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Teach-In on Haiti

The University of San Francisco community will come together for a Teach-In on Haiti on Monday, April 19.

This campus-wide program is a half-day event that will provide an overarching view of the situation facing the Haitian people following the devastating earthquake. As the topic of Haiti fades from the media’s attention, our goal is to keep Haiti in the public consciousness by providing first-hand accounts of what is happening there today, and what needs to happen moving forward. We have an impressive line-up of experts on Haiti who will be speaking throughout the day. A full schedule of panel topics and speakers will be available in the coming days.

Please join us to gain a deeper understanding of the political, social and economic issues in the region, the response and relief efforts to date, and ways you can take action to help Haiti.

Date: Monday, April 19, 2010
Time: 12 – 7 p.m.
Location: McLaren 250

This event is sponsored by the Provost’s Council, and is free and open to the public. All USF students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. Please save the date and we look forward to seeing you April 19.


  • 12:00 – 12:05 p.m. Welcome, Dean Jeffrey S. Brand, USF School of Law
  • 12:05 – 12:20 p.m. Welcome Address by USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J.
  • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. First-Hand Accounts
    • Walter Riley, civil rights attorney and chair of the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund
    • Doug Sovern, KCBS radio reporter
    • Judith Faustin-Gabriel, Novato-Horeb Haitian Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Cultural, Political, Religious and Historical Context
    • Brian Concannon, director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti and chair, Lawyer's Earthquake Response Network
    • Pierre Labossiere, cofounder, Haiti Action Committee and boardmember, Haiti Emergency Relief Fund
    • James Taylor, professor of politics, University of San Francisco
  • 2:15 – 2:30 p.m.Break
  • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Response
    • Medical
      • Dr. Barbara Newman, emergency medical physician
      • Jeanne Krafft, registered nurse and activist with Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos
      • Enna Trevathan, professor, USF School of Nursing and nurse manager, VA Palo Alto Hospital
      • Especianise Loresca, Haitian medical student
    • Legal
      • Brian Concannon, director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti and chair, Lawyer's Earthquake Response Network
      • Margaret O’Shea, senior associate, DPK Consulting
      • Karen Musalo clinical professor and director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, UC Hastings College of the Law
      • Richard Boswell, professor and director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, UC Hastings College of the Law
      • Holly Cooper, lecturer and associate director of the Immigration Law Clinic, UC Davis School of Law
    • Humanitarian Aid
      • Anne Bartlett, professor of sociology, University of San Francisco
      • Annie Blackstone, U.S. director, Sion Fonds, an NGO working in Haiti
      • Mariam Danielyan, USF law student
      • Pamela Keenan, resource development coordinator, What If? Foundation
  • 4:30 - 4:45 p.m. Break
  • 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Student Projects
    • School of Law
      • Anthony Phillips on Haiti's debt to France
      • David Smart on Haiti's onerous debt to international financial institutions
      • Jeff Kaloustian on economic and social rights of Haitians in Haiti and the Dominican Republic
      • Dana Isaac on her experience preparing Temporary Protected Status immigration applications for Haitians during a spring break project in Miami
    • Undergraduate Students
      • Students Kalie Patterson, Anna Tull, Kelsey Jones, and Alia Al-Sharif on the Haiti relief bingo fundraiser, which raised $18,000 for relief efforts
  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception and music: Kalbass Kreeyol