220 Years of Ayiti 
Freedom Without Emancipation
You are invited to participate in an in-person only symposium about the Haitian Revolution across time, cultures and geographies.

The event will bring together scholars, activists, and artists to reflect on the legacy of the Haitian Revolution as a world historical event that transformed Enlightenment thought and inspired liberation movements since.

The keynote address will be delivered in French by Frantz Voltaire, a Montreal-based author, activist and the founder of the Centre International de Documentation et d'Information Haïtienne, Caribéenne et Afro-Canadienne (CIDIHCA). His address will be followed by a panel discussion made up of York University faculty members and community members. The panel will deliberate in English, moderated by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, former inaugural Technical Advisor in Innovation, Science and Competitiveness to the President of the Republic of Haiti.

The final items of the symposium include a Q&A session followed by a cocktail-style reception with culturally specific Haitian cuisine for networking and further discussion.

By exploring topics ranging from the Haitian Revolution, contemporary socio-political issues, and the contributions of the Haitian diaspora, 220 Years of Ayiti will promote a meaningful dialogue on Haiti.

We would like to thank our event sponsors: the Jean Augustine Chair in Education and Diaspora, the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC), the Global Strategy Lab, the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, Blackhurst Academy, and the boutique innovation consultancy Rousseau Ventures.
York University
Global Strategy Lab
Dahdaleh Building, Room 2120
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON  M3J 1P3
Date & Time
Tuesday November 28, 2023
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM

Land Acknowledgement
4:15 PM
Opening Remarks

Keynote Presentation by Frantz Voltaire
5:00 PM
Panel & Community Discussion

Frantz Voltaire, Panelist | Founder, CIDIHCA

Djiny Saint Jean, Panelist | Founder, Haitians of Toronto

Steeve Toussaint, Panelist | Student in Computer Science, York University

Célia Romulus, Panelist | Assistant Professor, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Moderator | Former Technical Advisor to the President of Haiti
6:00 PM
Closing Remarks
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Cocktail Reception & Networking
 Join us on November 28 
To learn about the Haitian Revolution across time, cultures and geographies.

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