Community Salon Series
Wednesday, October 13 - 6-7:15pm
Poetry - in myriad forms - has the power to inspire, elevate and transform. As Emily Dickenson wrote, it allows us to, "Tell all the truth, but tell it slant". While poetry can be free-standing, it is often embedded in the most powerful orations, speeches, plays and songs. Bring your own reflections on your favorite poetic work (whatever its form) and join us in conversation with Dereke Clements (Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), Marvin K. White (Minister of Glide, poet, activist) and Victoria Evans Erville (theater maker, playwright). All community members are welcome to this free event. On Zoom.
Victoria Evans Erville (Playwright, Theater Artist)
Marvin K. White (Minister of Glide Memorial Church; Poet & Arts Organizer)
Dereke Clements (Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Artist & Scholar)
The French American and International’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Dereke Clements holds over a decade of experience within the cultural sector as an arts administrator, grant writer, and researcher driving access, equity, and inclusion in the arts and education, and has taught in the U.S., France, and Ireland.
His studies, training, and research have been funded by the U.S. Department of State, The French Embassy, and have taken him to the University of North Carolina Greensboro, The Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, l’Université d’Angers, Ballet Preljocaj, and l’Université Aix-Marseille III. In 2020, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at Georgia State University in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. In 2015 Dereke was a California Art Leaders Investment Grant recipient with the California Center for Cultural Innovation. His overseas work included serving as a project manager in Paris for historic preservation efforts at James Baldwin’s former villa in Saint-Paul de Vence.