The University of New Mexico's Africana Studies program presents its Distinguished Speakers Series, "Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars" on Monday, Oct. 24, Friday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 17. All events are free and open to the public.

Africana Studies' Distinguished Speaker Series was created to enrich the academic experience of students, faculty, staff and the Albuquerque community. The series invites respected emerging and established scholars and artists from across the African Diaspora. These scholars and artists represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and epistemologies, and their lectures encourage critical dialogue. The series fulfills one of UNM's central ideals: to promote a campus environment that "embraces critical diversity, holistic learning, inclusive excellence and social justice; and, in this way, fosters a climate that imbues diversity as an asset."

Monday, Oct. 24

Preceding the speaker series is a Caribbean Women Writers Symposium, on Monday, Oct. 24 starting with opening remarks at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Building Lobo A.


Scholar April Shemak presents, "Charting Rhizomic Networks in Dionne Brand's At the Full and Change of the Moon" at 10 a.m.




Scholar Kimberly Nichele Brown presents, "I stole the torturer's tongue: Exile and Feminist Agency in Nalo Hopkinson's ‘Midnight Robber'" at 11 a.m.

Lunch is served at noon.






Poet Tanya Tamara Shirley presents, "There are No Coconut Trees in These Poems: Discussion and Reading of My Work" at 1 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m. a roundtable discussion with the speakers takes place in Africana Studies' Charlie Morrissey Room, 4th floor of Mesa Vista Hall. Featured Speakers: Caribbean Identity Formation

Friday, Nov. 4





Scholar and Playwright Tanya Liesel Shields presents, "Sailing on Bones: Rehearsal in Caribbean Texts" at 11 a.m. in SUB Lobo A. Lunch follows the lecture.

Thursday, Nov. 17




Novelist Loida Maritza Perez presents, "Impact of Dominican History and Lore on Notions of Identity, Culture, Politics and Religion" at 11 a.m. in SUB Fiesta A&B.; Lunch follows the lecture.

The Distinguished Speaker Series and symposium are supported through generous support of the UNM Office ofEquity and Inclusion and the Office of the Provost.

For more information contact Belinda Wallace.

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