Hall Center For The Humanities


Amy Wilentz
Journalist & author, Farewell Fred Voodoo

A Conversation with Amy Wilentz
Humanities Lecture Series : Conversation

Tue., Nov. 4, 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

Amy Wilentz is a journalist and author whose works focus on the politics and culture of Haiti. She is the author of Farewell Fred Voodoo (2013), The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier (1989), Martyrs' Crossing (2000), and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger (2006). She teaches in the Literary Journalism program at the University of California at Irvine. She most recently collected the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Autobiography for Farewell, Fred Voodoo, based on her years of reporting from Haiti.  Wilentz traces the country's history from its slave plantations through its turbulent revolutionary history, its kick-up-the-dirt guerrilla movements, its totalitarian dynasty that ruled for decades, and its long and always troubled relationship with the United States. Haiti emerged from the dust of the 2010 earthquake like a powerful spirit, and this stunning book describes the country's day-to-day struggle and its relationship to outsiders who come to help out.

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