Duke Offers New Course on Creole for Relief Workers
To prepare Duke volunteers who plan to provide disaster relief in Haiti, Duke’s Department of Romance Studies is offering a newly designed course that will teach them how to speak Creole. “Haitian Creole for the Haitian Recovery” will be offered for current and future volunteers at 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings, starting Jan. 25.
The course was developed by Romance Studies professor Deborah Jenson, who anticipates that many sectors, including medicine, law, urban planning, education and religion, will benefit from language preparation as the rebuilding effort in Haiti begins. The textbook, “Haitian Creole for Health Care,” will help students acquire basic communicative competency in Creole. The course will emphasize oral expression and listening comprehension, in tandem with proficiency in reading and basic written interactions.
The course was created within a week of the Jan. 12 earthquake with support from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Global Health Institute and the Franklin Humanities Institute. For more information, contact Jenson at email@example.com or Susie Waller in Romance Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duke is also offering several other spring courses related to Haiti. Former Haitian ambassador to the U.S. Jean Casimir is teaching two courses in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. “Formation of Haitian Society and Culture” will be held at 10:05 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Casimir will co-teach, with Romance Studies professor Laurent Dubois, “Haiti in the 20th Century,” at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Other courses include:
• “Caribbean in the 18th Century,” taught by Barry Gaspar (AAAS)
• “Culture and Politics in the Caribbean,” taught by Michaeline Crichlow
• “Natural Catastrophes: Rebuilding from Ruins,” taught by David Schaad
For more information on these courses, go to http://registrar.duke.edu.