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Upcoming Events

The IC will have extended house hours during reading days and finals! We will be open until Friday, Dec. 15 at midnight, so please stop by if you’re looking for a warm, quiet place to study. Plus – we have free snacks and beverages!!

Good luck on your exams, HWS!

Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 8:30 – 10 p.m. English and Comparative Literature Professor Geoffrey Babbitt will be hosting another Writing Table at the IC. The Writing Table is a drop-in space for students to get professional help at any stage of the writing process. If you’re looking for help with your final projects and papers, tomorrow is a great time to get some help!
Interested in studying abroad? Enjoy Question and Cocoa with the French Club as they offer students a panel on studying abroad in France. Study abroad alums will provide everyone with information on travels, destinations and anecdotes. Hope to see you at the IC on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. for this event!
Looking for art work, sculpture, photography, dancers, singers, and/or spoken word around this year’s theme: “What is Culture?” There will be PRIZES for best interpretations in each category: visual art, performance art, creative writing. Email polanco@hws.edu for more information!
Staying on campus for break? Check out these programs starting Wednesday November 22 that include, food, fun, and relaxation!
Join us on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. at the IC for Celebrating Heritage, Crafts and Conversation: Dream Catchers. Fay Botham of HWS’ Religious Studies department will be teaching students how to make dream catchers and discuss their cultural importance and history. Hope to see you then!CraftandConversationF2017
The last Career Chat with Brandi Ferrara, Director of Career Services, will be tonight, Nov. 14 from 4-5 p.m. Stop by the IC with your resume, applications and any questions you might have about grad schools, internships, volunteer opportunities and jobs.
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Adrian Shin H’20, Stephanie Pichardo WS’20 and Professor Alejandra Molina, International Affairs and Latin American Studies, will be presenting “Identity Matters: Our Experiences at Technos International Week in Japan” on Nov. 16 at the IC Center. The three are excited to reflect on their experiences in Japan during June 2017 and present their week to the HWS community.
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Tomorrow, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. HWS is welcoming Pastor Nelson Ida from the Kakamega Care Centre. Pastor Ida will be presenting “Healing and Empowering Kenya’s Orphans” in the Faculty Dining Room in the Scandling Campus Center.
This event is cosponsored by Intercultural Affairs and the Africana Studies program. Hope to see you there!
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Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. the Cross Cultural Coffee Hour is presenting “Identity Matters: Our Experiences @ Technos International Week in Japan.” Stop by the IC to listen to Adrian Shin H’20, Stephanie Pichardo WS’20 and Professor Alejandra Molina of Intercultural Affairs and Latin American Studies speak about their experiences during their trip to Japan in June 2017.


On Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. HWS is welcoming Pastor Nelson Ida to campus where he will present “Healing and Empowering Kenya’s Orphans.” Pastor Nelson Ida was born in Kenya in 1978 into a large family with few resources. After graduating high school and college, Pastor Nelson completed an internship with the Kakamega Orphan care Centre, where he was drawn to children and his admiration of the program. He has worked for the Centre since 2008, and will be here to discuss his experiences working as a mentor for the children.


Celebrate the 223rd Anniversary of the signing of the historic Canandaigua Treaty and Native American Heritage Month with the IC. We will be traveling to Canandaigua on Nov. 11 from 1-4 p.m. Please RSVP by Nov. 9 to secure a spot! Hope to see you there!


“From Swastika to Jim Crow,” a film screening and panel discussion, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room. Panelists include Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski and Assistant Professor of History Janette Gayle. Attend this event to learn about the similarities between the two cultures and their shared burden of oppression, brought together by the tragic circumstances of war.


Finally take the chance to relax on Monday’s with IC’s Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with the Venerable Tenzin Yignyen! These mediation sessions run every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Please stop by for one and clear your mind!

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This Friday, October 27 from 2pm-3pm, the Intercultural Affairs Center will be hosting an Open House for students and alums who are returning to campus for the Inauguration of President Vincent. Stop by prior to commencement for some snacks and meet and greet!
Ever been apple picking? Or do you  enjoy the activity? The Office of Intercultural Affairs will be sponsoring a trip to the Apple Farm in Victor NY on Saturday October 28 from 1-5pm!

