College of Arts and Sciences


  • Documentary on Haiti Set for March 31

    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 action.

    "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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