Performing for Peace and Justice

Nazareth College's Eighth Annual Poetry and Music Contest Nov. 16

ROCHESTER, NY (10/03/2017) Nazareth College's Foreign Languages and Literatures department will host its 2017 Social Justice series featuring a creative writing workshop followed by a music and poetry contest. The workshop will be led by Rochester poet Kathryn Jospé on October 6, at 5:30 p.m. in room 38 of the Golisano Academic Center. The performance date will be November 16, at 5:00 p.m. in Linehan Chapel of the Golisano Academic Center. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. Both events are free and open to the public.

Creative Writing Workshop, Oct. 6:

Kathryn Jospé is a former teacher of French and a poet. She has published four books of poetry, leads two weekly poetry appreciation classes, and offers weekly courses at Writers and Books. Since 1998, she has been a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, and has been presenting lectures on "Ekphrastics" guiding people to see art and word created by the imagination. In her workshop on October 6, Jospe will lead students to examine the power of poetry to express, convince, and engage with the role of voice, sound, rhythm, and visual arrangement being as important as vocabulary.

Eighth Annual Poetry and Music Contest, Nov. 16:

Participants will then create their own poems, songs, or instrumental pieces (original creation or existing) that speak of peace and justice, and perform it on November 16 for over 100 high school and college students from the Rochester area. The event's keynote speaker will be Ariane Baer Harper who is a writer, translator, and director of global engagement as well as a teacher of French at Allendale-Columbia High School. She will speak on The Power of Words in the French-Speaking World. The November event will also feature a performance by the French-American Choir of Rochester.

Submission Details:

The deadline to submit a poem, song, or musical piece for the contest will be October 30. Submissions can be emailed to For more information please contact Mireille Le Breton at, or call (585) 644-8600.

The Social Justice Series is sponsored and hosted by the Nazareth College Foreign Languages and Literatures Department. It is co-sponsored by The Center for Civic Engagement, The Center for Service-Learning, The Center for Spirituality, The Religious Studies Department, The Faculty Film, Lecture and Associates Committee, The French Club, The Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and community partners: Alliance Française de Rochester, The Rennes-Rochester Sister City Committee, The American Association of Teachers of French - Rochester Chapter.