Fall 2009 Cultural Program


Immediate: October 2, 2009 Contact: Alicia Steger: 516.572.9634 E-mail: alicia.steger@ncc.edu  

Nassau Community College Presents its Fall 2009 Cultural Program

Garden City, NY Nassau Community College offers the exciting and timely events listed below during its fall 2009 Cultural Program. The programs, which take place in the NCC College Center Building, are free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled. In some, seating is limited. For more information about the NCC Cultural Program, call 516.572.7153.

The Myth of Judicial Activism Judge Sol Wachtler Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 11:00 a.m. Sol Wachtler is a former Chief Judge of New York State who teaches constitutional law at Touro Law School. “There is an activist judge inside everyone in the legal profession” he wrote this past summer in Newsday. Judge Sotomayor is no more activist than Justice Scalia, and probably far less so on manyÉissues.” My Fall From Grace: a Memoir of Growing Up Cult Jayanti Tamm Monday, November 2 at 11:00 a.m. Tamm was born and raised in Sri Chinmoy's community in Jamaica, New York. Her 2009 memoir, Cartwheels in a Sari, details her personal journey from growing up in a cult, to fighting to leave, to her resultant crises of faith and life after departing the community.

The United States and Iran: Past, Present, Future Richard Bulliet Wednesday, November 4 at 9:30 a.m. On November 4, 1979, an angry mob of young Islamic revolutionaries took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 Americans hostage for 444 days. Thirty years later, Richard Bulliet, Professor of History at Columbia University and author of Islam: the View From the Edge, will discuss the troubled relationship between the United States and Iran.

Western Jihadism Jytte Klausen Thursday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m. Brandeis Politics Professor Klausen studies religion and Islam in Europe and the West. Her latest book, The Cartoons that Shook the World, is about the global protests against a Danish newspaper's publication of caricatures of Muhammad.

Talking About Race in the Obama Era The Race Project Monday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m. “You lie,” cried out Congressman Joe Wilson, and another national debate was ignited. The RaceProject's multimedia presentation speaks to how we recognize and understand latent fears and resentments can be manifested and perpetuated by languages and images.

Health Care Advice: A Visit from Former United States Surgeon General Ñ Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H. Monday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m. As the nation's top public health physician, former Surgeon General Galson communicates the best science, evidence and data to the American public for them to make healthy choices impacting health, safety and personal/national security.

Actress Amber Tamblyn Presents an Afternoon of Poetry Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. Amber Tamblyn is an award-winning actress and poet whose latest book, Bang Ditto, offers poetic insights into what it's like to be in the public eye since the age of eight. She came to fame on General Hospital, followed by a starring role in Joan of Arcadia. In film, she played the role of Tibby in the popular Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Lessons From the Madoff Fraud Frank Casey Monday, December 7 at 3:30 p.m. Investment manager Casey began blowing the whistle to the SEC on Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme in May 2000. How did he discover the Madoff fraud? Hear the story of the nine-year attempt to stop the growth of this financial cancer. What lessons can be learned to prevent something like this from happening in the future?

About Nassau Community College Nassau Community College, a division of the State University of New York, is an institution where over 23,000 full- and part-time students and nearly 15,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 65 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence. For more information, visit www.ncc.edu.

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