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    Reception, Exhibit to Celebrate Haitian Art

    Haitian art will be celebrated with a reception on Tuesday, April 3, and ongoing exhibit at Duquesne University.

    "We cannot help but recall the catastrophic tragedy of the January 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where Spiritans together with the people of Haiti suffered loss of life and massive devastation," explained Dr. Gerald M. Boodoo, associate professor of theology and acting director of the Center for African Studies at Duquesne. The University was founded by Spiritan fathers.

    "The paintings in this exhibit remind us that there is and has been a heritage of vibrant and colorful everyday cultures in Haiti that must be recognized, supported and promoted. Their expressions of everyday concerns help us to consider our own situations and the call for continued support of the people of Haiti."

    The exhibit features the work of Haitian artists Jean-Baptiste Jean, Joseph Augustin and Dumerleus Jeune. The show is a mixture of paintings of rural everyday life scenes and scenes of early Haitian history. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the Les Idees Gallery, Duquesne Union.

    The reception, 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, in the Africa Room of the Duquesne Union, will feature a presentation by Dr. Marcus Rediker, distinguished professor of Atlantic history at the University of Pittsburgh, discussing early Haitian history and Haitian art. Refreshments will be provided.

    While Haiti rebuilds, establishments such as Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) offer continued support. Founded by Pittsburgh's Mellon family, the hospital is an example of the sustained work that keeps Haiti alive and vibrant.

    Friends of HAS Haiti, http://friendsofhas.org, a local non-profit organization that supports the hospital, helped to coordinate the exhibition. Duquesne's Center for African Studies, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the School of Education are co-sponsors.

    The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public

    For more information, contact Dr. Rodney Hopson, Duquesne's School of Education, at hopson@duq.edu or 412.396.4034

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