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The Canisius College Video Institute’s production of the April episode of “Kaleidoscope” premiered earlier this month 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” will rebroadcast on Friday, April 15 at 6:35 p.m. on Time Warner Cable 20, and Sunday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. on Time Warner 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 that commemorates 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