Creativity Week: Creativity as a Human Right: Art Educators in Areas of Global Conflict -- CANCELLED

Due to the inclement weather forecast and the University’s closure on Tuesday, March 14, many of the events scheduled for March 13-15 with the theme “Celebrating Creativity,” including tonight’s poetry workshop with Professor Janet Kaplan and those featuring choreographer Twyla Tharp and author Keith Sawyer, have been canceled. The Hofstra Cultural Center is working on rescheduling them for a future date. for updates.

Events that are proceeding as scheduled are:

·        Today, March 13, 3-4 p.m., 3-D Printing Workshop at Room 106 Calkins Hall from 3-4 p.m., sponsored by Student Computing Services. Watch a 3-D printer in action and get a printout to take home.

·        Thursday, March 16, 10 a.m.-4 pm. Hofstra-CPXi Venture Challenge Semifinal Round and NYS Business Plan Competition Qualifying Round at the IdeaHUB, 2nd Floor, Axinn Library.

 The Wednesday, March 15, “Great Writers, Great Readings” event featuring A. Van Jordan at 6:30 p.m. will be announced depending on that day’s weather conditions.



In an era marked by continuing conflict around the globe, questions for those of us in the field of education abound: Is creativity a human right? What is the role of art in human survival? How can art educators contribute to those individuals and communities besieged by social upheaval and war? Facing increasing social disorder and possibly the worst refugee crisis in modern history, the contemporary world has become characterized by a culture of violence, xenophobia, and intolerance. In this pivotal moment, the lives of children and young adults are at risk, as many grow up in the midst of armed conflict, often living in displacement camps or exiled from their homelands. For others living closer to home, the challenges of poverty, violence and mass incarceration threaten their future. In this presentation, Susan Goetz Zwirn, Hofstra professor of art education and graduate program director, explores the work of two art educators who facilitate art initiatives with populations in conflict-affected environments, both local and global. When not teaching within the comfort of the ivory tower, their projects take them from refugee camps abroad to juvenile prisons in the United States to demonstrate the value of art education where it matters the most.



Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Plaza Room Middle, Mack Student Center, North Campus

Creativity Week investigates innovation and creativity across multiple disciplines -- science, computing, business, the arts, and medicine -- and through diverse activities and events that include keynote addresses by choreographer Twyla Tharp and psychologist Keith Sawyer, hands-on workshops, scholarly presentations, and artistic performances.

Monday - Friday, March 13-17, 2017

For a full list of events, go to Creativity Week at Hofstra University webpage


Creativity Week is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required for all events. To register visit Creativty Week events registration

Wednesday, March 15, 2017





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