The Haitian Creole Language and Culture Summer Institute
This program has been offered in Massachusetts for over two decades. Since the summer of 1995, the Institute has been conducted at the Harbor Campus of UMass Boston under the joint collaboration of the Africana Studies Department, the Haitian Studies Program, and the College of Advancing and Professional Studies.
This year the Institute will have two components. There will be a three-week intensive program in different levels, geared toward the acquisition and practice of Haitian Creole. Also offered are two courses; one in techniques of translation for advanced students, and the other on Haitian Creole Studies.
In addition to class work, all courses make use of cultural activities to enhance the study of the language. Evaluation of student achievement and proficiency for placement and progress will be conducted both informally and formally during and at the conclusion of the course.
To give participants an additional immersion in the Haitian-speaking environment they will have an opportunity to participate, on a voluntary basis, in field work activities in different Haitian community-based organizations and agencies outside the classroom time.
Haiti Today Program 2016
The Department of Africana Studies, along with the College of Advancing and Professional Studies, is pleased to announce the following international program in Haiti.
- Opportunities for service learning projects.
- A three-day eco-excursion to the beautiful, artistic and literary town of Jacmel in southeastern Haiti.
- Historical and cultural field trips to the north in Cap Haitien to visit the Citadel and King Henri Christophe’s Sans-Souci palace ruins in the town of Milot.
About the Program
Haiti Today is a unique academic program which explores the history, politics, culture, and the economic and social developments taking place in Haiti, from both external and internal perspectives. It will facilitate students’ understanding of Haiti through total immersion into culture, environment, language, and the country’s economic, political and social realities.
Additional activities include presentations by local experts, participation in local cultural events, and meetings with civic and political leaders. In addition to attending daily class seminars, students will participate in field trips to museums, ecological, and historical sites, as well as work in small field service learning projects. The program will take place on the campus of Université Quisqueya (uniQ) located in Port-au-Prince, and also with partnering institutions, les Universités Publiques en Région (UPR) du Sud aux Cayes (UPSAC), and Cap-Haïtien (UPNCH) and à Jacmel (UPSAJ).