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Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series lecture to explore conflict in Haiti, poems of resilience

Pamela White
Teri Ellen Cross Davis (left) and Pamela White (right)

The second lecture in Loyola University Maryland's Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series for 2023-24 will take place Monday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room. The speaker, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, will explore poetry in her session, titled "Poems of Resistance and Resilience: An Evening with Teri Ellen Cross Davis." It is free and open to the public, though registration is required/encouraged. 

The speaker is the author of a more perfect Union, (Mad Creek Books, 2021) 2019 winner of The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize and Haint, (Gival Press, 2016) winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She won the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Memorial prize. She’s a Cave Canem fellow and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. She has received fellowships to attend the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Hedgebrook, Community of Writers Poetry Workshop, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

The first lecturer in Loyola's Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series was Pamela White, former U.S. ambassador to Haiti. She explored conflict in Haiti and held a discussion panel with several Loyola faculty members after the talk.

The talk, “Haiti – Too Rich to be Poor: From 1804- 2023,” took place on Monday, Oct. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall West.

White is an American diplomat who currently teaches at the University of Maine. In 2010, White was named United States ambassador to Gambia by then-President Barack Obama. In January 2012, White was appointed U.S. ambassador to Haiti, where she served in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake until 2015.

Prior to her appointments as ambassador, White served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon. She also worked for the United States Agency for International Development in Burkina Faso, Senegal, Haiti, Egypt, and South Africa. In addition, she was the deputy director for East Africa.

Pamela White earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maine, master’s degree from the School for International Training, and a degree in international development from the National Defense University.

The series is sponsored by Peace and Justice and co-sponsored by Global Studies and Rendez-Vous Haiti.

To learn more about the speaker series and register to attend a lecture, visit the Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series website.