Haitian Studies Association

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Kosanba 2023 Colloquium XIV (Oct. 5th-8th, 2023)

The Kalfou & The Lakou: Vodou & Africana Religious Crossroads
Held in Conjunction with the 35th Haitian Studies Association Conference at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

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Emerging Scholars Café (Sept. 15, 2023)

The Emerging Scholars Committee would like to invite you to its next Emerging Scholars Café on september 15, 2023 at 3:00 pm East on Zoom.

We welcome Dr. France Neff, to present on the topic “Haitian Immigrant Families view of Acculturation: An interpretive phenomenological Analysis”; Dulanda Saintcyr, degree in Political Science & African American Studies on the topic “Political engagement, Black liberation”; and  Marcea T. Daiter PhD student interdisciplinary Studies:Concentration in Humanities and Culture, on the topic “Ritual, Spirituality, Modernity, and Creativity”.

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Film Screenings of ‘Freda’ & ‘Ti Toya’ (Oct. 1, 2023)

This is both an in-person special screening and an online screening. 
As a kick-off for the 35th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference, join us for a screening of Cannes 2021 award-winning film, “FREDA” by Filmmaker Gessica Généus. Before the film, we will also screen the 2023 HSA award-winning short film, “Ti Toya” by Filmmaker Michel Dessources Jr.

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The Forgotten Occupation- Online Screening and Q&A (July 29, 2023)

The Forgotten Occupation is an award-winning 2023 documentary from filmmaker Alain Martin, exploring the history of the first US Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934). The film includes appearances by scholars including Yveline Alexis, Georges Eddy Lucien and Edwidge Danticat. The event will be moderated by Alyssa Sepinwall and include a post-screening Q&A with Alain Martin and Yveline Alexis, author of the 2021 HSA Book Prize winner Haiti Fights Back.

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Rasanblaj/Reassembling Haitian Radio Archives of Exile (June 28, 2023)

This presentation explores the resonances and permeabilities between the archives of two Haitian broadcast institutions. The first is Radio Haïti-Inter, the country’s most prominent independent radio station, based in Port-au-Prince, whose archives are now held at Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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Haitian Dance, Drum, Culture Weekend (June 23-25, 2023)

Join Sebastien Duvilaire, Portsha Jefferson/Rara Tou Limen, and Marseille Jean in a weekend of workshops and sharing artistry, movement, music, and wisdom.

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Haitian Art Society Annual Conference (June 29th-July 2nd)

The Haitian Art Society’s most anticipated and celebrated event, our annual conference, has returned! Join us as we tour world-renowned exhibits and private collections from Los Angeles to San Diego.

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Haitian Migration in the Americas: Combating Anti-Blackness & Building Transnational Solidarity (June 5, 2023)

As part of the 2nd session of the UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent, the Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law invites you to a virtual side event and webinar entitled, “Haitian Migration in the Americas: Combating Anti-Blackness & Building Transnational Solidarity.”

Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Haitian migration has expanded and transformed dramatically. While the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic were historically primary destination countries, Haitians are now migrating throughout Central and South America, including Chile, Colombia, Panama, and Mexico. Although the country contexts differ, for Haitian migrants there has been one constant: anti-Blackness. In this panel discussion, Haitian migrant rights’ advocates living in countries in North and South America will share about the challenges facing Black migrants and the need for transnational solidarity and collective power-building.

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Haiti in Crisis: The Search for a Way Forward (May 30, 2023)

Haiti is experiencing one of the most difficult moments in its troubled history. In the aftermath of the July 2021 assassination of President Moïse, political instability and criminal violence affect all aspects of daily life. Gang activity has all but incapacitated efforts to provide food and medical supplies. Homicides and kidnappings have skyrocketed. Calls for an international rescue effort have not yet been answered. The international community is struggling to find a way to support restoration of the rule of law, provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance, and strengthen the government of Haiti’s capacity to govern. The United Nations’ Integrated Office in Haiti noted last year that “the current situation … demonstrates the extent to which political, security, development and humanitarian dimensions are intertwined and mutually reinforcing…”.

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Haitian-American Heritage Month: “All Eyes on Haiti” Virtual Panel Discussion (May 25, 2023)

Haitian-American Heritage Month: “All Eyes on Haiti” Virtual Panel Discussion.

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From Statelessness to Global Black Solidarity (May 18, 2023)

In 2013 the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Tribunal denationalized more than four generations of Black Dominicans of Haitian descent rendering them stateless. This ruling commonly referred to as “La Sentencia” was the result of a series of xenophobic and racist administrative rulings and policies, which throughout the twentieth century sought to systematically marginalize Haitian migrant laborers and strip their Dominican born children of citizenship.
Through a discussion with Ana María Belique and Epifania St. Chals, leaders of the Reconoci.do movement, this talk will explore the impact of La Sentencia on Black Dominicans of Haitian descent, historical linkages between the US, Haiti and the Dominican Republic and draw on Global Black Solidarity as a tool of resistance and liberation.

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Lunch & Learn with Local Haitian Civic Leaders (May 10, 2023)

Anseye Pou Ayiti is a grassroots movement of Haitian civic leaders working together to transform the nation’s education system as a lever toward justice and liberation.
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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Emerging Scholars Café (Apr. 28, 2023)

The Emerging Scholars Committee would like to invite you to our first Emerging Scholars Café of this year on April 28, 2023 at 2:00 pm EDT on Zoom.
We welcome Dr. Kapriskie Seide, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology at Davidson College, on the topic “Disability related to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti” and Pascal Dafinis Ph.D Student, Global Studies, University of Irvine, on the topic “Haitian Migration through Latin America”. We also welcome Dr. Darlene Dubuisson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, as a commentator for this panel. Presentations will be in English and French and will be followed by a discussion in all three languages (English, Creole, French). We look forward to your attendance.

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Conversation with Jean Abel Pierre (Apr. 19, 2023)

Conversation with Jean Abel Pierre about his book ‘Sociologie critique de la corruption: Comment Haïti est pris au piège de la pauvreté’
Kwazman Vwa is delighted to welcome author Jean Abel Pierre. Pierre will be with us to discuss his recent book, Sociologie critique de la corruption: Comment Haïti est pris au piège de la pauvreté. Corruption is a subject that concerns us all, and somehow, our preoccupation with limiting its effects and abuses never seem to fully eliminate it entirely. In Sociologie Critique de la Corruption, Pierre charts a roadmap for understanding how development, “good governance,” and neoliberalism further instill corruption in our political and economic systems. With a specific focus on Haiti, Pierre shows how corruption is something more than a colonial inheritance, rather, it is part of an economic framework cultivated by domestic and international forces. Our guest will be in conversation with Erika Serrato and Nathan Dize, and the event is kindly sponsored by the Department of French and Italian at Oberlin College.

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