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Haiti, After the Quake

The School of Media and Public Affairs

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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GWU's School of Media and Public Affairs


The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting


"Haiti, After the Quake"



 1957 E Street, NW Room B12
Washington DC, 20052

Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 7 p.m.


Award-winning poet Kwame Dawes and journalists William Wheeler, Lisa Armstrong and Stephanie Hanes examine a diverse range of issues from building back --  and improving -- the country's infrastructure, to HIV/AIDS especially among vulnerable populations, and the "stateless"  Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic. Their fresh reporting is part of the Pulitzer Center's multi-project coverage of Haiti in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake.

The program will be moderated by School of Media and Public Affairs Senior Public Diplomacy Fellow Mark Asquino.

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Kwame Dawes is the author of over dozen collections of verse, and numerous plays, essays and books. He is the Distinguished Poet in Residence, Louis Fry Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of South Carolina. His poetry is the cornerstone of two Pulitzer Center's multimedia reporting projects focused on HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. He will explore how Haitians infected and affected by HIV/AIDS have been living since the January 2010 earthquake and read from his latest series of poems based on his recent trips to the country.

Bill Wheeler has reported on political affairs from East Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Haiti, and the Middle East. He’s also covered immigrant detention in rural Virginia, and subterranean explorers in the sewers of New York City. He holds graduate degrees in journalism and international affairs from Columbia. He will discuss how the earthquake presented an opportunity to use international will and the most modern urban and environmental planning techniques to build the country's infrastructure back better.

Lisa Armstrong is an award-winning journalist with credits in several publications, including The Washington Post, National Geographic, Parade, Ms., Essence, Redbook, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is an adjunct professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and has also taught at NYU. She will focus on the effects of the earthquake on health care and HIV in Haiti.

Stephanie Hanes is a freelance reporter whose work has appeared in more than a dozen national publications, including Smithsonian Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, Africa Geographic, and USA Today. She was a staff reporter at The Baltimore Sun before moving to Johannesburg, South Africa, where she lived for four years.  She will discuss the issue of Haitian migrant workers, discrimination, and statelessness in the neighboring Dominician Republic.

Mark Asquino, Senior Public Diplomacy Fellow at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC) at the George Washington University (GWU), is a Department of State Senior Foreign Service Officer whose career spans the globe with postings in Chile, Spain, Romania, and Central Asia.  Most recently he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan where he oversaw day-to-day operations of a Mission with 125 American and 700 Sudanese employees, including those at Consulate General Juba in Southern Sudan.  He holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University.

The GW School of Media and Public Affairs is the newest member of the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium program. 


About the Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting supports in-depth coverage of international affairs, focusing on topics that have been under-reported, misreported or not reported at all. The Center funds reporting on all media platforms and partners with both traditional and new-media news outlets. The Center's Global Gateway program engages directly with students, building a constituency among younger audiences for quality global news coverage. Honors include an Emmy and a National Press Foundation Award for Excellence in Online Journalism. To learn more visit http://pulitzercenter.org and http://pulitzercenter.org/gateways


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When & Where

The City View Room
1957 E St. NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20052

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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