March & April: Spring 2017 Cultural Program - "Challenges for America"


Immediate:  February 23, 2017

Nassau Community College Presents

Challenges for America


The Nassau Community College Cultural Program Spring 2017 Lecture Series

Garden City, NY – Nassau Community College presents its Spring 2017 Cultural Program, Challenges for America, which features presentations by David Hoppe, former Chief of Staff for House Speaker Paul Ryan; Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review; Frank Meeink, a former Neo-Nazi skinhead who began to question his hatred and was ultimately redeemed while doing hard time in an Illinois prison; and more.

The Challenge Facing Democrats Gina McCarthy Gina McCarthy was the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama. During her 30-year career, she has worked in all levels of government to take action on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment. Monday, March 6, 12:30 p.m. CCB Multipurpose Room

The Challenge Facing Republicans David Hoppe From early days crafting President Reagan's tax reforms to his most recent role as Chief of Staff to House Speaker Paul Ryan, David Hoppe has been at the center of the Republican legislative agenda and conservative thought leadership. Monday, March 13, 11:00 a.m. CCB Multipurpose Room

Understanding the Electoral College and Why We Still Have It James Coll, NCC History Department Founder of, James Coll is a frequent contributor on political issues to Newsday, Politico, The Hill and other periodicals. Monday, March 27, 11:00 a.m. CCB 252/253

Watched Theater 167, a multicultural ensemble, will perform Watched, the story of Naeem, a teenager coming of age under surveillance, something many Americans experience and most Muslim Americans know. Author Marina Buddhos will discuss her work following the performance. Monday, April 3, 11:00 a.m. CCB Multipurpose Room

The Media in the New Age of Trump Kyle Pope New York media veteran Kyle Pope is the editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review. CJR's mission is to be the intellectual leader in the rapidly changing world of journalism. It shapes the ideas that make media leaders and journalists smarter about their work. Wednesday, April 19, 2:00 p.m. CCB 252/253

A Former Skinhead Speaks Out Against Hate Frank Meeink Frank's violent childhood primed him to hate. By 18, this Neo-Nazi skinhead was doing hard time in an Illinois prison. Behind bars, he began to question his hatred. The story of his downfall and redemption has the power to open hearts and change lives. Thursday, April 20, 2:30 p.m. CCB 252/253

These programs are free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled. For more information about the spring 2017 Cultural Program at Nassau Community College, call 516.572.7148.

Media Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634

About Nassau Community College Nassau Community College, a division of the State University of New York, is an institution where almost 22,000 full- and part-time students and nearly 15,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 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

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