Duke’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies is celebrating our 2nd annual International Creole Day on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in the John Hope Franklin Center, room 240.


Our special guest will be Dr Ben Hebblethwaite, Associate Professor in Haitian Creole, Haitian & Francophone Studies at the University of Florida.


At 5:00 p.m., there will be student presentations featuring Haley Thalbot (Duke) and Gabrielle Charlotte Patterson (Univ of Virginia) and their talk, “Ki jan kreyòl la makonnen yo ak Ayiti.” Also, Michael Becker, Ph.D student in Department of History at Duke will present, “Deplòtonnen sa Ayisyen panse sou revolisyon peyi yo ak entèpretasyon  sa ki  kouche nan achiv.” The talks will be in Creole, with handouts in English provided.


At 6 p.m., Professor Hebblethwaite will give his talk “Cycles of Salutation in the Rada Rite:Fundamentals and Particulars in the Greetings of the Haitian Vodou Rada Spirits,” followed by questions from the audience.


At 7 p.m., there will be a Haiti Lab Welcome Reception in Franklin Center 130.


Dr. Hebblethwaite has won two national grants, one from the National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research grant (2012-2015) with co-PI Laurent Dubois at Duke University and another from the National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship (2013) with PI Mariana Past at Dickinson College. He is the author of two books (Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English and Une saison en enfer / Yon sezon matchyavèl, with Jacques Pierre), 12 articles, 1 book chapter and 1 digital publication. Past and Hebblethwaiteare currently working on a critical edition of Michel Rolph Trouillot’s (1977) Haitian Creole masterpiece, Ti difé boulé sou istoua Ayiti.


All are welcome. Se Kreyòl nou ye!


Co-sponsored by the Haiti Lab, Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Duke University Center for International Studies, Center for French & Francophone Studies, and the Department of Romance Studies.