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Madison Smartt Bell’s Haitian Trilogy


Mar 03 2016


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Madison Smartt Bell's Haitian Trilogy

[ Image courtesy of The Atlantic Slave Trade & Slavery in the Americas ]


Madison Smartt Bell’s Haitian Trilogy

A Conversation About Historical Fiction Today

Join us at the Forum for Scholars and Publics for a roundtable discussion with Madison Smartt Bell about his trilogy of novels about the Haitian Revolution. In addition to Bell, panelists Barry Gaspar, Deborah Jenson, Adriane Lentz-Smith, and Laurent Dubois will discuss the trilogy and the broader question of historical fiction today. The event will be moderated by Joseph Porter.

All are welcome and no registration is required.


Madison Smartt Bell


2016 Reynolds Price Visiting Fiction Writer Madison Smartt Bell is the author of twelve novels, including his Toussaint Louverture trilogy, All Soul's Rising, a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award and the 1996 PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the 1996 Anisfield-Wolf award for the best book of the year…...

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Deborah Jenson

Duke University

I take the broad mandate of the humanist very seriously: my research is diverse. In the field of neuroscience and the humanities, my work includes an article on mirror neurons and literary bio-mimesis with neuropsychiatrist Marco Iacoboni, a course called "Flaubert's Brain: Neurohumanities," and several projects related to traumatic stress,…...

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Adriane Lentz-Smith

Duke University

Adriane Lentz-Smith is associate professor of history and African & African American studies at Duke University where she teaches courses on Black Lives, the Black Freedom Struggle, and history in fiction and fact. The author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (Harvard, 2009), Lentz-Smith researches and writes…...

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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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Barry Gaspar

Duke University

Dr. Gaspar concentrates on comparative slave systems, with a special interest in the development of slave society and the evolution of slave life in the United States and the Caribbean. The Atlantic Slave Trade, Atlantic history and culture, the legacy of slavery in post-slave societies, historical geography, colonial British America,…...

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