Exploring Haitian Spiritualities: Dr. Karen Richman

Photo courtesy of Calvin Hennick for WBUR Boston, licensed under the Creative Commons.Photo courtesy of Calvin Hennick for WBUR Boston, licensed under the Creative Commons.
Visiting scholar Karen Richman will lecture on the role Vodou in Haitian arts, culture, and history.“Karen Richman's Migration and Vodou is a remarkably broad and deep ethnography that engages with several bodies of literature at once, including: the literatures on migration, transnationalism, and diasporas; the anthropology of religion; performance and media studies; and ethnographies of global capitalism.”
—Greg Beckett, reviewing Dr. Karen Richman’s Migration and Vodou

Karen E. Richman, PhD, will give a lecture in the library’s reading room Wednesday, Feb. 28. The Director of Undergraduate Studies at Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, Richman also teaches courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and is a board member of Chicago’s first Haitian American Museum. In her lecture, Richman will examine the role of Vodou in Haitian arts, culture, and history.

Haitian Vodou, as opposed to Louisiana Voodoo, is a practice that ties body and soul together. As an animist faith, Vodou encourages the view that all elements of the earth have spiritual identities immune to physical death, and practitioners believe that each person’s spirit survives the physical death of the body. The evocation of ancestral spirits for guidance is a heavy component of the faith.

Exploring Haitian Spiritualities: Dr. Karen Richman
Wednesday, Feb. 28
7-9 p.m.
624 S. Michigan Ave.
Library, 3rd Floor North Reading Room