The “who’s to blame” question seems dated and irrelevant to the issues at hand. I for one can barely get past that it’s already been four years. Regardless of what angle you’re approaching this story from, the facts are the facts:
Hundreds of thousands of people dead. More than half a million displaced. An entire metropolis more than 60 percent destroyed.
My recent article for Americas Quarterly on Haiti three years after “douze Janvier”
Just as older Haitians tend to delineate Haitian history as before and after President François Duvalier (1957–1971), younger Haitians are now using the January 12, 2010, earthquake (or douze Janvier) as their baseline for articulating Haitian progress. While the rubble and tents continue dissipating from view, the fact that many Haitians now colloquially break down Haiti’s timeline as avant (before) and après (after) douze Janvier, reiterates the indelible mark this event has left on Haiti—one that will be felt for decades.
I spotted a link to this video on my friend Alice Backer’s kiskeácity site earlier today and thought I’d share. Dear Ayiti is a project of Fanm Kanson and as pointed out by Global Voices’, Janine Mendes-Franco, this will be the first in a series of videos in this series.
Given that nearly half of Haiti’s population is under 25 years old and 80 percent of Haitians own a cellphone, Martelly’s affiliations with Haiti’s technorati and his decision to run a nimble campaign that carefully tapped the Haitian youth’s hunger for social media and mobile technology proved to be this election’s deciding factors. As blogger Giovanny Mehu declared in a recent post, “Mr. Martelly is one of the few President[ial] candidate[s] to be taking social media by storm, if not the first in the Caribbean.” While 70-year-old Manigat did conventional radio and TV appearances, Martelly not only matched her presence in these traditional mediums, but he also live streamed presentations and launched online and text-messaging campaigns. For example, in one promotion Martelly supporters on Twitter were encouraged to adorn their profiles with pink Twitter ribbons (or twibbons) bearing the slogan “Vote Tet Kale,” thus turning their pages into virtual billboards for Martelly’s campaign.
Standing With Haiti: One Year On Readings, Rhythm, & Reflection
Kent Annan of Haiti Partners & Author of “After Shock”
Panel Discussion Including:
MIDWIN CHARLES Esq. Founder, Midwin Charles & Associates LLC
HAROLD DURAN, MD, CAP-HAITIEN, HAITI
VLADIMIR DUTHIERS, Journalist, CNN/ Anderson Cooper 360
FERENTZ LAFARGUE, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Literary Studies, Eugene Lang College, The New School
MARCH 25TH 2011
NATIONAL BLACK THEATER
125th Street & 5th Avenue
Marking the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that ravaged Haiti in January 2010, CCCADI and MoCADA come together to present Re-Imagining Haiti. This collaborative exhibition offers contemporary work by artists who are examining the spirituality, aesthetics, and re-construction of Haiti. Through an open call, visual, performing and literary artists – as well as musicians and filmmakers – were invited to submit work that is centered on a conceptual rethinking of the cosmological and socio-political conditions in Haiti at the present moment. Over twenty artists were selected to participate in Re-Imagining Haiti featuring works in painting, photography, video, installation, illustration and mixed media.
Call for Papers: “The Idea of Haiti: History, Development and the Creation of New Narratives”
Book editor is seeking chapter contributions to an interdisciplinary edited volume on Haiti. The book, “The Idea of Haiti: History, Development and the Creation of New Narratives,” critically interrogates Haiti’s past in order to illuminate potential challenges to and current achievements in Haiti’s reconstruction in the 21st century. The editor seeks essays about the how the idea of Haiti has been constructed and how it informs the politics of aid, internal conflicts and contemporary representations of Haiti and Haitians. All proposals will be considered, however, of particular interest are essays that focus on urban and rural planning, religion, local and national governance, foreign assistance and gender issues. Please email one file that includes: a 350-word proposal, and an abbreviated CV (5p or less) to Millery Polyné, firstname.lastname@example.org, by FEBRUARY 18th, 2010. You may also mail the documents to Millery Polyné, New York University, Gallatin School for Individualized Study, 1 Washington Place, rm 604, New York, NY 10003.
About the Editor:
Millery Polyné is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at New
York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He has published in journals such as Small Axe, Caribbean Studies, Journal of Haitian Studies and Wadabagei. He is the author of From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti and Pan Americanism, 1870-1964 (University Press of Florida, 2010).
How do you construct courses about Haiti? Or, what are some classes that you have taken that focus exclusively on Haiti? How do you cover the vastness of Haitian history, the depths of Haitian culture, and the vicissitudes of Haitian literature, and the ebbs and flows of Haitian politics with nuance and complexity in one short semester? What are the essentials? Moreover, how do you approach teaching such a range of material knowing that this would probably be the first and only class on Haiti students may take?