Historical Memory and Human Rights: A Discussion with Michèle Montas and Duke Librarians in Celebration of Duke University’s Acquisition of the Radio Haiti Archives
Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Forum for Scholars and Publics, 011 Old Chem
A light lunch will be provided.
No RSVP or registration necessary.

Please join us at the Forum for Scholars & Publics for a discussion with Haitian journalist and human rights activist Michèle Montas along with Patrick Stawski, Human Rights Archivist and Craig Breaden, Audiovisual Archivist at the Duke University Library. As a journalist in Haiti in the 1980s and 1990s, Montas and her husband Jean Dominique were critical voices documenting the movement that led to the overthrow of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986 and the struggles for democracy that followed. Their work was documented in Jonathan Demme’s celebrated documentary The Agronomist. Montas has recently donated the archive of Radio Haiti – including 2500 audio recordings, largely in Haitian Creole – to Duke University. In our lunch discussion, we will discuss the history of the radio station and the importance of this archive, which provides vital documentation of the struggles for human rights and democracy in Haiti, as well as projects to make these materials as broadly available as possible to publics in the country.

Watch the livestream here: http://trinity.capture.duke.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=2a1a4da7-ae35-483c-bedc-14cebd6a709e

About the preservation of the Radio Haiti archives:

The Agronomist trailer:


Jean Dominique broadcasting at Radio Haiti.


Jean Dominique and Michèle Montas celebrating the anniversary of the station in the newsroom in 1990.


Jean returning from exile in 1986.