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"Four Freedoms Week" Set for October 28-November 3

10/23/2012


Students and faculty at St. John Fisher College will celebrate “Four Freedoms Week” beginning October 28 through November 3. The annual week-long series of events, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, features guest speakers, interactive programs, and educational trainings that are free and open to the campus community and the general public.

This year’s “Four Freedoms Week” will be in line with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs’ overall theme for this academic year – “The Year of Acceptance.” Events will cover topics including hate crimes, domestic violence, homophobia, and hunger.

The Four Freedoms were goals originally articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6, 1941. His address became known as the Four Freedoms speech (which was technically the State of the Union address at that time), when he proposed four universal freedoms inhered to every global citizen—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

The full schedule of events is as follows:

Sunday, October 28-Saturday, November 3

The Clothesline Project*
LeChase Commons
This program started in Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of domestic violence against women. It is a vehicle for those affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt that is then hung on a clothesline so others can read their testimonies.
*This project will be displayed throughout the entire Four Freedoms Week.

Monday, October 29

10:10-11:05 a.m. - Opening Session Presenter, Dr. Carolyn Vacca
Lavery Library Lower Level

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Speaker Sam Rind, “Surviving the Holocaust”
Golisano Gateway Midlevel
Sam Rind is a child survivor of the Holocaust. Born near Lublin, Poland in 1937, Rind’s family was in various ghettos and forced labor camps where his father was killed for the leather jacket on his back. Rind also witnessed his younger brother being killed in his mother’s arms by a Nazi guard. He and his mother eventually escaped to the Ukranian ghetto of Szmerinka to be with other relatives. To escape, Rind had to dress like a little girl. At the end of the war, they returned to Poland to find relatives, but found none. Rind and his mother formed a little kibbutz (communal settlement) with other Jewish survivors, but eventually wanted to leave because of continued anti-Semitism. They were not permitted entry to the United States where Rind’s uncle lived, so they went to Bolivia to be with another uncle. In 1960, Rind was able to come to the United States to attend college in Buffalo. He became an optician, and is still practicing today.

4:00-5:00 p.m. – JASY Camp 2012 Team Presentation
Lavery Library – Main Level
Hear from students, faculty, and staff who volunteered for the 2012 Jamaican Advantage Thru Sports for Youth (JASY) Day Camp service trip in May. Team members will share stories and photos – a great opportunity to learn more about this unique trip!

Tuesday, October 30

6:00-8:00 p.m. - Safe Zone Training (Beginner)
Golisano Gateway Midlevel
Participants will learn about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Ally (LGBTQIA) vocabulary, differences between sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity. They will also learn how to be supportive straight allies for the LGBTQIA community. At the end of the session, participants will be eligible to receive a Gay Alliance “Safe Zone Sticker.” Facilitated by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley.

Wednesday, October 31

1:30-3:05 p.m. – Speaker William Gargan, “Hate Crimes”
Basil 135
William Gargan joined the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in February 1998. He has been an Assistant District Attorney in the Local Courts Bureau, the County Court Bureau, and the Major Felony Bureau. In addition, he was the Chief of the County Court Bureau and Deputy Bureau Chief of the Local Courts Bureau. Earlier this year, Gargan agreed to become part of the newly created Special Victims Trial Division as Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau. He has received awards from the Monroe County/City of Rochester Coalition for Crime Victims and the Rochester Clearing House Security Committee. Gargan has lectured through the New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute (NYPTI), the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office Continuing Legal Education programs, and to various local law enforcement agencies. During Four Freedoms Week, he will present on issues of hate crimes and the consequence of those crimes.

6:00-8:00 p.m. - Safe Zone Training (Advance)
Golisano Gateway Midlevel
Participants will learn about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Ally (LGBTQIA) vocabulary, differences between sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity. They will also learn how to be supportive straight allies for the LGBTQIA community. At the end of the session, participants will be eligible to receive a Gay Alliance “Safe Zone Sticker.” Facilitated by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley.

Thursday, November 1

1:45-3:05 p.m. - Presenter: Rape Crisis Center of Rochester, “Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence”
Wilson Formal Lounge
In this interactive workshop, a representative from Rochester Rape Crisis will lead a discussion on the resources available for survivors of sexual assault.
Host: Women and Gender Studies Program

6:30-8:30 p.m. - Hunger Banquet
Cleary Auditorium
The Hunger Banquet focuses on worldwide hunger. Participants will randomly receive a ticket which will place them in one of three socio-economic classes. According to “status,” guests will have a specific type of meal. During the Hunger Banquet, information will be provided and discussions will be held about poverty.
Host: Dr. Jim Wood

8:30-10:00 p.m. – Box Town
LeChase Commons
Immediately following the Hunger Banquet, get a taste of what it’s like to be homeless at Box Town, hosted by Students With A Vision (SWAV). Boxes will be set up around the Commons, and will surround a bonfire. Spend an hour or longer discovering the homeless life. SWAV’s goal is to raise awareness about homelessness.  

Saturday, November 3

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – Foodlink, Inc.
1999 Mt. Read Blvd., Rochester
Attendees will have the opportunity to visit Foodlink, and assist with packing boxes with food for the Rochester community.

For more information regarding Four Freedoms Week, please contact Yantee Slobert in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or yslobert@sjfc.edu.


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