicians in “Here Comes the Sun” – The Musical, Mystical Journey of George Harrison on February 11. Hofstra’s Hinduism instructor, Joshua M. Greene, officiated the concert. Mr. Greene studied yoga with George Harrison in the early 1970s.
  • Hofstra’s International Scene Lecture Series for spring 2011 began in February with a focus on U.S. foreign and economic policy. The first event of the series was titled “The Austerity Budget,” on February 16, featuring Richard Wolff, emeritus professor of economics, University of Massachusetts.
  • The Department of Drama and Dance offered high school students the opportunity to take two days of dance classes with Hofstra’s accomplished faculty. This inaugural High School Dance Festival on February 21 and 22 culminated with a studio performance on the Hofstra campus.
  • Hofstra seniors Luz Pena and Philip Robibero were the winners of the mtvU “Oscars Correspondent Contest.” The first round of this national competition required teams of students to submit videos that were judged online and by mtvU judges. As one of the three top teams, Ms. Pena and Mr. Robibero were flown to Los Angeles where they covered Academy Awards pre-events. Upon winning, these talented students were given a coveted spot on the red carpet for the Academy Awards on February 27 and access to the backstage press rooms so they could cover the Oscars for MTV News and mtvU.


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