University to host program on Haiti-Dominican Republic relations Nov. 14

A panel discussion on the relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic is 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Old Main Chapel at Shippensburg University.

The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the departments of history/philosophy, modern languages, and political science in conjunction with the International Education Minor.

Dr. Ernesto Sagás and Dr. Carolle Charles will each offer a different perspective, one Haitian, the other Dominican, on the relations and conflicts between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Sagás, associate professor of ethnic studies at Colorado State University, specializes in Latina/o politics, transnational migration, environmental justice and Latin American politics. He has been a political analyst for CNN en Español and other news media since 2004, commenting on issues ranging from U.S. domestic politics and elections, to foreign affairs. He has extensively published articles on the Dominican Republic and has published three books on the matter.

Charles, associate professor of sociology at Baruch College (CUNY) and a native Haitian, has been a consultant on Haitian matters with several international agencies such as the Canadian State Agency and the Canadian human rights organization Droits & Démocratie; the United Nations Development Funds; and the Inter-American Development Bank WID/Gender Training Program. She has published numerous articles on Haiti and on the problems of immigrations.