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The Haiti Experiment


On Friday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) presents its fall Gannon Lecture, “The Haiti Experiment: Development Breakthroughs that Could Change the World.” The talk will be given by Hugh Locke, co-founder and president, Smallholder Farmers Alliance, and will take place off-campus at the Delegate’s Dining Room, United Nations Headquarters, 760 United Nations Plaza, N.Y., N.Y., 10017.

Locke, whose 2012 book bears the same title as his lecture, will address the work of non-governmental organizations in Haiti focusing on the importance of community development, local governance, and sustainability.

Locke created the Haitian-based alliance, following the 2010 earthquake. Accustomed to working with heads of state and royalty, in Haiti Locke found himself negotiating with gangsters in the slums of Port-au-Prince as part of his effort to help earthquake survivors. In his book, he proposes making Haiti the site of a 10-year experiment aimed at restoring, reforesting, and rebuilding the country while pioneering an innovative model for helping Haitians to take charge of their own destiny.

There is an RSVP required for this entrance to the United Nations, by Tuesday, Nov. 12. For assistance in registering contact Jenn Latham, or RSVP online

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This is a United Nations Academic Impact Event. To read more about Fordham-sponsored events on Haiti, see Fordham Students on the Ground in Haiti.

— Tom Stoelker


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