Students took a stand on human rights and grooved to world music during the fourth-annual Multicultural Seder. Modeled after the Jewish seder—a ceremonial dinner during which Jews eat traditional foods and recall their forefathers' exodus from Egypt—the event provided an opportunity for Dickinsonians to share a meal and celebrate the many cultures represented on campus.
Approximately 75 students listened as their peers from Hillel, Spectrum, the African American Society and the Latin-American Club shared stories about the ways in which people around the world struggle to be free from oppression. “The ideas of oppression and redemption are ideas that all people can relate to. It brings the community together,” said Terri Soifer '12, who organized the event. “The seder provides students an event in which students recongize the similiarities between various cultural communities.”
A performance by David Chevan and the Afro-Semitic Experience Band underscored this theme. The group blends jazz, gospel, klezmer, nigunim, spirituals and swing to achieve a uniquely global sound.
The March 8 seder was sponsored by Hillel, the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life, the Student Senate, the Office of Diversity Initiatives, the Office of Religious Life and Community Service and the departments of Judaic studies and religion.
Photos by A. Pierce Bounds '71
Story by MaryAlice Bitts