My essay on the ongoing constitutional crisis in Haiti as seen from the United States, for the MIT Center for International Studies précis magazine.
Ravi d’annoncer la parution de la version française de mon livre The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution, chez Karthala, faisant partie de la collection “Esclavages” dirigée par Myriam Cottias au CIRESC de l’EHESS. Voici le lien au site web de Karthala et, pourquoi pas, au celui d’Amazon. Ici le lien à la nouvelle préface à l’édition française.
The obituary in the Houston Chronicle for my beloved father Said Ghachem. Rest in peace and love you always Dad.
The final recommendations of the Newton (MA) Police Reform Task Force, on which I served for the past 7-8 months along with an incredible team led by Sonja Spears, have just been published and can be found here.
The Centre Haïtien de Recherche et d’Actions pour le développement (ChrAD) is a Haitian nonprofit organization dedicated the promotion of research and local community development, run by the historian Jean Fritzner Etienne, one of Haiti’s leading scholars of the colonial and revolutionary periods and an authority on the Catholic Church in Saint-Domingue/Haiti. CHrAD is raising money to support the building of an amusement park for children in Gressier (located south of the capital of Port-au-Prince) who have been traumatized by gang warfare in the Haitian capital and the permanent political unrest in the country. The initial fundraising campaign is being hosted by the Global Giving Accelerator. If the campaign can raise $5,000 by June 26, 11:59pm, it will receive a permanent place on the Global Giving website which will greatly facilitate the project’s long-term fundraising prospects. Please consider giving in any amount you can to support this worthy cause: the link to make a donation is here.
With thanks for your consideration,
My thoughts on racial justice and the state of our country, delivered as part of an MIT Community Vigil on June 2, 2021, can be found at 40:41 of the webcast, and also here in text form. If you have come this far, please also hear the other voices who spoke up at this event: in order, Rafael Reif, Danielle Geathers, Madeleine Sutherland, DiOnetta Jones Crayton, John Dozier, Corban Swain, Malick Ghachem, Sandy Alexandre, Ramona Allen, Chevy Cleaves, AudreyRose Wooden, Kelvin Green, Kendyll Hicks, Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor, Jaleesa Trapp, and Heather Konar. Thank you to Kaijeh Johnson and Erica James for their questions and comments.
Another version of my piece on impeachment, empire, Edmund Burke, and the Hastings case of 1787-1795, this one for the Boston Review.
I will be logging some 190 miles from Sturbridge to Provincetown on my bike August 3-4, 2019 to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute as part of the 2019 Pan-Mass Challenge. Last year I rode in memory of my friend Lara Moore, a friend from graduate school who passed away from cancer in 2003. This year I am riding to celebrate two wonderful friends who have had a big impact on me. The first is Lisa Diller, a pediatric oncology specialist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute with whom I shared my fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute this past year. She does incredibly difficult work that few people I know (least of all myself) could bear even to contemplate let alone actually do. The second friend I honor is Andrew Wheeler, a person of great strength and character who was struck by cancer last year but has recovered successfully and is now back in full force on the squash and tennis court, where we met some time ago. I ride to celebrate his recovery.
Please support my ride in honor of these two great individuals. My PMC fundraising page is here where you can find some more information about Lisa and Andrew:
100% of funds donated go to support the costs of research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Institute. (If your employer has a matching program, please remind them of your contribution!) Thank you most kindly for your consideration and know that there is a special place in my heart for small amounts.
Looking forward to speaking about the maroons of Saint-Domingue/Haiti at this upcoming UCLA conference on migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.