Office of Public Diplomacy
The Harold Courlander American Corner
Haiti’s first American Corner is named after American anthropologist Harold Courlander who produced musical records of traditional Haitian music and wrote extensively about Haitian folklore, voodoo studies and drum works. This space is located within the Bibliothèque Monique Calixte (BMC) of the Fondation Connaissance et Liberte (FOKAL) Headquarters in Port-au-Prince. It was launched on January 20, 2011 by Ambassador Kenneth H. Merten and FOKAL General Director Lorraine Mangones.
The Harold Courlander American Corner is a friendly, accessible space open to the public which offers a periodical and a book collection based on reference titles, Americana, classic and contemporary literature, business and government publications and various other relevant topics. Patrons have the opportunity to explore similarities and differences between Haiti and the United States using free Internet access, information exchange and cultural programs. Other timely activities at the Corner include storytelling nights, concerts, theater presentations, workshops, debates, book and poster exhibits and displays, conferences and slam nights. Permanent programs showcase a film club, an English conversation club and a chess club.
The Film Club meets every Thursday at 2:00PM to watch and discuss thematic movies based on commemorations, observances, popular American and World culture.
The Harold Courlander-American Corner English Conversation Club currently has 20 active members, and meets every Friday from 4:00-5:00 PM
The Harold Courlander Chess Club meets every Saturday morning. There are 12 young members who come regularly to play and learn different chess game techniques.