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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.

 

 Cultrual Harmony Week 2019 Identity

Title Date Time Location Description
Express your Identity! Sunday, October 20th 4:00-6:00pm Kinetic Gallery, College Union Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Join facilitators as we draw, write and paste any aspects of our racial, social, sexual and ethnic identity upon giant posters, as well as any identities not specifically mentioned. Collage and artistic tools will be provided. The event moderators will guide you if you get 'stuck' on how to express yourself and what to create. This event will recur three more times throughout the week, so it's ok if you miss the first one.
Geneseo Wind Ensemble Presents... Sunday, October 20th 3:00-5:00pm Wadsworth Auditorium  
Cultivating Community Conversation: Campus Climate and Engagement Monday, October 21st 2:30-3:45pm Union Ballroom They will explore the topic “Making Inclusion Our Middle Name: Cultivating a campus identity that ‘oozes’ inclusion.” During this dialogue, they will consider a variety of important questions, such as "What everyday practices demonstrate engagement and help foster a strong campus climate? How do we cultivate a climate that embodies engagement? How can we help each other ‘ooze’ inclusion? "
Sexual Assault in the LGBTQIA+ Community Monday, October 21st 4:00-5:30pm College Union 322/323  
Poetry Reading with Aisha Sharif Monday, October 21st 7:00pm Doty 300 (Tower Room) Enjoy the poetry of Aisha Sharif, an African American Muslim woman whose work explores how racial, gender, and religious identities align, separate, and blend
Gold Workshop for Opal Certificate: Developing Inter-Group Relationships Tuesday, October 22nd 11:00am-12:00pm College Union 322/323 This workshop will examine our relationships with individuals different from ourselves. It is designed to help individuals explore their perceptions, experiences, and comfort level with diverse groups through an eye-opening activity. 
DICE Wokeshop: Multi-Film Screening Tuesday, October 22nd 5:00pm Welles 111 Join the Diversity & Inclusivity Community Educators (DICE) as they facilitate discussion on Race in America. They will dive into a rich discussion on different ethnic groups and how they affected by various institutions and entities.
Intersectionality in Judaism Tuesday, October 22nd 6:00pm Newton 213 Come learn about the intersectionality of Judaism through the lens of Holocaust education, with the experiences of queer Jews and Black Jews.
When Your Existence is an Ongoing Act of Rebellion Wednesday, October 23rd 2:30-3:45pm Doty 300 (Tower Room) Join keynote speaker Dr. Kristin Hocker for a talk on how engaging in-depth exploration of our multifaceted identities and the ways in which we understand ourselves and our ways of being in the world plays a role in building the resilience necessary to succeed and thrive.
The Alan Lutkus International Film Series Presents: Check It Thursday, October 25th 7:00pm Newton 202 Join Dr. Mark Broomfield for this screening and a discussion.
“Express Your Identity: I Am…” Open Mic Friday, October 25th 5:00-6:00pm Blake - The Knight Spot Students can take the stage and perform, songs, instrumentals, spoken word poetry, and any other stage art to express their culture and social identity. We encourage performances to be based on the intersection of your identity and how that has shaped your experiences and who you are today.
Modern Day Oppression of Marginalized Communities Friday, October 25th 2:00-3:00pm College Union 322/323

This program will be an audience participatory discussion on modern-day oppression of marginalized communities in the USA. The main focus will be on the role that mainstream media and social media play in facilitating and fostering oppression.

Intercultural Dinner Saturday, October 26th 5:30pm College Union Ballroom Join the ACE groups for an evening of food, skits, dances, songs and more that highlight their cultural identities.
Film Screening Saturday, October 26th 3:00-4:30pm College Union 322/323

Mani Mitchell and Grant Lahood set out to "de-mystify" intersex, looking "beyond the shame and secrecy that defines many intersex births". Interviewing intersex people around the world, the film explores how they "navigate their way through childhood, adolescence, relationships, and adulthood, when they don’t fit the binary model of a solely male and female world". The film follows Mitchell on a tour, visiting intersex people in America, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, and Australia

Express your Identity! Wednesday, Oct 23rd 5:00-6:30pm Kinetic Gallery, College Union

Stop by to draw, write and paste any aspects of your social, sexual and ethnic identity upon giant posters, as well as any identities not specifically mentioned. Collage and artistic tools will be provided. The event moderators will guide you if you get 'stuck' on how to express yourself and what to create. This event will recur ONCE more tomorrow. This is also an opportunity to have a self reflect on what you have learned this week. See you there!

Multi-Flim Screening Wednesday, Oct 23rd 7:00pm South Hall Amphitheater

A series of mini-documentaries compiled by the New York Times discussing "What makes someone American? How do you define American identity? When do you feel most American? Or least? Nine American citizens describe their struggle to belong in a nation that both embraces and rejects them". Followed by a brief discussion, led by D.I.C.E Facilitators.

Express your Identity! Thursday, Oct 24th 11:00am-12:30pm Kinetic Gallery, College Union

Stop by to draw, write and paste any aspects of your social, sexual and ethnic identity upon giant posters, as well as any identities not specifically mentioned. Collage and artistic tools will be provided. The event moderators will guide you if you get 'stuck' on how to express yourself and what to create. This is the LAST opportunity to participate. This is also a chance to have a self reflect on what you have learned/seen/experienced this week. See you there!

Gold Workshop for Opal Certificate: Social Identity Thursday, Oct 24th 2:00-3:00pm College Union Rm 114

Everyone has multiple identities. This session will demonstrate how people express their different identities and provide a new understanding of the wide range of diversity that exists in our daily interactions with other people. They will learn what aspects go into creating an identity. Using their own lives as examples, participants will take a look at how they express that identity. Limited seats remaining, sign up through your Gold account.