The Nassau Community College Spring 2010 Cultural Program The Presidential Lecture Series


Immediate: February 18, 2010 Media Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634 Email: The Nassau Community College Spring 2010 Cultural Program The Presidential Lecture Series

Garden City, NY - Nassau Community College offers the exciting events listed below during its spring 2010 Cultural Program, called The Presidential Lecture Series in honor of the personal and professional interests of Nassau Community College's new president, Dr. Donald Astrab. The programs 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., March 8 at 2:15 p.m., College Center Building (CCB) - Rescue in Haiti: An Eyewitness Perspective - NYPD Detective James Coll went to Haiti just three days after the January 12 earthquake as part of New York Task Force 1, a FEMA team specializing in urban search and rescue. During the next eight days, his team rescued six people form collapsed buildings. Coll, a professor in NCC's History Department, will also discuss the role of both the Haitian and American governments in rescue operations.

Mon., March 15 at 2:00 p.m., CCB - When Push Comes to Precious: the Novel, the Film, the Reality - Author Sapphire's novel Push has been turned into the acclaimed film Precious, in which a young woman grows up in a cycle of incest and abuse. Sapphire's writing has been described as having “incendiary power to win hearts and singe minds.”

Mon., March 22 at 3:30 p.m. CCB - Reverend Jesse Jackson - With Justice for All: Human Rights, Civil Rights, Diversity - Jesse Jackson is one of America's greatest orators and a legendary civil and human rights activist. This spring commemorates the 50th anniversary of his first arrest during the Civil Rights movement. Please note that seating for this event is limited and seating preference will be given to those with current NCC IDs.

Mon., April 12 at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., CCB - Native American Culture: Paying Respect to the Natural World -Storyteller, tracker and wilderness guide James Bruchac will show the relationship of Native American Iroquoian and Algonquin traditions, stories and spirituality to their environment and land. Bruchac is an Abenaki from upstate New York.

Tues., April 13 at 2:30 p.m., CCB - The History of the New York Yankees - NCC's biggest baseball fan, Prof. John Despagna (Accounting/Business), tells it all about the Bronx Bombers.

Wed., April 14 at 2:00 p.m., CCB - Global Warming: What Do We Know? What Don't We Know? - Dr. Anthony Del Genio of the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Goddard Institute for Space Studies studies the global climate model's predictions of future climate changes, as well as how other planets' meteorology differs from that of earth.

Tues., April 20 at 10:00 a.m., CCB & Thurs., April 29 at 5:30 p.m., CCB - Anti-Harassment Training for Youth at Work - EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) investigators will show how sexual and other forms of harassment is against the law, whether you work in a shopping mall, fast food restaurant or big corporation. Whether you are a supervisor or a worker, what are your rights and responsibilities? This event is cosponsored by the NCC Sexual Harassment Education subcommittee.

Thurs., April 22 at 2:30 p.m., Building F, Room 123 - Environmental Issues and Public Policy in New York State - Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (11th District, Suffolk County) chairs the New York State Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation. He has been named an Environmental Star by the New York League of Conservation Voters and Legislator of the Year by Environmental Advocates. Sweeney's talk will emphasize environmental issues and government action on Long Island.

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