Performing for Peace and Justice in French: Poetry, Music, and Dance Contest to Celebrate MLK’s 90th Birthday

November 14, 2019 4:30 – 9 p.m.

Nazareth College’s Foreign Languages and Literatures department and the Maison française will launch their 2019 10th Annual poetry, music and dance contest: “The Dream/ Le Rêve” on Thursday, November 14 to honor the life of Martin Luther King on his 90th birthdayNazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. The event is free and open to the public.

This event will be held in Linehan Chapel.

 Performing for Peace and Justice:

The Performing for Peace and Justice in French contest will celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of its Annual Edition on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 5 pm on Nazareth College Campus in the Golisano Academic Building Linehan Chapel.

 The theme chosen this year is “The Dream” or “Le Rêve” in honor of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King. As a continued source of inspiration for youth and peace activists around the world, MLK will be the leading political and poetical figure of the 2019 edition of the competition.

 “dreaming as a vital form of resistance to political violence, away from a rational binary of thinking”—Sharon Sliwinski on Nelson Mandela.

 High school, college student and community participants from the Rochester area will prepare their own poem, song, choreography, or instrumental piece (original or existing creation) that speak of peace and justice, and perform it on November 14. Mrs Kitty Jospé, poet, docent and former teacher of French will give the keynote's address to open the evening on the Power of Art to express, convince and engage, in a word to transform life. The title of her talk will be: “Poetry as Champion of Diversity, Cannon for the Dream of Peaceful Interconnection.”

Kathryn Jospé has published five books of poetry. She also leads two weekly poetry appreciation classes, and offers courses at Writers and Books. Since 1998, she has been a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery, and enjoys presenting lectures on “Ekphrastics” guiding people to see how art and word invite the imagination. 

 Dr. Lisa Durant-Jones, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nazareth College will be giving the welcoming remarks. Dr. Alisa Belanger, French Teacher at Mercy High School for Young Women and Vice-president of Alliance française de Rochester, will deliver the concluding remarks.

Performing for Peace and Justice in French: Poetry, Music, and Dance Contest to Celebrate MLK’s 90th Birthday