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Fisher to Host Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week

January 10, 2017

St. John Fisher College will host seven events this month to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Running Wednesday, Jan. 18 through Thursday, Jan. 26, the week features meals, dialogues, and film screenings, among other activities.

Attendees engage in conversation about spirituality and faith during the 2016 Coexistence Dinner.

This year’s events explore the theme of human dignity, inspired by the quote—“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits,”—which was part of King’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Theme Lunch
11a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Ward-Haffey Dining Hall

Normal meal prices apply.

Coexistence Dinner and Dialogue
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Cleary Family Auditorium in Kearney Hall

The Coexistence Dinner and Dialogue aims to help faculty, staff, students, and the Rochester community break through pre-set barriers regarding spirituality and faith on campus. By engaging various community members within a supportive environment, faculty, staff, and students will gain deeper insights about the beliefs of others as well as their own through the use of contemplative discussion.

During the event, the recipients of the 2017 Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship will be announced. The scholarship provides two $500 awards to a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior who is actively involved with a club or organization whose programs reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice.

There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required. Register by Tuesday, Jan. 17, by emailing or calling (585) 385-8378.

Film Screening: “I’m Not Racist… Am I?”
2:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, in Basil 135

“I’m Not Racist… Am I?” is a documentary about how the next generation can confront racism, and follows 12 teenagers from New York City who were asked to come together for one school year to talk about race and privilege in a series of workshops and in conversations with friends and family members.

Seating is limited to the first 230 people. RSVP by Friday, Jan. 20, by emailing  or calling (585) 385-8378. This event is co-sponsored with Penfield Central School District.

7th Annual Hospitality Kit Drive
9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Golisano Gateway Midlevel

Toiletry items will be collected throughout the month of January to support community members in need at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, Saint’s Place, Sojourner House, RAIHN, Bethany House, Foundations of Hope, and Mary’s Place.

Collection boxes will be located in the Campus Center, Lavery Library, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs (Basil 117), Cyber Café, School of Business, and the Wegmans School of Nursing.  To volunteer to bag toiletry items collected on Jan. 24, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs at or (585) 385-8378.

Fresh Food vs. Processed Food
Noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Wilson Formal Lounge

Begin 2017 by learning how to make healthy food choices with the help of Joel Kraft, executive chef at Lackmann Food Services.

There is no cost to attend this event, however registration is required. RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 24, by emailing or calling (585) 385-8378.

Film Screening: “Sold”
6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Basil 135

A film adaptation of Patricia McCormick’s 2006 novel of the same name, “Sold” tells the story of a young girl who is sold to a brothel in Calcutta, India.

Human Trafficking: A Rochester Problem, Too
11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in Basil 135 and Golisano Gateway Midlevel

In observance of Human Trafficking Awareness/Prevention Month, this day-long conference will address this harrowing human rights issue and its connection to Upstate New York. A series of panels on Thursday, Jan. 26, will address topics including the law enforcement, legal system, health care, and social work issues related to human trafficking and increase awareness of the victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking. It will also explore the prevalence of human trafficking around national sporting events, the tourism industry, and international human trafficking.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, School of Arts and Sciences, Fisher’s Learning Community Program, and the Religious Studies, English, Sociology/Criminology/Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, Ethics, and African American Studies Departments, Humanities New York, and Wegmans. For more information, email Maureen Barry at

Events during the week are sponsored by Excellus BlueCross/BlueShield; Barnes & Noble Bookstores; Office of Student Affairs; Office of the Dean of Students; Lackmann Culinary Services; Safety and Security; Facilities, Lavery Library; and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, among other partners. For more information about individual events, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378.