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Border Story Fest: The Dominican Republic and Haiti

March 30th, 2016
12:00 PM

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Header image: 2014 Border of Lights Art Installation by Johannil Napoleon, Previous Artist-in-Residence for Mariposa Foundation
Photo by Edison Suero, Director of MOSCTHA (Movimiento Socio Cultural para los Trabajadores Haitianos)

Update: Read our blog post about this event!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Forum for Scholars and Publics 

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Light lunch served at 11:45 a.m.

Join for a conversation about the history of the border between the Domincian Republic and Haiti.

How is it that borders perform? Two scholars who have written works of theatre about the Dominican and Haitian border will be joining us in a conversation. Novelist and playwright Évelyne Trouillot (Université d'Etat d'Haïti) and historian Edward Paulino (CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice) will discuss why they chose the form of theatre to write about this topic. Through characters and the personification of the border itself, Professor Trouillot's play, The Blue of the Island, and Professor Paulino's one-man show, Eddie's Perejil, explore the shared history and present-day tension between both countries. These theatre practitioners will also reflect on a series of monologues about the 1937 Parsley Massacre that will be performed at Duke the evening prior to this panel. (Performance March 29 @ 6:30pm, Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage). The event will be moderated by Duke PhD student, Nehanda Loiseau (Romance Studies, Francophone Theatre). We look forward to an enriching conversation.

Co-sponsored by Duke University's Department of Romance Studies, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Haiti Lab, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “Telling Our Stories of Home” conference.

Additionally, Nehanda Loiseau directed and produced a series of monologues centered about the DR-Haitian Border:

Évelyne Trouillot

Writer

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haïti, Évelyne Trouillot lives and works there as a French Professor at the State University. She published her first book of short stories in 1996. In 2004, Évelyne Trouillot received the award: Prix de la romancière francophone du Club Soroptimist de Grenoble for her first novel Rosalie l’infâme. In 2005, her first piece for the theater Le bleu de l’île received the Beaumarchais award from ETC Caraïbes. Évelyne Trouillot has published three books of poetry one in Creole and two in French and four more novels. Her novel La mémoire aux abois published in France, Éditions Hoëbeke, in May 2010 received the prestigious award Le prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde in December 2010. Her latest novel Le Rond-Point has been published in 2015 and received the Prix Barbancourt (Haiti). Her work has been translated in Spanish, Italian, German and English and published in numerous magazines in France, Canada, Mexico and Cuba.

Photo by Ollivier Marc

Edward Paulino

John Jay College, CUNY

Edward Paulino is an assistant professor in the department of history at CUNY’s John Jay College. He teaches a variety of classes from global history to the history of genocide. He specializes in the 1937 Haitian Massacre and has a manuscript under review on the role of the Dominican state in creating a racial border against Haiti. He is a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and is a member of the John Jay Human Rights minor. He is the co-organizer of the www.borderoflights.org, which was founded to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1937 Haitian Massacre by remembering the 20,000 men, women, and children that were murdered by the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo.