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Symposium on the Caribean



The Latin American Studies Program Presents

Insularity and Integration:
Recent Trends in Caribbean Scholarship
A Symposium made possible by the Rusack Coastal Studies Fund

Thursday, December 2, 2004.

Opening Lecture.
“The Haitian Revolution: Black Internationalism and the New World.”
J. Michael Dash, Professor of French and Director of Africana Studies, New York University
Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union. 7:00pm

Friday, December 3, 2004

8:30-9:00 am.
Welcoming Remarks
Craig McEwen, Dean for Academic Affairs and Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Economy and Sociology

9:00-10:30 am.
Panel A. Caribbean Self Representations. Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
Moderator: Joanna Bosse, Assistant Professor of Music, Bowdoin College
• J. Michael Dash, Director of Africana Studies, New York University,
       “The Caribbean and its Souths in the Works of Edouard Glissant and Derek Walcott.”
• Marcus Pearson (History and Latin American Studies) ’05,
      “Birds of a Feather: Nicolás Guillén’s and Pedro Mir’s Nationalistic Poetry.”
• César Avilés, (Latin American Studies) ’04,
      “Inclusion and Exclusion: Institutionalizing Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago.”
• Honora Dunham ’07,
      “Promoting Cuban Social Visions: Poster Art, 1960s-1980s.”

Panel B. Mapping Transnational Encounters. Main Lounge, Moulton Union
Moderator: Alex Dauge-Roth, Visiting Assistant Professor of Romance Languages, Bowdoin College
• Val Carnegie, Professor of Anthropology, Bates College,
       “Borders and Border Transgressions in the Caribbean Imagination.”
• Brita Sands (French and Government), ’05,
       “The French Caribbean Twins’ Relationship with their Mother Country.”
• Thomas Rodrigues (English) ’06,
       “The United States, Cuba and the Embargo.”
• Patrick Mahoney (Latin American Studies and Environmental Studies) ’05,
       “The Problems and Pitfalls of the Caribbean Cruise Ship Industry.”

10:30-11:00 am.
Coffee Break. Main Lounge, Moulton Union

11:00 am-12:30 pm.
Panel A. Health, Development and the Environment. Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
Moderator: Stephen Meardon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College
• Maritza Straughn-Williams, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Colby College;
   Betty Sasaki, Associate Professor of Spanish, Colby College, and
   Alison Webb, President, Webb Management Services,
         “HIV/AIDS, A Cultural Sensitive Educational Model: A Bridge to Transnational Populations.”
• Cotton Estes, ’07,
        “Haiti as a Tragedy on the Commons.”
• Yanna Muriel (Spanish and Latin American Studies) ’05,
        “The Political, Social and Economic Implications of Organic Farming in Puerto Rico: An Utuadeño’s Way of Life.”
• Omega Roberts, (English and French) ’04,
        “Michael Manley and the IMF”

Panel B. Gender Prisms. Main Lounge, Moulton Union
Moderator: Krista Van Vleet, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Bowdoin College
• Baltasar Fra-Molinero, Associate Professor of Spanish, Bates College,
         “New Cannibals: Gender, Race and Environment in Puerto Rico.”
• Nicole Levasseur (Women’s Studies) ’05,
          “Caribbean Sex Tourism: A Gender Analysis.”
• Mayra Alvarado ’07,
          “The Post-Colonial Plantation: Dominican Women in the Free Trade Zones.”
• James McDonald (Economics and Government) ’05,
           “Gender and Free Trade Zones in Jamaica.”

12:30-1:30 pm.
Caribbean Luncheon. Main Lounge, Moulton Union

1:30-2:30 pm.
Keynote Address. Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University.
          “The Post-Colonial Caribbean: A Critical Appraisal of the Past Half-Century.”

2:30-3:00 pm.
Coffee Break, Main Lounge, Moulton Union

3:00-4:30 pm.
Panel A. Transplanted Caribbean Communities. Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union.
Moderator: Elena Cueto-Asín, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Bowdoin College
• David Carey, Assistant Professor of History, University of Southern Maine,
         “Comunidad Escondida: Caribbean Influences in Nineteenth-Century Portland, Maine.”
• Andria Ramkissoon (Sociology) ’05,
        “Negotiating Racial and Ethnic Identities of Anglophone Caribbean Immigrants in the United States.”
• Dan O’Maley (Anthropology and Spanish) ’05,
       “Living on the Margin: Garifuna Ethnogenesis and the Modern Emergence of a Transnational Identity.”
• Rachael Gordon (Russian) ’05,
       “Cuba’s Jewish Community Confronts the Cuban Revolution on the Island and in South Florida.”

Panel B. Past and Present Struggles in Hispaniola. Main Lounge, Moulton Union
Moderator: Hanétha Vété-Congolo, Assistant Professor of French, Bowdoin College.
• Maxwell Tyler, ’07,
         “Maroon Icons: Jamaica’s Queen Nanny and Haiti’s Toussaint L’Ouverture.”
• Cassandro Joseney, ‘07
         “Voodoo and the Haitian Revolution: The Development of a Rebellious Identity.”
• Carlos Montalvo, ’05,
          “The United States Role in the Assassination of General Trujillo.”
• Maxwell Agenor, ’07,
         “Why Aristide Failed to Democratize Haiti.”

4:45-5:30 pm.
Caribbean Poetry Slam. Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
Readings from Hispanic, British and French Caribbean Poets.
Moderator: Enrique Yepes, Associate Professor of Spanish, Bowdoin College.

5:45-7:00 pm.
Dinner, Moulton Union Dining Hall.

7:30-9:00 pm.
Musical Concert by Sol y Canto.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
Afro-Latin Group Sol y Canto features vocals, guitar and percussionists from Puerto Rico, Cuba and South America.

9:00-10:30 pm.
Film: The Agronomist
Directed by Jonathan Demme.
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall
This 2004 documentary film tells the story of Haitian national hero, journalist, and freedom fighter Jean Dominique, whom Demme first met and filmed in 1986.