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Jan. 15, 2009

UNM Faculty Host Read-In to Benefit Haiti

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti, a group of University of New Mexico faculty will read great works of Haitian literature next week on campus in a faculty read-in to raise donations and awareness. The event takes place Wednesday, Jan. 20 through Friday, Jan. 22 from 12-1 p.m. at the modern art sculpture area, south of the Student Union Building on the UNM main campus.

Pamela Cheek, associate professor of French in Foreign Languages and Literatures, is organizing the event. She said, “The level of human suffering in Haiti as a result of the earthquake is beyond measure. Tens of thousands of people have already died and millions will suffer from shortages of water, food, shelter and medicine in the next months.” 

The Faculty Read-In for Haitian Relief offers the Albuquerque community a reminder of the rich culture of Haiti.  Haiti is the first nation to be built from a slave revolt. Despite being one of the poorest countries on earth, Haiti has produced scores of remarkable writers and artists who have offered moving images of courage, character and beauty to the world. 

Student organizations collect donations at the event and urging people to give online or by texting "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.

For more information, contact Cheek at, (505)980-1401.

The University of New Mexico is the state's largest university, serving more than 32,000 students. UNM is home to the state's only schools of law, medicine, pharmacy and architecture and operates New Mexico's only academic health center. UNM is noted for comprehensive undergraduate programs and research that benefits the state and the nation.