Reference Resource: “Haiti: An Island Luminous” From Florida International University
Just a day after he graduated from the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs with a Ph.D. in history, Adam Silvia MA ‘09 started a new job with the United States Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Five years spent archiving centuries of Haitian history may have helped with his application.
Silvia, who wrote his dissertation on Haiti, created a digital archive, Haiti: An Island Luminous, that combines rare books, manuscripts and photographs from libraries and archives in Haiti with commentary by more than 100 scholars from 75 universities around the world.
Funded by a grant from the Green Family Foundation, with additional support from the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, the site is hosted by FIU Libraries on the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)- a cooperative between FIU, the University of Florida and more than 20 institutions in the Caribbean.
Translated to French and Haitian Creole by professors at the l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti, the site walks users through the complex and often misunderstood history of Haiti, from the Taino Indians who first inhabited the island to the devastating earthquake that killed and injured hundreds of thousands of people in 2010.
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