Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
Kiran Jayaram (Columbia.edu)
Kiran Jayaram (Columbia.edu)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A special presentation by Haiti expert Kiran Jayaram one year after the earthquake that killed 300,000 people will take place Wednesday, Feb. 9 on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.

Jayaram, an anthropologist specializing in Haiti and a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, will be talking about Haitian history and culture as well as the aftermath of the earthquake. He also will be speaking to several classes before and after his presentation.

The presentation, titled “Disaster in Haiti … Then Came 2010,” starts at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center Shawkey Room. It is free to the public and is sponsored by Latin American Studies, African American Studies, Multicultural Affairs, Modern Languages, Political Science, History and STAR (Students Taking Action and Response).

Dr. Chris White, associate professor in Marshall’s history department and a member of the Latin American Studies committee, said the university became intimately involved in the relief effort by sending much-needed donations and medical personnel, “demonstrating our community’s solidarity with that suffering island nation.”

“Let’s continue our solidarity with Haiti by attending this special presentation,” White said.

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