Haitian Studies Association

Past Events


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Emerging Scholars Café on September 9, 2022

The Emerging Scholars Committee would like to invite you to its first ever Emerging Scholars Café on September 9, 2022 at 2:00 p.m./East on Zoom. We welcome Dr. Felix Jean-Louis to present on Haitian Internationalism in the Age of Global Blackness; and Willie Mack, PhD candidate in History, on the topic of Triple Minority: Haitian “Boat People,” Policing, and Mass Incarceration in New York City. The event will take place on zoom. We also welcome Dr. Kiran Jayaram as a commentator for this panel. Presentations will be in English followed by a discussion in all three languages (English, Creole, French). We look forward to having you with us.

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

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.

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Emerging Scholars Roundtable: Thinking Creatively through COVID (Aug. 20, 2022)

The Emerging Scholars committee of the Haitian Studies Association invite you to participate in our series of mentorship activities where we will reflect on key topics and issues for emerging scholars.

In August, we will present how scholars reclaimed their time during the pandemic, learned new skills, and created new initiatives that enhanced their personal and professional lives.  We will also discuss how to highlight new COVID talents for prospective job and research opportunities.

The moderated discussion will be in English with translation and followed by Kreyol summary between panelists.

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Jean-Jacques Dessalines: The Man Who Defeated Napoleon Bonaparte (July 16/17, 2022)

The Haitian Studies Association is honored to announce a 2-part event featuring Arnold Antonin’ new film, Jean-Jacques Dessalines: The Man Who Defeated Napoleon Bonaparte. Part 1 will be a film screening on Saturday, July 16 at 1 pm PT/ 4pm ET. The film is 94 mins long in French and Kreyol (with English subtitles).

Then join us on Sunday, July 17 at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET for an interactive conversation between Arnold Antonin and Dr. Evelyne Laurent-Perrault, from the University of California – Santa Barbara about the film.

The 2-part event would be hosted on Zoom.

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Emerging Scholars Roundtable: Research in the Contemporary Moment (June 23, 2022)

The Emerging Scholars committee of the Haitian Studies Association invite you to participate in our series of mentorship activities where we will reflect on key topics and issues for emerging scholars.
In June, we will discuss research in the contemporary moment including questions of ethics, methods, and logistics.
The moderated discussion will be bilingual (English/Haitian Creole) without translation and followed by language-specific and disciplinary affinity break out groups.

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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 Eyssallenne, 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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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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The Character Assassination of Haiti (November 1, 2021)

Co-sponsored by Union Theological Seminary, Haitian Studies Association, and In Cultured Company.
Since Haiti’s successful establishment of the second nation-state in the Americas, Bwa Kayiman has been falsely claimed as Haiti making a pact with the devil in order to be emancipated and independent. This conversation will critically analyze the role imperialism, Christianity, and anti-Blackness have had on Haiti’s current politics, history, and spirituality.

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33rd Annual Conference – Conference Program (October 21-23, 2021)

Public Conference Program is now available.

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Conference Special Events (Oct 21-23, 2021)

Throughout our conference we will have a series of special events: advocacy panels, keynotes, plenaries, social mixers, and more. You can read details about these events on this page.

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Pre-Conference Events: Working Groups (Oct 16-20, 2021)

In the week leading up to our annual conference, our three Working Groups are hosting their own sessions to discuss their projects: “Archives and Public Memory in Haiti and the Diaspora”, “The Roots Are Many and Deep: Social, Cultural, and Spiritual Dimensions of Haiti’s Ecological Crisis”, and “The Rights to Live Creatively”.

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