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Various Campus Experts to Offer Perspectives on Rebuilding Haiti at March 3 Forum

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March 1, 2010

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Several Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) professors will present a forum on the current conditions and earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti.

The seminar, “In the Wake of the Quake: Rethinking and Rebuilding Haiti,” will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2010, in Room 409 of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. This event, sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts, is free and open to the public.

Patricia Jordan, McNair E. Ronald Scholar and Olaniyan Scholar undergraduate researcher at the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, is one of several panelists for the event. Jordan is pursuing an anthropology degree with a concentration in culture. Her research concerns political and social roles of women during Haiti’s revolution and independence.

“In the aftermath of the earthquake, many women are unprotected. Mothers, daughters, and sisters are being raped because of the conditions currently in Haiti. Newborns and their mothers are dying because of the lack of support and resources. Women are losing hope to survive,” Jordan says of conditions in Haiti today.

“Many leaders who were women have passed due to the quake and so upon whom does the responsibility for women’s issues fall? Haitian history shows that women will endure but who will lead women to gain civil rights and gain a political voice?”

Jordan and other speakers at “In the Wake of the Quake” will address the myths and misunderstandings about Haiti and its history; discuss the island nation’s environmental context and natural hazards; and share resources to help with the rebuilding effort.

Other panelists include: Didier Gondola, professor of history; Tim Brothers, associate professor of geography; Una Osili, associate professor of economics and director of Research for the Center of Philanthropy; Amy Reinsel, adjunct professor of world languages and cultures; and Leonce John-Baptiste, IUPUI alum and member of the Haitian Association of Indiana.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Thorington-Springer at jtspring@iupui.edu.