Cultural Harmony Week seeks to foster unity

With Cultural Harmony Week coming up, Geneseo will soon be immersed in culture from all walks of life. The eighth annual Cultural Harmony Week, sponsored by the Activities Commission and Student Association, will be filled with films, lectures, exhibits, and other activities designed to explore issues of race, ethnicity, diversity and culture.

Cultural Harmony Week, which is planned in accordance with United Nations Day on Oct. 24, has become a tradition at Geneseo. This year's theme, "Building Bridges: Stand Up and Reach Out," is about activism. Cultural Harmony Week coordinator Fatima Johnson explained the principles behind this program: "The purpose of this week is to help bring the academic and student affairs sides of campus together, as well as to enhance the learnings of culture that are taught in classes."

Cultural Harmony Week features films such as Ghost of Cite Soleil, which details the dynamics of socio-economic class conflicts in Haiti. One of the most anticipated events is the Wadsworth Lecture to be delivered by Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP. These and many more events and activities are open for students to attend throughout the following week.

Fatima Johnson encouraged all students to participate. "This week is a great opportunity for us to have dialogue and conversation about issues that touch our lives in some way," she said. "If we, as a campus, are able to let our guard down and open ourselves up to the ideas and information presented, we'll have a better campus community because of it."