Antisemitism & Religious Intolerance: An Educational Symposium
7-9 p.m. May 8, 2017
Moderated by Virginia Butler, Studio Director, D&C Digital

How should the Greater Rochester community respond to the recent rise in acts of religious bigotry?

The Anti-Defamation League's annual audit report (April 2017) notes that antisemitic incidents in the United States "surged more than one-third in 2016 and have jumped 86% in the first quarter of 2017." Recently, mosques and Islamic centers across the country have also been targeted and vandalized.

Members of the college community and general public are invited to join the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project for an educational symposium where community leaders, educators, and students will discuss the motivation behind hate crimes and religious bigotry and our community's response to it.

Hear from esteemed panelists:
* The Honorable Lovely A. Warren, Mayor, City of Rochester
* James P. Kennedy, Jr., Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of NY
* Meredith Dragon, CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
* Joy Getnick, Ph.D., Director of Jewish Life, Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester
* Michael Dobkowski, Ph.D. Professor of Religious Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

April 24-28, 2017

This year's Yom HaShoah Commemoration will be complemented by a series of events during the Week of April 24 that further promote remembrance of the Holocaust and compassion towards all people. The expanded series of events is hosted by the HGHRP in partnership with MCC Diversity Council, Global Education & International Services, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.

National Jewish Theater Foundation's Remembrance Readings
in Honor of Yom HaShoah

Presented in partnership with The Sixth Act, student performers will read a portion of the play Good by Cecil Philip Taylor, followed by a facilitated talkback. Set in pre-war Germany, this piece explores how "good" people come to access what they know is immoral. 
Monday, April 24, 2017
Flynn Campus Center Forum (3-130)
Free and open to the public.

I Told You, Now You Tell the World Photographic Exhibit
featuring portraits of local Holocaust Survivors and biographic essays written by MCC students.
Monday, April 24-Friday, April 28
Flynn Campus Center Atrium

Tibetan Monks' Creation of a Mandala Sand Painting
Monday-Friday, April 24-28; opening ceremony Monday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m.; closing ceremony Friday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m.
Flynn Campus Center Atrium
Witness as millions of grains of sand meticulously fall into place to form a visual prayer and symbolic universe within the heart of the Flynn Campus Center. The mandala will be "released" into the world on Friday, April 28 during the closing ceremony.

Lectures and Discussions:
MCC Professors and HGHRP Advisors open their classes to the college community on Tuesday, April 25.

When "mean" becomes normal: The Social Construction of Cruelty
facilitated by MCC Professor Patricia Kress, Ph.D., HGHRP Advisory Team member
Get a sneak peek inside PSY 222: Social Psychology of the Holocaust
Tuesday, April 25 from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m.
Brighton Campus, Room 5-300

From Bystander to Upstander: Choosing Good in an Evil World
facilitated by Professor Regina Fabbro, HGHRP Endowed Chair
Get a sneak peek inside ENG 108: Literature of the Holocaust
Tuesday, April 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Brighton Campus, Room 5-300

Film & Discussion
Every Face Has a Name (2015)
Wednesday, April 26
6 p.m.
Flynn Campus Center Forum (3-130)
This film is about Holocaust Survivors who, 70 years later, view archival footage of their liberation from concentration camps and their arrival in Malmo, Sweden. Refreshments provided.

27th Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Thursday, April 27
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 9:30 a.m. opening ceremony followed by candle lighting and Calling of the Names of Holocaust Survivors until 2 p.m.
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center Atrium and Forum
We are honored to have the following local Holocaust Survivors share their testimonies in the Flynn Campus Center Forum. 

10 a.m.        Warren Heilbronner
11:30 a.m.   Jacque Trama
1 p.m.         Carl Wetzstein

Free and open to the public. Classes welcomed! MCC Faculty: Please contact Sharon Scurlock at x3321 if you would like to bring your class.

Elementz performs "Joy Over Suffering" 
Learning lessons from our past through live beats, street dance, and poetry, performed in honor of local Holocaust Survivors. Presented by performing artists from Elementz of Cincinnati, Ohio. Featuring special guests Napoleon Maddox and The Millennium Robots.
Friday, April 28
Flynn Campus Center Atrium

*Dates and locations of events subject to change.