Haitian Studies Association

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Celebrating Paul Farmer: An Advocate for Equitable Healthcare (May 21, 2022)

The Haitian Studies Association (HSA) cordially invites the public and friends of Haiti to a town hall forum in memory of Dr. Paul Edward Farmer who recently passed away on February 21, 2022. We are pleased to have four distinguished guests: Dr. Toni Essayllenne, MD, Ms. Marc Julmisse, MPH, RN, Dr. Donaldson Conserve, PhD, and Dr. Pierre Minn, PhD, who will reflect on Dr. Farmer’s life, ideas, works, and legacy. Dr. Farmer worked with communities and grassroots organizations in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora to advocate for access to healthcare for all. As a researcher, he highlighted the connections between health inequities and human rights. Tracy Kidder called him “the man who could cure the world.” A co-founder of Partners in Health, Dr. Farmer was instrumental in building the 300-bed University Hospital in Mirebalais after the 2010 earthquake. We remember Dr. Farmer for his compassion, kindness and relentless advocacy for equitable healthcare around the world, especially in Rwanda and Haiti. Please join us as we remember this mapou! The virtual forum will be held via Zoom Meeting on Saturday, May 21.

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Art in Context: Identity, Ethics, and Insight (May 18, 2022)

In this second symposium focused on identity management, we want to explore how the languages we speak, the cultures we grew up in, and the places we live affect the ways in which we identify, and the ways others identify us. Further, as cultural heritage professionals, how do we mindfully, ethically, and accurately respect and capture the nuance, richness, and multi-faceted complexity of identity? We hope this symposium will challenge us to think more deeply about these issues and share some ways to practically address them.

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Past Events

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A History of Black Religions & The Eternal Return (May 10, 2022)

Join the Congress of Santa Barbara (KOSANBA) as we honor two of our beloved ancestors in Black religious studies, Dr. Charles Long and Dr. Albert Raboteau. Featuring Dr. Davíd Carrasco, Dr. Tracey Hucks, Dr. Dianne Stewart, and Dr. Richard Turner.

Co-sponsored by the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA).

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Ayiti Reimagined: A Conversation ft. Jean Casimir (Apr. 22, 2022)

Join LAC&E and cohosts from The Haitians Book Club in a conversation with Jean Casimir, a major voice in Haitian history, who serves as Professor of Humanities at the
University of Haiti.
A former Haitian ambassador to the United States (1991 – 1996), Casimir has also held various positions with the United Nations, including United Nations Social Affairs Officer and member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
An interdisciplinary working group, The Haitians Book Club welcomed students and scholars in many discussion over the past year. They also inspired and contributed to Freedom in the Black Diaspora: A Resource Guide for Ayiti Reimagined.

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U.S.-Haiti Relations: An Analysis of U.S. Immigration and Foreign Policy in Haiti (Apr. 19, 2022)

The HKS Black Student Union and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs are co-hosting a series of conversations on Haiti. With the discourse around Title 42 alive and well in our politics today, we seek to explore the ways in which U.S. foreign policy and immigration policy are implemented with great disparity around the world. As a follow-on to the conversation last semester, we will focus on Haiti, exploring the evolving ways the U.S. engages with Haiti and Haitians, both on the island and here on U.S. soil.

Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will moderate a discussion between Robert Fatton Jr., the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and Jacqueline Charles, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Emmy Award-winning foreign correspondent for the Miami Herald.

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