2012 Saint Louis University Graduate and Undergraduate Student Symposium
Friday, April 13, 2012
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Il Monastero, 3050 Olive Street (Free Parking)
Symposium papers and presentations relate to a variety of topics including literature, film, civilization, linguistics, and pedagogy, and will be presented in French, Spanish and English.
Keynote Speaker Benjamin Hebblethwaite
Assistant Professor in Haitian Creole, Haitian & Francophone Studies, University of Florida
Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English:
Vodou songs constitute the living memory of Haitian Vodou communities, and song texts are key elements to understanding Haitian religion and culture. These songs form a profound religious and cultural heritage that traverses the past and refreshes the present. This presentation will provide an overview of Dr. Hebblethwaite's recently published book about Haitian religion, Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English (Temple University Press) and will introduce the language, mythology, philosophy, origins, and culture of Vodou by means of the original oral literature of songs, prayers, poems, magical formulae, invocations, historical texts, and interviews.
Benjamin Hebblethwaite, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida. He is author and editor of Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English (Temple University Press 2011) and he is the coeditor (with Jacques Pierre) of Arthur Rimbaud's prose poem Une saison en enfer / Yon sezon matchyavèl (L'Harmattan 2010). He has published articles in the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Cahiers de linguistique, Revue roumaine de linguistique, Dialogues et cultures and the Journal of Universal Language.