As part of FIU’s long-term commitment to Haiti’s recovery, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), in conjunction with the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), is hosting its third teach-in on the crisis in Haiti on Wednesday, May 19th. The teach-in will be presented by Honorable Kenneth H. Merten, US Ambassador to Haiti.
Ambassador Merten will present a perspective of US efforts in Haiti since the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
Kenneth Merten is a career member of the senior Foreign Service; he joined the diplomatic corps in 1987 and has served two previous diplomatic assignments in Haiti. Most recently, Ambassador Merten has served as a Deputy Executive Secretary to U.S. Secretary of State Clinton and earlier to U.S. Secretary of State Rice. Ambassador Merten’s overseas assignments include the U.S. Embassy in Paris, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels and the U.S. Embassy in Bonn. Ambassador Merten’s Washington experience includes two assignments in the State Department Operations Center, which supports the daily work and travel of the Secretary of State. He also has worked in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and on the Cuba Desk, and worked for the Special Advisors on Haiti in 1993-1994.
Ambassador Merten holds a B.A. from Miami University in Ohio, and a Masters in Public Administration from American University. Studies at the Université d’Aix-Marseille in France and at Karl Franzens Universität in Austria complement his other academic work.
The teach-in will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the MARC Pavilion at the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the Blue Parking Garage.
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An FIU Teach-In | Haiti: From Relief to Reconstruction
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm
MARC Pavilion, FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus