Born and raised in France, educated in France and America (l’Université de La Sorbonne, and the Florida State University), Alix Pierre, Ph.D., has taught in France, the Caribbean, and at various institutions in the United States at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
A committed scholar, he regularly attends professional development events at the national and international level where he presents the result of his research. He is the author of "L’Image de la femme résistante chez quatre romancières noire: vision diasporique de la femme en résistance chez Maryse Condé, Simone Schwarz-Bart, Toni Morrison et Alice Walker" (2014). He has completed an eight hundred-page book on gwoka, the traditional music of the island of Guadeloupe. In a comparative study of over two hundred songs, Pierre discusses the lyrics and practice of gwoka as a repetition in variation of the West African griot art form. He recently served as project manager and scholar-in-residence in Guadeloupe, FWI, for the DVCAI-ARTOCARPE International Cultural Exchange. He taught a seminar on the Pan African/Caribbean griot tradition at the University State of Bahia in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
He lent his expertise in Francophone studies to the University of Guyana-the Atlanta University Center Collaborative Project serving as co-coordinator, adviser, panelist, moderator, translator and liaison. He was instrumental in bringing to Atlanta the internationally-renowned poet and novelist, and Guadeloupe’s Cultural Attaché M. Ernest Pépin as the keynote speaker to the lecture series.
As part of his community service effort, Pierre has worked with World Relief, the largest refugee resettlement agency in the U.S., where he designed, implemented and assessed a curriculum geared at assisting refugees who settled in Georgia to adapt to their new environment. For three months, his team met weekly with a family of nine who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo and live now in Clarkston.
Pierre currently sits on the board at the Latin American and Caribbean Community Center, and is on the editorial board of Caribbean Vistas: Critique of Caribbean Arts and Culture, and Negritud: review of Afro-Latin American studies. He is an officer of the Caribbean Writers Congress.
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