This summer, a group of MCC faculty and staff, along with members of other area colleges, formed a new partnership with the Friends of Ganondagan, a local group dedicated to preserving and promoting Native American history and culture.
This one-of-a-kind partnership, comprised of St. John Fisher, Nazareth, MCC, and Friends of Ganondagan, is now named The Rochester Area Native American Studies Consortium. The consortium’s mission is to encourage Native American studies through collaborative community programming and curricula development in the Rochester area. These efforts are designed to reach both American Indians and non-Indians.
As part of this ambitious program, MCC has committed to be a central component of Rochester’s first Native American Film Festival. The festival, to be held between February and April 2008, will screen films that depict the dynamic complexity of the Native American experience.
MCC will screen four Native American films, host local and national Native American speakers, and stage cultural presentations.
This series promises to be a rewarding and exciting opportunity and the faculty and staff involved in this initiative look forward to the participation of MCC faculty and staff and community members.