October 21, 2010: Performance: Because When God is Too Busy: Haiti, Me, and the World by Gina Athena Ulysse

Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 7pm

Because When God is Too Busy: Haiti, Me, and the World

A performance by Gina Athena Ulysse

How did Haiti—the enfant terrible of the Americas become the bête noire of the region? This dramatic monologue considers the ways the past occupies the present. Ulysse weaves spokenword with Vodou chants to reflect on childhood memories, social (in)justice, spirituality, and the incessant dehumanization of Haitians. Ultimately, she offers critical musings on geopolitics from the perspective of a Haitian-American woman who is bent on loving Haiti, loving Vodou and herself despite the odds.

Gina Athena Ulysse is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, African-American Studies and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University. A poet/performance/multi-media artist, Ulysse is dedicated to performing spokenword, which she considers an alter(ed) native form of ethnography that is essential to get to the visceral too often absent in structural analyses.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 7pm
  • Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
  • 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
  • New York, NY 10003
  • (free, photo id required)

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)