Cesar Vargas, a national immigration rights activist, visited Lyons, NY on 10/25 to discuss his experiences in co-founding the Dream Action Coalition, being at the forefront of immigration reform and becoming New York State’s first undocumented attorney.

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The French Club presented a Crepes Party at Intercultural Affairs on 10/23 where they taught students how to make crepes and pair them with different toppings.


Friday, October 20, the One-on-One Friendship Club and IC sponsored “Spreading the Word: DACA and Advocacy” with Executive Director of the Western New York Peace Center, Vicki Ross. Ms. Ross provided information about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, its inception, its current state, as well as how to become active for a cause you support in your community.DACA%20Advocacy%20Dinner%20F2017.jpg

Author and journalist Todd Miller is visiting campus on Nov. 3 for a conversation regarding his work as a writer and researcher. Miller has been working on immigration and border issues from both sides of the U.S. Mexico divide for various organizations for the past 15 years. The discussion begins at 5 p.m. in the Wasey Lounge on the second floor of the Scandling Campus Center.


James Schuler is visiting the HWS campus on Monday, Oct. 23 to discuss Racial Disparities in the criminal justice system, education, prison and ‘at risk’ children. His lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Vandervort Room, however Mr. Schuler will be visiting the IC at 5:45 p.m. for a reception sponsored by Intercultural Affairs. The IC is inviting all students to attend the reception before his lecture. Hope to see you there!


On October 18 please join us for a Fireside Chat, Enduring Racism in the Mass Media: The Asian American Case. Virginia Mansfield-Richardson, Interim Associate Dean of William Smith College, will speak about her work and research surrounding the representation of Asian Americans in media. Dean Mansfield-Richardson earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Ohio University, and has spent time teaching media and communications at various universities.

The talk will begin at 5 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge on the First Floor of the IC. Hope to see you there!


The IC is hosting another Writing Table on October 11 with Writing and Rhetoric Professor Geoffrey Babbitt. Please stop by to seek any writing help! No appointment necessary.


On campus for Fall Break? We have a trip for YOU! Join us and visit Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery & International Markets THIS Sunday, October 8 (FREE LUNCH INCLUDED)! Reserve your seat at ic@hws.edu by Thursday, October 5 and include your cell number and lunch preference (turkey, ham, roast beef sandwich).

Hope you can join us!


Join us on October 3 for a presentation on the German Federal Election with Anna Meinig. The presentation will be held in the IC and begins at 7 p.m.


Chat & Chew with Chris Button from Buildings and Grounds on Tuesday, October 3 from 6-7 p.m.

The IC wants to hear your input on updates to the IC space, so please stop by and share your opinion to help improve the IC. Pizza and wings will be served! We don’t always have the ability to meet with B&G to get to know them, so this is the perfect opportunity!


Stop by the IC on Thursday, September 28 from 6-7 p.m. for a Chat and Chew with Campus Safety!


Come meet with a Writing Fellow at the IC on Sundays from 7-8pm. Writing Fellows are willing to help with all of your written assignments, from brainstorming ideas, to developing a thesis, structuring your argument and revising your final draft. No appointment necessary!


On Monday, September 25, the IC is pairing with CTL as Susan Hess, Writing, Teaching and Learning Specialist, will be running the “Writing the Right Essay: A Writing Workshop.” At this workshop, you’ll be guided through the ins and outs of the art of essay writing. Please stop by if you need any help with your essay assignments!


Need help with a wide range of mathematical concepts? Come visit the Q Fellows at the IC! Q Fellows will be here every Sunday from 5-7pm. Q Fellows can help with quantitative reasoning, guidance through mathematical concepts, or assistance with excel. Hope to see you there!


Thursday, September 21 Brandi Ferrara, Director of Career Services, is hosting a Career Chat in the IC Dining Room. We invite you to use this opportunity to ask Brandi any questions you might have about your resume, career/internship search and more!

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Join us in the Hirshon Ballroom on Saturday, September 16 from 12-2pm for our Cultural, Global Awareness, and Social Justice Club Fall Luncheon. This is where you’ll have the ability to connect with student leaders and alumni who were and are involved in the social justice and cultural clubs. CGASJ Club Fall Luncheon SAVE THE DATE 2017- STUDENT VERSION

This Thursday, September 14, we invite all student leaders to attend “Building Leadership Through Community” in the Bartlett Theatre. All student leaders are invited to form connections and build partnerships in new ways – with clubs and people they might not have collaborated with in the past.

