Sociology professor Carlo CharlesSociology professor Carlo Charles drew on his academic work in writing a play on issues around contemporary Haitian migration.

Studies of migration inform professor’s play

A play co-written by sociologist Carlo Handy Charles with Alice Carré, titled Kap O Mond!, will be produced at the Tropiques Atrium Theatre in Martinique, France, on Jan. 18 and 19.

Dr. Charles is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology. He has merged his passion for academic research with his background in the performing arts to co-author Kap O Mond!, which premiered in Paris at l’Échangeur Theatre in 2022 and has been produced in several cities in France since.

“My academic career and artistic pursuits are motivated by my desire to understand and shed light on the challenges and opportunities that influence human migration across international borders,” says Charles. He’s been studying migration for over 10 years now.

Kap O Mond! addresses contemporary Haitian migration issues in France and French humanitarianism in Haiti. In Kap O Mond!, Charles uses his sociology and geography background to show how global issues, such as colonialism, global capitalism, and the North-South divide, affect everyday decisions that ordinary citizens make in their personal and professional lives in both the global North and South.

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