BIC Tizon Dife at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) April 2–5, 2019

Well known Haitian poet and rapper Roosevelt Saillant aka B.I.C will once again be an artist-in-residence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) one of the top universities in the world.

Professor Michel DeGraff, Director of the MIT–Haiti Initiative and Founding Member of Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole Academy), retweeted on his Tweeter account this announcement from BIC Tizon Dife: “For the second time, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the largest universities of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics of the United States and the world, invites BIC Tizon Dife as an artist-in-residence at MIT. BIC will give a concert featuring the Boston-based Afro-Haitian dance company Jean Appolon Expressions, and will participate in workshops on digital story-telling tools, music, dance and poetry.

This will be BIC’s second visit at the prestigious university. During his MIT visit in September 2017, BIC worked with Professor of Linguistics Michel DeGraff and Professor of Digital Media Nick Montfort to author “Sentaniz Nimerik,” a Haitian story in Kreyòl presented in computational form on the web. The April 2019 workshop on digital story-telling will be led by BIC, Michel DeGraff, and Nick Montfort who all believe that every single language deserves equal respect and can bring out the joy of story-telling through literature, linguistics, and computation.

During his visit, Saillant will lead a digital story-telling workshop on April 2nd titled “Tout Istwa se Istwa” with Professor of Digital Media Nick Montfort and Professor of Linguistics Michel DeGraff. He will perform at Karaoke Kreyòl in Everett on April 3rd. He will be in concert at MIT Building W20 in Cambridge on April 5th with Jean Appolon Expressions.

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