UPENN CLALS | Symposium: “Haitian Migration Through the Americas”

Apr 21, 2022, 2:00 pm5:30 pm
Hybrid (UPENN Philadelphia & Zoom)
Event Description

Hybrid format:

In-Person RSVP, here.
133 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, FORUM, 2nd floor.

Zoom RSVP, here.

Symposium Co-sponsored by CSERI & CLALS

Massive migration from Haiti in the last two years has been in the news as migrants are met with opposition from border authorities. In an effort to better understand the structural conditions and individual experiences that intersect with the events of this recent past, speakers will discuss the past, present and future of Haiti. With a look at the past and present, they will reflect on how history and spatial journeys can help us understand the challenges and experiences of current migrants. With an eye towards the present and future, and to move beyond pure understanding to action, speakers will propose steps that civil society organizations and governments, acting both at the national and international levels, at home and abroad, could undertake to ameliorate the difficult situation of millions of Haitian citizens both inside and outside of Haiti.

MamyrahDouge-Prosper is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is also a founding member of the Black Radical media collective.

Guerline M. Jozef is the co-founder and executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, a national grassroots nonprofit community organization that advocates for fair and humane immigration policies and seeks to guide, elevate, and empower Haitian and other Black immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa to fully integrate into American society while maintaining their cultural heritage.

Alex Dupuy is the John E. Andrus Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Wesleyan University.

Georges Eugene Fouron, a native of Haiti, is Professor of Education and Social Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Grace L. Sanders Johnson is a historian, visual artist, and Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Fernando Chang-Muy is the Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.