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UCCD lecture focuses on post-earthquake Haiti

The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy in partnership with Westminster College will continue the 2013-2014 Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 18. The series will feature The Nation Contributing Editor Amy Wilentz. Ms. Wilentz will discuss the Politics and Culture of Relief and Reconstruction in Post-Earthquake Haiti.

This picture was taken one year after the quake. Has progress been made?
Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Four years have passed since the island nation of Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake in January 2010 that destroyed most of its infrastructure and killed as many as 300,000 people. Billions of dollars were pledged to help the country get back on its feet, but little has been done. According to reports, only part of the $14 billion pledged was collected, and then about half of what actually came in was disbursed in Haiti. Wilentz will discuss the relationship between Haitian locals and outsiders, what has happened to the people of Haiti, its schools, churches, homes, and hospitals since the earthquake.

Wilentz has been writing about Haiti since 1986, and her books include Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti (2013), I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger (2006), and The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier (1989). She has won the PEN Martha Albrand Non-Fiction Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award, and the Whiting Writers Award.

A graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Wilentz is a Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine where she teaches Literary Journalism. Her work has appeared in many well-respected publications including the Village Voice, the New Yorker, Harper’s, the New York Times and Time.

UCCD’s lecture series is free and open to the public. Ms. Wilentz’s lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18 at 7 p.m. in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall, found in the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory at Westminster College, 1840 South 1300 East in Salt Lake City. For more information, you can log on to Westminster’s website by clicking here or UCCD’s website by clicking here. You can also call (801) 832-3272.

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Source: UCCD, Westminster College, Amy Wilentz, The Nation

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