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Special Faculty Presentation: "Haiti and Human Nature" by Dr. John Protevi

Dr. Protevi will discuss delayed military action, the comparisons of the Haitian earthquake with other natural disasters and the role of the media in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.
When Jan 28, 2010
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where East Laville Lobby
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Contact Phone 225-578-2479
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Dr. Protevi will discuss the false “security” fears that delayed and militarized the US response to the Haitian earthquake, fears that ignored the fact that the Haitian people themselves had already commenced their own rescue effort and needed supplies, not “security.” In the words of Gen. Russell Honoré, of the Katrina rescue effort, the people of Haiti, like those of New Orleans, “were their own first responders.” Dr. Protevi will review sociological evidence that shows widespread pro-social behavior in the aftermath of disasters, as well as criticism of the role of media in spreading “disaster myths,” which include the idea of widespread anti-social behavior.  

You are encouraged to bring cash donations for Partners In Health “Stand with Haiti” fund drive ( Partners in Health has been working in Haiti for more than 20 years, providing health care for the poor. Seniors will remember the founder of Partners in Health, Dr. Paul Farmer, as your convocation speaker. His story is told in the book Mountains Beyond Mountains.


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