Carolyn Fick: Ousted Haitian dictator’s return spices up history class

Source: Montreal Gazette, 1-19-11

Concordia professor can’t picture Duvalier in jail -they have all been destroyed

When Concordia history professor Carolyn Fick walked into her class at about 1:15 p.m. yesterday -a course entitled History of Haiti: From Independence to Present -ousted Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier was still sitting in a luxury suite of the Hotel Karibe in Port-au-Prince, fielding questions from a chief prosecutor and judge while Haitian national police erected a security perimeter around the building where the conversation was taking place.

By the time Fick had finished an hour and 15 minutes later, Duvalier, 59, and still the centre of speculation over why he had returned to a nation that had forced him into exile 25 years earlier, had been arrested and taken by police to the capital’s courthouse for questioning.

It was a fateful visit, one that led to Duvalier’s being charged with government corruption and embezzlement of funds, and one that could see him eventually face justice for his role leading a regime that has been described as the darkest chapter in Haitian history.

But it’s also one that may also have just added to Fick’s course material.

Because yesterday’s events showed not only how quickly the story of Duvalier’s return has twisted and turned, but how history can be made…READ MORE

Hazel Hahn: First history professor installed as new McCone chair

Source: Seattle University Spectator, 1-19-11

1-18-11--News--HazelHahn--LindseyWasson--02Lindsey Wasson | The Spectator

The Pigott McCone chair is the Humanities chair of the business school. The goal of the chairperson is to enrich the learning of Albers students with cross-cultural education, knowledge that is often necessary in today’s business field.

Every two years, the College of Arts and Sciences recognizes a faculty member for outstanding scholarship with the Pigott-McCone Endowment. This faculty member is installed as a chair in the department and is elected two academic years to promote faculty achievement and further educational opportunities within his or her academic discipline. Last Tuesday marked the installation of Professor Hazel Hahn, the first member of the History department to be chosen.

Hahn, who joined the department as director of Asian Studies in 2000, plans to sponsor several events focusing on the representation of Asia within and outside of the continent through the spring of 2012 when another chair will be installed.

“I would like to sponsor interdisciplinary events that will excite and interest faculty across the campus,” Hahn said.

The events, she continued, will deal with the theme of Asia’s portrayal by the rest of the world, as well as internally. Specifically, the speakers and events will in some way address the “variety of ways in which Asia as a continent, and as an imagined construct, is represented both by Asians and non-Asians.”…READ MORE

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