"Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake"
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Busboys and Poets (14th and V)
2021 14th St. NW,
Washington DC, 20009
Manolia Charlotin, Boston Haitian Reporter
Melinda Miles, Let Haiti Live, TransAfrica
Mark Schuller, Assistant Professor, York College / CUNY, co-editor of Tectonic Shifts
Ben Smilowitz, Disaster Accountability Project
Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic & Policy Research
Tectonic Shifts offers a diverse on-the-ground set of perspectives about Haiti’s cataclysmic earthquake and the aftermath that followed. Starting with a critical analysis of Haiti’s heightened vulnerability as a result of mismanagement by officials and the recent changes in neo-liberal economic policies, this book addresses a range of contemporary realities, foreign impositions, and the struggles that the people of Haiti face today.
Through a collection of essays by the voices of Haiti themselves – scholars, journalists and activists - Tectonic Shifts provides lessons on how the people of Haiti managed during the relief and reconstruction periods, and offers hope for those seeking social justice and real transformation in the world. What the people of Haiti teach us is to start by changing ourselves.
For those interested in viewing the State of the Union address on Tuesday at 9 PM, it will be broadcast in the same room, following the author event.
Praise for Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake:
“A...compelling reminder that the earthquake demands a paradigm shift in our view of Haiti.”
- Professor J. Michael Dash, NYU
“Tectonic Shifts is a must read for anyone who has ever heard the word 'Haiti' and would like to know more. Guiding us way beyond the usual narrative tropes and sound bites, this konbit of a book peels away at centuries’ worth of misinformation about this much maligned but magnificent country. A phenomenal contribution to Haitian history, politics, culture—and survival—both before and after the earthquake.”
- Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I'm Dying