Haitian Studies Association

Past Events

History, Journalism, Haiti: Reflections on the New York Times “The Ransom” Series (Aug. 15, 2022)

This event is not an H.S.A. event. We are spreading the word to our readership.

View original announcement here (the JCB Library). You can register here.

History, Journalism, Haiti: Reflections on the New York Times “The Ransom” Series will bring together the NYT team with several historians of Haiti, both based in Haiti and elsewhere, to talk about the opportunities and the processes for making complex history into news. “The Ransom” series investigated the deep history of Haiti, its liberatory Revolution and the extortion of its resources over centuries. The series, which consulted scholars and included a lengthy bibliography of source material, prompted international action and commentary. It also offered a wonderful case study of the role of investigative journalists, historians, and other scholars in making history news.

Co-convened by the John Carter Brown Library and the Karsh Institute for Democracy at the University of Virginia.


Laurent Dubois, Director of Academic Affairs at the Karsh Institute and Professor of History at the University of Virginia

Karin Wulf, Director & Librarian of John Carter Brown Library and Professor of History at Brown University


Anthony Bogues, Brown University

Marlene Daut, Yale University

Alex Dupuy, Wesleyan University

John Garrigus, University of Texas, Arlingto

Constant Méheut, New York Times

George Michel, Université Quisqueya

Gusti Gaillard Pourchet, École Normale Supérieure de l’Université d’État d’Haïti*

Catherine Porter, New York Times

* Subject to availability due to travel