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Join us for our Open House and reception on Thursday September 7th,  5-7pm! Meet other new students, faculty, and staff and enjoy delicious appetizers!

The Finger Lakes region has such a rich history of the women’s rights trajectory. The office of Intercultural Affairs will be sponsoring a historical tour of 3 famous women’s historical museums on Saturday September 2 from 12pm-5pm. Email ic@hws.edu to sign up! Free lunch and transportation provided!



In need a study break? The IC is heading to the Memorial Art Gallery and Rochester Asian Markets to celebrate Asian Pacific american Heritage Family Day on Sunday, May 7 from noon- 5pm. RSVP if you’re interested!


The IC is introducing extended house hours for reading days and finals. We welcome all students to use our rooms and recourses for studying and working during these busy next few weeks. Quiet hours will be enforced, drinks and refreshments will be served, and the building will be open 8am – 5am. Stop by for a perfect study spot!


Monday, May 1 and Monday, May 8 stop into the IC to seek professional assistance from Professor Geoffrey Babbit of the Writing and Rhetoric department. He is willing to help students at any stage of the writing process, from prewriting to drafting and editing. *No appointment necessary*


Thursday, April 27 from 4:00-5:30 join students of SPAN 460 sharing thoughts on their favorite poets from Mexico.


Join us for a conversation with Sarah García WS’17 on Wednesday, April 26 in the Fireplace Lounge at 5pm. Sarah will lead a discussion on Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples, their culture and history and how they contribute to environmental justice. Please stop by for an interesting and informative conversation!


Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Day! The IC is taking a day trip to the Memorial Art Gallery and Rochester Asian Markets on Sunday, May 6 from noon – 5pm. RSVP by emailing IC@hws.edu by Wednesday, April 26. We really hope you can make it and enjoy the Asian culture!


Rape Culture is Popular Culture! Join us on Tuesday, April 25 at 5pm at the IC for a discussion about everyday examples of rape culture in popular songs, television shows and advertising led by Tremayne Robertson and Katie Stiffler. Hope to see you there!


Thursday, April 20 at 5pm, Friederike Jandewerth will be hosting at talk at the IC to discuss School Sports vs. Sports Clubs. Please stop by if you’re interested in learning the differences!


On April 12 from 4:30-6:30pm we welcome Juan Manuel Portillo as he hosts a Poetry Workshop at the IC. Professor Portillo is a poet, scholar and translator and as published multiple collections of poetry. His work is part of the Mystery Theater Poetry Archives of Machine Project and featured in multiple publications. Stop by to write some poetry and meet this amazing poet!


Hungry for German food? Curious about German traditions? Come visit the German Club’s gemeinsames Abendbrot! Monday, April 3 at 7pm the IC and the German club invite the HWS community to experience a German tradition. See you there! 🙂


Thursday, March 30 from 4-5pm the IC welcomes Brandi Ferrara, Director of Career Services. Please stop by to seek internship, graduate school or work advice! Hope you can make it CareerChatFerraraMarch2017

Wednesday, March 29 at 4:30pm join us at the IC for Tango & Capoeira: Glimpses into South America’s Dance Traditions. Joshua Martin, H’18, will be leading the event.

We hope to see you there!


Curious about the difference in school sports versus sports clubs? Join us for a talk at the IC with Friederike Jandewerth on Thursday, March 9 at 5pm. After the presentation, there will be time for an open discussion to speak with other students and ask questions.


Celebrate International Women’s Day with us!

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 5pm in the Faculty Common Room Marzia Ahmadi, Nagina Ahmadi WS’20, Celia Pérez and Marilú Segura WS’07 will be presenting a talk entitled “Mothers and Daughters Across Borders.”

Stop by to hear these wonderful women discuss their lives and learn something new! Hope to see you there 



Thursday, February 28 the IC will be hosting a Fireside Chat! Professor Elana Jefferson-Tatum of Africana Studies will lead a conversation “Between Two Worlds: Navigating Vodun as a Scholar-Practitioner.” This chat begins at 4:45 and is a wonderful opportunity to learn and share your ideas.


In collaboration with the Religious Studies Department, the Intercultural Affairs Center will be sponsoring a trip to the Auburn Public Theatre to see “I Am Not Your Negro,” a film written by James Baldwin and directed by Radul Peck. Transportation and admission fee will be covered. Email the ic@hws.edu by Thursday, February 23 if interested in attending!


