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Radio Haïti-Inter: Three Decades of Resistance’ Exhibit

Radio Haïti-Inter: Three Decades of Resistance, both an exhibit and immersive audio experience, coincides with the Duke Performances premiere of Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever and the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of station director Jean Dominique.

Thursday, February 27
 – Tuesday, March 10
The Murthy Agora (Studio 129) at the Rubenstein Arts Center
Free and open to the public during visiting hours

The exhibit tells the story of how Radio Haïti-Inter persevered in the face of government repression during dictatorship, military rule, and the democratic era. Under the leadership of Jean Dominique and Michèle Montas, Radio Haiti was a voice of social change and democracy, speaking out against oppression and impunity while advocating for human rights and celebrating Haitian culture and heritage. Dominique was assassinated on April 3, 2000 amid a climate of mounting violence against Haiti’s free press.

Radio Haïti-Inter: Three Decades of Resistance includes photographs and historical objects from the Radio Haiti Collection in the Human Rights Archive of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. In a setting evoking a 1980s home in Port-au-Prince, visitors can listen to audio clips of Radio Haiti programming, station jingles, and ambient sounds recorded in Haiti. The original soundboard from the station will be on view along with a microphone and field recorder. Reproductions of photographs, written texts and on-air notes explain the history of Radio Haiti and some of the major events the station covered.


Join us in celebrating the opening of Radio Haïti-Inter: Three Decades of Resistance on Thursday, February 27 from 6-8 PM. Curator Laura Wagner will offer brief remarks at 6:30pm, and Leyla McCalla and Kiyoko McCrae will be in attendance (on the first night of their residency leading up to their Duke Performances premiere!).

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 27, 6-8 PM
The Murthy Agora (Studio 129) at the Rubenstein Arts Center
Free and open to the public

  • Thu, Feb 27, 2020 at 10:00am
  • Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 8:00pm