Leah Seupersad, 404-413-1354
ATLANTA— Leading experts on Haiti and international development will convene at Georgia State University at 8 a.m. Feb. 2 in the Troy Moore Library on the ninth floor of the General Classroom Building.
|"Earthquake with Helicopter" by Bertelus Myrdel. Courtesy of LeGrace Benson, Arts of Haiti.|
The one-day Haiti conference will include more than 20 scholars, who will share and assess the psychological responses and trauma in the country after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, the cholera epidemic that ensued, the quality of global governance in response to the crisis, the economy, and politics. The event is free and open to the public. There is no registration.
The speakers include Robert Fatton, the Julia A. Cooper professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia, who was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but is now a U.S. citizen. Fatton has written several books on the country including, “The Roots of Haitian Despotism.”
Also on the panel is Alex Dupuy, a Haitian historian and professor of sociology at Wesleyan University, who has also published numerous books and articles on Haiti including, “The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti.”
“This is an opportunity for anyone from the larger community, either from Haiti or interested in Haiti to learn how international communities and organizations try to help countries in crisis,” said Henry “Chip” Carey, a GSU political science expert who studies Haiti and has traveled to the country annually for the past two decades. “This has been very prominent in the mass media in the past year and it continues to be prominent. Haiti is an important country to the United States and the United States is important to Haiti.”
Ryan Carlin and Guyma Noel, also of the Georgia State Political Science Department, and Jonathan Todres, of the GSU College of Law, will also weigh in during the conference.
The conference is sponsored by the GSU Center for Human Rights and Democracy, the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, University Research Services and Administration, and the Latin American Studies Association, Haiti and Dominican Republic Section.
For more information, call 404-413-6159.
Published Jan. 25, 2011