Haiti and the Americas Conference: October 22, 2010
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
The second day of the Haiti and the Americas conference continued panels on scholarly research, and also included presentations on local nonprofit work and volunteerism in Haiti.
Friday began with a keynote lecture by J. Michael Dash about Haiti's status as New World site, neither entirely African nor French. Sibylle Fischer's keynote lecture in the afternoon explored how Simon Bolivar's political thought was shaped by the time he spent in Haiti and his diplomatic negotiations with the newly independent Haitian state.
The afternoon also brought members of Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice in Boynton Beach to campus to talk about their work with Haitian Americans in South Florida, while representatives of Konbit for Haiti and FAVACA talked about projects they have been working on in Haiti since the earthquake. The Digital Library of the Caribbean also discussed their Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative, while Florida Atlantic University Ph.D. candidate Susan D'Aloia gave a paper analyzing volunteer work in Haiti.
The day was capped off by a literary evening and reception at FAU's Ritter Art Gallery co-sponsored by PUMA.Creative, where Andrea Shaw, Myriam J.A. Chancy, and PUMA.Creative Mobility Awardee Rose Rejouis read from their literary work.