About Dany Laferrière

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The lecture will be in the form of an on-stage moderated conversation, led by Thomas C. Spear, Professor of French at Lehman College and the Ph.D. Program in French at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Dany Laferrière is one of today’s most original writers in French, rooted both in Haiti and Quebec, and only the second Black writer at the prestigious Académie Française in Paris. Laferrière, a collaborator in these three films centered on his work, tells stories of America as a region where the scars of colonialism are evident still in the social and racial hierarchies born out of the growing global economy. The films address issues such as prostitution, sex tourism, and the lasting effects of the Duvalier dictatorship on Haitian society. This series is curated by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in co-sponsorship with the Creative Writing Program, the Department of French and Italian, the Creole Institute, the Black Film Center/Archive, the Department of Comparative Literature, and IU Cinema.

The lecture will be in French with simultaneous translation. Headsets will be provided.

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