News Tip: Haiti Rebuilds Slowly, Education Initiatives Offer Hope Five Years After Earthquake, Duke Experts Say

Two Duke professors can discuss myriad details of Haiti’s struggle to rebuild after devastating 2010 earthquake

A catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. Laurent DuboisQuote: “Five years after the earthquake, many of the promises made and projects proposed in January 2010 have not been realized,” says Laurent Dubois, a Duke University professor of Romance Studies and history. “But even as Haiti struggles with the ongoing consequences of the earthquake, the country is also looking forward.”Bio:Laurent Dubois is a professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University and the author of "Haiti: The Aftershocks of History," which was named to the New York Times’ “100 Notable Books of 2012” list. additional comment, contact Dubois at: laurent.dubois@duke.eduDeborah Jenson    Quote:“While Haiti is still struggling five years after the earthquake, new educational initiatives provide hope for the future,” says Deborah Jenson, a Duke University professor of Global Health and Romance Studies. “There is a new Academy of Haitian Creole akin to the French Academy in France, and a move to integrate Haitian cultural traditions into higher education.”Bio:Deborah Jenson is a professor of Romance Studies and Global Health at Duke University. She is a co-director of Duke’s Haiti Lab and has taught courses on Haiti and Creole. additional comment, contact Jenson at: