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Fisher Commemorates “Four Freedoms Week”

October 19, 2018

Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to reflect on the value of freedom during St. John Fisher College’s annual “Four Freedoms Week” celebration, Saturday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 27.

The 2018 Clothesline Project

The Four Freedoms were originally articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6, 1941, when he proposed that there were four universal freedoms inhered to every global citizen: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Fisher’s "Four Freedoms Week" features speakers and exhibits that are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

The full schedule is as follows:

The Clothesline Project
On display beginning Friday, Oct. 19, LeChase Commons

The Clothesline Project started in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for those affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a t-shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. The t-shirts also signify the importance of speaking out against gender violence and demonstrate the power of a community committed to peaceful social action.

Domestic Violence Awareness Fashion Show
5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, Cleary Family Auditorium

Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence
1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, Golisano Gateway Midlevel

In this interactive workshop, a representative from RESTORE Sexual Assault Services will lead a discussion on the resources available for survivors of sexual assault.

Lecture: Violence, Victory, & Voice
Informal talk at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Basil 135
Formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in Cleary Family Auditorium

A talk by Shanna L. Smith, Ph.D., “Violence, Victory, & Voice,” explores millennials and social justice in The Hate You Give, a young adult novel written by Angie Thomas. Smith is an assistant professor of English at Jackson State University, in Jackson, Mississippi, where she teaches courses that contextualize practices of orality and social justice in the history of African American literature. Smith is completing interviews for Lineage: An Oral history of Contemporary African American Writers of Kentucky that includes Houston Baker, Frank X. Walker, Crystal Wilkinson, and Jacinda Townsend, among others.