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220 Years of Ayiti: Freedom without Emancipation. Symposium on the Haitian Revolution Across Time, Cultures, & Geographies

You are invited to participate in an in-person only symposium on Tuesday, November 28 at 4 p.m. ET about the Haitian Revolution across time, cultures, and geographies.

The event will bring together scholars, activists, and artists to reflect on the legacy of the Haitian Revolution as a world historical event that transformed Enlightenment thought and inspired liberation movements since.

The keynote address will be delivered in French by Frantz Voltaire, a Montreal-based author, activist and the founder of the Centre International de Documentation et d'Information Haïtienne, Caribéenne et Afro-Canadienne (CIDIHCA). His address will be followed by a panel discussion made up of York University faculty members and community members: Djiny Saint Jean, Panelist | Founder, Haitians of Toronto; Steeve Toussaint, Panelist | Student in Computer Science, York University; and Célia Romulus, Panelist | Assistant Professor, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa. The panel will deliberate in English, moderated by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, former inaugural Technical Advisor in Innovation, Science and Competitiveness to the President of the Republic of Haiti.

The final items of the symposium include a Q&A session followed by a cocktail-style reception with culturally specific Haitian cuisine for networking and further discussion.

By exploring topics ranging from the Haitian Revolution, contemporary socio-political issues, and the contributions of the Haitian diaspora, 220 Years of Ayiti will promote a meaningful dialogue on Haiti, in accordance with the mandates of event sponsors Jean Augustine Chair in Education and Diaspora, the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC), and Blackhurst Academy.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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