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CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Haitian Studies Special Issue (Apr. 15, 2023)

This special issue emerges from the Sexualities Working Group of the Haitian Studies Association, a group of Haitian and U.S. American scholars and practitioners who have, since 2015 in different configurations, mobilized in coalition toward the rights to live creatively for Haitian LGBTQ/M-community, Vodouyizan, and all those who do not conform to sexual/gendered norms. Responding to a call made by our Haitian activist interlocutors to support their on-the-ground endeavors through increased dissemination of research on the construction and performance of genders and sexualities in Haiti, the editorial collective hopes this special issue will document, share, and collectivize mutual commitments to bolstering the work of queer crusaders and all those who dare to live creatively in Haiti and its diasporas.

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Creating Communities of Welcome: Sponsoring Haitian Newcomers (Jan. 30, 2022)

I am requesting that you please join Haitian Bridge Alliance and Welcome.US, on Monday, January 30th, at 7:00pm ET for a joint webinar, “Creating Communities of Welcome: Sponsoring Haitian Newcomers.” 
As a founding member of the Welcome council, I am pleased that HBA is a partner with Welcome.us to make sure on how we can make sure people seeking safety are sponsored through this program. I have been working with our team at HBA  and Welcome.us since the announcement of the UforU program in anticipation of the inclusion of Haiti for the Humanitarian Parole Program.

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ICLS – Haitian Creole Language Instructor

We currently have a full-time opening for Haitian Creole Language Instructor II (LI2) at Department of Sate’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI). This position is to support a test kit project for the Language Testing Administration (LTA) at FSI. This position is scheduled to start on 3/1/2023, and temporarily scheduled to end on 8/31/2023 with a high likelihood of possible/further extensions.
This is a full-time position (8 hours a day / 40 hours per week / Mon-Friday). This position is 100% telework, but selected candidate(s) will be required to come to Washington DC area to get their DOD badge issued, and the appropriate Government computer account setup. 

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HSA Congratulates Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

HSA Congratulates Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall!
Cal State San Marcos history professor Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall has been honored with the most prestigious award that faculty can receive in the California State University system.
Sepinwall was announced Tuesday as one of five winners of the Wang Family Excellence Award. Each year, the CSU recognizes four faculty and one staff member for their “unwavering commitment to student achievement and advancing the CSU mission through excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.”

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Louisiana State University Alumni Spotlight: Petrouchka Moïse

Dr. Petrouchka Moïse is the first graduate of the LSU Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation program, adding to her growing list of “firsts” in her many accomplishments. In the spring of 2020, Dr. Moïse became the first doctoral graduate of the College of Art & Design.

As part of the inaugural Doctor of Design cohort, Moïse’s doctoral research focused on the identity and role of the Haitian artist. Her dissertation and exhibition are titled “Mitan-Morphic: The Evolution of the Contemporary Haitian Artist in Relation to Trauma.” Her work showcased contemporary artists who no longer allow the lens on the Haitian culture to be out of focus or limited in its range.

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Haitian Studies Wednesday Writing Group, Spring 2023

Writing assignments can be easier to complete when you have a regular schedule and become a part of a supportive community. If you are looking for an hour of distraction-free time to write, read, or plan your scholarly activities, please join the Haitian Studies Wednesday Writing Group. All scholars are welcomed. The spring 2023 writing sessions will be every Wednesday (January 25th -May 3rd, 2023) at 12:00 PM Eastern Time.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Haiti and Africa: Unearthing and Exploring the Roots, Connections, and Possibilities (Feb. 15, 2023)

The keynote presentation, panels and roundtables will focus on the historical connections between Haiti and Africa, and the cultural, political, social, and economic specificities of Haiti that derive directly and indirectly from those connections. The conference will explore how the transatlantic slave trade and the colonial era, through the revolutionary and the post- independence shape contemporary Haitian realities. Papers will also seek parallels and intersections among contemporary Haitian and African realities as emergence of shared colonial and neocolonial experiences, and take stock of current intellectual, cultural, political, and economic links and gaps between Haiti and Africa.

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Being the First Responders: On the 13th Year of Haiti Earthquake

It was an accident. Third-degree burns nestled into the toddler’s limbs, and her anxious caregivers debated over taking her to the hospital. After a few days of the toddler’s blood-curdling screams, they faced their fear of deportation, and took her to the hospital.
As recent migrants from Haiti, they not only fled a three-decade dictatorship financed by the United States, but they also arrived with papers in hand… 

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HSA Congratulates Nathalie Frédéric Pierre

HSA congratulates Nathalie Frédéric Pierre for earning a National Endowment for the Humanities award! She was the onsite  chair for our 34th annual conference.

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An Island in the Chain: Haitian and Dominican Relations in the 21st Century (Jan. 12, 2023)

Traditional analyses of Haitian-Dominican relations accentuate the white supremacist anti-Black discourses and practices in the Dominican Republic that target “Haitian-looking” people. This panel will historicize Dominican state-sanctioned violence against its Black denizens by exposing its political and economic roots and the complicity of the U.S. and Haitian states. And most importantly, the panel will also showcase the resistance of organized groups on both sides of the island and their respective diasporas.

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Haiti Independence Day Celebration! (Jan 1, 2023)

Happy Haitian Independence Day! Here is information for a presentation that will be held on Sunday January 1, 2023 from 2-3:30 p.m. (EST) for an on-line event with one of our cherished members, our HSA 2022 President, Dr. Regine O. Jackson, Professor and Dean at Morehouse College. The event will be hosted by former HSA President Dr. Charlene Désir, Professor at Nova Southeastern University and founder of T.E.N. Global. Dr. Malu Modeste from Xavier University (Louisiana) will also be a panelist. We welcome all of you to join us for this special Independence Day event, organized by another HSA member, Natacha Brookshire.

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University of Toronto Scarborough – Associate Professor/Professor of Black Feminist History (Jan. 16, 2023)

The Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Black Feminist History. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2023, or shortly thereafter.

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Military Intervention Will Birth Military Occupation

“Military Intervention Will Birth Military Occupation”
By Cécile Accilien , TRUTHOUT

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Fear of a Black Republic: Haiti and the Birth of Black Internationalism in the United States

The emergence of Haiti as a sovereign Black nation lit a beacon of hope for Black people throughout the African diaspora. Listen as Dr. Leslie M. Alexander reveals the untold story of how free and enslaved Black people in the United States defended the young Caribbean nation from forces intent on maintaining slavery and white supremacy.

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