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Reading Culture: Spring 2016 - Haiti


Map of Haiti

two equal horizontal bands of blue (top) and red with a centered white rectangle bearing the coat of arms, which contains a palm tree flanked by flags and two cannons above a scroll bearing the motto L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE (Union Makes Strength)

The World Factbook. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2015.


Quick Facts


Sources: BBC; CIA World Factbook

  • Full name: Republic of Haiti
  • Date of independence: January 1, 1804
  • Population (2015): 10.1 million
  • Location: Caribbean; between the Caribbean and North Atlantic
  • Environment: Largely mountainous, series of valleys interspersed between three main ranges
  • Capital: Port-au-Prince
  • Area: 10,714 sq miles (27,750 sq km)
  • Elevation: 0 m- 2,680 m
  • Major languages: Haitian Creole, French
  • Major religions: Catholicism, Protestantism, Vodou
  • Major ethnic groups: Black (95%), mixed and white (5%)
  • Life expectancy: 62.07 years (men), 64.95 years (women)
  • Median age (2015 est.): total: 22.5 years; 22.3 years (men), 22.7 years (women)
  • Literacy*: 60.7%
  • Urban population (2015): 58.6%
  • Monetary unit: Gourde (HTG)
  • Main exports: Apparel, manufactures, oils, cocoa, mangoes, coffee
  • GNI per capita**: US $1,730
  • Internet Domain: .ht
  • International dialing code: + 509

 * Percentage age 15 and over who can read and write
** World Bank, 2014

Congratulations Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to the Reading Culture Scholarship recipients for Spring 2016


$1,000  recipient is Sumayyah Khan

$500 recipient is Rabab Mohamed

$500  recipient is Son Nguyen


Stay tuned for more information about the 2016/2017 Reading Culture events!

Previous Events- Spring 2016

Feb. 10th - 12:30 pm Katy Campus Cyber Lounge. Carnival History and Tradition (sponsored by Student Life and Pandora’s Box.)

Feb. 11th - 12:30 pm Spring Branch Eagle Room. Introduction to Haiti by Geography Professor Bryant Evans. English Professor Marilyn Douglas Jones introduces the Spring 2016 book, Brother, I’m Dying.

Feb. 12th - 10:30 am Alief Hayes Room B139 Introduction to book by Prof. DouglasJones. HCC Sociology Prof. Rolande Dathis, PhD., an international lawyer from Haiti with experience in immigration and human rights speaks.

Feb. 17th - 12:30 pm Spring Branch Eagle Room. The Reel screens "Cimarron Spirit" with Rubén Durán.

February 29 - Haitian-themed Carnival 10:30 am- 1 pm Northline Campus. Hosted by SGA

Tuesday, March 1st - 12:30 pm Alief Hayes Auditorium.  Pandora's box screens "Cimarron Spirit" with Rubén Durán.

Wednesday, March 2nd - 12:30 pm Katy Cyber Lounge.  Pandora's box screens "Cimarron Spirit" with Rubén Durán.

Thursday, March 3rd - 12:30 pm Spring Branch Eagle Room.  Scholar lecture by Dr. Hosam Abou-Ela.


April 7th - 12:30 pm Spring Branch Eagle Room.  History of Haiti.  Lecture by Valerie Mawiyah Michaud.

March 1st- 12:30pm Katy Campus Cyber Lounge. “Cimarron Spirit” screening.

March 2nd- 12:30pm Alief Hayes Auditorium.  “Cimarron Spirit” screening.

March 3rd   12:30pm Spring Branch Eagle Room.   Lecture, Dr. Hosam Abou-Ela 

April 7th – 12:30pm Spring Branch Eagle Room.   History Lecture, Valerie Mawiyah Michaud

April 1111 Essays due 

April 29th Presentation day

Brother, I'm Dying -- Spring 2016


Author Edwidge Danticat gives a TED Talk in October 2004.

Resources for Brother, I'm Dying

"One to One: Edwidge Danticat." CUNY-TV. YouTube.  YouTube, 2 Jun. 2011. Web. 18 Feb. 2016.

Biographical information on the author (on campus direct access, off campus use your library barcode as your password)

1.  Literature Resource Center, HCC Library


Literary Criticism from HCC Library Resources (on campus direct access, off campus use your library barcode as your password)

1. Literature Resource Center List

2. Literary Reference Center

Books in our libraries


The Caribbean

Life and Culture

Frontiers: Haiti and The Dominican Republic (Alexander Street Video)  A video (produced a year before the events in Brother, I'm Dying) about the relationship between Haiti and The Dominican Republic. (On campus direct access, off campus use library barcode on back of HCC ID)

Sacred Choreographies of Cuba and Haiti (Alexander Street Video).  Professor Yvonne Daniel and students at Smith College go over foot patterns and dance sequences in Cuban and Haitian dance.   (On campus direct access, off campus use library barcode on back of HCC ID)

Journal Articles

Pulitano, Elvira. "An Immigrant Artist At Work: A Conversation With Edwidge Danticat." Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal Of Criticism 15.3 (2011): 39-61. Academic Search Complete. Web. 18 Feb. 2016.  (On campus direct access, off campus use library barcode on back of HCC ID)

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