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The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) was unique, the only example of an

enslaved populace successfully seizing its freedom and creating an independent state. 

The Revolution exploded in one of the most important French colonies of that era

 

 

 A Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial

Symposium & Exhibit -- January 31, 2003

 

Contact of Cultures: The Haitian Factor

in the Louisiana Purchase and Beyond

 

The Department of Geography and Anthropology and the Center for French and Francophone Studies will kick-off the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Celebration on Louisiana State University’s campus in Baton Rouge.

On Friday, January 31, 2003, this celebration will include an interdisciplinary symposium entitled, Contact of Cultures: The Haitian Factor in the Louisiana Purchase and Beyond. The event will take place in the LSU Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall (adjacent to Middleton Library).

The symposium is designed to provide the academic and public communities with an understanding of the impact of the Haitian Revolution on the Louisiana Purchase and beyond. The goal is to facilitate discussion on this often-mentioned but infrequently studied aspect of the Louisiana Purchase, as well as the broader topics of slavery, freedom, migration, resistance rituals, revolutionary literature and art, and (re) constructing identity.

The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) was unique, the only example of an enslaved populace successfully seizing its freedom and creating an independent state.  The Revolution exploded in one of the most important French colonies of that era, when the Atlantic slave trade was at its zenith and when slavery was an accepted institution. Napoleon’s difficulties in Haiti greatly influenced his decision to finalize the sale of the Louisiana territory and that stroke of the pen doubled the size of the United States.  The territory was purchased in 1803 from France by the United States at less than three cents per acre for 828,000 square miles. The transaction, $15 million, is frequently referred to as the greatest land bargain in American history. The aftermath sparked far-reaching consequences on the cultural diversity of Louisiana.  The Louisiana Purchase and the Haitian Revolution not only had long-term effects for the Louisiana territory, it influenced the Gulf South and other parts of the Atlantic World, politically, economically and culturally. We encourage you to help celebrate the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial by participating in the discussions.   

In addition, the art exhibit, “Revolution sous les Tropiques,” by the Haitian artist, Edouard Duval Carrie¢ complements the symposium with images relating to the Haitian Revolution and Haitian culture. The original exhibit was presented as part of the celebration organized in France for the Bicentennial Anniversary of the French Revolution. It was exhibited at the Musee des Arts Africains et Oceaniens, formerly the Palais des Colonies which was built for the Exposition Internationale of Paris in 1933.We have a select group of prints from the originals. The exhibit will also be in Hill Memorial Library. Both events are free and open to the public.

The symposium program follows:

Contact of Cultures: The Haitian Factor

 in the Louisiana Purchase and Beyond

                                 

Opening Ceremonies                9:00-9:30

Morning Session                    9:30-12:30

                                    “Haitian History and the Haitian Novel: Socio-Political                                                           Development and Readership”

MAXIMILIEN LAROCHE, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Laval in Quebec, Canada and Knight in the National Honor and Merit Order of the Republic of Haiti

“Revolution sous les Tropiques and Other Works”

EDOUARD DUVAL CARRIE¢, Artist, studied at the Ecole Nationale Superier des Beau Arts, Paris France, B.A. University of Loyola Montreal, Quebec, Canada, residency awarded by Arts International for the Foundation of Claude Monet, Giverney, France.

Lunch on your own                 12:30-2:00

Afternoon Session                  2:00-5:00    

“The Haitian Revolution and the Louisiana Purchase: A          Reappraisal”

ALFRED HUNT, Professor of History/American Studies and former Dean of the College of Letters and Science at the State University of New York

“Haitian Rara: Resistance Ritual and Its Louisiana Association”                                    

ELIZABETH MCALISTER, Assistant Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University and Faculty Research Fellow at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, Yale University

Reception                               5:00-7:00 - The French House-Salon (Highland Rd.)

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This event is partially funded by a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities / For more information contact: Dr. Joyce Marie Jackson, Symposium & Exhibit Coordinator / LSU Dept. of Geography & Anthropology / Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex / Baton Rouge, LA 70803 jjackso@lsu.edu

 

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