LACIS Lunchtime Lecture: "An Island Divided: A Reporter's Guide to Haiti and the Dominican Republic"
When: 12:00 p.m.
Where: 206 Ingraham
Presented by Jacob Kushner, foreign correspondent covering East/Central Africa and the Caribbean, LACIS & J-School Alum, MA, International Journalism, Columbia University, NYC
From Haiti's present-day gold rush (the first since Columbus's own) to its tourism aspirations and post-earthquake development, Jacob will give a reporter's perspective into Haiti's past, present and future with a focus on the United States' role in shaping them.
Switching to the Dominican side, Jacob will discuss why one ultra-conservative family is succeeding at persuading the government and its people to legally eradicate 230,000 Dominicans of Haitian heritage from Dominican society and plunge them into statelessness. He'll describe how a 200-year history of anti-haitianismo is evolving to fit modern times. He argues against the platitude that the two countries, stuck together by colonialism on a tiny Caribbean island, are entirely different places.
Jacob specializes in investigative and explanatory reporting into human rights, poverty and development economics, foreign aid and investment, and governance. Originally from Milwaukee, Jacob majored in Journalism and LACIS at UW-Madison, during which time he edited La Comunidad News, reported for the WCIJ, and studied abroad in the Dominican Republic to research anti-Haitian prejudice in Dominican schools. With the help of a LACIS Travel Grant, upon graduating Jacob spent two years reporting from Haiti and the D.R. where his work focused on U.S. development aid and immigration. Jacob is author of the eBook, "China's Congo Plan." He holds an M.A. in political journalism from Columbia University in New York and was a 2013 Overseas Press Club Fellow for the Associated Press in Nairobi, where he is currently based. He speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Haitian Creole. Jacob's journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, Foreign Policy magazine, the Associated Press, GlobalPost/GroundTruth, Guernica Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, OZY.com, and his journalism is often supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
*This lecture will be followed by an informal discussion led by Jacob. He will discuss his experiences working as a freelance journalist, and comment on possible careers in the international non-profit, journalism and NGO fields. This event is open to any student on campus who is interested in attending. (1:00-2:00 p.m., 206 Ingraham)
Co-Sponsored by the School of Journalism at UW-Madison
Free & Open to the Public