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Dr. Melanie Blumberg

Posted on February 16, 2010

NEW DATE: 11 a.m. March 2

NEW MODERATOR: Dr. Kelton Edmonds

As Haiti attempts to recover after a devastating earthquake, the Cal U community will have a chance to explore issues raised by the disaster.

"Help for Haiti: A Special Convocation" will be held from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  March 2 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.

After an introduction by University President Angelo Armenti, Jr., a panel of faculty experts will discuss the complex problems facing the people of Haiti as they attempt to reconstruct their island nation.

Topics will range from health care and concerns about child trafficking to the earthquake's effect on Haiti's environment, infrastructure and society.

A question-and-answer session will follow.

The gathering is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Provost's Office, the American Democracy Project and the Student Government Association.

Moderator is Kelton Edmonds, of the Department of History and Political Science. Panelists are:

  • David Boehm, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.
  • Deborah Farrer, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education.
  • Kyle Fredrick, Department of Earth Sciences.
  • Cheryl Hettman, Department of Nursing.
  • Emily Sweitzer, Department of Justice, Law and Society.

 "This will be a learning experience," said Dr. Melanie Blumberg, campus director of the American Democracy Project.

"Even after the immediate needs are met, Haiti faces an ongoing struggle. We are asking our students to look beyond the headlines and think more deeply about what it takes for a nation to rebuild."

Before and after the event, participants will have the opportunity to donate to the Haiti Relief Fund. The project will collect donations from all 14 PASSHE universities and use the funds to rebuild a school in Haiti.

Give online to the Haiti Relief Fund.