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Human Rights in Haiti and the Diaspora


Sep 21 2017


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room

153 Rubenstein Library, Duke's West Campus Quad

Human Rights in Haiti and the Diaspora

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Human Rights in Haiti and the Diaspora

With Jocelyn McCalla and Michèle Montas

The Human Rights Archive and the Forum for Scholars and Publics invite Duke and the Durham community to a celebration of the opening of the National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR) records and the Radio Haiti digital collection. Join us for a dialogue with Jocelyn McCalla, longtime Executive Director of NCHR, and journalist and broadcaster Michèle Montas, who headed the newsroom at Radio Haiti for 18 years and was the station’s director for three years. Prof. Laurent Dubois will moderate a discussion on Haiti’s modern human rights history from the perspectives of these two activists and how their organizations reported and responded to the impact of economic upheaval, state violence and repression, and immigration. The event will be preceded by a reception and a display of items from the NCHR and Radio Haiti archives.

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute.


Michèle Montas

Michèle Montas is a journalist from Haiti and the former Spokesperson under UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Prior to her appointment, Montas headed the French unit of UN Radio. From 2003 to 2004, she served as the Spokesperson for UN General Assembly President Julian Robert Hunte soon after she fled to…...

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Jocelyn McCalla

National Coalition for Haitian Rights

Jocelyn McCalla is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR). McCalla has long been involved in international human rights and U.S. policy analysis and advocacy, first as Associate Director of the NCHR from 1986-1988, and then from 1988 to March 2002 as the NCHR's Executive Director.…...

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Laurent Dubois

Duke University

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including…...

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