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african and african diaspora studies responds to haitian earthquake

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Marc Prou and Erica Caple James' lecture "Resilience, recovery, and rebuilding: The crisis in Haiti" is available on BC Front Row.
Marc Prou, assistant professor of Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Erica Caple James, associate professor of Anthropology at MIT, discuss Haiti's current crisis in the context of its history. Visit Front Row to view the lecture.

AADS Core Faculty Responds to the Recent Devastation and Tragedy in Haiti.
Regine Jean-Charles is an assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and core faculty member of African and African Diaspora Studies. Jean-Charles' article entitled "Cracks of Gender Inequality: Haitian Women After the Earthquake" was recently featured by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Jean-Charles posits that humanitarian crises usually have calamitous gender-specific results that disproportionately affect women and girls. Natural disasters are certainly no exception. In the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010, hundreds of thousands of people were left dead, injured, homeless and jobless. The circumstances under which many Haitians in Port-au-Prince, Leogane, Jacmel, Petit Goave and surrounding areas have been living since the earthquake present unique challenges to women and girls that must be addressed in relief efforts, recovery programs, and the re-construction of the state. Read the article here.

AADS Core Faculty Addresses BC Community on Haitian Disaster
Professor Regine Jean-Charles comments on President Father Leahy's letter on the Haitian Disaster. In her response she maintains that the extent of the damage goes far beyond the physical harm done to individuals. The extreme loss of life and physical devastation of the country has undoubtedly traumatized Haitians present at the time as well as members of the diaspora. Boston College has many Haitian staff employees, administrators, and students. The earthquake is having a profound impact on Haitians in Haiti as well as outside of Haiti including members of our own community. Some from these groups have lost loved ones, or still await news from them. BC has a number of Haitian connections, ranging from people on campus who are Haitian or of Haitian descent to individuals who have gone on service trips to volunteer for groups such as the Saint Boniface Foundation, or simply those who live, worship, and attend classes with others from the community. Read Professor Jean-Charles' entire address to the BC Community here.

Events

April 30th, 2010; 4:00 p.m. in Gasson Hall 215
Lakou: Support Forum for Students of Haitian Descent
The crisis in Haiti has had a devastating impact. Receive and give support by joining other BC students of Haitian descent. Whether your need is to vent, to listen, to solicit or share information, please come and support one another through this difficult time of crisis.
Sponsored by BC Counseling Services
This event is open and free to the public.

April 16th, 2010; 4:00 p.m. in Gasson Hall 215
Lakou: Support Forum for Students of Haitian Descent
The crisis in Haiti has had a devastating impact. Receive and give support by joining other BC students of Haitian descent. Whether your need is to vent, to listen, to solicit or share information, please come and support one another through this difficult time of crisis.
Sponsored by BC Counseling Services
This event is open and free to the public.

April 9th, 2010; 4:00 p.m. in Gasson Hall 215
Lakou: Support Forum for Students of Haitian Descent
The crisis in Haiti has had a devastating impact. Receive and give support by joining other BC students of Haitian descent. Whether your need is to vent, to listen, to solicit or share information, please come and support one another through this difficult time of crisis.
Sponsored by BC Counseling Services
This event is open and free to the public.

February 15th, 2010; 3:00-5:00 p.m. in HEIGHTS ROOM, Corcoran Commons
Contexualizing Crisis in Haiti: Resilience, Recovery and Rebuilding in the World's First Black Republic
Moderator: Regine Michelle Jean-Charles
Panelists: Marc Prou-UMASS Boston, Erica Caple James-MIT, and Linda Dorcena Forry-MA House of Representatives
This event is open and free to the public.