Edwidge Danticat and Haiti at City College (39796)

When Haiti gets news coverage, it’s usually about death, destruction, corruption, crime or cholera. But all is not bad from this impoverished island nation and its resilient people.

Author and activist Edwidge Danticat, like a rose from compost, is an example of this resolve. She will bring her talent and perspective to City College on Friday to launch the annual 2011 Langston Hughes Festival.

Danticat, noted for a trove of books, including “Breath, Eyes, Memory,” “The Farming of Bones” and “Krik? Krak!”-all of them invested with her typical lyrical intensity-will be the recipient of the Langston Hughes Medal.

Joining the esteemed author will be panelists Dr. Regine Latortue, Dr. Maria Rice Bellamy, Dr. Kalama Glover, Dr. Jean Yves Plaisir and Dr. Millery Polyne as they discuss “Haiti in the Age of Danticat.”

There will also be excerpts from Hughes’ “The Emperor of Haiti” and Guy Regis Jr.’s “The Father.”

The event will be held on campus Friday, Nov. 18 at the Aaron Davis Hall, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A reception follows.

To RSVP, call (212) 650-6353 or email lhf@ccny.cuny.edu.