Finally, to wrap up Black History Month, on Tuesday, February 26, Professor Jefferson-Tatum will be speaking about the West African religion of Vodun. We hope you are able to join us for these programs this week!


As part of Black History Month, on Friday, February 24, as part of the After Dark Series, we will be screening the film Selma, which follows the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.


Tuesday, February 21 at 5pm at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House Andrew Hellmund H’14 is returning to campus to discuss his work as a sculpture instructor in the department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. He is an artist and sculptor at Hellmund Studio. Hellmund is an alumni living and working in Edmonton, Canada where he recently completed a MFA under British Sculptor, Peter Hide. He strives to create sculptures from found and recycled metals that express a sense of hope, fluidity, and power, while fostering and supporting community.


Join us Tuesday, February 21 at 4:45pm at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House for a conversation with Andrew Hellmund ’14 on the transcendence of metal sculpture work! Reception with artist to follow!




As part of Black History Month, on Monday, February 20, Professor Amy Krosch, of the Psychology Department at Cornell University, will be joining us for an informal conversation about her work which looks at how people’s perceptions of race change depending on economic scarcity conditions.


Join Susan Hess, the Writing, Teaching and Learning Specialist at the Center for Teaching and Learning, as she guides you through the ins and outs of the essay application writing process. This event will take place on Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 in the IC House. Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, March 30 at 4pm, Brandi Ferrara, Director of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experimental Education, will be hosting a Career Chat at the IC. Please bring all questions you have on scholarships, internships, fellowships, career choices and more. No appointments are necessary, but please stop by and your questions will definitely be addressed!


FEBRUARY 13 AT 7PM join the Women and Men of Color Support Group for a Pre-Valentine’s Day Self-Care Workshop facilitated by the Counseling Center. We’ll be addressing the diverse concerns of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Student of Color Community, and refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Tasha Prosper (prosper@hws.edu). Hope to see you there!


Saturday, February 4, 2017, the IC center and HWS’ Dance Department welcomes the community to a “Building the Beloved Community: Social Change Through the Performing Arts,” a lecture series remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Artists and activists from Afreesoul Dynamic will share their perspectives.


Pre Valentine’s Day Self-Care Workshop! Join us for a women and men of color support group facilitated by the Counseling Center to address the diverse concerns oft eh HWS Colleges Student of Color Community. This will be held at the IC House (288 Pulteney Street) on February 13 at 7pm. Hope to see you there!


The Sister Circle support group will resume its meetings for this semester on January 23rd at 7pm! These group sessions are facilitated by the Counseling Center to address the diverse concerns of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Student of Color Community.


Friday, December 9 – Friday, December 16, the IC will be open from 8am to 5am as another study space! Free snacks and beverages will be available and quiet hours will be enforced! Good luck on your final examinations, HWS students!


The Writing Table on Monday, December 12 from 12-2pm! Stop by for assistance from Professor Geoffrey Babbitt of the English and Comparative Literature department with any writing assignments! No appointment necessary!


Monday, December 5 in the Bartlett Theatre, the Kinghorn International Fellowship presents Immigration: Voices and Identities. Ervin Kosta of the Anthropology and Sociology departments, Nagina Ahmadi ’20, Kely Amejecor ’18, John Camara ’19 and Sergio Perez ’19 will all participate in a panel discussing immigration the United States.


Join us on Thursday, December 1st in the Fish Screening Room at 7pm for a screening nd discussion to raise awareness on the current social movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline and on issues such as social and environmental justice, human rights violations, freedom of the press and state violence. Elisa Garrote Soto is moderating the discussion, and Whitney Mauer, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Jeffery Anderson, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, and Grace Bulltail, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation of North Dakota, as well as Ph.D. candidate in biological and environmental engineering at Cornell University will all participate in the panel.


Panel discussion highlighting the current issues with the Dakota Access pipeline, featuring Whitney Mauer, Jeffrey Anderson, and Grace Bulltail.


In collaboration with the After Dark Series, we will be hosting a Dream Catcher making session, a traditional Native American craft. Corn salsa, chips, and drinks will be served! We hope you will join us! writing%20table%20f2016

November 16 we welcome all students to the IC for the Writing Table! This is a drop-in space for students to get any sort of help with any writing assignments. No appointment is necessary, so please stop by between 830 – 930pm! See you then!


