Tuesday, February 11, 2014

NIU Anthropology Museum exhibit focuses on aftereffects of Haiti earthquake

An exhibit entitled “Fragments: Haiti Four Years After the Earthquake,” at the NIU Anthropology Museum invites visitors to explore the lives and living conditions of Haitian people living “under the tents” since the 2010 earthquake.

Visitors can enter a tent provided for people displaced from their homes by the earthquake and view artifacts of tent life. Reproductions of a dwelling in one of Port-au-Prince’s shantytowns, a school room and a cot invite all visitors to experience life as a Haitian today.

Visitors also will meet Haitian activists trying to make a difference and learn how they can help.
An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, at the Anthropology Museum in Cole Hall. Refreshments will be available beginning at 6 p.m.

President Doug Baker will begin the official opening ceremony at 7 p.m., followed by Vice President Ray Alden. Live music will be provided by Haitian artist Jan Sebon.

Several speakers will represent the Haitian community, including Lesly Conde, the consul general from the Haitian Consulate in Chicago; Elsie Hernandez, director of the Haitian American Museum of Chicago and Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste, co-founder of the Haitian American Congress.

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