Celebrate Haiti Solidarity Week at Marygrove College: Feb 5 – 12, 2012

The Haiti Solidarity Committee is planning events at Marygrove College during the week of February 5 – 12, 2012, to celebrate Haiti solidarity.

As a grand finale to this exciting week, the Marygrove community is encouraged to attend a free and special event on February 12 at 3 pm in Denk Chapman in the Madame Cadillac building. This event is open to the public and will feature dancing, music, film, presentations, and displays.

In association with Haiti Solidarity week, faculty are encouraged to incorporate information about Haitian history and culture into their classes. A bibliography has been compiled for this purpose by Sr. Anne Murphy and librarian Christine Malmsten: http://research.marygrove.edu/research-help-a-guides/search-by-subject/haiti-bibliography.

As an example of how this might be done, here are some ideas from Dr. Karen Davis in the Humanities department:

My HUM 258 class, Humanities of the Modern World, will focus on Haitian history that week, especially literature, arts and ideas associated with the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 (related to the French and U.S. revolutions), and the importance of the Kreyol pig in economy, international relations, arts, and religion. You are welcome to bring your class to our class meeting. I would simply need some warning to make sure we have enough chairs! Tuesday, February 7, 6-8:45 pm, LA 225.

Also, my HUM 150 class, Contemporary Cultural Studies, will feature two PowerPoint slide shows on Haiti related to global food sustainability and other issues–again, you are welcome to bring your class, as long as we arrange in advance for added seating! Monday, February 6, 1:30 – 2:45 pm. I will also be happy to send you either or both of the PowerPoint slide shows for your own use: one focuses on the Haitian Kreyol pig, Kochon Nwa , as a focus of story-telling and identity-building since the 1980s. The other focuses on the post-earthquake “gift” of toxic hybid corn by Monsanto to the Haitian government, and ensuing farmers’ protests.

Another faculty member, Professor Penny Godboldo, welcomes visitors to her Dunham method dance classes which are based on Haitian dance movement.

Members of the Haiti Solidarity Committee include Barbara Beesley (IHM), Dorothy Deiderichs (IHM), Dr. Karen Davis (Humanities), Penny Godboldo (Dance), Joan Kusak (IHM), and Anne Murphy (IHM)

For more information about Haiti Solidarity Week, feel free to contact Dr. Davis at kdavis@marygrove.edu or 313.927.1352, and continue to watch this space for updates about this exciting and important event!

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