Haiti Rising - Histories of Violence
Robin Derby, UCLA professor of History
Robin Derby, UCLA professor of History, discussed how violence cuts across all social classes. All rungs of the socioeconomic ladder have been rattled, and elites are no longer so safe on top. She presented video clips of herself interviewing Haitian civilians in the marketplace. Among some of their concerns were lost remittances (which many poor individuals relied upon for livelihoods) and not knowing their family members' whereabouts. Derby subsequently discussed death's enduring place in Haitian culture, as well as the scant aid allocated to rural areas – a zone to which 500,000 refugees have fled.
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.
Published: Friday, March 05, 2010