Author Junot Diaz to Launch Symposium on Plight of Haitians in the Dominican Republic


Haitian refugees near the Dominican border. Photo: Robin Derby

Faculty members are hoping an appearance by celebrated author Junot Díaz will draw attention to a crisis of human suffering in the Caribbean that has largely evaded the public eye.

Latin American history specialist Allen Wells and anthropologist Greg Beckett have organized a symposium to focus on the plight of the approximately 200,000 ethnic Haitians living in the Dominican Republic who are now facing the threat of deportation.

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