Disasters with Borders: The Impact of the “Haitian” Earthquake in a Dominican Border Town

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DisasterswithoutBordersThe January 12, 2010 earthquake that destroyed Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas is one of the worst disasters in recent history.  While the earthquake and cholera epidemic’s consequences in Haiti received considerable attention, very little is known about how these disasters impacted communities in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Tess Kulstad, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, will discuss the ways in which the earthquake and cholera epidemic impacted the residents of the border town of Comendador, Dominican Republic. She will examine the role that the border played in the international community’s perceptions of this disaster and how these perceptions shaped aid distribution, as well as the broader role that borders play in the social construction of disasters and its victims.

The lecture will take place Tuesday, March 4 at 7 PM at WFU’s Museum of Anthropology. It will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Admission is free.

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