Wednesday Lunch Hour - The Haiti Earthquake Made Personal

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Noon – 12:50 p.m.
Dewey B-315

The pictures of the aftermath of the massive Haitian earthquake have made an impression on all of us. It is hard to comprehend much of what happened. It has also made us realize how much we did not know about Haiti before and worry for their future following this. We felt that this could be a teachable moment for the Warner community. For this very special Warner luncheon we have invited two special guests to join us.

Safina Amazan is a Haitian UR undergraduate student. She is a sophomore Renaissance Scholar focusing on pre-med classes. When interviewed earlier in the week she reported those people she has reached report that Les Cayes, where Amazan was raised and where her mother lives, was spared from widespread damage. But she worries about the welfare of her 23-year-old brother, who lives in Port-au-Prince, near the quake's epicenter. She has graciously agreed to join us and share her love and concerns for her homeland.

We have also invited Warner doctoral student and campus Catholic Chaplain Fr. Brian Cool to join us. Brian is very involved with the university student community. He has just returned from a semester break mission/service trip in the Dominican Republic with students from a UR fraternity. His group just missed the earthquake. We have asked Brian to share his insights with students in these unique experiences and how our student community responds to events like this earthquake.

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