November 11, 2016 is the Anniversary of the signing of the historic Canandaigua Treaty! We invite you to join us on a March honoring the friendship agreement negotiated.

Email us at ic@hws.edu to reserve a spot by Thursday, November 10 at 4pm.

The van will depart at 12pm and return around 4pm. The trip includes a celebration walk and a treaty commemoration ceremony!


Stop by the IC this Tuesday, November 15 for another Career Chat with Brandi Ferrara, Director of Career Services! Brandi is willing to answer all questions regarding establishing alum connections, resume help, internships, graduate school and more. She’ll be available 4-5pm!


Celebrate November as Native American Heritage Month. For more information and events, please visit the HWS calendar!


Get your game on at Game Night at the Chaplain’s House! Friday, October 28 at 7pm we welcome everyone for some international games, desserts and friends. Find us at 630 S. Main Street! Hope to see you there!


Join Friederike Jandewerth tomorrow, Wednesday October 26 at 5pm for a conversation on German University life. Learn about the differences and similarities between education in Germany versus the United States. Discussion will be in English!

Need help or advice on searching for jobs, internships and scholarships? Have questions on what goes into a resume? Stop by our Career Chat with Brandi Ferrara! She will be at the IC this Tuesday October 25 from 4pm-5pm and Tuesday November 15 from 4pm-5pm. No appointment necessary! We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity!


Join us on Wednesday, October 19 from 12pm-1pm for lunch with Tasha Prosper who will be discussing the new program Sister Circle; a weekly meeting for women of color on campus to discuss their concerns.



Join us for a dinner and conversation with Dr. Atira Charles, assistant professor at Florida A&M University, CEO of Think Actuality LLC, and creator of ‘The Mask Project’. Dinner will be served!


Join us this Wednesday October 19 at 12pm for a conversation with Tasha Prosper, the new Staff Psychologist at the Counseling Center. She will be speaking with students about her role at the Counseling Center and her newly launched program called ‘Sister Circle.’ Lunch will be served!




Staying on campus for Fall Break? Check out all of the fun activities that have been planned!


The IC is welcoming all students on Wednesday, October 12 at 7pm to stop by for discussion led by Professor Fernando Rodriguez-Mansilla, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies, and Professor Marcela Romero Rivera, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies. During the celebration of Latin & Hispanic Heritage Month, this conversation will be based around the Latin American Perspective. Hope to see you there!


Need help with your essays or midterms? Need some guidance writing your essay for Study Abroad applications? Stop by the Writing Table this Wednesday October 5th at 8:30pm-9:30pm!


Join us this Tuesday October 4th at 5pm at the Intercultural Affairs Center for a conversation with students who participated in the Beyond Borders program to South Africa! There will be reflections, refreshments and more!


Join us October 2 from 12 – 5pm and visit the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery to attend the Hispanic and Latino Heritage Celebration.


Wednesday, September 28, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor from Princeton University will be on campus to host a lecture, “You Can’t fix a Broken Foundation: Black Women’s Housing in the 1970s.” Please stop by to listen to this powerful discussion.


The IC welcomes Brandi Ferrara and Susan Hess in their Career Chat series. Stop by the IC either September 22, October 19 or November 15 to meet with Brandi Ferrara, Director of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. Ferrara plans to answer all questions about furthering your education during the summer and after graduation. These questions will be answered in a drop-in, casual format. On Monday, September 26, Susan hess, the Writing and Teaching/Learning Specialist at the center for Teaching and Learning, is available to provide assistance with essays needed to internships, study abroad applications and graduate school.


Come listen to seniors’ stories and the lessons they learned about the ups and downs of life at HWS. Desserts will be served!


September 15 – October 15 the IC will be celebrating Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month! Please check out all the upcoming events on campus and at the IC!


Save the date!! This Thursday, September 15 at 5pm we invite you to the Fisher Center to connect with LGBTQ allies. This is an opportunity to find out about the different, supportive resources available to you in the community and on campus. Refreshments will be served! Hope to see you there 🙂


Come join us on Friday, September 16 at 5pm to spend time with the members of the Strategic Diversity Planning Committee.


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