BROOKLYN, New York, US (sentinel.ht) – The doors of the Haitian Studies Institute, “a leading institute in the [United States], contributing to the body of knowledge about Haitians and the Haitian Diaspora”, were opened Friday at the Brooklyn College – City University of New York (CUNY) in a ceremony attended by scholars, politicians and civil society leaders.
The CUNY Haitian Studies Institute (HSI) will be “a leading institute in the nation, contributing to the body of knowledge about Haitians and the Haitian Diaspora, and advancing the intellectual field of Haitian Studies through research, analysis of public policy, and scholarly practice impacting people of Haitian origin in New York State and other parts of the Haitian Diaspora.”
“I am pleased to welcome scholar Jean Eddy Saint Paul to our community,” said Brooklyn College President Dr. Michelle J. Anderson at a reception on the college’s Flatbush, Brooklyn campus last Wednesday. Jean Eddy Saint Paul was named the founding director of CUNY-HSI.
“Brooklyn is home to the largest number of foreign-born Haitians in New York City, and the largest concentration of Haitian-owned businesses and community-based organizations in New York State. Dr. Saint Paul’s experience and knowledge will help him make the Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College a global intellectual center,” Dr. Anderson added.
Brooklyn College said Saint Paul, who hails from Haiti, is the author of The Militias in Haiti: Sociology of Chimè and Tontons Macoutes, in addition to dozens of articles and book chapters.
His broad-ranging scholarship encompasses such topics as state and social policies; democracy, civil society, the politics of memory, and citizenship in Haiti and the Caribbean; religious pluralism and democracy; and sociology of crime and violence in the Haitian State, Brooklyn College said.
It was through the tireless efforts of the US Deputy Haitian Ms. Rodneyse Bichotte that this project, which had not at first the political support necessary for its implementation, managed to land successfully.
Peter Helder Bernard, the Consul General of the Republic of Haiti in New York, could not hide his emotions before the choice of Brooklyn College where he was a student at 23.
Among the other officials present at the opening included Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke, Congressman, Nick Perry, the Haitian-American Representative, Kimberly Jean-Pierre, the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Humanitarian Sciences at Brooklyn College, Dr. Richard Greenwald, Executive Director for Government Affairs and External Relations at Brooklyn College, Steve Schechter and the Commissioner of the Department of Finance of the City of New York, Jacques Jiha.