An nou pale Ayiti, “let’s talk Haiti” in Haitian Creole, is the guiding phrase of the second edition of Purchase’s global festival, which this year is devoted to Haiti.

It is an invitation to listening and open dialogue without presuming answers or conclusions, to crafting new narratives. When the mainstream American press covers Haiti, the prognosis often appears dire: poverty, natural disasters, political instability. Yet the world can draw inspiration from Haiti. Its identity is forged inextricably out of a history of revolution and hard-fought independence, as it became the world’s first free black republic in 1804, and ideas developed by Haitian revolutionaries proved critical to the modern conception of universal human rights. In contrast to Haiti’s recent image, the artists, thinkers and activists who will be featured in the second edition of (T)HERE help us connect Haiti’s audacious past to a more auspicious future for all.


  • Nov 14
    Edwidge Danticat

    Keynote Address - Edwidge Danticat

    Time:  6:30pm
    A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat - Durst Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Nov 15
    A Global Festival of Arts, Culture & Ideas

    Film Screenings and Discussion

    Time:  3:00pm—5:00pm
    Transnational Film Screening + Q&A
    A selection of short films produced in 2018 and 2019 with a focus on Haitian directors will be showcased during the festival and followed by a discussion with the student filmmakers.
  • Nov 15
    Purchase Symphony Orchestra

    Haiti Alive

    Time:  7:00pm
    Haiti Alive highlights different intersections between Haitian folk music and the classical and jazz musical traditions.
  • Nov 16
    A Global Festival of Arts, Culture & Ideas

    Film Screenings

    Time:  12:30pm—6:45pm