GENESEO, N.Y. - The State University of New York at Geneseo is celebrating Cultural Harmony Week Oct. 24-28 with events designed to address a wide variety of community and diversity issues, including race, gender, ethnicity and culture.
The college plans an entire week of programming both inside and outside the classroom to deepen students' understanding and awareness of important aspects of human behavior and social organization. Activities are envisioned as an extension of the Social Sciences core requirement, which works to deepen students' understanding and awareness of important aspects of human behavior and social organization, to increase students' understanding of the human condition and human institutions, and to augment the non-western traditions graduation requirement seeking to focus students' attention on ideas, experiences, and concepts existing outside Western traditions.
Among events during the week:
An Intercultural Night Dinner will kick off the week in the MacVittie Union ballroom from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Multicultural student organizations will highlight the evening with foods and performances representing their organization.
Jan McDonald, executive director of Rochester Roots, a non-profit organization that since 1991 has been committed to improving community health and well-being through the reduction in hunger, describe the project at 4 p.m. in Sturges Hall Auditorium. The innovative project is an experiential learning model that integrates sustainable agriculture, art, nutrition science, healthy eating, entrepreneurship and social justice into a project that serves the needs of urban dwellers living in poverty.
Writer, activist, teacher and transman Eli Clare will address "Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies" during his keynote address at 4 p.m. in Newton Hall 201. He will examine how oppression often lodges in our bodies.
The "Everyone Loves to Travel" event is scheduled in the MOSAIC area of MacVittie Union from noon to 2 p.m. It will showcase foods of five of the most traveled study abroad locations for Geneseo students. The food will be served progressive meal style.
At 5 p.m. is the opening reception for the El Sauce exhibition in the Lederer Gallery in Brodie Hall. The exhibit features the photography of Kris Dreessen, manager of editorial service at SUNY Geneseo. Her work highlights the people and culture of the remote town in Nicaragua and the economic development initiatives that SUNY Geneseo is taking to support the area.
A variety of other events also are taking place during the week including videos, films and other exhibits throughout campus.
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