GENESEO, N.Y – SUNY Geneseo is celebrating Cultural Harmony Week Oct. 24 – Nov. 2 with events designed to address a wide variety of community and diversity issues, including race, religion, gender, ethnicity and non-Western culture. This year's theme, "Constructing & Reaffirming "I"dentity," will explore how individuals of diverse backgrounds are constructing their identity.
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. Highlights for this year's program include:
Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. in South Hall 233 – Linda Steet, associate professor of education, will deliver the opening faculty lecture, "Diversity and Islam."
Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Lockhart Gallery, 26 Main St. – Opening of art exhibit "Black: A Graphic Signifier" with artist Curlee Holton and student readings of Shakespeare's Othello.
Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Newton Hall Room 214 – Author Tim Wise will deliver the keynote address. He is the author of six books including his latest, "Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority." He was named one of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by Utne Reader.
Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Newton Hall Room 209 – Performance poet and live artist Dorothea Smartt, a prize-winning black British writer of Bajan descent, will be reading from her new book, "Ship Shape," which re-imagines the story of Samboo, an African slave lost to history, buried at Sunderland Point in Lancaster, England.
Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Newton Hall Room 209 – Film screening of "Miss Representation," a groundbreaking film exploring and challenging the double standard the media exhibits toward women, especially women in positions of power.
Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium – The critically acclaimed theater company Repertorio Español presents "En el tiempo de las mariposas" (In the Time of Butterflies), the true story of the Mirabal sisters, who served as symbols of defiant hope in a country shadowed by dictatorship and despair. Tickets for the production are available online (http://tinyurl.com/TicketsRepertorioAtGeneseo2013), at the college's Center for Languages and Cultures (Fraser Hall 202) and at the window of Wadsworth Auditorium one hour before the performance.
Nov. 1 at 8:30 p.m. in Sturges Auditorium – Geneseo alumna Qurrat Ann Kadwani performs "They Call Me Q!" The production, which won the Maui Fringe Festival's 2013 Best Play Award, portrays Kadwani in a bold and relentless one-woman show that interprets and deconstructs the identity of 13 very different women.
The entire schedule for Cultural Harmony Week is also available online. Activities during the week support the Division of Student and Campus Life's learning outcomes and 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.
Cultural Harmony Week is sponsored by the Center for Community-Office of Multicultural Programs, SA, ACE, CAS, Late Knight, Division of Student & Campus Life, Department of Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Black/Africana Studies, Women's Studies, Xerox Center for Multicultural Teacher Education, the Galleries and the Department of English.
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