Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Teach-In on Relief in Haiti Tonight (1/26)

This Tuesday, 1/26, at 5:30 PM at the Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square South)
in room 914, the Institute for Public Knowledge is hosting a teach-in for NYU
students, faculty, and the general public to provide context to the challenges
of helping Haiti in the aftermath of this month's devastating earthquake.

Presenters will include Greg Beckett, University of Chicago; J. Michael Dash,
French, NYU; Leslie King, Partners in Health; William O'Neill, Social Science
Research Council and the United Nations; and Michael Ralph, Social and Cultural
Analysis, NYU. Craig Calhoun, Director of the IPK, will provide opening
remarks. Detailed bios are available below.

This event is sponsored by the Humanitarian Action Initiative at the IPK, and it
is open to all.

Tuesday, 1/26; 5:30PM
NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South
Room 914

For more information, and to RSVP:

For more background on the tragedy in Haiti, the Social Science Research Council
has put together a series of essays entitled "Haiti: Now and Next"

Please forward this announcement to your colleagues and friends:

-About the Presenters-

Greg Beckett, University of Chicago

Greg Beckett is Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper Fellow in the Social
Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. He studies environmental, urban,
and political crises in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He received his Ph.D. from the
Anthropology Department at the University of Chicago. His dissertation, "The End
of Haiti: History Under Conditions of Impossibility," explores the cultural,
historical, and political meanings of crisis in contemporary Haiti. Beckett is
currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation and on a series
of articles exploring local responses to the US
occupation of Haiti (1915-1934), the discourse on state failure and the use of
international peacekeeping missions as a mode of emergency powers, and
humanitarian crises and disaster response.

Craig Calhoun, SSRC, NYU, and IPK
Craig Calhoun serves as Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU
and President of the Social Science Research Council. He is also University
Professor of Social Science at NYU.

After receiving his doctorate from Oxford University, Calhoun taught at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 1977 to 1996. He was Dean of
the Graduate School and the founding Director of the University Center for
International Studies. He has also taught at the Beijing Foreign Studies
University, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and the
Universities of Asmara, Khartoum, Oslo, and Oxford.

Calhoun's own empirical research has ranged from Britain and France to China and
three different African countries. His study of the Tiananmen Square
protests of 1989 resulted in the prize-winning book, Neither Gods Nor Emperors:
Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China (California, 1994). Among his
other works are Nationalism (Minnesota, 1997), Critical Social Theory: Culture,
History, and the Challenge of Difference (Blackwell, 1995), and several edited
collections including Habermas and the Public Sphere (MIT, 1992), Hannah Arendt
and the Meaning of Politics (Minnesota, 1997), Understanding September 11 (New
Press, 2002), and Lessons of Empire (New Press, 2005). He was also editor in
chief of the Oxford Dictionary of the Social Sciences. In more than ninety
articles, he has also addressed the impact of technological change; the
organization of community life; the relationship among tort law, risk, and
business organizations; the anthropological study of education, kinship, and
religion; and problems in contemporary globalization. Calhoun's work has been
translated into more than a dozen languages.

J. Michael Dash, NYU
J. Michael Dash, born in Trinidad, has worked extensively on Haitian literature
and French Caribbean writers, especially Edouard Glissant, whose works, The
Ripening (1985), Caribbean Discourse (1989) and Monsieur Toussaint (2005) he has
translated into English. After 21 years at the University of the West Indies,
Jamaica where he was Professor of Francophone Literature and Chair of Modern
Languages, he is now Professor of French at New York University after having
been Director of the Africana Studies Program. His publications include
Literature and Ideology in Haiti (1981), Haiti and the United States (1988),
Edouard Glissant (1995), The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World
Context (1998). His most recent books are, Libeté: A Haiti Anthology (1999) with
Charles Arthur and Culture and Customs of Haiti (2001). He has represented
CARICOM and the Caribbean Conference of Churches on official missions to Haiti.

Lesley King, Partners in Health
Lesley King worked at JP Morgan for 15 years and retired as a Managing Director
in Fixed Income Sales management in order to focus on non-profit work. She
served as Interim Executive Director of Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT where
she was also co-head of the Rwanda Council. Lesley is on the Board of Directors
for Partners In Health and is a Regional Representative for PIH where for the
past few years she has led a "community of concern" to open and support the PIH
Rukira Health Center in southwest Rwanda.

William O'Neill, Social Science Research Council
William O'Neill is a lawyer specializing in humanitarian, human rights and
refugee law. He was Senior Advisor on Human Rights in the UN Mission in Kosovo,
Chief of the UN Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda and led the Legal
Department of the UN/OAS Mission in Haiti. He has worked on judicial, police
and prison reform in Burundi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Timor Leste,
Nepal and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He investigated mass killings in Afghanistan for
the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He also conducted an assessment of the
human rights situation in Darfur and trained the UN's human rights monitors
stationed there.

At the request of the UN's Executive Committee on Peace and Security, he chaired
a Task Force on Developing Rule of Law Strategies in Peace Operations. He has
created and delivered courses on human rights, rule of law and peacekeeping for
several peacekeeping training centers whose participants have included senior
military, police and humanitarian officials from dozens
of countries.

He has published widely on rule of law, human rights and peacekeeping,
including, "Kosovo: An Unfinished Peace" and "Protecting Two Million Displaced:
The Successes and Shortcomings of the African Union in Darfur." In the spring
of 2008, O'Neill was visiting professor of law and international relations at
the Scuola Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy. He is currently the
Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum located in New York City.

Michael Ralph, NYU
Michael Ralph earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at the
University of Chicago and taught briefly in the Cornell University Department of
Anthropology before joining the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at
New York University. Michael is a historical anthropologist who works on crime,
citizenship, and sovereignty in Senegal and the Atlantic world,
more broadly. Michael is now completing a book manuscript based on several
years of archival research and ethnographic fieldwork in Dakar entitled, "The
Forensics of Capital: Debt, Sacrifice, and Democracy in Senegal." Michael is a
member of the Editorial Boards of Sport in Society and Transforming
Anthropology, the Souls Editorial Working Group and the Social Text Editorial

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