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Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Co-sponsored by Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and the Romance Languages and Literatures Department

Haiti Beyond the Headlines:
Understanding Haitian Culture to Help Reconstruction

Conan Bohan and Roger Celestin

Monday, March 1, 2009
Time: 4:30PM
Location: Berliner Hall, Room 0117

Conan Bohan is the founder and director of HELP (Haitian Education and Leadership Program), Haiti’s only University scholarship program. He lived in Haiti from 1996 to 2008 and continues to spend much of the year there. He is Deputy Director of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Director of the American Institutes for Research (AIR) Haiti programs. He has written and lectured extensively on Haitian culture and current events. Conor Bohan is a graduate of Brown University.

For further details please contact Sabine Louci

Roger Celestin is a Board member of HELP. He is Professor of French and Comparative Literatures at the University of Connecticut. His publications include "From Cannibals to Radicals: Figures and Limits of Exoticism", and "Universalism in Crisis: France from 1851 to the Present." Prof. Celestin is co-founder and Editor of "Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: SITES," a major journal of reference in this field. Mr. Celestin left Haiti in 1964 and was educated in Paris and New York but he has kept strong ties with the country of his birth.


Latin American & Caribbean Studies