Is Haiti Ready For Self Rule?
What will the future of Haiti will look like and what role will the United States play in this process? Dr. Chantalle Verna, assistant professor of history at Florida International University, addressed this issue during the annual Jerome H. Wood Memorial Lecture on The African Diaspora in the Americas. In her lecture, Verna traces the sources of Haitian independence and self rule through several phases of occupation; the efforts of past Hatian policy makers; and concludes with recent examples of Haitian self reliance and reconstruction efforts following January's massive earthquake. The 2010 Jerome H. Wood Memorial Lecture on The African Diaspora in the Americas was a collaborative endeavor sponsored by the Black Cultural Center, the Black Studies Program, the Dean's Office, the History Department, the Intercultural Center, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Office for Multicultural Affairs.