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The Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies is made possible by a partnership between: the University of North Carolina and Duke University the University of North Carolina and Duke University

Kreyol/Creole at Duke

French and Creole studies are historically linked through the history of French colonialism in the New World arena, just as Creole and African studies are linked through the African heritage salient in Haitian language, religion, music, and dance, etc.  Creole studies are also linked to American studies as Haitian-Americans and Haitian migrants play an increasingly prominent role in US culture; simultaneously, Americans are flocking to Haiti in ever greater numbers for work in NGOs, missions, journalism, academic research, business investments, and relief work.

Duke currently offers various levels of Creole courses, through the Department of Romance Studies.  Click here for complete information on the Haitian Creole program at Duke. 

The courses are open to students from Duke, UNC, NCCU, NCSU and other institutions through inter-institutional registration.  Click here for more information on the inter-institutional registration agreement.

Duke and UNC graduate students can apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship funding to study Creole at Duke.

Duke Haiti Lab

First conceptualized in the spring of 2010, the Haiti Lab began with the rapid response development of the Haitian Creole for the Haitian Recovery course, a graduate student's discovery in the archives of the only known Haitian government-issued copy of the Haitian Declaration of Independence, and the "Haiti Then and Now" conference.  Projects and courses for the 2010-2011 academic year focused on effective contributions to the Haitian recovery and Haitian studies through collaborations in law, art, technology, further development of the Creole language and culture course sequence at Duke, and a US/Haiti teleconferencing seminar on Haitian studies curriculum development.  The fall 2011 semester began with the opening of the installation of Haiti: History Embedded in Amber, a collaborative project produced in the Haiti Lab during the 2010-2011 year. Led by renowned artist Edouard Duval-Carrié, it brought together faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and visitors in the process. It is now on permanent view in the “Garage” at the Franklin Humanities Institute, at Bay 4 of the Smith Warehouse on the Duke campus.

The lab’s co-directors are professors Deborah Jenson (Romance Studies) and Laurent Dubois (History/Romance Studies). Funding for the Haiti Lab is provided by the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke Endowment, Office of the Dean of Academic Affirs of Trinity College, Office of Undergraduate Research Support, Duke Global Health Institute, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Duke University Center for International Studies.

For more information on the Haiti Lab, please click here.