HAITI: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
A Panel Discussion of the Earthquake Disaster, Its Aftermath, and Development Opportunities and Challenges
WHEN: Tuesday, June 22 at 7 PM
WHERE: First Congregational Church, 20 Oak Street, Asheville
Our panel will feature three distinguished participants who have been in Haiti recently. In addition, one of them has been traveling to Haiti for a few years, and one will be able to talk about the efforts of the UN to help Haiti before this year's earthquake, what it has been doing during this crucial crisis situation, and what it plans for the future.
o Will Davis is Director of the United Nations Information Center in Washington, DC. Prior to his service with the United Nations, he worked for the Organization for Economic Cooperation in Europe, with the U.S. Department of State's Office of Legislative Affairs, and in the White House's National Security Council. He holds two degrees from Duke University. As part of his official duties, he recently visited Haiti.
o Dr. Thomas Plaut, recently returned from his eighth trip to Haiti, serving as “trip leader” for five children's clinics conducted by Asheville's Mission Manna. In the 1960s Tom served in the Peace Corps. He taught sociology for 28 years at Mars Hill College, retiring in 2005. He is on the boards of the Center for Participatory Change and Mission Manna, an Asheville group of health providers and volunteers providing nutrition and medical services to at-risk children in Montrouis, Haiti.
o Dr. Jack Allison Although Jack retired from clinical medicine three years ago, he responded to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, where he treated hundreds of quake victims and hundreds more who were without medical care. Prior to retirement, Jack was Chief of Staff of the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer for 3 years in Malawi, Central Africa. A graduate of the School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill in 1975, Jack's focus has been Emergency Medicine.
Our co-partners for this event are Church Women United and The Asheville District United Methodist Church.
Light refreshments will be served. The meeting is free, but donations are welcomed; donations in excess of the costs (including a contribution to the church) will be donated to UNICEF for use in Haiti.
To honor the dedicated service to the United Nations Nations by Hazel and John Fobes, this event is being presented as our annual Fobes Memorial Lecture.
This item was originally posted on May 21.