Wearing dreadlocks to a Haitian church service and then filming without permission almost got Bertin Louis evicted from the church despite his affirmation that he was an anthropologist conducting research. He was allowed to remain only because he explained, and the head pastor finally believed, that he is the grandson of a well-respected Haitian Baptist missionary who had preached in Haiti for 50 years.
Bertin M. Louis, Ph.D., will discuss his Haitian roots and his study of Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas, as well as Protestantism, Vodou and Catholicism among Haitians in the Bahamas. Dr. Louis is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies, Affiliated Faculty of American Studies, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for the Study of Social Justice, Global Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
This presentation will be in the Sharon Lawson room of the Library on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. Copies of the book, My Soul is in Haiti: An Anthropologist’s Study of Protestant Culture, by Bertin M. Louis, Jr., will be available for sale.