Oct. 06, 2010

Geneseo to celebrate Cultural Harmony Week

Cultural Harmony Week banner on Sturges

On Oct. 26, Hillel and Campus Auxiliary Services will host the Oxfam Hunger Banquet. A true experiential dinner, diners also learn about issues of distribution of wealth and poverty around the world while their participation raises money for Oxfam America.

The unique event is part of the 2010 programming for this year's annual Cultural Harmony Week, Monday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Oct. 29. Geneseo is celebrating with a full week of activities, gatherings and experiences meant to explore issues of race, ethnicity and culture.
This year's theme is civic and social engagement within communities.

"It's great to see cultural harmony week on this campus," says Candace Hairston '12, who has served on the committee which organizes the week's activities for two years. "It gives students and myself a way to learn about different cultural things that we have never heard about. It really allows us to expand our thoughts about culture."

Events include displays on social and civic responsibility, intercultural dinners and documentary film screenings. In one film, "A Small Act," screening Oct. 27, a young man who was sponsored as a student in rural Kenya and is now a human rights lawyer, seeks the woman who sponsored his early education.

Multicultural Awareness Week activities include: 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom, Hillel and Campus Auxiliary Services are sponsoring the Oxfam Hunger Banquet.
  • On Friday, Oct. 22, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the College Union, Geneseo Lake Knight and the Women's Leadership Institute are holding a  a Bakhita Girls event in which participants will design T-shirts for the nonprofit organization, which promotes women's empowerment through sustainable development of community-based educational institutions. The event is sponsored by Geneseo Late Knight and the Student Association.
  • Starting Friday, Oct. 22 and running through Thursday, Oct, 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be four social and civic responsibility displays shown around campus: "A Small Act"(ISC lobby), "Sacred Steps Exhibit" (Milne lobby), "Power of your Wallet" (Red Jacket Dining Hall) and "First Experience Voting" (College Union lobby).
  • Sunday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom, there is an Intercultural Dinner with food and performances. It's hosted by Student Assocation, Alliance for Community Enrichment and Campus Auxiliary Services.
  • On Monday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m., in Eco-House (Putnam Hall), there will be a talk, "Edible Ed: An Innovative Garden School Project," by Jan McDonald, executive director of Rochester Roots, a nonprofit organization that improves community health and well-being through the reduction in hunger. There is a potluck dinner following the talk, at 5:30 p.m.
  • On Monday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom, there is a talk by Enrique Morones, founder and president of Border Angels, a volunteer group which places food, water and other provisions in the desert on the border areas to help save migrant lives.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Knight Spot, there will be a panel discussion on "Best Intentions: Lifelong Consequences," to explore the dynamics of being socially and civically responsible.
  • On Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Newton 201, Keynote Speaker Eli Clare presents "Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies."
  • On Wednesday ,Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Newton 202, the documentary film "A Small Act" will be shown.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 28, from noon to 2 p.m. in the MOSAIC room in the College Union, "Everyone Loves to Travel," a showcase of foods of five of the most-traveled study abroad locations for Geneseo students, will be held. Food is served progressive-meal style in Cultural Harmony Week exhibits.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., in Newton 204, there is a screening of the film "The Way of St. James," which explores the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage at the cathedral in Spain.