The Cazenovia Public Library will present “African Religions in the Americas: Conceptual Frameworks—the Case of Haitian Vodou,” a lecture by Dr. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Professor Emeritus of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The presentation will be held Friday, November 2 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room.
Dr. Bellegarde-Smith is the author of many books, including In the Shadow of Powers (1985, 2nd edition 2019), The Breached Citadel (1990, 2nd edition 2004), and Fragments of Bone, ed. (2005). For his books and articles on issues of national and personal identities, he received the 2013 Jean Price-Mars Medal from the University of Haiti, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship from the Haitian Studies Association in 2010.
In his lecture, Bellegarde-Smith will offer an overview of African/ Haitian Vodou religious concepts and explore the role of Vodou in shaping Haitian national identity.
All events at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, call 315-655-9322 or visitwww.cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.