LI Campus to Host an "Evening of Faith, Hope and Hospitality"

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – OCTOBER 21, 2013 – St. Joseph’s College is pleased to host a lecture and evening of music on “Faith, Hope and Hospitality” on Thursday, October 24 in the McGann Conference Center located on the College’s Long Island Campus in Patchogue, N.Y. The concert, by international musician Hervé, will be performed at 6:30 p.m., followed by a public lecture by lay Dominican Dr. Jennie Weiss Block, OP at 7:30 p.m.

Haitian-American singer-song writer Hervé was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His diverse musical influences range from Haitian classics to American jazz and reggae, and his songs have been played on the radio in over 16 countries. Hervé’s unique, distinct, soulful voice and original thoughtful lyrics convey his positive sentiments toward his beloved homeland of Haiti. He has performed at various U.S. venues, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Art & Design in N.Y.C. and the University of Miami.

Dr. Jennie Weiss Block, OP is a Dominican laywoman and practical theologian who has served as chief advisor to Dr. Paul Farmer, founding director of the international non-profit organization Partners In Health (PIH), since 2009. Dr. Block also worked as his chief advisor as the U.N. Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti under former U.S. President Bill Clinton to assist in advancing the economic and social development of the impoverished Caribbean nation. Co-author and editor of several books with Dr. Farmer, she assisted him in the relief and recovery efforts following the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, where she helped create a center for displaced and orphaned children.

This event, which is being co-sponsored by The Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management, The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life and the Office of Multicultural Student Life, is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 631.687.2689 or email tpetriano@sjcny.edu.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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