Haiti Stores - Istwa Ayiti
Please join us for a conversation on how Haiti's story is narrated and presented in the world. We will focus on how storytelling, in the broadest as well as narrowest senses, has affected the country in general and in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. This public event brings together fifteen eminent figures representing a range of storytellers: journalists, novelists, historians, artists, photographers, filmmakers, musicians and others, outsiders and Haitians. Together they will explore the many textual, visual and aural ways and layers in which Haiti's story and history is represented. What is the relationship between writing and facts on the ground? Who is telling Haiti's story and how can that story be told? What emotional valences are being drawn upon, or closed off? In bringing together this diverse group of storytellers, the event will seek to build new connections and conversations that illuminate Haiti's intertwining past, present, and future.
The conversation among panelists will be moderated by Amy Wilentz, acclaimed writer, journalist, and professor of journalism. This event will take place in conjunction with 'Fowler In Focus: Art and the Unbreakable Spirit of Haiti,' which showcases selected works collected by the Fowler Museum over the course of five decades and examines the capacity of art to express the tragedies and triumphs of a nation.
Mark Danner, writer, journalist, and professor of journalism
Michael Deibert, writer and journalist
Jonathan Demme, filmmaker
Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health
Axelle Liautaud, designer and art collector
Bob Maguire, professor of international affairs and director of the Trinity Haiti Program
Michele Voltaire Marcelin, poet and artist
Catherine Maternowska, anthropologist, Honorary Council, Lambi Fund of Haiti
Jocelyn McCalla, senior advisor to Haiti's Special Envoy to the United Nations
Joe Mozingo, writer, Los Angeles Times
Madison Smartt Bell, novelist and writer
Deborah Sontag, investigative reporter, New York Times
Maggie Steber, photojournalist
Loune Viaud, director of Strategic Planning and Operations, Zanmi Lasante
Damon Winter, photojournalist, New York Times
Presented by the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the UCLA Fowler Museum, and the UC Irvine Program in Literary Journalism. For directions, please visit http://www.fowler.ucla.edu. For questions regarding the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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