Kaiama L. Glover is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of French and Africana Studies and Director of the Digital Humanities Center at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research focuses primarily on postcolonial francophone literature and culture, particularly that of Haiti and the French Antilles. She is the author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool UP 2010) and A Regarded Self: On Caribbean Community and the Ethics of Self-Regard (Duke UP 2020). In 2018-2019 she was a resident Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris, France where she began work on a new book project, “For the Love of Revolution: René Depestre and the Poetics of a Radical Life.” Professor Glover has received fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, The New York Public Library, the PEN/Heim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has been a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review. She tweets @inthewhirld.
Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. He is the author of Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004), A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), which won four book prizes including the Frederick Douglass Prize, and Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012). He has written about music and cultural history, in The Banjo: America’s African Instrument, published by Harvard University Press in 2016. The research on this book was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship. He has also written about the politics of soccer, with Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (2010), and is the founding editor of the Soccer Politics Blog. His most recent book is The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer (Basic Books, 2018). His writings have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, The New York Times, Aeon, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and Slate. He tweets @Soccerpolitics.
Nathalie Jolivert is a Haitian architect and artist based in New York City. She was first introduced to René Depestre’s novel Hadriana in All My Dreams while doing research in Jacmel for her undergraduate degree project at the Rhode Island School of Design. Jolivert’s project focused on the architectural preservation of Le Manoir Alexandra, Hadriana’s family villa, located in the center of town. During the course of her studies, Jolivert was increasingly enthralled by the young French protagonist’s mystical story, which has haunted Jacmel for generations. In doing her research, she connected with various artists, literary scholars, and architectural preservationists and quickly understood the important role this novel played in memorializing the essence of a city that sees itself as the cultural capital of Haiti. As a multimedia artist, Jolivert remains passionate about spatial narratives, cultural and architectural preservation. Nathalie’s exhibitions include: “Bonjour Tristesse” at Barney Savage Gallery in New York (2018); “Leader in Residence” exhibition at Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut (2018); “Translating Histories” at the Harlem School of the Arts (2018); “Lavi Miyò” at FiveMyles Gallery in New York (2018); “Colorblind” at Isometric Studio in New York (2017); “Curiosites Urbaines” at La Lorraine in Port-au-Prince (2016); “Frontiers of Development” at the Ronald Reagan building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC (2014 ).