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Love, Anger, Madness: History, Memory and Silence in Haiti

This class will use two classic Haitian texts, Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s Love, Anger, Madness (1968) and Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) to frame our study of Haiti and the nation’s historical and contemporary significance in regional politics, popular culture, and meanings of race and citizenship.

Grace L. Sanders Johnson
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

Grace L. Sanders Johnson is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies. She received her Ph.D. in History & Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan where she specialized in Modern Caribbean and Latin American History, Transnational Feminisms, Oral History, and African Diasporic Studies. Grace has been awarded fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the Andrew C. Mellon and Ford Foundations, the Canadian Embassy, and was recently awarded an Emerging Scholar Fellowship from the Haitian Studies Association for her dissertation La Voix des Femmes: Women’s Rights, National Politics, & Black Activism in Port-au-Prince and Montréal, 1934-1986. In addition to her study of twentieth century gender, sexuality, migration, and Haitian women's social and political organizing, Grace is currently collaborating with colleagues in Haiti and throughout the diaspora to establish a Haitian women’s oral history archive. She is currently completing her first book manuscript about transnational feminist organizing, race, and women’s intellectual thought in twentieth century Haiti.