Haitian Studies Association

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Proposed Bylaws

The Bylaws Committee conducted a survey soliciting member input regarding a series of items. This data helped the Committee revise our Bylaws. For example, here are a series of changes made: Election for President The Board engages a Treasurer Members at large constitute the Nomination and Election Committee Members at large have a place in […]

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HSA Survey Report

The H.S.A. is celebrating 30 years since our inception! This is a significant milestone. H.S.A. is in transition, moving the office to the University of California, Santa Barbara. This transition presented an opportunity to reach out to the membership to find out from members how best to serve your needs as we continue to meet […]

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We are mourning the death of Dr. Florence Bellande Robertson

We are mourning the death of Dr. Florence Bellande Robertson, our 2007 President and Founders Circle Member.  Dr. Bellande Robertson was a beloved member of our community, a professor of language and literature and the author of several books on Haitian literature.  We will miss her greatly.  She was a kind, loving, and passionate supporter […]

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Message from the President – May 2018

This year marks more than thirty years since our Association was created for the benefit of those who study Haiti to collaborate, network, support each-other, and understand Haiti and Haitians better. In 1987, the thirty year reign of the Duvalier family had just come to a close. Haitians had hope, Haiti was changing, and members of the Haitian Diaspora wanted to convene to better understand their country. I remember how young Alix Cantave, Marc Prou, and I were at that time. None among us yet had doctorates; we were known to move about with our young children in our arms. Gerdès Fleurant has just finished his doctorate. There were two professors at Tufts University, Robert Rotberg and Vévé Clark, who encouraged us and helped us to function from there. We did not truly understand how needed this organization was. The endurance of the Association that made us understand its importance. I am afforded opportunity, after thirty years, to return as an active member and proudly represent our founders as President.

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Haitian Studies Association Responds to Donald Trump

January 13, 2018   On the 8th anniversary of the Earthquake of 2010 which caused the death of more than two hundred thousand people in Haiti, Haitians, people of Haitian origin, and friends of Haiti discussed the offensive remarks of the President of the United States Donald J. Trump with sadness and anger. The American […]

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President’s Message – July 2017

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE New York, July 24, 2017 Welcome I want to use this opportunity to renew ties with old members of the organization and, at the same time, to welcome new members. In that spirit of growth, the 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans will embrace new trends and patterns toward greater and more diverse […]

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HSA Avant Garde Book Prize 2017

The Haitian Studies Association announces its biennial Haiti Book Prize. The 2017 Prize will be awarded to the best single-authored book in Haitian studies in the social sciences, with broad application beyond the academy, published between September 2015 and August 2017.

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