Does Hollywood Really Help Haiti?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Fowler - Lecture/Classroom - A103B - Lenart Auditorium

Fowler Outspoken Discussion

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Free and open to the public. Online registration required.


Fowler Museum at UCLA
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In 2010, when Haiti suffered a catastrophic earthquake, Hollywood was quickly on the scene. Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, and Scarlett Johansson were just some of the people involved in multi-million-dollar fundraisers.

But did they—do they—really help? Time and again, say critics, the 10,000 NGOs operating in Haiti have done more harm than good. Food aid may damage Haiti’s farm economy. Medical aid may hamper the country’s medical infrastructure.

Is the road to Haiti’s suffering paved with Hollywood’s good intentions? In this conversation moderated by journalist Amy Wilentz, leading Hollywood philanthropy consultant Trevor Neilson and others discuss how the fortunes raining down from Hollywood really affect—and could best help—Haitians on the ground.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st‐Century Haitian Art.

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