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The March: Bearing Witness to Hope

The March: Bearing Witness to Hope

Reflections by participants reveal that the transformative impact of this trip continues to influence their lives intellectually, ethically, aesthetically, and spiritually.

The March: Bearing Witness to Hope is brought to you by:

Nazareth College
Jamie R. Fazio
Catholic Chaplain
Center for Spirituality
585-389-2308

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Professor Michael N. Dobkowski
Department of Religious Studies
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, N.Y.,14456
315-781-3369

Contact us at themarch@naz.edu.

 Nazareth College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges are pleased to offer The March: Bearing Witness to Hope in the spring of 2014. Since May of 2000, The March has prepared student leaders from both Nazareth and Hobart and William Smith Colleges to study the Holocaust on site in Germany and Poland. The nine-day student leadership mission is under the collective guidance of Holocaust scholars, survivors, and Israeli and Polish guides. Participants travel to cities that were once vibrant Jewish communities, to concentration and death camps engineered by the Third Reich, and to historic locations commemorating acts of resistance and rescue in the face of the "Final Solution."

A commitment to identify, confront, and transform situations of prejudice, bigotry, and intolerance, institutionally as well as inter-personally, upon one's return is an essential prerequisite for participation in The March. Faculty and staff mentors from both campuses work with these student leaders to confront the ethical dilemmas, political implications, and religious questions raised by the Holocaust in the twenty-first century.

In 2010, The March expanded its vision and mission by inviting local community members to participate with the Nazareth and Hobart William Smith student leaders and mentors. This year, The March is inviting graduate students to apply and become part of this transformational experience. Designed to create a rich inter-generational synergy built upon shared experience, focused discussion, and civic engagement, The March 2014 student/community team promises to be a dynamic presence in the wider Rochester and Geneva communities and beyond. Reflections by the student participants reveal that this commitment does not end upon graduation, but the transformational impact of this trip continues to influence their lives intellectually, ethically, aesthetically, and spiritually.

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