Teach-In on HaitiTeach-In on Haitihttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/126522KINSC Zubrow Commons2010-02-09T18:00:002010-02-09T20:00:00
February 9, 6:00PM–8:00PM
KINSC Zubrow Commons
“The worst hell on earth in 1789”—and in 2010? The quote is from Eric Williams’s classic study, From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969, (1970; quote at p. 245), in which the “hell” metaphor conveys the enormous scale of man-made misery—human and ecological— brought about by sugar and slavery in the French colony then known as Saint-Domingue.
The Teach-In on Haiti addresses both the natural catastrophe and the historical calamity of the distorted or unheeded lessons of the past. Following the earthquake in Haiti last month, the call for generous assistance is still an urgent one—and we need to step up and give as much as we can. But the challenge before us is to combine generosity with historical and cultural intelligence. Please attend an informal dialogue with professors from Bryn Mawr, Penn, Swarthmore, and Haverford who will frame the current crisis from the perspectives of Haitian and World narrative traditions, film, iconography, history, and political economy.
Pizza dinner provided.
Participants: Michael H. Allen (Political Science, Bryn Mawr), Koffi Anyinefa (French, Haverford), Israel Burshatin (Spanish and Comparative Literature, Haverford), James Krippner (History, Haverford), Lydie Moudileno (French, Penn), Micheline Rice-Maximin (French, Swarthmore).
This event is sponsored by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship.
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