Showing posts with label Thinking in Public. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thinking in Public. Show all posts

Monday, June 30, 2014

This Week's Discussion Forum: "On Being a Haitian Intellectual and a Cultural Critic"

The discussion forum for this week on  "Haiti: Then and Now" is the idea "On Being a Haitian Intellectul and Cultural Critic." We invite our readers to think critically about the following question: what does it mean to be a Haitian intellectual? and engage the ideas of the writers below. In other words, what does it mean to "think in public" as a Haitian intellectual and cultural critic?

Dr. Joseph (a.ka. "Docteur Lou") initiated the conversation with a blog post:

 "On Being a Haitian Intellectual"

Pierre Justin responds in a thought-provokiing essay entitled

"Dialogue on Being a Haitian Intellectual: A Critical Perspective"

Let's exchange our ideas on this important topic.

Recommended Texts on the topic

La vocation de l'élite (1916) by Jean Price-Mars


From Dessalines to Duvalier: Race, Colour and National Independence in Haiti (1996) by David Nicholls

L'univers rural haïtien le pays en dehors (1990) by Gérard Barthelemy

An Intellectual History of the Caribbean (2005) by Silvio Torres-Saillant


The Caribbean: An Intellectual History, 1774-2003 (2005) by Denis Benn

Can Asians Think? Understanding the Divide Between East and West (2001)

Haiti's Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy (2011) by Robert Fatton

Other important texts that might be of interest to our readers are as follows: