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Panel Ponders the Future of Haiti

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Posted on March 3, 2010

Students were urged to look beyond the headlines when the American Democracy Project presented "Help for Haiti: A Special Convocation" on March 2 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.

The program - rescheduled after Cal U was closed during the February snowstorm - focused on long-range problems related to the devastating earthquake that leveled the Haitian capital, killed tens of thousands and left many thousands more homeless.

Moderator for the panel was Dr. Kelton Edmonds, of the Department of History and Political Science.

Panelists included Cal U faculty members Dr. David Boehm, of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, who discussed the environmental consequences of the quake, and Dr. Deborah Farrer, of the Department Of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, who talked about the disaster's effect on children and education.

Dr. Kyle Fredrick, of the Department of Earth Sciences, explained the geology behind the earthquake. Dr. Emily Sweitzer, of the Department of Justice, Law and Society, shared information about human trafficking and child "laundering," or kidnapping. Dr. Cheryl Hettman, of the Department of Nursing, shared her experiences in the Caribbean island of Jamaica and discussed the islands' need for more health care professionals.

Cal U President Angelo Armenti, Jr. offered introductory remarks and reminded students that the State System of Higher Education is raising funds to rebuild a school in Haiti. Online fundraising continues at

Coordinator for the event was Dr. Melanie Blumberg of the Department of History and Political Science, the campus adviser for the American Democracy Project.