March 18, 2011
Anthropologist and filmmaker, Mark Schuller, Assistant
Professor at York College in New York City, will be on campus to show and
discuss his film “Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy,” on
March 31. The film focuses on the lives of five Haitian women who, despite
poverty, lack of education, and violence, have shown the power of collective
"In Haiti, as elsewhere, poverty and income
inequality intersect with gender inequality,” he said. “Women bear the brunt of
this neoliberal globalization. But Haitian women are organized in their effort
to change things, and women have respect in the country, referred to as pillars
of the family, the community and society. Women are 'poto mitan.'”
The screening and conversation with Mark Schuller is
scheduled for 4 p.m. on March 31 in Wyckoff Auditorium. This event, which is
free and open to the public. is sponsored by the departments of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work, Global African Studies, and Women’s Studies in the
College of Arts and Sciences.
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