Michele Jean-Pierre will speak on community building projects in public schools along with work as a volunteer on the JazzFest Board that led her to her current position as the director of the Ellis Marsalis Center for the Performing Arts in New Orleans. She will also share stories of giving and receiving help after Hurricane Katrina and speak about the arts and their potential to build community.

The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Michele was raised in Louisiana. She received a bachelor’s degree in medical sociology with a concentration in gerontology and a master’s degree in public health from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.

Ulrick Jean- Pierre has become renowned for this creation of Haitian historical paintings in which he retraced the history of Haiti. Jean-Pierre’s works interpret and illustrate the essential elements of the culture of his native land and its history and characters that helped to shape its society and religion. The focus of his talk will be how stories of moral courage have shaped his art work.

Light refreshments will be served. Free to the public. For more information call the reference desk at 333-6640, ext. 4.

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