Haitian Drama in its Death Throes

[In Haitian Creole with simultaneous interpretation into English]
Historically, plays written in Haitian Creole have been vibrant and authentic, serving as a tool for educating the masses. The people of Haiti use drama in every form—religious drama (plays rooted in the Vodou religion), street theater, drama focused on social justice, activism, and revolutionary ideas—and all forms contribute in changing the political system in Haiti, …

Is Haiti a Nation State?

(This panel is in Haitian Creole, with English interpretation)
Since 1804, Haiti owns a territory and occupies a specific geographical space. The country’s government is supposedly autonomous, and Haiti has a culture and a language allowing his people—11+ million, in majority black—to communicate amongst themselves. Yet, many observers wonder if Haiti is indeed a nation state. In other words, does Haiti fulfill all the criteria for sovereignty? …

Caribbean Voices: Rising Tides

In French with simultaneous interpretation into English
The rising tide of international literature and an increasing climate of global fluidity warrants us to dig deeper into the French and Creole works of modern Caribbean writers. This panel seeks to explore the aesthetics of Caribbean fiction by delving into conversations on the ways that the homeland of origin exerts emotional, …