Garden City, NY – Nassau Community College offers the exciting events listed below during its spring 2011 Cultural Program. 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., Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m., CCB – Who Gets to Eat What: the Hidden Battle for the World Food System – Half the world is stuffed; half starved. Food policy expert Raj Patel reveals startling truths about a flawed food system structured between consumers, farmers and a few powerful corporate giants.
Wed., Feb. 16 at 9:30 a.m., CCB – The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975 – It was primarily Gov. Hugh Carey’s leadership that rescued New York City and State from financial catastrophe in 1975. What can today’s overstretched states and counties learn from that experience? Seymour Lachman is a former New York State senator and president of the New York City Board of Education.
Wed., March 9 at 12:30 p.m., CCB – How I Killed Pluto (and Why It Had it Coming) – In 2005, California Institute of Technology astronomer Mike Brown discovered Eris, a tenth “planet” bigger than Pluto. A few months later, Brown was getting hate mail from schoolchildren around the world. Hear about this tumultuous year from an astronomer known for his sense of humor and his ability to translate technical concepts into layperson’s language.
Mon., March 14 at 12:30 p.m., CCB – Healthy Parenting – Tonya Lewis Lee, national spokesperson, U.S. Department of Health’s A Healthy Baby Begins With You; author of best-selling children’s books with husband Spike Lee; television writer and producer; vice-chair of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Trust Fund; and founder of HealthyYouNow.com, discusses healthy parenting.
Wed., March 23 at 11:00 a.m., CCB – How American Business Can Change the World: One Job at a Time! – Business strategist Kate Buggeln sits on the Board of Dress Barn, Inc., The Vitamin Shoppe and Noble Biomaterials. As a Board member of Bpeace (formerly the Business Council for Peace), she works with entrepreneurs in Rwanda, Afghanistan and El Salvador to expand their businesses, thus creating jobs and stability.
Tues., March 29 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., CCB – Being Bullied is Hell, But Life Gets Better – LZ Granderson is a writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com and winner of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) award for online journalism. This event is cosponsored by the Sexual Harassment Education subcommittee of the Affirmative Action Committee.
Wed., March 30 at 11:00 a.m., CCB – Cyberbullying and Homophobia: Responses and Impact – Hayley Gorenberg is Deputy Legal Director for Lambda Legal, the national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV. This event is cosponsored with the Sexual Harassment Education Subcommittee of the Affirmative Action Committee.
Mon., April 4 at 12:30 p.m., CCB – The Making of Avatar and What’s Next in Filmmaking – Jon Landau is the producer of the two highest grossing movies of all time, Avatar and Titanic. As executive vice president at Twentieth Century Fox in the 1990s, he supervised production of Die Hard 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, True Lies and more.
Tues., April 12 at 1:15 p.m., CCB – Gasland – The controversial natural gas drilling technology called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has swept across the country. But is it safe? Josh Fox’s documentary Gasland is nominated for a 2011 Academy Award.
Wed., April 27 at 11:00 a.m., CCB – Rediscovering Malcolm X – Manning Marable’s soon-to-be published comprehensive biography of Malcolm X presents surprising new details about this charismatic black leader’s life and assassination. The distinguished Prof. Marable teaches at Columbia University and directs its Institute for Research in African American Studies.