Hamilton College Hosts Cultural Festival

The Multicultural Student Consortium atHamilton College will sponsor a "Culture Awareness Week" beginning Monday, Nov.3, and culminating with a cultural festival on Saturday, Nov. 8, from noon to 4p.m. in the Bristol Campus Center.

This event is the first to be sponsored by the group which is comprised ofrepresentatives from several student organizations, including the AsianCultural Society, the Black and Latin Student Union, Hillel, the InternationalStudent Association, La Vanguardia, the Native American Studies StudentAssociation, Rainbow Alliance, Students at Hamilton Against Racism andPrejudice (S.H.A.R.P) and the Womyn's Community Center.

In its first official year, the consortium presents a forum where the variousgroups can work collectively to address issues of multiculturalism, promoteawareness of diversity and work to achieve mutual goals. Tom Royal,coordinator of multicultural affairs and advisor to the consortium, points outthat the week of events "is an excellent opportunity, not only for the largercampus community, but also the surrounding community to learn more about thepeople and different cultures that are represented at Hamilton."

Public events scheduled for the week include:

Monday, November 3

4 p.m. - Lecture - "Ana Lydia Vega on the Nuyorican Experience," Dr. Gustavo Puleo. Location TBA.

7 p.m. - Diwali Celebration- Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. FilliusEvents Barn, Beinecke Student Village.

Tuesday, November 4

7:30 p.m. - Native American storyteller and flute specialist Roy Peters.Fillius Events Barn, Beinecke Village.

Wednesday, November 5

8 p.m. - Solo performance - "Shaping the World with Our Hands," Laila Farah Mohtar, Lebanese feminist scholar and performance artist. Theperformance explores the lives of contemporary Lebanese and Palestinian women. Discussion to follow. Fillius Events Barn, Beinecke Village.

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