Haiti and the Americas Conference: October 21, 2010
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
The first day of the Haiti and the Americas conference brought together exciting discussions about the influence of the Haitian revolution on pro- and anti-slavery discourses in the U.S. and Europe, contemporary representations of sex, tourism, and class struggle in Haitian literature and film, and representations of Vodou in the U.S. and the Bahamas.
The morning began with an opening ceremony that included a welcome by the Dean of FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Manjunath Pendakur. Highlights of the day's program included the Peace Studies Keynote Lecture by Myriam J.A. Chancy titled “A Marshall Plan for a Haiti at Peace: To Continue or End the Legacy of the Revolution,” as well as the screening of the film "Eat, For This is My Body" along with a discussion with filmmaker Michelange Quay, whose visit was sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council.
Information on Friday and Saturday's events, including the literary evening with PUMA.Creative Mobility Award recipient Rose Rejouis, is available at http://www.creativecaribbeannetwork.com/page/5218/en