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Nazareth's French House Hosts 4th Annual Poetry Competition, April 20

  • Published: April 04, 2012

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Nazareth's French House Hosts 4th Annual Poetry Competition, April 20

Nazareth College’s la Maison Française and the Foreign Languages and Literatures department are proud to host their fourth annual poetry competition, Writing for Peace and Justice in French: Words for Peace: the Reality and the Dream on Friday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 38 of the Golisano Academic Center, located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. The competition will feature students from seven local high schools and four institutions of higher learning reciting original poetry or reading poems from their favorite Francophone poets on the subject of peace and justice. Jean-François Chénin, General Delegate of Alliances Françaises in the United States, will give the competition’s opening keynote speech. Students will receive awards during a post-competition reception, open to all who attend. For more information, contact Mireille LeBreton, Nazareth assistant professor in French, (650) 644-8600 or email

Participating colleges and universities include Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, and St. John Fisher. Participating high schools include Aquinas Institute, Brighton, Brockport, Our Lady of Mercy, Red Creek Central, Webster, and Williamson. Last year, more than eight schools and institutions participated and over 150 contestants and guests attended the competition.

This poetry competition will conclude the Spring 2012 Maison Française Poetry Series programming, that featured Octave Naulleau’s lecture on “Le Poème chanson et la Chanson poème” (March 22). The series will also host Jean-François Chénin’s lecture on “La Poésie française du vingtième siècle” (April 19) at 8:00pm, at La Maison Française. 

Sponsored by: The Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, the First-Year Center, the Center for Spirituality, The Center for International Education, the Maison Française, the French Club 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.

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