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'Day of Support' for Haiti to be held May 18

Community House will host "A Day of Support and Solidarity for Haiti," a series of events commemorating the island's national Flag Day holiday, on Tuesday, May 18.

The events, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled at the following times and locations:

  • An ecumenical prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. in the Princeton University Chapel.
  • Patrick Slavin, senior writer for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, will deliver a lecture titled "Haiti: On the Present Crisis and UNICEF's Emergency Response" during a luncheon beginning at noon in 307 Frist Campus Center. Slavin will discuss the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Haiti. He also will comment on UNICEF's role in bringing emergency relief to the Caribbean nation and the important role Haiti is playing in treating HIV/AIDS in resource-poor settings.
  • "Cumbite," a film about a Haitian who returns to his home village after years of living in Cuba, will be shown during a dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding. The viewing will be followed by a discussion led by Professors Leon-Francois Hoffmann of the Department of French and Italian and Stanley Katz of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
  • International efforts to stabilize Haiti have been ongoing since the ouster in February of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the country's first democratically elected president.

    The event is co-sponsored by the Fields Center, the Program in Latin American Studies, the International Center, the Office of Religious Life, the Student Volunteers Council, the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and Dialogue@Princeton. For more information, contact Marjorie Young at (609) 258-6136.

    Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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