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Symposium on Haitian history and contemporary life presented April 13-14

Loyola press release - April 8, 2004

(New Orleans)—Haiti’s revolutionary past and current political issues will be the focus of a symposium, “Haiti: Revolutionary Legacies, Contemporary Challenges,” hosted by Loyola University and Tulane University on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 13-14, 2004. These events mark the bicentennial of Haiti’s successful slave revolution in 1804 and provide information about Haiti during these times of political upheaval.

The symposium will feature keynote addresses by two scholars on Haiti: Nick Nesbitt, Associate Professor of French at Miami University of Ohio and 2003-2004 Mellon Fellow at Cornell University; and Michel Laguerre, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Berkeley Center for Globalization and Information Technology at the University of California-Berkeley. Nesbitt’s talk will be preceded by a reception featuring the work of the prominent Haitian historical painter Ulrich Jean-Pierre. Jean-Pierre will be on hand to discuss his work.

The art exhibit and reception with Jean-Pierre will be on Tuesday, April 13, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Room 204, Woldenberg Art Center. Following the reception, Nesbitt’s talk will be at 7:30 p.m. in Stone Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane’s campus. Laguerre will speak on Wednesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m., in Loyola’s Marquette Hall Theater. A reception will precede this presentation on the Marquette Hall balcony. Rain site is outside the President’s Office.

Nesbitt’s talk will examine the topic of “Universal Emancipation: Haiti and the Idea of 1804.” He is author of Voicing Memory: History and Subjectivity in French Caribbean Literature and is currently working on a book entitled Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Globalization of the Enlightenment. Laguerre will be speaking on “The Practice of Diasporic Politics: The Haitian Diaspora in the U.S.” He has written numerous books on Haiti, including Diasporic Citizenship: Haitian Americans in Transnational America.

For additional information, contact Angel Parham, Ph.D., 865-3228.