Report on Haiti’s homeless camps and cholera

From Mark Schuller, seminar participant and York College/CUNY Faculty


This study is a fol­low up to the report, “Unsta­ble Foun­da­tions,” results of six weeks of research dur­ing the sum­mer of 2010, which argued that despite the bil­lions in aid pledged to Haiti, most of Haiti’s esti­mated 1.5 mil­lion IDPs lived in sub­stan­dard con­di­tions. For exam­ple, seven months fol­low­ing the earth­quake, 40.5 per­cent of IDP camps did not have access to water, and 30.3 per­cent did not have toi­lets of any kind. This lack of san­i­ta­tion ser­vices became the prime breed­ing grounds for ill­nesses just like cholera, which struck Haiti with great force. As of the end of the year, there were an esti­mated 170,000 cases of the ill­ness and 3600 deaths.

The report can be found here.

Island’s Edge: Readings, Music, Photos, and Dance Celebrating Jamaican Street Culture

From the Housing Works website:

Thursday, March 03, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012 :: 212-334-3324


Join writer Anicée Gaddis, journalist Knox Robinson and poet Marcel Anthony Logan for an evening of perspectives and creative musings on Jamaican culture today. Photographer Alessandro Simonetti will make a special introduction of his new book Small Kings and
host a slide show of his work. Small Kings documents Passa Passa, a legendary street party in Jamaica, just months before the conflicts in downtown Kingston during May, 2010, shut down the party and made Tivoli Gardens headline news around the world. Entertainment will be provided by the Blackgold dancers with a special guest deejay.

Edouard Glissant (1928-2011)


Martinican writer, thinker, poet, Edouard Glissant, died Thursday in Paris.

Glissant was a faculty member at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Born in Sainte-Marie, Martinique, on Sept. 21, 1928, Glissant was among the generation of French Caribbean poets who came to prominence in the 1950s and included the late Aime Cesaire.

Glissant published more than 20 books, including collections of poetry and critical analyses.

For more information in English, see this Repeating Islands post.

For the French announcement, see this Libération post.

CSA Annual Conference, 2011

Caribbean Studies Association
36th Annual Conference
May 30 – June 3, 2011
World Trade Center, Curaçao

The theme for the 36th annual CSA conference is “Building a New House: Towards New Caribbean Futures in an Age of Uncertainty.”  Holger Henke, this year’s CSA president, has provided us with the Conceptual Statement for the conference. I have pasted the statement below and attached the PDF version here: CSA conceptual statement. Continue reading CSA Annual Conference, 2011

HAITI IN:SIGHT – A Soulful Benefit for Healing in Haiti

From: Ayiti Resurrect


As the one-year anniversary of the earthquake approaches, let’s continue to raise our awareness and keep HAITI IN SIGHT! This benefit will raise money for a grassroots healing project led by the people of Haiti and supported by a community of delegates from the Caribbean and African Diaspora. Join us for an enlightening evening of performances, dancing, and multi-media art — all providing a lens through which the beauty and power of Haiti will be experienced and honored. We will take the opportunity to learn more about the aftermath of this unnatural disaster from our partners on the ground. And we will contribute to the healing and sustainability of Haiti.

December 11, 2010 || 7:00pm – 1:00am
Red Bull Space, 40 Thompson Street (at Watts St.) SoHo, New York
OPEN BAR All Night

Continue reading HAITI IN:SIGHT – A Soulful Benefit for Healing in Haiti

Divine Horsemen, Art Exhibition

Seminar participant, Simone Leigh, will exhibit work in a two-person show with Chitra Ganesh at the Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University. The work on exhibit is inspired by the Maya Deren film, Divine Horsemen.

November 19th –  January 11th


Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh

Curated by LaToya Ruby Frazier

Mason Gross Galleries

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Catalog includes writing from Rashida Bumbray, Christopher Lew and Dean Daderko