"Be the change you want to see in the world" (Mahatma Gandhi) is the theme of Hate-Free Week 2003, sponsored by PLEDGE (President’s Leadership, Education and Diversity Group Endeavor). You are invited to participate in a variety of events, which are free and open to the public, scheduled for the week:

Hate-Free Rally and Picnic, Thursday, April 24
The opening event of Hate-Free Week is a rally and picnic in Foley Plaza, St. Paul campus. The rally begins at 11:45 a.m. The picnic will continue until 1:30 p.m. The featured speaker at the rally is Dr. Josie Johnson, longtime civil rights activist, educator, community leader and woman of deep faith. Johnson was a member of the Minnesota delegation that participated in the 1963 March on Washington and is a former associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Minnesota.

“Conversations About Race," April 24
4:30-7 p.m. in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. (This event is primarily for faculty and staff. Students, see this event listed under May 1.) View "Last Chance for Eden," a powerful new film by Lee Mun Wah about nine women and men who explore the effect that racism has had on their lives, their families and communities. A discussion facilitated by Jessica Hughes will follow. Refreshments will be served. Due to limited seating, R.S.V.P. to Rhea Swinson-Fitzpatrick by Tuesday, April 22.

Movie: "Philadelphia", Friday, April 25
Watch this award-winning film starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington at 9:30 p.m. in 3M Auditorium, Owens Science Hall, St. Paul campus.
Refreshments provided. An opportunity for discussion will follow.

Movie: "Higher Learning," Saturday, April 26
This 1995 film chronicles a semester in the lives of a handful of college students as they confront issues of identity, diversity, sexism, and escalating racial tensions. 9:30 p.m. in the John R. Roach Center Center for the Liberal Arts auditorium. Refreshments provided. An opportunity for discussion will follow.

24-Hour Stand, Monday, April 28, to Tuesday, April 29
“Take a Stand” against discrimination and hate by participating for five minutes or as long as you wish, 9 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Foley Plaza.

Mixed Blood Theater Performances, Tuesday, April 29
Noon and 7 p.m. in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.

Noon: "Black Eagle" is a dynamic, humor-laced story of a modern American hero: Dr. Ronald McNair, the African American scientist aboard the ill-fated space shuttle Challenger. Written by Warren Bowles.

7 p.m.: "According to Coyote" is an anthology of tales featuring the legendary hero of American Indian mythology and an unforgettable encounter with the richness, vitality and sensibilities of Native American Culture. Written by John Kauffman.
Each production is 45 minutes in length, followed by a discussion facilitated by the actors.

“Communicating Across Difference,” Wednesday, April 30
The Rev. Eric H. F. Law is an Episcopal priest affiliated with the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is also an internationally known consultant, teacher and trainer in building inclusive community. He will present two 45-minute sessions: you may attend one or both.

The 12:30 p.m. session will explore cultural differences in communication styles and the consequences for leadership, teaching and learning. The 1:30 p.m. session will be interactive, with the opportunity to learn and practice some useful intercultural communication skills.

Prayer Vigil, Wednesday, April 30
Join in prayer for an end to hate and the creation of a peaceful world. 9 to 10 p.m. at Common Ground, Campus Ministry’s house of hospitality at 2154 Summit Ave.

“Conversations About Race,” Thursday, May 1
6-8:30 p.m. in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. (This event is primarily for students. Faculty and staff, see event listed under April 24.) View "Last Chance for Eden," a powerful new film by Lee Mun Wah about nine women and men who explore the effect that racism has had on their lives, their families and communities. A discussion facilitated by Jessica Hughes will follow. Refreshments will be served. Due to limited seating, R.S.V.P. to Rhea Swinson-Fitzpatrick by Thursday, April 24.

For more information please contact Taryn Pream.