Caribbean Writers Series Welcomes Haitian-American Author and Activist


Through spoken words and song, noted Haitian-American professor, anthropologist, poet, feminist, performance artist, and activist Gina Athena Ulysse, Ph.D., delivered a poignant keynote address at the 14th Annual Caribbean Writer’s Series in The Little Theatre at St. John’s University on Thursday, February 7.

“My work is about bringing attention to a history that is difficult to look at, precisely because it is difficult,” said Dr. Ulysse in her address, which included passages that were shared in Haitian Creole. “Yet, I believe part of the work we need to do is to learn how to sit with the uncomfortable.”

Born in Pétion-Ville, Haiti, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Dr. Ulysse emigrated to the United States when she was 11 years old. She has authored numerous essays, articles, and books…

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