Sidney Mintz Lecture at NYU

Distinguished Professor Sidney W. Mintz will be giving a guest lecture, “Quijote and Caliban: A Different Look at Creolization,” on Monday, APRIL 4th at 5:00pm at New York University’s King Juan Carlos Center Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South (sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Research Colloquium Speaker Series, New York University). For more information, please visit

Simon Gikandi Lecture at Baruch, CUNY

Addison Gayle Lecture Series Presents Dr. Simon Gikandi

Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University, will speak on “The Black Aesthetic in the Age of Globalization” at a ceremony commemorating the 17th Annual Addison Gayle Memorial Lecture Series at Baruch College, CUNY.

March 31, 12:30 – 2 PM
151 E. 25th St. (bet. Lex & 3rd Aves)
Newman Conference Center 7th floor
(646) 312-3935
Free & open to the public

For more information, click here.

Theorizing Homophobia(s) Project

Call for Submissions, from Angelique Nixon, PhD.

The Caribbean Region of the International Resource Network (IRN) seeks to connect academic and community-based researchers, artists, and activists around the Caribbean and in the diaspora in areas related to diverse sexualities and genders. The IRN is housed at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York, funded through the Ford Foundation, and located on the web at

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Haiti: One Day, One Destiny (screening)

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere, Assistant Professor of English, Medgar Evers College will be hosting a free screening of Michele Stephenson’s film “Haiti: One Day, One Destiny” on:

Wednesday, March 30, 6pm
Medgar Evers College
EOJ Auditorium (new science building on Bedford and Crown).

Haiti: One Day, One Destiny follows filmmaker Michele Stephenson as she travels to the island six weeks after the devastating earthquake and tells the story of the tragedy from the Haitian perspective—the day‐to‐day struggle of recovery, Haitian reflections on the profound loss they are coming to grips with, and the role culture plays in rebuilding. Stephenson will be on hand for Q & A after the film.



Seminar Session: Remembering Glissant

Our next seminar meeting will be on March 25, from 2-4:30pm. In this session we will be discussing a selection from Glissant’s Poetics of Relation and a screening of Glissant in the film Utopia Station. Rose Rejouis, Assistant Professor of English at The New School, will offer comments on the reading and Michael Dash, Professor of French at New York University, will present on Glissant’s life and ideas in connection with the film.

Friday, March 25, 2-4:30pm, Room C197, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Flyer available here. Reading available here and at The Center for the Humanities site.

Third International Maroon Conference

“Independence,” in Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica
June 22-25 2011

This multidisciplinary conference seeks papers and panels that explore representations of Maroon culture in history, literature, art, music, political theory, cultural studies, film, linguistics, and theatre. With its theme “Independence,” it strives to revisit the roots of Maroon values and practices, considering the ways they have endured, transformed and resonated in the Caribbean, Canada, South America, Europe, the United States and Africa.  Offering a unique combination of scholarly panels and cultural events, the third international Maroon conference aims to increase awareness of Maroon contributions to contemporary societies, bringing together descendents of Maroons with scholars interested in Maroon heritage and indigenous cultures.

The conference cultural events and entertainment will commemorate the Annual Quao Victory Day (June 23), and they are part of a larger effort to develop strategies for sustainable development and wealth creation in Maroon communities.

Please send abstracts by 30 March or inquiries to

Longlist announced for the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

The longlist for the newly initiated OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean literature was announced early this morning.  The books cover three categories and represent six countries.

Elegguas, by Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados) — Wesleyan
A Light Song of Light, by Kei Miller (Jamaica) — Carcanet
White Egrets, by Derek Walcott (St. Lucia) — Faber

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