International Creole Day Celebration

Come join us as we celebrate how the Creole language has prospered at Duke, with our International Creole Day Celebration on Monday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in the John Hope Franklin Center, room 240.

Our special guest will be Dr. Yves Dejean, a linguist and educator who has been an advocate for teaching Haitian Creole in the educational system in Haiti for 30 years.

Professors Deborah Jenson and Laurent Dubois will introduce the evening's events by talking about how Creole has been taking hold at Duke, with the success of the Haiti Lab and the Creole language courses.

At 5:15 p.m., there will be a student panel featuring Lauren Zalla and Quinn Holmquist titled "Kreyòl pale, Kreyòl konprann: Esperyans nou nan lanmè kreyòl la."

At 6 p.m., Dr. Dejean will give his talk "Haitian Creole is not an optional mean of learning in Haiti," followed by questions from the audience.

At 7 p.m., we will have the Haiti Lab Welcome Reception with Haitian and African food in Franklin Center 130.

Yves Dejean was born in Haiti. He got his doctorate in Linguistics in 1977 from Indiana University. Since then, Dr. Yves Dejean has been an advocate for the use of Haitian Creole in the educational system in Haiti.  From 1986 to1994 Dr. Dejean taught at the State University of Haiti (School of Applied Linguistics and School for Training Teachers), he was the only professor who taught his classes in Haitian Creole and also spoke the language at Academic conferences held in Haiti. Throughout his career of teaching and research, Dr. Dejean has shown how Haitian Creole is a full-fledged language and made people aware of the linguistic situation in Haiti and all of its complexities. Dr. Dejean has published several books ans articles in Haitian Creole, French, and English. Among all the books, the latest one “Yon lekòl tèt anba nan yon peyi tèt anba (A school upside down in a country upside down) is a clear depiction of the educational system in Haiti.  As a strong advocate for Creole, Dr. Dejean leads by example, he founded a primary school called “Sant twa ti Flè (Three little Flowers Center)” in Fort-Royal where students receive their education in their mother tongue which is Haitian Creole.

All are welcome. Se Kreyòl nou ye!

Co-sponsored by the Haiti Lab, Duke University Center for International Studies, Department of French & Francophone Studies, and the Department of Romance Studies.

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