Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Private Guided Tour: Honoring Haitian Contributions to African American History and Culture

This intimate guided tour through the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will highlight the contributions of the Republic of Haiti and by notable Haitians on display in the museum.  The tour will be conducted by Dr. Joanne Hyppolite, museum curator specializing in “Cultural Expressions.” She is a co-curator of “A Century in the Making: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture” exhibit.

Location: National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20560

Time: 9:00 am

Cost: Free

RSVP: Click here


We Are Forever United: A Conversation Honoring Haitian Contributions to African American History and Culture

Panelists: Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University; Dr. Joanne Hyppolite, Museum Curator specializing in cultural expressions; Patrick Delatour, Architect of historical monuments and former Haitian Minister of Tourism; Patrick Tardieu, Curator of Haiti’s oldest library Bibliothèque Haitienne Des Pères du St. Esprit.

Location: Busboys and Poets (Brookland – 625 Monroe St NE Washington, D.C. 20017)

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cost: Free

RSVP: Open to the Public (limited capacity)



Dr. Marcia Chatelain

Dr. Marcia Chatelain is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. The author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015), Chatelain is a scholar of African American life and culture. In 2014, Chatelain organized her fellow scholars in a social media response to the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, entitled #FergusonSyllabus. #FergusonSyllabus has led to similar initiatives online and has shaped curricular projects in K-12 settings, as well as academia. A frequent public speaker and consultant to educational institutions, Chatelain delivers lectures and workshops on inclusive teaching, social movements, and food justice. Chatelain has contributed to,, Ms. Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and she has also been quoted in articles in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education; she has appeared on local television and national outlets including C-SPAN, MSNBC, CNN, BBC-America, and PBS. Chatelain hosts “Office Hours: A Podcast,” in which she talks to millennials about what is most important to them. Chatelain is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and she holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. In 2016, Chatelain was named a “Top Influencer in Higher Education,” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is currently the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at the New America Foundation. In 2017, she joined the team of “Undisclosed,” a podcast featuring a 16-episode arc about the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore in 2015. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Chatelain will be on leave from Georgetown as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow to work on her next book about fast food and civil rights. She has won multiple teaching awards at Georgetown.


Joanne Hyppolite

Joanne Hyppolite, Ph.D. is a Museum Curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) with interests and expertise in African American and African diaspora material and expressive culture. She is the curator of the Cultural Expressions inaugural exhibition and co-curator of A Century in the Making: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture inaugural exhibit for the NMAAHC. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she was the Chief Curator at History Miami Museum from 2008 to 2014, where she curated, among others, the exhibitions Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami, Haitian Community Arts, Rob Storter: Art of the Everglades, Necropolis Cristobal Colon: Photographs by Raul Rodriguez and Black Freedom in Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Miami, an M.A. in African American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in English and Afro American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.



Patrick Delatour

Patrick Delatour previously served as Haiti’s Minister of Tourism from June 2006 to October 2011. An architect by trade, Delatour devoted over a decade of his early professional career as an architectural restorer for the Haitian Government’s Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National (Institute for the Safeguarding of the National Heritage). He was thereby able to contribute to the restoration of numerous national heritage sites, including the Citadelle Laferrière – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delatour holds a Master’s degree in Preservation of Historical Monuments from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Howard University.



Patrick Tardieu

Patrick Tardieu is the curator of Haiti’s oldest library, the Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Pères du Saint-Esprit, which dates back to the eighteenth century and is home to one of the most preeminent collections on the history of slavery. Tardieu also serves as the chief digital archivist of the Haitian Government’s Comité Interministériel d’Aménagement du Territoire (Interministerial Committee for Land Management). Moreover, Tardieu is an expert on the history of printing in the former French colony of Saint-Domingue and its supplanter, the sovereign state of Haiti. He has over 40 years of experience in the book trade (library, bookstore, and publishing). He is also a former Haitian diplomat who had been stationed in the Dominican Republic and in Washington, D.C. (OAS Mission). Tardieu has been educated at universities in France, Canada, Spain and Mexico.