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May 2024: A Feminist Reading of the “Crisis” (May 20, 2024)

This panel engages the recent political events in Haiti from a perspective that centers the voices, experiences, and analyses of women. It also recognizes the interlocking systems of oppression and the ways in which they are manifested in the current crisis. The panel offers a feminist reading of the current conjuncture, its historical roots, and its geopolitical significance.

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April 2024: Perspectives on the Current Political Moment in Haiti (Apr. 30, 2024)

We invite you to attend the [3rd] webinar on Tuesday April 30, 2024 between 5-7pm ET.
This webinar offers an analysis of the current moment as the Presidential Transitional Council was recently sworn in and Prime Minister Ariel Henry has resigned. The speakers will provide some context about the politics of the state and ongoing social movements.
Over the past month, the Haitian Studies Association (HSA), the HSA has organized two other such webinars. The previous iterations (March 8 and 22).

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Mid-March Update on the Situation in Haiti (Mar. 22, 2024)

The Haitian Studies Association is holding a webinar with scholars and activists to help understand what is happening on the ground.
Since our last webinar on March 8, 2024 de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry has agreed to step down. The various political parties are sending their nominees as part of the transitional presidential council. The attacks are ongoing and the number of deaths are increasing. People are suffering from hunger and displacement amidst the rampant violence. The majority of international organizations workers have left. The U.S. have chartered a plane for U.S. citizens that arrived in Miami this past weekend and last week it sent military forces to protect its embassy. On March 19, Gen. Laura Richardson might have stated that the US Southern Command is ‘prepared,’ with reports by the Southern Command acknowledging that US troops might [already] be stationed in the Caribbean nation. In the meanwhile, Haitians in Haiti continue to live in a state of non-stop violence.

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March 2024 Haiti Crisis Update: What We Know (Mar. 8, 2024)

The Haitian Studies Association is holding a webinar with experts on Haiti to help make sense of the current political situation in the country. Since the past weekend Haitians in Haiti have been dealing with an exacerbated level of violence of unimaginable proportions. The Haitian government declared a state of emergency following attacks by gang members on Haiti’s National Penitentiary and another prison in Croix des Bouquets that freed over 3000 prisoners, including some gang leaders. One of the most notorious gang leaders, former police officer Jimmy Chérizier (aka Barbecue), has overtly stated that he—along with the newly-formed gang coalition Viv Ansanm— is ready to do whatever it takes to overthrow the government. Meanwhile de facto Prime minister Ariel Henry was in Kenya to finalize the deal whereby Kenya will lead a U.N.-approved security mission to Haiti. As of Wednesday March 6th, Henry was unable to return to Haiti as gangs occupied the airports and there are rumors that the US is asking for his resignation. Panelists will also discuss possible scenarios to resolve the current crisis.

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Kenya’s Intervention in Haiti: An interrogation of Impetus, Objectives, and Consequences (Nov. 21, 2023)

In September 2023, the United Nations Security Council voted for the deployment of military forces to combat gang violence in Haiti. The United States pledged $200 million (USD) and Kenya more than 1,000 troops from its police force.
Progressive organizations and activists in Haiti and its diasporas denounce the mission, naming it as an occupation. They argue that, since 2004, Haiti has already been under the direct political, economic, and social control of the United Nations, and more precisely the United States. Moreover they recall that  it is under U.S. tutelage that many of Haiti’s most murderous gangs formed and multiplied.

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Emerging Scholars Café (Nov. 10, 2023)

The Emerging Scholars Committee would like to invite you to its next Emerging Scholars Café on November 10 at 2:00 p.m./East on Zoom.
We welcome Victor Charly Camilien, PhD student, to present on the topic “formes communautaires de solidarité” and Ammcise Apply, PhD student on the topic “Climate change, human health and wellbeing, health & health disparities”. The event will take place on zoom. We also welcome Dr. Lefranc Joseph as a commentator on this panel. This panel will be moderated by Websder Corneille. We look forward to having you among us.

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#KanallaPapKanpe: Haiti-DR Border Politics & Konbit Sovereignty (Oct. 18, 2023)

In late August of 2023, several peasant organizations came together to build a canal on the Massacre River at the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic in order to irrigate their nearby gardens and farms. After 10 years of failed negotiations with all three PHTK regimes in power, the visionaries turned to themselves to ensure their survival and development. Thousands of people and organizations in Haiti and throughout its diasporas have since answered their call to join the Konbit.
This panel features three community organizers who have been at the forefront of the canal construction project. They will clarify the history of the canal, provide updates on the construction, and contextualize the land struggles that underpin the project.

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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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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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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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Information Forum: Helping Newcomers Find Community Support (Apr. 16, 2023)

April 16, 2023 at 5-6:30 ET
CUNY Haitian Studies Institute of Brooklyn College and the Haitian Studies Association invite you to this information forum to discuss ways to help newcomers to find various support in communities around the U.S.

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Emerging Scholars Workshop: Writing Successful Abstracts (Mar. 31, 2023)

The Emerging Scholars Committee of the Haitian Studies Association (HSA) invite you to participate in our series of mentorship activities where we will reflect on key topics and issues for emerging scholars.
In March, we will discuss strategies for preparing successful abstracts for conferences or other calls for papers. Scholars from several disciplines will share reflections and tips based on their experiences.
Bring your draft abstracts for HSA’s 35th annual conference Ayiti Se Tè Glise: Im/Migration, Movement & In-Betweenness which are due April 15th, 2023.

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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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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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