The Haiti Lab has just issued a press release for its upcoming major conference Humanitarianism in Haiti: Visions and Practices:
DURHAM, NC – Scholars from Duke and North Carolina Central would like to announce a conference entitled Humanitarianism in Haiti: Vision and Practice. On April 11 and 12, 2013, the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University will bring together high-profile government officials, donors, grassroots activists, legal advocates, and international NGO workers to assess delivery of relief and development efforts in the Caribbean nation. Among the panelists are former Haitian Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis; Nancy Dorsinville, Senior Policy Officer of the United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti; Brian Concannon, director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti; and Jonathan Katz, award-winning author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster. This event is the culmination of a joint Duke-NCCU course called “Humanities in Humanitarianism: The Haiti Project,” which has analyzed the structure, coordination, and delivery of international aid to Haiti.
The Haiti Lab is nearing the end of its 3-year run. This conference is a fitting culmination to the prodigious work that the Lab has done, from its inception, to make space for critical conversations between scholars, activists, NGO workers, and policy makers, in Haiti and here in the US.