Lecture: "Between Haiti and Europe: A Literature of Migration"

April 11, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location and Address

Humanities Center 

602 Cathedral of Learning 


A Humanities Center Colloquium with an introduction by John Walsh (FRIT) and response by Felix Germain (Africana Studies). 


Speaker: Louis-Philippe Dalembert (Haitian poet and novelist)


Louis-Philippe Dalembert’s latest novels, Ballade d’un amour inachevé (2013) and Avant que les ombres s’effacent (2017), are tales of migration. The former takes the reader between Haiti to Italy, while the latter goes from Poland to Haiti. Both novels reimagine journeys of migrants and refugees amidst earthquakes and war, respectively. The colloquium will feature Dalembert’s readings of selected passages, followed by a discussion of the ways the literature mediates the impact of political and natural disasters.


About the speaker: Author of prize-winning novels, short stories, and collections of poetry, Louis-Philippe Dalembert is a self-described vagabond. He has held numerous writer-in-residence fellowships all over the world, including Rome, Paris, Berlin, Tunis, Kinshasa, and Jerusalem. Holder of a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne, Dalembert has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Bern Universität in Switzerland.


Sponsored by: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Center and Year of Diversity; University Honors College; European Studies Center; Center for Latin American Studies; Departments of French & Italian and Africana Studies. 


Haitian poet and novelist, Louis-Philippe Dalembert will discuss select passages from his novels during this Humanities Center Colloquium.