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The Canisius College Video Institute production of the April episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, April 2, at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” is rebroadcast each Friday at 6:35 p.m. on Time Warner Cable channel 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Time Warner channel 6 in Olean.

In the first segment, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, of the congregation Shir Shalom, speaks with students from the Kadimah Academy about the meaning and celebration of Passover, the eight day Jewish festival commemorating the emancipation by God of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation.

In the second segment, host Stan Bratton, PhD, speaks with Rev. Kirk Laubenstein, executive director for the Coalition for Economic Justice, Damone Edwards-Harris, fast food worker; and Gabriel Tyler, healthcare worker, about the history, mission, membership and current efforts of the Coalition for Economic Justice.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02, a producer with Daybreak Productions, the broadcast arm of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Submitted by: Sarah Seiler, graduate assistant, communication studies