RSVP for Film Screening: “Baseball in the Time of Cholera”


July 13, 2012

Please join us for a film screening and panel discussion of Baseball in the Time of Cholera on Wednesday, July 18, at 5 pm. IRP will be co-sponsoring the event with the International Law and Organizations Program at SAIS and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.

The film, co-produced by Olivia Wilde, follows the stories of a young baseball player and a Haitian lawyer representing victims of the cholera epidemic as they both struggle for survival and justice.

Panelists will include:

Jonathan M. Katz, journalist and author of The Big Truck That Went By

Ruth Wedgwood, director of the International Law & Organizations Program

Brian Concannon Jr., director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

David Darg, co-director of the documentary

Bryn Mooser, co-director of the documentary

Dr. Rishi Rattan, Chair of the Advocacy Subcommittee Physicians for Haiti


Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Time: Doors open at 4:30 pm; event begins at 5:00 pm.

Address: Johns Hopkins University-SAIS
Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

RSVP: Please send your name and affiliation to

A light reception will follow the event.

Speaker Bios

Jonathan M. Katz was the Associated Press chief correspondent in Haiti from 2007 to 2011. Since first writing for AP in Jerusalem during the Second Intifada, Katz reported from about a dozen countries and territories including Mexico, the Dominican Republic and China. He also covered Washington for AP, Congressional Quarterly and other publications, and has been a contributor to Slate and the Daily Beast. Katz left AP this year to write a book about the 2010 Haiti earthquake and response called The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, which won the 2012 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award from Columbia and Harvard Universities. It is due to be published in 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Human rights lawyer and activist Brian Concannon Jr. directs the Boston-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). The Institute promotes human rights in Haiti by litigating cases in Haitian, U.S. and international courts, documenting human rights violations and training lawyers and grassroots activists in Haiti.  IJDH’s current cases include an Inter-American Commission on Human Rights proceeding on behalf of earthquake survivors at risk of illegal eviction, a case against the United Nations for introducing cholera to Haiti, and the prosecution of Jean-Claude Duvalier. Mr. Concannon lived in Haiti from 1995 to 2004, working for the United Nations and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux. He is a graduate of Georgetown Law School and Middlebury College and has received Fellowships from Harvard Law School and Brandeis University.

Ruth Wedgwood is the Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and the Director of the International Law and Organizations Program at SAIS. She has served as a member of the U.N. Human Rights Committee, the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Law, the Defense Policy Board and the CIA Historical Review Panel. She is a  founding member of Davos World Economic Forum Council on International Law, and she has also been a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and chief of staff to the head of the criminal division in the U.S. Department of Justice.


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