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Monthly Archives: June 2005

Miami: get ready for Vodou Fest 2005

Musifest Productions and Sosyete Koukouy, Inc., will present the second annual “Vodou Fest 2005” at Bayfront Park Tina Hill Pavillon located at 301 N Biscayne Boulevard, downtown Miami, Florida on Saturday July 16, 2005 from 5:00 PM to midnight. Accompanying lectures and public symposia will also be held at Broward Library Auditorium (Fort Lauderdale) on June 12, 6:00 PM and Libreri Mapou June 30, 7:00 PM…. The unique network of cultural traditions of Haitian vodou, Cuban santeria, Brazilian camdoble, and Tridadian shango traditions continue to provide an important link to the African roots of these cultures through rhythm, dance, oral history, art, and song. Vodou Fest 2005 is an opportunity to analyze and commorate African based traditions and their contribution to Caribbean societies. It is an opportunity to begin a new and more positive public and cultural discourse regarding African based cultural traditions. “Vodou Fest 2005” will feature Vodou Arts Exhibition International and local renowned roots music bands performing traditional rhythmic vodou inspired music and vodou rituals for the first time in a public forum: Kampech, djanaye , vodou presentation by Hougan Papa Paul, Erol Josue, the Mirabo twins, Emperor Aboudja, Manbo Carole Maroule, Grupo Batuque (Afro Urigue) Jude Papa Loco, Ifeile (Afro Cuban) Delou (West Africa) and more, Native Indians (Blessind).

Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellions

Work has begun on The Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellions, to be edited by Junius P…. Scheduled to appear in June 2007, the work will comprise alphabetically arranged entries on all aspects of the subject and is intended to provide an overview of current scholarship in the field. This single volume 350,000-word encyclopedia will cover the history of slave resistance and rebellion from antiquity to the late-nineteenth century. Entries will consist of specific incidents, individuals, concepts, thematic essays, and artistic/literary renderings of slave resistance and rebellion. A listing of topics available and other project information can be viewed at: http://www.eureka.edu/emp/jrodrig/greenwood/rr.htm If you are interested in writing encyclopedia entries for this project inquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Junius P. Rodriguez Eureka College 300 East College Avenue Eureka, Illinois 61530 Email = jrodrig@eureka.edu Phone: (309) 467-6416 Fax: (309) 467-6386 Should you encounter any key topics that are not listed as proposed articles, please feel free to suggest these to me and I will update the list accordingly.

Call for submissions to the 17th Annual Conference of the Haitian Studies Association

The Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Haitian Studies Association (H.S.A) October 13-15, 2005 * Campus Center * Ballroom A University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, Massachusetts 02125-3393 Theme: ‘HAITI CHÉRIE’: CREATING NEW PATHWAYS FOR TOMORROW The Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Haitian Studies association, to be held on October 13-15, 2005, at the University of Massachusetts Boston, will be devoted to the theme ‘Haiti Chérie’: Creating New Pathways for Tomorrow. As Haiti enters its third century, it has reached yet another crossroad at which it needs to reevaluate its past and set its course for the future. The 17th annual conference of the Haitian Studies Association will foster dialogues about the abundant richness of Haiti’s heritage, capture the creative spirit of its people, envision solutions to its present impasse, and trace new pathways for the future. The 17th Annual Conference is accepting panel proposals, and individual papers on all aspects of Haiti’s rich legacy, past, present, and future. Among the topics that might be considered are Haiti’s distinguished historical, cultural, and political traditions that have shaped the creative spirit of its people…. Participants may focus on issues crossing multiple race/class/gender and population lines and covering topics from forced migration, life histories, immigration, environment, health, contemporary Haitian popular culture and arts are strongly encouraged.

The Gospel of Thomas in English, Haitian Creole and French

Hans-Gebhard Bethge, Benjamin Hebblethwaite Jacques Pierre, and Michel Weber have collaborated on a multi-lingual translation of the Gospel of Thomas. From Professor Hebblethwaite’s website: The Gospel of Thomas was discovered in 1945 with a cache of books in Nag Hammadi, Egypt…. The Gospel of Thomas is of immense value because it dates from the same period as the canonical gospels and because it is a remarkable record of what numerous scholars claim are the actual teachings of Jesus. The introduction synthesizes the leading exegetical and historical research in a bilingual Haitian Creole and English facing-page format…. This book is designed for general readers, students and scholars of English, Haitian Creole and French…. The Haitian Creole and French translations are based upon Dr. Bethge’s English text.