Monday, February 8, 2010

Free Event on Haiti's Future


When: Friday, February 12, 7pm

Where: The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space

44 Charlton Street (at Charlton Street)

New York, NY 10014


Event is free, but RSVPs are mandatory due to limited seating

WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space Presents

The NEXT New York Conversation

Haiti’s Future: New York City Speaks

A Special Summit of New York Voices

Co-Moderated by Journalist and Author FARAI CHIDEYA and

GARRY PIERRE-PIERRE, Editor, Haitian Times

With Opening Remarks by Manhattan Borough President


Friday, February 12th 7-9pm

at WNYC’s The Greene Space

with a Post-Summit Reception and Concert

Free and Open to the Public

Live Videocast at

(February 5, 2010, New York, NY) – New York City is home to the second-largest Haitian / Haitian-American population in the U.S. When the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12th, its impact was felt deeply by New Yorkers.

On Friday, February 12th, one month to the day, WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space will present HAITI’S FUTURE: NEW YORK CITY SPEAKS, a platform for key voices in New York to convene and explore many of the wide-ranging consequences of the tragedy.

Farai Chideya, multimedia journalist and contributor to WNYC and PRI’s The Takeaway, and Garry Pierre-Pierre, Editor and Publisher, Haitian Times, will moderate a panel of elected officials, economic and media experts, community activists, and everyday Haitian-Americans in a discussion of the earthquake’s impact from Haiti to NYC to the world. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer will provide opening remarks, and Deputy Manhattan Borough President Rose Pierre-Louis, the highest-ranking Haitian-American politician in New York City, will serve as a panelist.

The event will begin at 7pm and includes a post-reception. It will be available as a live videocast at and

Topics and panelists include:

* Haiti: past and present: Rose Pierre-Louis, Ezili Dantò and Bazelais Jean-Baptist
* Haiti and how the media tells the story: Joel Dreyfuss
* Economic infrastructure in Haiti: Ryan Charles Mack
* Social media during times of catastrophe: Soraya Darabi
* Social and community organizing – a global perspective: April R. Silver
* Haiti’s children and their future: Christopher C. Stout

WNYC’s award-winning reporter Marianne McCune, who has led the station’s Haiti coverage, will share some of her reporting from the last month and follow up with people who have been directly affected by the earthquake.

The panel will be followed by a reception with artists performing Expressions of Hope: Marlin Mayala, a.k.a. Mr. Reo, a New York-based rapper and musician with deep roots in Haitian music; Haitian-American composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) (via video); jazz/hip-hop cellist Dana Leong; and neo-soul artist Maya Azucena. Comedian Leighann Lord will serve as emcee.

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