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Can Haitian Story-telling, Imagination and Oral History Traditions Influence Popular Environmental Risk Perception?

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Teachers College Russell Hall, Room 305

The Earth Institute's Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development's (CGSD) Haiti Research and Policy Program Discussion Series presents "Can Haitian Story-telling, Imagination and Oral History Traditions Influence Popular Environmental Risk Perception?" with

Sabine Marx, Managing Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED), Columbia University

Laura Simms, Award-winning Performer, Writer, Educator

Jean Refuse, Director Haitian American Foundation for Cultural Exchange

Moderated by

Tatiana Wah,Director, Haiti Research and Policy Program, and Alex Fischer, Associate Director, Haiti Research and Policy Program, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development (CGSD), The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Haiti is a country of converging natural hazards: floods, earthquakes, erosion and hurricanes. To understand how environmental perceptions link to behavior a panel, that includes a story teller, a radio host and a risk perception psychologist, will discuss how individuals process and understand information that is critical to daily lives and livelihoods. The panel will address how communities and individuals perceive risks and what information helps them make decisions? This dialogue series focuses on how story telling and communication programs can help to shape these perceptions and inform decisions.  While this discussion is focused on Haiti, the panelists will address the question in a broader framework.

Open to the public. RSVP recommended.

For more information on CGSD visit cgsd.columbia.edu/

For more information on the Haiti Research and Policy Program visit cgsd.columbia.edu/where-we-work/haiti/

For more information on the Earth Institute visit www.earth.columbia.edu