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Cultural Harmony Week

Cultural Harmony Week

Cultural Harmony Week

The annual observance of Cultural Harmony Week (3rd week in October)  has become a tradition at Geneseo that truly puts into practice the sentiments expressed in its mission and values statements. At its inception, the week was designed to explore issues of race, ethnicity and culture. Now, several years later, this annual event seeks to provide programming that addresses a wide variety of community and diversity issues.

Planned by a campus-wide, ad-hoc committee it is 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, as well as, to augment the Non-Western Traditions graduation requirement seeking to focus students' attention on ideas, experiences, and concepts existing outside Western traditions.

A full-week of programming ranging from the academically staid to fun and interactive, Cultural Harmony Week activities always focus on learning outcomes. Participation by students in a few of the week's programs, over each of the four years of their collegiate career, can make a notable impact, furthering the stated goal of encouraging intellectual engagement and personal growth through high quality curricular and co-curricular programming.


Date Title Comments
Sunday, October 18 Geneseo Wind Ensemble
Monday, October 19 What would it mean to decarcerate a college campus?

The Rochester Education Justice Initiative, which fosters higher education opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated higher education students in the Rochester area, is one of a range of initiatives in order to meaningfully answer the question. Panelists will discuss their work with the hope of dovetailing with local initiatives.


Zoom Link: What would it mean to decarcerate a college campus?

Monday, October 19 Film: Talking Black in America

This film addresses African American English and language-based discrimination. It will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Professor Walt Wolfram (NC State).

Tuesday, October 20 What does it mean to defund the police with Ashley Gantt (Free the People Roc) Join a conversation on what it means to defund the police, how it will impact communities of color, and why some are pushing for a reimagination of public safety.
  Self Portraits Exhibit
Come experience the self-portraits representing aspects of Geneseo students' identities.
  • Wednesday & Thursday 1- 4pm
  • Friday 1- 5pm
  • The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, Brodie 203
Wednesday, October 21 Human Books Collection

Check out the Human Books Collection! It is full of diverse stories which highlight Geneseo's diverse community. 

Wednesday, October 21 The Urgency of Centering Blackness in Arts and Culture

Rachel Y. DeGuzman is the award-winning founder and executive director of 21st Century Arts, Inc., as well as the founder of WOC ART COLLABORATIVE. The focus of her work is decentering whiteness in arts/culture by centering the art, narratives, and voices of people of color. In fulfillment of that vision, Rachel established The Black House arts and culture space and “At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art” and Justice, an initiative presented by 21st Century Arts. Since it launched, “At the Crossroads” has produced over 44 Long Table Conversations and Installations. Her current work culminated from a traditional career in professional arts with the intent to produce work more rooted in both art and community - that values experimentation, innovation, creativity in all its forms, social justice, and equity.

Wednesday, October 21 International Pronouns Day: Fact or Fiction

What is this 'new' pronouns thing? Is 'they' grammatically correct? How do pronouns work in different languages? Join us to learn all this and more from pronouns mythbuster Charlotte Wade (she/they), Coordinator of LGBTQ Programs and Services, and Jennifer R. Guzmán (she/her/hers), PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

Wednesday, October 21 Black Futures: An Uncomfortable Truth with Sado Jirde 

Differences in power manifest in asymmetrical access – a privilege which continues to run along racial lines. Under its cosmopolitan surface, our society remains racialized in its structure and its power dynamics. Much like its historic form, it has a heart of Whiteness. It is an emulation of a template that already existed and was established by the oppressors who now seek ‘inclusion’ of the oppressed using the systems established by the former dominator. How do you develop community organizations using these same processes? Black futures must therefore involve the creation of alternative solutions and spaces. Spaces which do not seek to privilege certain groups over others but seek to center Black voices, change the template, and create alternative spaces for Black people to thrive.

Wednesday, October 21  

A Community Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi


IBRAM X. KENDI is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author and is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.

Join the discussion on Zoom about antiracism and critical social issues that affect us all. 

  Self Portraits Exhibit
Come experience the self-portraits representing aspects of Geneseo students' identities.
  • Wednesday & Thursday 1- 4pm
  • Friday 1- 5pm
  • The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, Brodie 203
Thursday, October 22 When saying Black Lives Matter Ain't Enough - Organizing 101 | Adrian Elim 2020 has been a hell of a year to say the least and one thing we know for sure is that Black Lives Matter, right? This training will provide valuable perspective to those who are committed to the fight for justice & Black Liberation when a hashtag just ain't enough. This intensive training will provide attendees with some insight into organizing as we see it today how it relates to where the fight for liberation has been thus far. Are you ready to get free? 
Thursday, October 22 Ally Means All

Join Geneseo Hillel for a discussion on how to be a more intersectional ally as a member of a minority group and how to implement strategies to uplift fellow minorities.

Friday, October 23  Ordinary Black People Doing Extraordinary Things with Wayne Reid

Wayne Reid is a Professional Officer for the British Association of Social Workers England and lives in Sheffield. Wayne has worked in: private fostering; the Probation Service; youth offending; adult mental health; child protection and with care leavers. As a black male social worker, Wayne understands some of the challenges that service-users and practitioners from different ethnic minority groups can face. From his experience, Wayne believes academic and ‘life education’ are essential to improve an individual’s quality of life and life chances.

This session is part of our continuing "Becoming and Antiracist Campus" project and sponsored by our GALA colleagues at Bath Spa University UK. Get the YouTube link for this FREE event here

12 - 1pm

Friday, October 23 The Mural Project | Shawn Dunwoody & Amanda Chestnut  

The Student Association, in collaboration with Shawn Dunwoody and Amanda Chestnut, will kick off The Mural Project with a session on what social justice, activism, and reform looks like through mural work. At the end of the session students will have the opportunity to be a part of The Mural Project Working Group. The Mural Project Working Group will be a small group of students that will serve as the voice and vision of the students when working on The Mural Project. This event is supported by your mandatory student activity fee.

Friday, October 23 Clarissa Uprooted Screening & Talk

Teen Empowerment Youth History Ambassadors are proud to bring the premiere screening of Clarissa Uprooted: Youth and Elders Uncover the Story of Black Rochester to the virtual big screen. Clarissa Uprooted depicts the Third Ward as a microcosm of Rochester’s, and many northern US cities’, history – from neighborhood comradery, international jazz music and thriving black-owned businesses, to redlining, urban renewal, and other racist policies. The talkback will feature some of the elders who lived this history and the youth who are living with the consequences today.