Guy Régis Junior Presents "Where Does Haiti Stand 4 Years After the 2010 Earthquake?

Friday, April 25, 2014 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
NAU 101

Friday April 25, 2014
in Nau Auditorum 101 



Screening of Raoul Peck’s Documentary
Mortal Assistance
followed by a round table
on the reconstruction of Haiti

What part did the US and the international community play
in the reconstruction of Haiti?

How can the arts contribute
to healing a community and building a new world?


Guy Régis Junior
Haitian dramatist in residence
Robert Fatton
Professor of Politics, UVA

Event co-sponsored by the Buckner Clay Award in the Humanities, the Office of the Provost for the Arts, the French Department, and the Latin American Studies Program

For further information, contact Prof. Bérard,

Guy Régis Junior is one the most original dramatists of the theatrical contemporary stage. He is the founder of Nous Théâtre, a company of Haitian contemporary theater, radical in its artistic propositions. A creator constantly attuned to the larger world, a hybrid voice which consistently pushes boundaries, he is also an accomplished novelist, poet, actor, filmmaker, and translator. He has translated from French into Creole L’étranger by Albert Camus and some parts of La recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust. He is currently the director of a famous theater festival “Festival des 4 chemins” and the head of the theater department in the Ecole Nationale des Arts (National School of Arts) in Port-au-Prince where he chose to come back after the 2010 earthquake after spending 5 years in Paris.

Robert Fatton Jr. is the Julia A. Cooper Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books and a large number of scholarly articles. His publications include: Black Consciousness in South Africa (1986); The Making of a Liberal Democracy: Senegal's Passive Revolution, 1975-1985 (1987); Predatory Rule: State and Civil Society in Africa (1992); Haiti's Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy (2002); The Roots of Haitian Despotism (2007); and Haiti: Trapped in the Outer Periphery (2014). He is also co-editor with R. K. Ramazani of The Future of Liberal Democracy: Thomas Jefferson and the Contemporary World (2004); and Religion, State, and Society (2009). He is the recipient of the 2011 “Award for Excellence” of the Haitian Studies Association for his “commitment and contribution to the emerging field of Haitian Studies for close to a quarter of a century.” 

Documentary: Mortal Assistance by Raoul Peck (2013)
Haitian born filmmaker Raoul Peck takes us on a 2-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. The film dives into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing the extent of a general failure.