Edward Paulino: Bearing Witness to the 1937 Haitian Massacre: How a Diplomatic Letter, an Activist’s Letter, and the Internet Sparked a Movement for Reconciliation and Equality, Thursday, February 18, 2016, 2:00-3:45pm, Charles E. Merrill Lounge

Edward Paulino of the Department of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY discusses the 1937 Parsley Massacre in this free, public lecture.

October 12, 2015

By , Director, Chicano Latino Research Center 

In October of 1937, the Dominican army searched for and killed Haitians living in the borderlands of the Dominican Republic with Haiti under orders from Dominican president Rafael Trujillo.  In this talk, Professor Edward Paulino discucsses this little known twenthieth-century genocide and how his research has led to a wider dialogue on how Dominicans and the Dominican diaspora remember and respond to the memory of the 1937 massacre.


Edward Paulino HeadshotEdward Paulino is an assistant professor in the Department of Global History at John Jay College/CUNY, where, among several courses, he teaches the History of Genocide.  A Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist by training his book, Dividing Hispaniola:  The Dominican Republic's Border Campaign against Haiti, 1930-1961 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016), traces the origin and relationship of the Dominican state with Haiti through its porous border region and its local citizens, including anti-Haitian policies, such as the 1937 genocidal massacre.  He is a co-founder of Border of Lights, an organization that since 2012 remembers the victims of 1937 while promoting solidarity and understanding between Haitians and Dominicans.  He has also written and performed his first play, Eddie’s Perejil, about how the 1937 Haitian massacre challenged his romanticized notion of a diasporic Dominican identity in New York City.  He is also a board member for the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights.  His research has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Visiting Scholars Fellowship at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, and the PSC-CUNY Research Foundation.  Professor Paulino is currently a 2015-2017 Public Scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities.

The CLRC is proud to cosponsor this free, public lecture with Porter College and the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies.