Showing posts with label Edwidge Danticat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Edwidge Danticat. Show all posts

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Edwidge Danticat at IRSC on Monday, March 27 @ 1:00 PM: Special Invitati...

Special Invitation (In English and Kreyol) from Dr. Celucien L.

Joseph (“Docteur Lou”), Professor of English and Literature at Indian

River State College, to the Public lecture by the award winning short

story and novelist Edwidge Danticat

When: Monday, March 27 @ 1:00 PM

Room: V 110

Where: Indian River State College (Fort Pierce, Florida) #IRSC

Look forward to seeing you all next week!

Thank you,

Dr. Joseph 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Edwidge Danticat at Indian River State College (#IRSC): Calendar of Events

Edwidge Danticat at Indian River State College (#IRSC):Calendar of Events

If you live in the Treasure Coast area and its surrounding, Indian River State College (Fort Pierce, Florida) is hosting a number of events--10 in total-- on the brilliant memoir, "Brother, I'm Dying" by the prominent Haitian-born novelist Edwidge Danticat. These series of events, based on the highlighted text, will take place throughout this academic Spring semester, 2017. 

For example, consider attending one of the informative and thrilling events:

January 31st at 12:30 pm at the Pavilion on Main Campus (the Gazebo area in front of the Library)

NEA Big Read & Just Read, Florida!

Danticat Block Party

Join IRSC Libraries, CCG, and other Indian River State College departments for an introduction to IRSC’s NEA Big Read title Brother, I’m Dying, and the Just Read! Florida Initiative’s Krik? Krak! Learn more about Haiti with cultural performances, food, and activities, and learn about all the different ways you can join in the NEA Big Read events throughout the months of February and March.

The first 50 attendees will also receive a free copy of Brother, I’m Dying.

February 1st at 2:30 pm in N135 on Main Campus

What’s Your Story? An Introduction to the IRSC NEA Big Read

Main Campus

Indian River State College kicks off the NEA Big Read grant period with a faculty-driven panel that will provide an introduction to Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat and a lively discussion on the importance of telling your own stories through creative means and empathizing with the stories of others. Student and community panelists will also sit on the panel and provide the opportunity for further discussion.

Monday, March 27

V110, 1 p.m.

Create Dangerously: An Afternoon with Edwidge Danticat

Join award winning author Edwidge Danticat for a lecture on Brother, I’m Dying and the creative process during the closing event of the IRSC’s NEA Big Read program! Danticat’s numerous awards include a 1999 American Book Award, a 2011 Langston Hughes Medal, and a 2009 MacArthur Genius Grant.

For more information, click on the link below to view the calendar of events relating to "Brother, I'm Dying"

Should you have any questions about this program, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Celucien L. Joseph ("Doctor Lou") @,

Celucien L. Joseph, PhD
Professor of English
Department of English/Modern Languages/Communication
Indian River State
Fort Pierce, Florida

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Call for Papers: Approaches to Teaching the Work of Edwidge Danticat

Call for Papers: Approaches to Teaching the Work of Edwidge Danticat
Suchismita Banerjee, Marvin E. Hobson, and Celucien L. Joseph (editors)

The goal of this book is to provide a pedagogical approach to teach Edwidge Danticat’s collection of works. The project has a twofold objective. First, it will explore diasporic categories and postcolonial themes such as gender constructs, cultural nationalism, cultural and communal identity, problems of location and (dis) location, religious otherness, and the interplay between history and memory. Secondly, the book will investigate Danticat’s human rights activism, the immigrant experience, the relationship between the particular and the universal, and the violence of hegemony and imperialism in relationship with society, family, and community. We envision this book to be interdisciplinary and used in undergraduate and graduate courses. We are particularly interested in the teaching of her major works including but not limited to the following:
  • Krik? Krak!
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory
  • The Farming of Bones
  • The Dew Breaker
  • Claire of the Sea Light
  • Brother, I’m Dying
  • Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work

If you would like to contribute a book chapter to this important project, along with a brief bio, please submit a 300 word abstract by Monday, December 19, 2016, to Celucien Joseph @ and  Suchismita Banerjee @

Contributors will be notified of acceptance on Monday, February 13, 2017. We are looking for original and unpublished essays for this book.

About the Editors

Suchismita Banerjee is a Professor of English at Indian River State College. Her teaching and research interests include Postcolonial literature and film, Third World Feminism, British Literature, and South Asian Diaspora.

Marvin E. Hobson is a Professor of English at Indian River State College. His teaching and research interests include British Literature, Modernism, and African American Literature.

Celucien L. Joseph is a Professor of English at Indian River State College. His teaching and research interests include African American Literature, Caribbean Culture and Literature (Francophone and Anglophone), African American Intellectual History, Comparative Black Literature and Culture, African Literature (Francophone and Anglophone), Postcolonial Literature, Critical Theory, Religion.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Indian River State College (IRSC) Reads: Edwidge Danticat

Indian River State College (IRSC) Reads: Edwidge Danticat
by Celucien L. Joseph 
As part of the BIG READ program, my college, Indian River State College (#IRSC), has selected Edwidge Danticat's memoir: "Brother, I'm Dying" (BID) for the academic year 2016-2017. The entire school is reading Danticat. My students in my literature class are reading BID. The school has scheduled seven sessions on the Memoir this fall semester alone. In the Spring semester, 2017, we will have several other sessions and exchanges on BID including a discussion panel composing of Faculty and students, exhibitions about Haitian arts and history. We are lucky that Edwidge Danticat will deliver the keynote in March, 2017. 

On Thursday, September 8, I was privileged to open this important event with a talk on "Edwidge Danticat and the Haitian Experience Through Diasporic Literature." It was well-attended by our faculty and staff. The Q & A moment was quite engaging and dynamic. This is a big deal, folks--the fact that Indian River State College has devoted an entire academic year to reading a major work by a major Haitian-American writer, and discussing the Haitian experience in Haiti and the human condition in the Haitian Diaspora. The work of our Haitian writers and thinkers are being appreciated in American higher education. (#edwidgedanticat, #brotherImdying, #theimmigrantexperience,#Haitianrefugees, #celebratinghaitianwriters, #celebratinghaiti, #mysoulinhaiti, #freethehaitianrefugees, #freedomforallrefugees)