Book Talk & Signing - Haiti and the Uses of America
Chantalle F. Verna, Ph.D., author of HAITI AND THE USES OF AMERICA (Rutgers University Press) is kicking off her Fall 2017 speaking season in Detroit, Michigan where early seeds of the book's history were first sown. This book talk and signing will give attendees a chance to gain fresh insights about Haiti and it's ties to the United States. This event takes place just shy of the United Nations's plans to end its thirteen-year Stabilization Mission in Haiti this October. This turning point, Verna argues, like the end of a nineteen-year U.S. military occupation in Haiti in 1934, will not bring an end to foreign involvement in Haitian affairs. Haiti and the Uses of America is a book that asks: Why after lobbying for the end of foreign rule have some Haitian officials and citizens welcomed foreign contributions for an array of projects in Haiti? With a focus on Haiti’s post-occupation relationship to the United States, Verna offers illuminating answers. She demonstrates that contrary to popular notions, Haiti-U.S. relations have not only been about Haitian resistance to U.S. domination. There have also been key moments of cooperation that contributed to nation-building in both countries. It is the traditions of cosmopolitanism and internationalism in Haiti that complicate the persistent presence of foreigners in Haitian governance and society.