The Start of a New Academic Year!

I’m in the last year of my CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Data Curation, and I’ve learned a lot about librarianship and critical digital pedagogy in Caribbean Studies. I presented at several conferences hosted by variety of professional organizations including the Haitian Studies Association (New Orleans, Louisiana), Caribbean Studies Association (Havana, Cuba) , and the Digital Humanities…

Student Digital Projects on Haitian Studies

In my most recent course, Haitian Culture and Society, students read a variety of text to engage in critical discussions on Haitian history, culture, and society. This course provided a new opportunity for classroom engagement through digital scholarship. We covered some of the main themes of the course including power, Haitian exceptionalism, and agency. Students…

Digital Scholarship Showcase on Haitian Studies

Digital Scholarship Showcase in Haitian Studies Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 3 pm Scott Nygren Scholars Studio, Library West RM 212 Students in HAT 3564: Haitian Culture and Society (cross-listed in African American Studies, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies) have read a variety of text to engage in critical discussions on Haiti, decolonization, and Haitian…

Thinking through DH and Haiti

Brief Reflections I am impressed with my students and their thinking when we consider the purpose, advantages, and challenges in doing DH on Haiti. After Spring Break, my students presented a review of previous themes from the course. During Week Two, we focused on Digital Humanities on Haiti. While most students see the benefits of…

My student asked, “Was François Duvalier an ‘honest man’ before he became president?”

Brief Reflections This week’s theme in my Haitian Culture and Society class is “Dictatorship and Democracy.” We are reviewing passages from Robert Fatton’s Haiti’s Predatory Nature, reading two chapters from Haitian History (“Dynastic Dictatorship” by Patrick Bellegarde-Smith and “The Rise, Fall, and Second Coming of Jean-Bertrand Aristide” by Robert Fatton), a chapter from A Haiti…