Grinnell College to host Jan. 25 lecture on democracy and culture in Haiti

Duke University professor Laurent Dubois will give the Scholars' Convocation lecture

Laurent Dubois, an award-winning scholar of romance studies and history, will give a talk titled "Democracy at the Roots: Culture and Sovereignty in Haiti" at Grinnell College on Thursday, Jan. 25. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell.

Dubois received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is a professor of romance studies and history at Duke University, where he founded the Forum of Scholars and Publics. He is a specialist on the history of the Atlantic world with a focus on the Caribbean, specifically Haiti. He is the author of six books, the latest of which is titled "The Banjo: America's African Instrument." In addition, he is the founding editor of the Soccer Politics Blog.

A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, Dubois received the Howard Johnson Teaching Award at Duke University and the John E. Fagg Prize from the American Historical Association. One of his books, "A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804," won four book prizes, including the Frederick Douglass Prize.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Rosenfield Center Room 101 is equipped with an induction hearing loop system, which enables individuals with hearing aids set to T-Coil to hear the program. Information about parking and accessibility is available on the college's website: Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

The college also welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases the college expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of college personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

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Cutline for attached photo: Laurent Dubois