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10th Annual Performing for Peace and Justice in French

Published November 07, 2019


Nazareth College’s Foreign Languages and Literatures department and the Maison Française launch the 2019 10th Annual poetry, music and dance contest on Thursday, November 14, to honor the life of Martin Luther King on his 90th birthday. The event is free and open to the public, and takes place at the Nazareth College Golisano Academic Center’s Linehan Chapel. Nazareth is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. For more information please contact:, or call (650) 644-8600.

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.

High school, college students, 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 at the event.

Kathryn Jospé, a poet, docent, and former French teacher, will give the keynote's address titled: Poetry as Champion of Diversity, Cannon for the Dream of Peaceful Interconnection, to open the evening on the power of art to express, convince and engage. Jospé has published five books of poetry. She 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. 

Lisa Durant-Jones, associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Nazareth College will give the welcoming remarks. Alisa Belanger, French teacher at Mercy High School for Young Women and vice-president of Alliance française de Rochester, will deliver the concluding remarks. 


The event is sponsored by the Nazareth College Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, the French Club, the French House, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for Service-Learning, the Center for Spirituality, the Religious Studies Department, Students Activities; and co-sponsored by Alliance Française de Rochester; with the support of community partners: the American Association of Teachers of French - Rochester and Buffalo Chapters, the French Meet-up Group, and the Rennes-Rochester Sister City committee.  


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