Event Details

We are all probably aware of the power of music and dance to bring people together and create bonds between social groups. But, did you know that participating in a cultural event can actually help to reduce prejudice


Bearing this in mind, Albion College will host a flashmob-style Thriller performance and  ofrenda exhibit  during its annual Halloween Spooktacular. The goals of this event are:

  • to bring communities together via collective rehearsals and performance of the most popular music video of all time

  • to promote cultural awareness by

  • appreciating the history and significance of el Dia de los Muertos, and

  • encouraging individuals and organizations to share their identities and commemorate important persons through the construction and display of ofrendas


The Thriller and ofrenda events (collectively called ThrillerDay) are being organized as part of the “Inhabiting Albion” humanities lab - a collaborative, experimental, experiential, and publicly-engaged learning community at Albion College. 


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