February 08, 2010

“Yes, Haiti” will bring together local experts to discuss Haitian history, offer an overview of disaster relief, and critique media coverage of the earthquake.

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Hamline University  invites the public to a panel discussion on February 9 entitled “Yes, Haiti.” It will bring together local experts from the American Red Cross and the Hamline community to discuss Haitian history, offer an overview of disaster relief, and present a critique of media coverage surrounding the disaster in Haiti.

The event takes place on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E, located at 1556 Hewitt Avenue on Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus. No need to RSVP, but seating is limited.

Panelists include Hamline associate professor of History Kate Bjork, Assistant Professor in Hamline University’s Media Studies and director of the Certificate in International Journalism Program Suda Ishida, CEO of the Twin Cities chapter of the American Red Cross Phil Hanson, and Emmanuel Jean, a member of the Haitian community living in Minnesota. 

Other Hamline Efforts 

Sterile bandages, washcloths, soap, toothbrushes, and more have been donated and packed by Hamline students, staff, and faculty in the hope that these simple items may aid in preventing a public health disaster. The “health kits” were sent to the United Methodist Committee on Relief for the first-phase of its disaster response. This is just one way the Hamline community intends to lend assistance. Hear from a student organizer on the Haiti response: http://bit.ly/dyK2x3.