Center for 'Race' Colloquia Series: History Is Complicated: Is It Possible to Know the Lives of Others?

Arthur Dobrin (Professor Emeritus, University Studies) will discuss “History Is Complicated: Is It Possible to Know the Lives of Others?”

Literature has the possibility of expanding our empathy by entering into the lives of those who are different from ourselves. This is what I have attempted to do in two recent novels that explore issues of sexism and racism, one through the lives of three contemporaries from the 1950s to the early 2000s, the second following two families, one Black and one white, from colonial times to the Civil War. But is it possible to know what it is like to be another? This is the risk taken in any writing endeavor other than autobiography. 

Center for “Race” Colloquia Series
Held on the last Wednesday of every month during the academic year, in these colloquia, Hofstra faculty members are invited to present their recent publications and engage with new scholarship focusing on race, culture and social justice. Multiple forms of scholarly production are welcome, including books, films, music, and other artistic expressions and research projects related to the core mission of the Center:

The Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, established at Hofstra University in January 2017, works to promote diversity, inclusiveness and cultural awareness on campus, and features several distinctive research and scholarly programs throughout the academic year.


Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.

LocationZoom link (no RSVP necessary)


All events are open to the public. For information, please contact the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice at 516-463-6585 or

Wednesday, March 24, 2021





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