As a reporter for the Associated Press in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jonathan M. Katz was the only full time American correspondent in the country when the devastating earthquake hit on January 12, 2010. He stayed in Haiti for another year to document how Haitians fared in the aftermath, and the progress of the huge international effort to rebuild.
In his new book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, Katz reveals the pain and perseverance of Haiti’s courageous people, uncovers how the relief effort went astray, and how international aid can become smarter.
The book exposes some disturbing and surprising evidence about why aid doesn’t always make it to the right place. Katz delves into the impact of emergency aid, the tent cities which have become an icon of Haiti’s struggle to rebuild, and why the overwhelming amount of international pledges still fell short in the face of such widespread need.
Jonathan Katz is the 2010 recipient of the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism and the 2012 winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for this book. He wrote for the AP for seven years and routinely appears as an expert on Haiti for television and radio, with interviews on ABC News, BBC World Service, NBC Nightly News, NPR, CBC Television, and Democracy Now.
Come join us for a discussion with Katz as he shares his experiences working in Haiti. The discussion will be moderated by Jocelyn McCalla, former Executive Director of the National Coalition for Haitian Rights, and of the New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, and Advisory Board Member of Human Rights Watch/Americas.
The Big Truck That Went By will be on sale at this event for $26 + tax.
DATE / TIME: Wednesday, April 24th, 2013/ 6-9pm. Discussion will begin at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Google Map
Take the 2, 3, 4, or 5 to Franklin Ave.
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation.
Seating is limited, please RSVP to RSVP@haiticulturalx.org