Meet the Author: Jonathan M. Katz
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:00pm
Snell Library 90, 90 Snell 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, Boston
On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. In this visceral, authoritative first-hand account, Katz, the only full-time American correspondent in Haiti at the time, chronicles the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and how the world reacted to a nation in need. The Big Truck That Went By presents a sharp critique of international aid that defies today’s conventional wisdom; that the way wealthy countries give aid makes poor countries seem irredeemably hopeless, while trapping millions in cycles of privation and catastrophe. Katz follows the money to uncover startling truths about how good intentions go wrong, and what can be done to make aid “smarter.”
Katz was the 2010 recipient of the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism and the 2012 winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for The Big Truck That Went By. He wrote and edited for the Associated Press for seven years, three and a half of which he spent as correspondent in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of International Affairs, the School of Journalism, and the NU Bookstore.
This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.
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