Category Archives: Northeast US Events

Caribbean Cosmopolis: Timeports of Modernity

9:00am – 6:00pm
12 – 13 October 2017
Room 1008 Humanities
Stony Brook University

This conference will examine the changing modes and meanings of time, temporality (or time’s passing) and futurity in Caribbean cultural production from the 15th century to the present. It will bring together a cross-disciplinary and inter-hemispheric group of scholars to explore the Caribbean as a crucial space of time-making, calibration and reinvention. The conference will also provide a platform to convene around the current emergency in the region, where the response to natural disasters entails a recourse to both colonial imaginaries and narratives and 21st century technocratic discourses of expertise and efficiency.

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Unnatural: Environmental Disasters and Domination in the Contemporary Caribbean

4 October 2017
Hamilton Hall – 420
Columbia University

A discussion with:
Natasha Lightfoot (Columbia University), Monxo Lopez (CUNY Hunter College), Tami Navarro (Barnard College), Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University), Michael Ralph (New York University), and Keisha I. Weil (Temple University)

Registration is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Seating is first come, first seated.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race DEcolonization Series, the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, and the Institute of Latin America Studies Greater Caribbean Center.

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PROMESA: The Fiscal Crisis in Puerto Rico and the Debt of Artists

1:00pm – 2:30pm
14 October 2017
El Museo del Barrio

Admission is Free, however a $5 minimum donation will be taken at the entrance.
To RSVP, click here.

As part of the OCCUPY MUSEUM: Debtfair exhibition on view in Las Galerias, join us for a special panel discussion about the research-based project, featuring works by 10 artists from Puerto Rico, organized by Occupy Museums. The discussion will focus on the debt crisis, the implications of Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) and artists’ relationship to this economic reality in Puerto Rico.

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McCaulay at the Annual CIN Lecture

15 November 2017
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Diana McCaulay, Jamaican environmental activist and award-winning writer, will speak on the Jamaican environment in New York when she delivers the 13th Annual CIN Lecture on November 15 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

The CIN Lecture Series is a community forum for hearing visionary Caribbean leaders who reflect on regional affairs and provide hope and direction for the future. Over the years, the lecture has attracted capacity audiences to participate in this unique exchange between Caribbean thought leaders and members of the New York Caribbean community.

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The Jamaican 1970s: A Symposium

The Jamaican 1970s: A Symposium
Thursday, 28 September – Friday, 29 September 2017
The Graduate Center, CUNY and Columbia University

Livestream links: Thursday; Friday


Thursday, 28 September
The Skylight Room, Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

1:00-1:30pm: Opening remarks: Don Robotham
1:30-2:15pm: Opening remarks: Donette Francis

2:30-4:30pm: The Popular
Rachel Mordecai, On Reading Jamaica Inc., Seriously: Sensational(ist) Seventies Literature
Eddie Chambers, Jamaica’s influence on the making of Black Britain

5:00-6:00pm: Monuments
Petrina Dacres, Sculpture, Architectural Modernism and Memory in 1970s Jamaica

6:00pm: CUNY reception


Friday, 29 September:
The Heyman Center, Columbia University
74 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027

10:00-12:00pm: Sustaining Social Movements
Kimberly Robinson-Walcott, “Black Man Time Now!” Race, Class, and Culture in 1970s Jamaica
Rupert Lewis, The Jamaican Left: Dogmas, Theories, and Politics, 1974-1980

1:30-3:30pm: Autobiographical Reflections
Honor Ford Smith, Performance, Decolonization and Life Stories: Sistren Theatre Collective and the Search for Radical Alternatives in the Present
Brian Meeks, Reading the Seventies in a Different Stylie: Dub Poetry and the Urgency of Message

4:00-6:00pm: General Conversation
Don Robotham and David Scott

A collaboration between the University of Miami, the CUNY Graduate Center, Columbia University, and the Small Axe Project.

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Yanick Lahens in Conversation with Michael Dash

19 September 2017
La Maison Francaise – NYU

Join Haitian essayist, short story writer, and novelist Yankick Lahens. She is the author of a collection of critical essays, and has written for Caribbean publications, including Chemins critiquesCultura, and Boutures. Lahens co-hosts “Entre Nous”, a cultural program on Radio Haiti. She has published three collections of short stories. Her first novel was published in 2000, and she won the Prix Femina for her fifth novel, Bain de lune, in 2014 (Moonbath, Deep Vellum Publishing, 2017). Lahens is in conversation with Michael Dash, Professor of French Literature, Thought, and Culture.

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A Reading and Conversation with Sandra Cisneros

11:00am – 12:50pm
18 September 2017
Woody Tanger Auditorium
Brooklyn College Library

Join award winning poet, short story writer, essayist, and novelist Sandra Cisneros for a reading and conversation as part of the Latina Life Stories series. Presented by The Ethyle R.Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, co-sponsored with the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, and the American Studies Program.

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For more information email Vanessa Perez-Rosario,

Caribbean Events and Talks at the Windham Campbell Prize Festival

Below are a list of Caribbean-related events and talks during the Windham Campbell Prize Festival. Prize recipients and panelists include Erna Brodber and André Alexis.The Festival will take place from Wednesday, 13 September to Friday, 15 September. Events are listed in chronological order, with locations noted at the end of each description. Of special note is the “Emancipation in Woodside” event, with Erna Brodber in conversation with Claudia Rankine on Friday, 15 September, 4pm. More information is available at the Windham Campbell Prize website.

Images from Windham webpage. In order from left to right: Erna Brodber, Claudia Rankine and André Alexis

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

**Festival events**

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Kei Miller Reading and in Conversation with Tiphanie Yanique

20 September 2017
Pless Hall, Ground floor
Steinhardt School – NYU

Join celebrated novelist, essayist and poet Kei Miller for a reading from his new novel “Augustown”, followed by a conversation wth prize-winning author Tiphanie Yanique on writing across genres. Presented by NYU Institute of African American Affairs and NYU Arts & Science Liberal Studies.

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 212-998-4222.

For more information please contact Liberal Studies at 212.992.8742 or email

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