This conference will bring together scholars working on aspects of Haiti’s influence on the hemisphere, both historically and today, in fields such as art history, cultural studies, history, literature, political science, sociology, and others. We will look at the many ways Haiti has been represented by outsiders as well as the ways Haitians represent themselves to think about the past, present, and future of Haiti's place in the imagination of the Americas.
The Haiti and the Americas Conference will be held at the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University and co-sponsored by Rice University and PUMA.Creative. Academic panels will be held in Live Oak Pavilion on Thursday, October 21st and Friday, October 22nd from 9 am to 5 pm, and in the Wyndham Boca Raton on Saturday, October 23rd from 9 am to 1 pm. Keynote speakers will include Myriam J.A. Chancy on Thursday at 2 pm, J. Michael Dash on Friday at 9 am, and Sibylle Fischer on Friday at 2:15 pm. In addition to these presentations by leading scholars, the filmmaker Michelange Quay will be a special guest, presenting his film Eat, For This Is My Body on Thursday at 6 pm in FAU's Senate Chambers, and creative writers such as Andrea Shaw, Rose Rejouis, and Myriam J.A. Chancy will read from their work in the Ritter Art Gallery on Friday evening. We will also feature presentations by organizations working in Haiti, such as the Digital Library of the Caribbean talking about their Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative, as well as local organizations working with Haitians in South Florida such as the Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice in Boynton Beach.
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