Haiti Rising - Art and Religion
Don Cosentino, UCLA professor of World Arts and Cultures
Published: Friday, March 05, 2010
Don Cosentino, UCLA professor of World Arts & Cultures, discussed art and religion. Many symbolic buildings in Haiti, including art galleries and temples, were obliterated. However, death was not considered an enemy. Rather, it was the continuation of life. To illustrate various ideas, Dr. Cosentino showed a framed New Yorker magazine cover and a bottle composed of detritus (audio is incomplete because recording device's memory card became full).
This was part of Haiti Rising, whereby discussion panelists presented different perspectives on Haiti's situation, converging on the main theme of empowering local Haitian communities and being sensitive to their cultures and needs.
The free event was organized by International Development Studies students and faculty. They collaborated with African Studies, History, the Bunche Center for African American Studies, the UCLA Center for Black Studies Research, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Support came from the UCLA Graduate Division, International Institute and event attendees.