Spring 2009 cultural program calendar


Immediate: February 3, 2009 Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634 e-mail: alicia.steger@ncc.edu  

Garden City, NY  Garden City, NY  Nassau Community College offers the exciting events listed below during its spring 2009 Cultural Program. The programs, all of which take place in the NCC College Center Building, are free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled. For more information about the NCC Cultural Program, please call 516.572.7153.

Mon., February 9 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Before They Die  The Story of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot and Its Survivors  On May 13, 1921 in the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, America's most prosperous black community was destroyed by a white mob. Through intimidation and government support, silence covered up the loss of more than 300 black lives and the burning of 35 city blocks and 1,256 homes. The film Before They Die follows the pursuit of justice for the survivors of the riot. Following the screening, meet filmmaker Reggie Turner and riot survivor Dr. Olivia Hooker, 94, the first African American woman to serve on active duty in the Coast Guard.

Wed., February 25 at 11:00 a.m.  Obama's Challenge: America's Economic Crisis  Political Economist Robert Kuttner  Robert Kuttner is a columnist for Business Week and former economics editor for the New Republic. Among his bestsellers are Obama's Challenge: America's Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency and The Squandering of America. Kuttner was formerly chief investigator for the Senate Banking Committee, conducting investigations on mortgage redlining and foreign bribery by U.S. corporations.

Mon., March 2 at 12:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  The Obama Girls of Comedy: Yes We Did!  A Story of Creative Political Activism  This comedy show will focus on the experiences of four women who worked the campaign circuit this past fall. It's produced by Susannah Perlman, the creator of the review Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad.

Mon., March 9 at 11:00 a.m.  Women and Minorities in the Political Arena  Patti Solis Doyle Over the past two years, Patti Solis Doyle was the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton for President and then the campaign chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden. Doyle also was the executive director of HILLPAC and Friends of Hillary. Hispanic Business Magazine recently counted her among America's 100 Most Influential Hispanics.

Wed., March 25 at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Sexual Harassment and Assaults in the U.S. Military  Author Helen Benedict  Helen Benedict, a journalism professor at Columbia University, is the author of the forthcoming book The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. This program is co-sponsored by the NCC Sexual Harassment Education subcommittee.

Mon., March 30 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  The Kite Runner  A Theatrical Adaptation by the American Place Theatre A dramatization of the first half of the best-selling novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, this performance portrays the relationship of two boys  Amir, a privileged Pashtun, and his Hazara servant Hassan. Surprising events occur within the backdrop of a 1970s Afghanistan in turmoil.

Wed., April 1 at 11:00 a.m. Pakistan and Afghanistan: Where Does Success Start? Munir Akram, Former Ambassador from Pakistan to the United Nations Ambassador Munir Akram knows how the Pakistanis, the Taliban and the Afghans think. His forty years of experience in the diplomatic corps and two terms as president of the U.N. Security Council give him a unique perspective on what U.S. policy should be for Pakistan, Afghanistan and other parts of the world.