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March 28, 2013

Haiti is the enigmatic island nation only 600 miles from the United States. Its history as the only successful nation to emerge from a slave revolt, and the first in the Western hemisphere in the modern era led by its majority non-white population, inspires us. Its status as the world’s poorest nation and its equally powerful legacy of natural and manmade disasters evoke our sympathies. This seminar will explore the people who exist between these poles now and in the past. We’ll learn about Haiti’s revolutionary origins and its early struggles, the rich culture that animates its people, and how the Haitians have coped with tragic episodes in its history. Participants in this seminar will come to appreciate the resilience of the Haitian people and leave better informed about one of America’s neighbors—so close, but so far from us.

Topics & Speakers

The Haitian Revolution and its Legacy
Laurent M. Dubois, Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History, Duke University

Trauma in Haiti: Past, Present, Future
 Deborah Jenson, Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University

Humanitarianism and Development in Haiti
Joshua Nadel, Assistant Professor of Latin American and Carib­bean History, North Carolina Central University

Haiti and the World
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time & Cost
3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014. The tuition is $125 ($110 by February 5). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by February 5). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional dinner is $20.00.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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