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Jean Dominique, 1986Historical Memory and Human Rights: A Discussion with Michèle Montas and Duke Librarians in Celebration of Duke University’s Acquisition of the Radio Haiti Archives

Thursday, April 3rd, 12:00 - 1:30pm 

Location: Forum for Scholars and Publics, 011 Old Chem

Free and open to the public.  Light lunch to be provided.

Please join the Forum for Scholars & Publics for a discussion with Haitian journalist and human rights activist Michèle Montas along with Patrick Stawski, Human Rights Archivist and Craig Breaden, Audiovisual Archivist at the Duke University Library. As a journalist in Haiti in the 1980s and 1990s, Montas and her husband Jean Dominique were critical voices documenting the movement that led to the overthrow of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986 and the struggles for democracy that followed. Their work was documented in Jonathan Demme’s celebrated documentary The Agronomist. Montas has recently donated the archive of Radio Haiti – including 2500 audio recordings, largely in Haitian Creole – to Duke University. In our lunch discussion, we will discuss the history of the radio station and the importance of this archive, which provides vital documentation of the struggles for human rights and democracy in Haiti, as well as projects to make these materials as broadly available as possible to publics in the country.

Watch the video, Preserving Radio Haiti to learn more.

Contact:Patrick Stawski, Duke University Libraries, 919-660-5823, patrick.stawski@duke.edu