The following scholars, writers, and editors are available to members of the media to talk about their work in this area. Following is information about their background, special interests, and preferred manner of contact. Listed email addresses should be copied into an email client, replacing "at" with "@".
Beverly Bell is the founder and director of the Center for Economic Justice in Albuquerque, N.M. An activist and an expert on Haitian social movements, she has worked closely with the Haitian democracy and women's movements for more than two decades. Her book Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance (Cornell Unversity Press) brings together thirty-eight oral histories from a diverse group of Haitian women. The interviewees include, for example, a former prime minister, an illiterate poet, a leading feminist theologian, and a vodou dancer. Defying victim status despite gender- and state-based repression, they tell how Haiti's poor and dispossessed women have fought for their personal and collective survival.
Email: bell at econjustice.net
Laurent Dubois is Associate Professor of history at Michigan State University. In addition to his newest work, Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution, he is also the author of A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804.
Email: duboisl at msu.edu
Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to treating some of the worlds poorest populations, in the process helping to raise the standard of health care in underdeveloped areas of the world. A founding director of Partners In Health, an international charity organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty, Dr. Farmer and his colleagues have successfully challenged the policymakers and critics who claim that quality health care is impossible to deliver in resource-poor areas. Dr. Farmer is an attending physician in infectious diseases and Chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at the Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, and medical director of a hospital, the Clinique Bon Sauveur, in rural Haiti.
Paul Farmer began his lifelong commitment to Haiti when still a student, in 1983, working with villages in Haitis Central Plateau; the following year he began medical school at Harvard, and two years later helped found Zanmi Lasante (Creole for Partners In Health), serving as its medical director from 1991 to the present. Boston-based Partners In Health was founded in 1987.
Currently Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Farmer has both taught in and served as course director for social-medicine courses in the Department. He also trains medical students, residents, and fellows at the Brigham and Womens Hospital.
Among the numerous awards Dr. Farmer has received in the last decade are the Duke University Humanitarian Award, the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, and the American Medical Associations International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award. In 1993, he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "genius award" in recognition of his work. Perhaps no award so typifies Paul Farmers life and accomplishments, however, as the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, which he received in 2003. In his acceptance of the Heinz Award, Paul Farmer reminded us all that "as members of the world community, we must recognize that we can and should summon our collective resources to save the countless lives that were previously alleged to be beyond our help." He believes we can do no less than this.
To set up interviews, or for information on Partners in Health, contact:
Partners In Health/Program In Infectious Disease and Social Change
Harvard Medical School
641 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
For information pertaining to Paul Farmer's books, contact:
Alexandra Dahne, Publicity Director
University of California Press
Email: alex.dahne at ucpress.edu
A poet, novelist, and essayist who writes in Haitian Kreyol and French, Lyonel Trouillot is a founding member of the Haitian Writers Association.
French Publishers Agency
Email: alice at frenchrights.com
Thomas G. Weiss
Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, where he is co-director of the United Nations Intellectual History Project. He was awarded the “Grand Prix Humanitaire de France 2006” and is chair of the Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS). He was editor of Global Governance (2000-5) and research director of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000-2). He is the editor of several books, including The United Nations and Civil Wars and Collective Security in a Changing World.
Publicist: Fran Keneston
Email: fran.keneston at sunypress.edu
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