Hoos for Haiti

Jefferson and Haiti

In Events: Educational on January 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Using as a point of departure the fact that UVA founder Thomas Jefferson was the president of the United States during the Haitian Revolution, this event will explore the roots of US-Haiti relations and generate a historically grounded dialogue about the Haitian Revolution and its connection to US politics. Activities will include a lecture by Laurent Dubois on “The Aftershocks of History in Haiti” and a round-table discussion about the kinds of initiatives students and faculty at UVA might engage in to re-build the intellectual infrastructure in Haiti.

February 5, 2010 Events (part of the “Global South” lecture series, an initiative has been spurred by the recent earthquake in Haiti, and the sudden prominence of Haiti in the public imagination. We believe that this is a fertile time in which an often ignored area is at the center of dialogue within the UVA community and thus we seek to harness that interest into a critical conversation about Haitian history, politics, and culture with an eye towards the challenges of post-disaster re-building projects.)

2:00 – 3:30pm MONROE 130 “The Aftershocks of History in Haiti” Laurent Dubois, (Professor of French Studies and History, Duke University) Commentary by Robert Fatton (UVA Julia A. Cooper Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies)

4:30 – 5:30pm Brooks Hall 210 Roundtable Discussion about how the academic community at UVA can contribute to the re-building of intellectual infrastructure in Haiti. Participants: Prof. Laurent Dubois (History, Duke Univ)  Prof. Robert Fatton (Politics, UVA) and Z’etoile Imma (English, Magnitude Collective, UVA)

Proposed Events (subject to change – visit back here for details as they develop!) For more information contact: yari@virginia.edu


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