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Poet Laureate of Boston, Danielle Legros Georges, to Speak at Laboure College

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Labouré College is honored to announce that Danielle Legros Georges, Poet Laureate of Boston, will speak at the College on January 8, 2016 as part of the Labouré Lecture Series and in commemoration of Haitian Independence. In the lecture, entitled “Fluid Beautiful Identity,” she will discuss the notion of fluid identity as part of both her personal experience and the immigrant experience. Legros Georges was born in Haiti and grew up in Boston’s Haitian community in Mattapan.

“I’m happy that Labouré is celebrating Haitian Independence, and so pleased to be part of the day recognizing the historic efforts of the enslaved women and men who fought bravely to secure their independence in the Americas, and who served as models for freedom-loving peoples the world over,” said Legros Georges.

Legros Georges is a professor in the Creative Arts and Learning Division at Lesley University. Her areas of academic interest include arts and education, contemporary American poetry, African-American poetry, Caribbean literature and studies, and literary translation. A writer and poet, Legros Georges has been widely recognized for her work and has earned recent literary awards such as: the 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Poetry; the 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist in Poetry; Lesley University Faculty Development Grants; and a 2013 Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowship/Andrew W. Mellon Grant. In 2001, Legros Georges published a collection of poems, entitled Maroon.

“While our students have multiple identities (student, worker, parent, spouse, child, and more) they all adopt the identity inherent in the Labouré vision for a happy and healthy population. To that end, while their own narratives often tell of difficult journeys, our students aspire to care for a diverse patient population and to foster interdisciplinary approaches to address complex issues in healthcare as well as in society. Since Danielle Legros Georges writes and talks about the importance of identity, I know that her writing and her message will excite our students,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs, Al DeCiccio.

This event is FREE and open to the public. The event will take place on January 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM in room C112 at the College. Parking is available in the rear lot. More information can be found at http://www.laboure.edu/events.aspx

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