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Decoloniality Workshop

6:00pm- 7:30pm
October 7, 2019

Academic Building (West Wing), Room 4052
Rutgers University
RSVP and request a copy of  pre-circulated paper via email to: rv326@complit.rutgers.edu 

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Alexandria Smith (Women’s and Gender Studies) will present a paper titled “The Woman From Carriacou: Audre Lorde and Dionne Brand Respond to the 1983 US Invasion of Grenada.” Gabriel Bámgbóṣé (Comparative Literature) will be discussant.

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Sponsored by the Rutgers University Program in Comparative Literature.

Food and light refreshments provided. Event open to the public.

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Story Time: Nadia Hohn presents A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett-Coverley Found Her Voice

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:30 AM
Bank Street Bookstore
2780 Broadway (corner of 107th St)
New York, NY 10025

Sunday, September 22, 11:30 AM
Greenlight Bookstore – Prospect Lefferts Gardens Store
632 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 1:30 PM
Greenlight Bookstore – Fort Green Store
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 1127

Nadia Hohn, author of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter, presents her latest picture book biography, A Likkle Miss Lou. Jamaican poet and entertainer Louise Bennett Coverley, better known as “Miss Lou,” played an instrumental role in popularizing Jamaican patois internationally. This picture book biography tells the story of Miss Lou’s early years, when she was a young girl who loved poetry but felt caught between writing “lines of words like tight cornrows” or words that beat “in time with her heart.” Despite criticism from one teacher, Louise finds a way to weave the influence of the music, voices, and rhythms of her surroundings into her poems. A vibrant, colorful, and immersive look at an important figure in Jamaica’s cultural history, this is also a universal story of a child finding and trusting her own voice. Nadia shares her book with an interactive story time where kids will get to sing folk songs, chant rhymes, and play Jamaican games! Ages 3 to 8.

Above text adapted from the Greenlight Bookstore webpage and the Bank Street Bookstore webpage.

 

 

Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies (Tenure-Track)

Application Deadline: October 21, 2019

San Francisco State University’s, Department of Latina/Latino Studies offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position focused on Afro-Latinidad from a social science or humanities perspective beginning August 2020.

We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include a transnational understanding of the intersections of Afro-Latinidad in the United States, the Spanish Caribbean, and Latin America.

About the Department:

The Department of Latina/Latino Studies is a unique liberal arts BA degree program with an emphasis on equity, social justice, and community empowerment focused on developing critical thinking, analytical writing skills, and an area of expertise centered on Latinas/os/x in the U.S. The Latina/Latino Studies Department favors a pan-Latino approach to the study of Chicana/o/x, Mexican, Central American, South American, and Caribbean-American communities in the U.S. We emphasize gender, transnational identities, global economies, social movements, and critical, socially responsible scholarship that links our classrooms to local communities and their empowerment through both our curriculum and our community service learning program.

About the University:

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

•Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
•Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
•Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
•Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
•Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
•Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
•Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

Responsibilities:

The position requires undergraduate teaching of courses on the Afro-Latino diaspora, mentoring and advising of graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments.

Teaching assignments will include the following courses:
LTNS 215: Introduction to Latina/Latino Studies
LTNS 380: Afro-Latina/o Diasporas
LTNS 440: Caribbean Cultures and Spirituality
LTNS 467: Caribbeans in the U.S.: History and Heritage.

Teaching assignments may also include the following and other existing courses:
LTNS 470: Latina/o Immigration to the U.S.
LTNS 278: History of Latinos in the U.S.
The Department supports the creation of additional courses that focus on the broader Afro-Latino diaspora.

The candidate’s research agenda should address how ideas of Blackness and Latinidad have intersected historically and would connect this to contemporary experiences between and among African Americans, Afro-Latinos, and African, Caribbean and Latin American immigrants in the U.S.

Qualifications:

Required
•PhD in Ethnic Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, Sociology, American Studies, History, or similar social science or humanities field.
•Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.

Preferred
•One to two years of undergraduate teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting.
•Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning.
•Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and publication record that demonstrates a sustained research focus on Afro-Latinas/os/x.
•A demonstrated record of community involvement related to Afro-Latinas/os/x.

Rank and salary:

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application Instructions:

Submit the following materials via email to ltnshire@sfsu.edu by November 1, 2019 and please list search # 28.19 in your subject heading (1) letter of intent/interest, (2) current CV, (3) sample of scholarly papers, (4) teaching philosophy regarding pedagogical approaches that address Afro-Latinidad, (5) description of research interests, (6) statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the Latina/Latino Studies Department’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse academic community, (7) letters of recommendation from three references. Teaching evaluations will be requested at a later date.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Above text adapted from webpage.

Caribbean events and panels at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2019

Brooklyn Book Festival
16-23 September 2019
http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/

Below are a list of Caribbean-related events and panels before and during the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, 22 September. The list may be incomplete. Events are listed in chronological order.

All events free unless otherwise noted. Continue reading

2019 CONCH SHELL NEW WORKS READING SERIES PROGRAM

New Plays by Caribbean-American Playwrights

The Bruce Mitchell Room

520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10018

Click here to reserve your free tickets.

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2019 CONCH SHELL NEW WORKS READING SERIES PROGRAM

We are proud to announce Conch Shell New Works Reading Series 2019 selected works.

BETWEEN GRACE & GAYELLE

by Anton Nimblett

October 5th, 2019 @ 8pm

A young man, caught in the magic time between night and day, wrestles with life and dances with death. 

