Selebrasyon lang kreyòl ak kilti Ayisyen! This is a Symposium on Haitian Creole Language and Culture, hosted by Brooklyn College, to take place on the weekend of October 24-25, 2014 (admission free). Organized around the topic “Kreyòl: Language of Transformation & Liberation of Haiti” [Kreyòl: Lang Transfòmasyon, Lang Liberasyon Ayiti], the symposium will be held at the Brooklyn College Woody Tanger Auditorium, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
Speakers include: Fabienne Doucet (New York University), Rozevel Jean-Baptiste (New York City Department of Education), Serge Madhère (Howard University), Jean-Yves Plaisir (Borough of Manhattan Community College-CUNY), Hugues Saint- Fort (Kingsborough Community College-CUNY), and Jean-Yves Urfié (Congregation of the Holy Spirit). Besides the panel presentations, there will be film screenings, a Kreyòl book exhibition, and Arts & Crafts exhibit, cultural performances, and Kreyòl cuisine.
Sponsors are: CUNY Haitian Studies Institute, Brooklyn College President’s Office, NYS R-BERN@NYU, La Fondation Mémoire, HAFECE, Haitian Educators League for Progress, Haiti Cultural Exchange, SHR & Perspectives Haitiennes, and Verité sou Tanbou (the Haitian Community Cultural Initiative of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance).
[Image above: “Carnaval du Cap Haitien” (1946) by Philome Obin.]