Haitian Women and the Uses of Literature

While Haiti faces more humanitarian crises, from the rise of gang violence to the resurgence of a cholera outbreak, Haitian writers like Evelyne Trouillot continue to write, to bear witness and decry daily injustices. Writing, reading become acts of engagement that enable individuals to imagine other worlds than their current reality. This lecture and guest panels, scheduled on the eve of Haitian flag day, address the importance of female voices and literature in a space like Haiti. By bringing to Dartmouth Haitian scholars Nadève Menard and Régine Jean-Charles for a conversation with Evelyne Trouillot, this conference seeks to highlight the contributions of Haitian women to World Literature and the overall uses of literature in society.