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Nazareth College’s Maison Française is proud to host U.S. General Delegate of Alliances Françaises Jean-François Chénin as speaker in the next installment of its Spring 2012 Lecture Series. Chénin, who is also director of the Alliance Française of Miami, will speak on Twentieth Century French Poetry and the Unheard Voices of Contemporary Poetry: Women Poets. This lecture takes place on Thursday, April 19, at 8 p.m. in Nazareth College’s the Maison Française, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. For more information, contact Mireille LeBreton, Nazareth assistant professor in French, (650) 644-8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chénin currently serves in France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but is also a writer, a poet, and a philosopher. He was born in Lorraine, France, and spent his childhood in foreign lands (Iran, Turkey, Greece) thanks to his traveling father. Chénin life-long interest in reading and writing has guided his career. While serving the National Education in France, he was one of the founders of the French National Network for Gender Equality in National Education. He also created the Research and Development Section of the ONISEP, and was CEO of a French pastries firm. For the past 15 years, he has lived abroad serving the French language and culture in Israel, India and now the United States.
This lecture is part of the Spring 2012 Maison Française Poetry Series WRITING FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN FRENCH programming, that featured Octave Naulleau’s lecture on “Le Poème chanson et la Chanson poème” (March 22). On Friday, April 20, at 7:00pm in room 38 of the Golisano Academic Center, Jean-François Chénin will also deliver the opening keynote speech at the Nazareth College Fourth Annual Poetry Reading Competition in French, event which will conclude the Spring 2012 Poetry Series.
Sponsors: The Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, the French Club, La Maison Française, the Center for International Education, the Women and Gender Studies program at Nazareth College, and the Alliance Française de Rochester.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.