Haitian Studies Association

Past Events


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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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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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H.S.A. Town Hall Meeting (Dec. 10, 2022)

Before we wrap up the 2022 year of programming, members are invited to join us for our annual Town Hall meeting. We will update you on the results of the recent Board elections, the status of the HSA committee in Haiti, and our priorities for the upcoming year. Most of all, we want to hear from you as we reflect on where we are as an organization approaching our 35th year, and where we want to be in the next 5 – 10 years. There will be breakout rooms for English, French and Haitian Creole speakers.

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Emerging Scholars Café (Dec. 9, 2022)

The Emerging Scholars Committee would like to invite you to its last Emerging Scholars Café for the year on December 9, 2022 at 2:00 pm EDT on Zoom. 
We welcome Samantha Schifano, doctoral student at University of Buffalo, to present “Caribbean/Eco-Criticism/French Literature” and Jameson Léopold, masters student at Université de Toulouse, on the topic “The implementation of a public policy to prevent the brain drain from Haiti.” We also welcome Dr Cécile Accilien, professor at Kennesaw State University, as commentator for this panel. Presentations will be in English and French followed by a discussion in all three languages (English, Creole, French). We look forward to having you with us.

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Lunch & Learn with Local Haitian Civic Leaders (Nov. 30th, 2022)

We are equipping civic leaders who will transform Haiti’s classrooms and communities into spaces that will be foundational to Haiti’s citizens reclaiming their identity and agency. We believe that education will be the next cultural revolution in our mighty Haiti. We know Haiti’s potential and, for almost ten years, our network of now 450+ civic leaders have been contributing to community transformation.
Our new series of “lunch-n-learn” sessions are meant to help us continue to build meaningful allyship as we expand connections that reinforce and elevate the work of APA’s civic leaders.

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University of Miami – Virtual Open House (Oct. 21, 2022)

Are you interested in a comparative, critical degree in a diverse, interdisciplinary, and multicultural environment?

The Ph.D. program in Literary, Cultural and Linguistic Studies offers an exciting combination of research, writing, teaching, and professional training. The department supports a range of critical and theoretical approaches and encourages interdisciplinary work that takes advantage of the university’s many strengths.  

The Ph.D. offers two major concentrations: 1.) Literary and Cultural Studies and 2.) Critical Studies of Language/Linguistics. Students in each concentration may opt to develop a secondary field of expertise in the other. Our students explore a variety of geographic, temporal, and theoretical fields, allowing them to carry out highly interdisciplinary and innovative research projects.  

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Reflections On Haiti: Layering the Conversation (Oct. 14, 2022)

A panel of Haitian professionals discuss how the current situation in Haiti impacts all aspects of everyday life. Join to understand how fuel shortages, insecurity and political maneuvering affect arts and culture, education, and the financial and medical sectors in today’s Haiti, as well as initial reactions to the call for the return of foreign armed forces.

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Haitian Studies Wednesday Writing Group

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 writing group will meet every Wednesday (October 19th – December 28, 2022) at 12:00 PM Eastern Time.

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Emerging Scholars Café (Oct.14, 2022)

The Emerging Scholars Committee would like to invite you to its next Emerging Scholars Café on October 14, 2022 at 2:00 p.m./East on Zoom. We welcome Dr. Glodel Mezilas to present on the haitian crisis; Websder Corneille, degree in applied linguistics, on the topic “Coupé Cloué, ambiguïté, musique populaire” The event will take place on zoom. We also welcome Dr. Joos Vincent as commentator for this panel. Presentations will be in English an french followed by a discussion in all three languages (English, Creole, French). We look forward to having you with us.

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Action for Haiti (Oct. 7 & 9, 2022 – In Person)

On September 22, a rally and press conference demanding the U.S. end racism in the immigration system, specifically directed at Haitians, launched activities focused on human rights in Haiti. Building on this moment during the first week of October, thousands of people will be in Washington, DC for Haiti-themed events including A Week on Haiti, the Haitian Studies Association Annual Conference, and the Haitian Ladies Network Annual Weekend. This is an extraordinary opportunity to bring together three key groups – Haitians coming from Haiti, the Haitian American diaspora, and solidarity activists – to build one broad coalition that is too big to be ignored.

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Virtual Advocacy Training – Using your power to positively influence U.S. foreign policy (Oct. 6, 2022)

For starters—what is policy advocacy and how is it different from, and complementary to, political activism? How can you leverage your power to influence U.S. foreign policy toward Haiti? Moreover, working for justice on any issue, including through policy advocacy, is an exhausting process, as so many different issues are pressing for our time and attention. Learn how to craft an advocacy strategy that also acknowledges the need for self-care and maintaining energy for long-term, effective engagement. Attendees will come away with best practices for advocacy and a deeper understanding of various advocacy tools and how to use them.

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H.S.A. Working Groups – Informal Virtual Event (Oct. 5, 2022)

Are you interested in learning more about the H.S.A.’s working groups and how you can get involved? Please join representatives of the Sexualities, Environmental Understanding and Archives and Public Memory Working Groups to learn about what each group has done so far, what we are planning for the future, and to participate in an informal discussion and Q&A.

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Emerging Scholars Café (Sept. 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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