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Date & Time
Thursday, February 27Tuesday, March 10
Admission
Free; everyone welcome during open hours. Ruby Visiting Hours
Venue
The Murthy Agora (Studio 129) at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Description

Radio Haïti-Inter: Three Decades of Resistance, both an exhibit and immersive audio experience, coincides with the Duke Performances premiere of Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever and the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of station director Jean Dominique.

The exhibit tells the story of how Radio Haïti-Inter persevered in the face of government repression during dictatorship, military rule, and the democratic era. Under the leadership of Jean Dominique and Michèle Montas, Radio Haiti was a voice of social change and democracy, speaking out against oppression and impunity while advocating for human rights and celebrating Haitian culture and heritage. Dominique was assassinated on April 3, 2000 amid a climate of mounting violence against Haiti’s free press.

Radio Haïti-Inter: Three Decades of Resistance includes photographs and historical objects from the Radio Haiti Collection in the Human Rights Archive of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. In a setting evoking a 1980s home in Port-au-Prince, visitors can listen to audio clips of Radio Haiti programming, station jingles, and ambient sounds recorded in Haiti. The original soundboard from the station will be on view along with a microphone and field recorder. Reproductions of photographs, written texts and on-air notes explain the history of Radio Haiti and some of the major events the station covered.

Related Performance

Leyla McCalla & Kiyoko McCrae

Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever is a collaboration between McCalla, Kiyoko McCrae, and the Radio Haiti archive and will be presented at the Rubenstein Arts Center on Mar 4, 5, and 6, 2020. It is is part of Duke Performances’ ongoing “From the Archives” series, which features commissions of new works by artists engaging with materials in Duke’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Radio Haiti Collection

The Radio Haiti collection is part of the Human Rights Archive in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. It is perhaps the most thorough documentation of late 20th century Haitian politics and history, and consists of 1,960 audiocassettes, 1,663 open-reel audio tapes, 5 digital audio tapes, and 37 VHS video tapes from Radio Haïti-Inter, documenting Haitian politics, society and culture from 1957 to 2003 (bulk 1972-2003). Under the leadership of station directors Jean Dominique and Michèle Montas, Radio Haiti was a voice of social change and democracy, speaking out against oppression and impunity while advocating for human rights and celebrating Haitian culture and heritage.

About the Curator

From 2015 to 2019, Laura Wagner worked as the Radio Haiti Project Archivist at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, where she created a publicly-accessible, trilingual digital archive of Haiti’s first independent radio station, Radio Haïti-Inter. She has a PhD in cultural anthropology, focusing on people’s experiences of humanitarian aid and displacement after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and is also a fiction and non-fiction writer. Her first novel, Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go, was published in 2015.

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