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  • Writer's pictureJacqueline Grant

Remembering Jacques Stéphen Alexis

One of the perks of being a University of Miami (UM) alum (twice) and living in Miami is the opportunity to participate in the vibrant intellectual community that exists here. Last week I had the opportunity to join such a group as the University Library unveiled its newest exhibit, Remembering Jacques Stéphen Alexis.

Alexis was a Haitian intellectual, writer, and activist and the exhibit, an offering of love from UM’s head of Manuscripts and Archives Management, Béatrice Colastin Skokan, showcases his work. The event was just a delight, and we were treated to a presentation by Alexis’s daughter, Florence Alexis, and opening remarks from the one and only Edwidge Danticat.

Click here to read about the event and be sure to visit the UM library to see the bold exhibit. Do you want a taste of Alexis’s work? I have this book on my bookshelf and you might want to try it too to understand why he represents the best of Haitian intellectual tradition.

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