Feb. 20, 2004

Contact: Bryant Freeman after 1 p.m. (CST) at his home, (785) 842-1193.

Haitian Institute director at KU working on book on chiefs of state of Haiti

LAWRENCE -- Bryant C. Freeman, director of the Haitian Studies Institute at the University of Kansas and an adviser for the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, is working with Haitian government officials to write a book on the rulers or chiefs of state of Haiti.

Founded in 1992, KU's institute is one of only two in the nation focused on Haiti. KU's Haitian Studies Institute has published 39 occasional papers on Haiti.

Freeman has traveled and researched extensively in Haiti for more than 45 years and in the 1990s served both the United Nations and the United States as an adviser about Haitian culture, history and politics. He has written or edited 59 books on Haitian subjects.

He is working on the fifth edition of his 55,000-word Haitian-English dictionary and on his English to Haitian dictionary.

The Haitian-English dictionary first was published in 1996 and remains an ongoing project. Freeman collaborated with Jowel Laguerre, vice president of academic affairs at Truckee Meadows College in Reno, Nev., to prepare the dictionary.

This spring Freeman is teaching a third-year course in Haitian Creole and a course on contemporary Haiti with 33 students enrolled.

At KU, Freeman is also a professor of French and of African and African-American studies. Before joining KU's faculty in 1971 as a professor of French and chair of French and Italian, Freeman taught French at Yale University and at the University of Virginia.


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