Laurie Lambert: Tainted Regret: The Cold War and Caribbean Solidarity Post-1983
Wednesday 5 March, 1:00pm- 3:00pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave btwn 34th & 35th
Join Laurie Lambert, Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies at the University of California, Davis for a session that explores how the collective memory of the Grenada Revolution’s participants and regional observers is tainted by the mass violence that marked the collapse of the People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) and the American invasion of Grenada. In Chronicles of the Hostile Sun (1984), Trinidadian-Canadian writer Dionne Brand uses her poems to discredit U.S. imperialist rhetoric and policy in the Caribbean. St. Lucian author Derek Walcott, on the other hand, critiques the U.S. invasion of Grenada while expressing deep skepticism about the revolution in the unpublished essay “Good Old Heart of Darkness” (1984). Read together Brand and Walcott recount the revolution as a complex example of transnational resistance to U.S. imperialism in the midst of the Cold War.
You can access the reading at http://centerforthehumanities.org/seminars/caribbean-epistemologies-0#meeting-id-6043
Event adapted from email announcement.