MISFIT, AMERICA – AN AMERICAN WESTERN WITH COLOR 

by Nelson Diaz-Marcano

October 6th, 2019 @8pm

An interracial couple leads a diverse community as they are forced to protect a Native American teen from a brotherhood of supremacists.

DESTINATION OOOH AAAH YUMMY

by Magaly Colimon-Christopher

October 12th, 2019 @ 4pm

A time bending journey into a young woman’s mind as she struggles to figure out her life’s purpose.

LUCKY

by Phanesia Pharel

October 12th, 2019 @ 7pm

A woman unravels sexual trauma and finds the power of healing through writing.

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Staceyann Chin

7pm-8:30pm (Q&A and book signing to follow)
1 October 2019 (Tuesday)
BAM Fisher

Fishman Space
Buy tickets here

Unbound: Staceyann Chin

Part of Unbound

In conversation with Eve Ensler

Launch of Crossfire: A Litany for Survival
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore

Renowned LGBTQ poet and spoken word artist Staceyann Chin celebrates the release of her first full-length collection, Crossfire: Litany for Survival. After she reads from her work, Chin is joined in conversation by playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler.

An audience Q&A and book signing to follow.

“Staceyann Chin’s Crossfire: A Litany for Survival is a remarkable collection from a dynamic and talented writer, whose urgent storytelling and commanding voice feel vital for our times.” —Edwidge Danticat

Above text and image adapted from webpage.

 

From the Islands to Eastern Parkway: A Transnational History of Carnival with Ray Allen

6:30pm – 8:00pm
24 September 2019 (Tuesday)
Skylight Room (9th Floor) The Graduate Center, CUNY

 
From the Islands to Eastern Parkway: A Transnational History of Carnival
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • 6:30 PM 8:00 PM
  • Skylight Room (9th Floor), The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10016 United States
Ray Allen of Brooklyn College talks about his new book, Jump Up!, the first lengthy study of calypso and steelband music in the African diaspora, the first documented history of Brooklyn’s soca music industry, and the first thorough account of the borough’s Carnival J’ouvert celebration. Q&A follows with Harvey R. Neptune, author of Caliban and the Yankees: Trinidad and the United States Occupation.

 


Presented with the CUNY Graduate Center’s Advanced Research Collaborative and  
The Institute for the African Diaspora in the Americas & Caribbean.

Ray Allen (Brooklyn College) talks about his new book, Jump Up!, the first lengthy study of calypso and steelband music in the African diaspora, the first documented history of Brooklyn’s soca music industry, and the first thorough account of the borough’s Carnival J’ouvert celebration.

Q&A follows with Harvey R. Neptune, author of Caliban and the Yankees: Trinidad and the United States Occupation.

This event is presented with the Graduate Center’s Institute for the African Diaspora in the Americas and Caribbean (IRADAC).

Above text adapted from email.

From Katrina to Michael: Disaster in the 21st-century Circum-Caribbean

20-21 February 2020
Florida State University

CFP Deadline: 30 September 2019 

Keynote speakers:
Yarimar Bonilla (Rutgers University), Laura Wagner (freelance anthropologist), and Mark Schuller (Northern Illinois University and Faculté d’Ethnologie – Université d’Etat d’Haïti)

Conference artist: Édouard Duval Carrié

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, this conference proposes a regional approach to disaster that seeks to draw connections between 21st-century experiences of catastrophe in the circum-Caribbean, including the south-east U.S. and North Florida post-Michael. Continue reading

19th International Conference on Caribbean Literature

“Caribbean Literary Crossings, Critical Crossroads and Cross-Disciplinary Conversations”

13-15th November 2019
Bridgetown, Barbados

CFP Deadline: 15 July 2019 

From the recent treatment of the Windrush generation in Britain to the growing interest in the environmental humanities and the plantationocene, Caribbean literary arts continue to provide insights relevant to our lived experiences. From créolité to cross-cultural dialogue, the boundary-blurring aesthetic of the region is instrumental in throwing into relief fruitful connections important to our understandings of, for example, cultural and socio-political relationships.

Attentive to a region characterised by metaphors of change and interstices, the 19th International Conference on Caribbean Literature seeks to explore how crossroads, crossings and cross-fertilisations continue to be used to figure Caribbean futures. The main aim is to examine the kinds of connections to be developed between, for example, literature and law, speculative fiction and ethics, drama and medicine, poetry and marketing with a view to how these connections can be used to benefit Caribbean development and foster a productive commitment to literature, specifically, and the humanities in general. To this end, papers are therefore invited on topics related, but not limited, to: Continue reading

Book Fiestón: The Crazy Bunch By Willie Perdomo

6:00pm – 9:00pm
7 June 2019
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

120 E 125th St, New York, NY 10035
*RSVP, registration is free*

Join us in celebration of  Willie Perdomo’s most recent book, “The Crazy Bunch.” Guest writers Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Roberto Carlos Garcia, Felipe Luciano, and John Murillo will be present. The party includes a band, food, book signing, and a special reading of “The Crazy Bunch.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase!

Willie Perdomo, a native of East Harlem, has won praise as “a hip, playful, historically engaged poet whose restlessly lyrical language mixes city life with a sense of the transcendent” (NPR.org). In his fourth collection, The Crazy Bunch, Perdomo returns to his beloved neighborhood to create a vivid, kaleidoscopic portrait of a “crew” coming of age in East Harlem at the beginning of the 1990s. Continue reading