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College to Celebrate “Four Freedoms Week”


College to Celebrate “Four Freedoms Week”

Students and faculty at St. John Fisher College will celebrate the annual “Four Freedoms Week” November 3-9 through a variety of campus-wide initiatives aimed at embracing the freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

"Four Freedoms Week" is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, and features scheduled speakers, interactive programs, and exhibits that are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

The full schedule is as follows:

Sunday, November 3 through Saturday, November 9

“Freedom to Read”
Various locations

Posters created by students in English 264 will be displayed throughout campus exploring the ongoing conflicts in America and answering questions including: Does your freedom to read conflict with my freedom from fear? Does my freedom of religion justify the removal of a book from your reading list? How free is a student’s speech inside a school building?

The Clothesline Project
Various locations

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.

Monday, November 4

9:00-11:00 a.m. - Opening Session, Dr. Carolyn Vacca, Presenter
Lavery Library Lower Level

Dr. Vacca will provide participants with the history of the four freedoms and how they impact our daily lives as citizens of the United States.

Tuesday, November 5

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Keynote: Steven Hess, “Surviving the Holocaust”
Hughes Rotunda

Steven Hess was born in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1938. Hess spent his childhood years under Nazi occupation. He and his family, including his parents and twin sister, were in the Westerbork and Bergen Belsen concentration camps from 1942-1945. On January 1, 1947, his family immigrated to the United States. He has lectured on the Holocaust throughout the Rochester school systems and at area colleges and universities.

6:00 p.m.-8:00 pm – Film: “Little Town of Bethlehem”
Skalny 141

An inspiring true story of three men in a land gripped by fear, hatred, and division. Expected to be enemies they instead thrive together to end the cycle of violence.

Wednesday, November 6

12:30-1:40 p.m. – Safe Zone Advanced Training
Golisano Gateway Midlevel

Participants will learn about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Ally (LGBTQIA) vocabulary, differences among sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity. They will also learn how to be supportive straight allies for the LGBTQIA community.

Thursday, November 7

9:30-10:50 a.m. – Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence
Golisano Gateway Midlevel

In this interactive workshop, a representative from the Rochester Rape Crisis Center will lead a discussion on the resources available for survivors of sexual assault.

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Hunger Banquet
Campus Center Mainstage

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. A food drive will simultaneously take place, and donations will be sent to the Pittsford Food Cupboard.
Hosts: Students With A Vision (SWAV) and The Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs

8:30-10:00 p.m. – Box Town
LeChase Commons

Join fellow students, faculty, and staff in raising awareness about homelessness. For more information, contact SWAV at

Saturday, November 9

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Pittsford Food Cupboard
1 Grove Street, Suite 103A, Pittsford

Fisher volunteers will deliver collected donations from the College, sort food, and repackage for distribution.

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

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