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Performing for Peace and Justice: Nazareth College's Ninth Annual Poetry, Music & Dance Contest

Published October 24, 2018

Nazareth College’s Foreign Languages and Literatures department is hosting its 9th annual poetry, music, and dance contest Love and Friendship in Dark Times — on Thursday, November 15.

Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. The event is free and open to the public. The deadline to submit a poem, song, choreography or musical piece for the contest will be November 7. Submissions can be emailed to or posted online:

2018 Online Submission

2018 Online Submission — FRENCH

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About the Performing for Peace and Justice event:

High school and college student participants from the Rochester area will prepare their own poem, song, choreography, or instrumental piece (original or existing creation) that speaks of peace and justice, and perform it on November 15.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Alisa Belanger. Belanger completed her doctoral studies at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011. Before she obtained her PhD, she studied at Paris’s École Normale Supérieure, through the prestigious International Selection scholarship. Her research focuses on Québécois poetry and artists’ books in the French-Speaking world. Mrs. Belanger currently teaches French and psychology at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women. She will speak on “Awakening a Poem: Friends and Loved Ones in French-language Verse."

Also part of the event: a performance by the French Singers of Rochester, and welcoming remarks from Hettie Barnhill, professor in the Theatre and Dance Department, and Nuala Boyle, director of Civic Engagement at Nazareth.

The event is sponsored by the Nazareth College Foreign Languages and Literatures Department; the Religious Studies Department; the Peace and Justice Program; the Center for Civic Engagement; the Center for Spirituality; The Center for Student Success; the Faculty Film, Lecture, and Associates Committee; the French Club; the French House; the Leadership Program; and community partners: Alliance Française de Rochester, the American Association of Teachers of French - Rochester Chapter, and the Rennes-Rochester Sister City Committee.

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.