February 12, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — A panel of Bucknell University faculty members will discuss, "Haiti beyond the Headlines: Culture, History, Politics," on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell. || Haiti relief efforts

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender (CSREG).

Faculty participants include: Mara de Gennaro, assistant professor of English; Michael Drexler, associate professor of English; Carmen Gillespie, professor of English; Renee Gosson, associate professor of French; Linden Lewis, professor of sociology; Shara McCallum, director of the Stadler Center for Poetry and associate professor of English; Paul Susman, professor of geography; and Hilbourne Watson, professor of international relations.

"Since the devastating earthquake of Jan. 12, the Bucknell community has mobilized to take action in support of the Haitian people," said Susan Reed, CSREG director.

"Students, faculty, and administrators are in conversation about the ways in which Bucknell can respond to the crisis. As part of this effort, education about Haiti 'beyond the headlines' is critical."

In the panel presentation, Bucknell faculty with expertise in the Caribbean will address key topics in the history, culture, and politics of the island nation.

"Faculty panelists will illuminate the rich literature and culture of Haiti, provide important historical and political contexts for understanding the current situation, and discuss the challenges ahead," Reed said.

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