Human Rights Day Celebration – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Human Rights Day Celebration

Students Evan Griswald, Oscar Veras and Magdalena Mikofsky presented a short (20-minute) one-act play, “The Boss’ Two Faces,” by the famous Chicano playwright Luis Valdez, in his stinging “Teatro Campesino” (“Peasant Theater”) style, as part of the Celebrating the Vision international Human Rights Day celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The play, also presented on campus on Monday, Dec. 9, centers on the 1965 farmworker strike in the grape fields of Delano, California and is one of Valdez’ best, combining stirring satire with mordant humor.

Associate Professor of Modern Languages Juan Liebana played his guitar and sang a type of Latin-American human rights song, called “nueva cancion” (“new song”), in Spanish. Liebana also gave a presentation in English of the socio-political circumstances in which the songs were created. The emotions created by the music are linked to themes such as exploitation, marginalization, violence, cultural imperialism, and the search for love and justice.

The Geneva Finger Lakes Times ran an article titled “Celebrating Your Voice” in the Dec. 11 issue.

Other highlights of the evening included appearances by historic civil and human rights figures (enacted by members of the Geneva Theater Guild and others) such as Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Elie Wiesel, Sojourner Truth and others.

“Celebrating the Vision” was sponsored by the Geneva Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights and Genocide Forum of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.