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About the HSS Seminars

The Haitian Scientific Society Seminar Series is an important

component of our general outreach program. The series started in

1996 and has been our main connection to the international research

community ever since. The topics are of a broad scientific nature and

appeal to the general public. We avoid technicalities and emphasize

breadth over depth whenever it is possible.

Over the years, the HSS Seminar Series has created an atmosphere where research and professional

networks have been formed and the participants have been exposed to a broad range of scientific

and research activities involving Haitians, Haitian-Americans and well-known international scientists

and engineers.

A brief perusal of the HSS Seminar archives reveals our broad perspective and our unique capacity to

fruitfully mix subjects and lines of inquiries that are usually kept apart. Our goal is to labor vigorously

in order to remain actively involved at the intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences. This is our

attempt to move back to an earlier understanding of the role of the “citizen” who is forced, at his/her

own risks and perils, to develop a certain appreciation for that non-trivial intersection in order to

better fulfill his/her patriotic duties.

Following Raymond Aron, we believe that “L’homme d’action est celui qui, en une conjoncture

singulière et unique, choisit en fonction de ses valeurs et introduit dans le réseau du déterminisme

un fait nouveau.” [Introduction to Max Weber’s – Le savant et le politique]

Currently, the HSS Seminar Series takes place at the Boston campus of the University of

Massachusetts. Inquiries and other pertinent information should be sent to Alfred Noël.




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