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What Happened in Haiti?
Howard Continues to Address Challenges Facing Haiti

WASHINGTON (February 17, 2010) – The Howard University community is dedicated to ensuring that the tragedy, which occurred in Haiti and the people of Haiti are not forgotten. Three University-wide “Learning Communities” have been established to educate the University and broader community about the causes, solutions and challenges that they face.

The first Learning Community Symposium, “What Happened in Haiti?” will take place in Cramton Auditorium on Howard University’s main campus on Monday, Feb. 22, between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The first of two panels will discuss the natural disaster and its immediate aftermath. The panel will be moderated by Greg Carr, Ph.D., Department of African American Studies, and feature academic experts including Gregory Jenkins, Ph.D, Department of Physics; Victor Dzidzienyo, Ph.D., Department of Architecture; Marie Fidelia-Lambert, Ph.D, Department of Pathology; and Mr. Jude Dacéus, a native of Haiti and a graduate student in the Department of History. The participants will examine a number of issues such as the physical force of the earthquake, its impact on residences and other structures, the resulting deaths, physical injuries and the impact on families and communities.

The second panel from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. will focus on media coverage of the event and its aftermath. Mr. Kojo Nnamdi will moderate the panel of experts, which include Mr. Joe Madison, nationally syndicated radio host, Yanick Rice Lamb, Department of Journalism, Ms. Nicole Lee, president of TransAfrica Forum and Ms. Roberte Exantus, president of the Howard University Haiti Student Association.

This series of Interdisciplinary Learning Communities is being convened in conjunction with the University-wide Haiti Task Force. The Interdisciplinary Learning Community Project is part of the interdisciplinary undergraduate research initiative sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Arts and Sciences with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The event is open and free to the public.

Dates for the Learning Community Events:
February 22, 2010 - Learning Community One: What happened in Haiti?
March 9, 2010 – Learning Community Two: What made Haiti vulnerable?
April 13, 2010 – Learning Community Three: How do we plan for the future in Haiti

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Andre Nicholson, graduate assistant, contributed to this release.

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