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French Week - “Dessalines, Napoleon, and the Making of Haiti and the United States”

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“Dessalines, Napoleon, and the Making of Haiti and the
United States”
Presentation by Dr. Laurent Dubois, Duke University
6pm, Knott Hall B03

About the Event:

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents
Dr. Laurent Dubois, Duke University, “Dessalines, Napoleon, and the Making of Haiti and the United States”
November 11, 2015 at 6 PM in Knott Hall B03

This event is part of Loyola’s National French Week 2015 program, this year focusing on Napoleon Bonaparte: “Complex Napoleon: The Emperor and His Legacy.” This speaker is Professor Laurent Dubois of Duke University. He is the Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History and is the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of five books, including Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004) and A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), which won four book prizes including the Frederick Douglass Prize. He has also written about the politics of soccer, with Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (2010) and is the founding editor of the Soccer Politics Blog. His most recent book is Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012). His new book The Banjo: America’s African Instrument, will be published by Harvard University Press in the Spring of 2015. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Fellowship, and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship to support this work on this project, some of which is showcased on the Banjology website. His writings have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker website, Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and he Los Angeles Times, and he is active on twitter as @Soccerpolitics.   His 50-minute presentation is entitled “Dessalines, Napoleon, and the Making of Haiti and the United States” and will explore Napoleon’s role in Haiti’s independence from France.

Resources for Attendees

 • Laurent Dubois’s website: https://duboisl2.wordpress.com/
• The New York Times Book Review of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History
•Napoleon on the History Channel

Questions for Discussion and Reflection

• When you think of Napoleon Bonaparte, what comes to mind (images, adjectives, people, etc.)? • What were some aspects of Napoleon’s part in the Haitian independence of 1804? • What moral questions are raised by Napoleon’s role in Haitian independence? • How has Napoleon’s reputation changed over the decades from what the speaker discussed?
• What are some of the connections between Napoleon and the United States?


Center for the Humanities, Education for Life, Student Activities, Messina. Department of History, Honors Program, Latin American and Latino Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Film Studies, Department of Fine Arts, International Programs, Department of Communication, Catholic Studies

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