The 2011 Lozano Long Conference “From Natural Events to Social Disasters in the Circum-Caribbean,” will include keynote addresses from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, distinguished chair in poetry at Emory University, and novelist Evelyne Trouillot, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who has written about human rights issues.
Hurricane Katrina’s hit to New Orleans and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti revealed historical and ongoing social inequality, environmental hazards and political crisis that plague the circum-Caribbean region. Both sites will serve as focal points for these writers’ keynote addresses.
Trethewey’s talk “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” titled after her creative nonfiction book published in September 2010, will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 23 at the Thompson Conference Center Auditorium, TCC 1.110. She is a native of Gulfport, Miss., who received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection “Native Guard.”
Trouillot’s talk “Haiti and the ‘Experts,’” will be at held at 4 p.m., Thursday, February 24 at the Santa Rita Room 3.502, Texas Union Building. She lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she works as a professor of French and pedagogy. Since her first book of short stories, “ (1996), she has published two other books of short stories, tales and stories for children, two books of poems (in French and Creole), and an essay on human rights and childhood in Haiti.
The conference is organized by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and cosponsored by the departments of African and African Diaspora Studies, English, History, Spanish and Portuguese, and the Program in Comparative Literature. See conference program for details.