First Annual Caribbean Women Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College

March 23, 2011 | Medgar Evers College

On Thursday, March 31st, Medgar Evers College shall host its first annual Caribbean Women Writers Conference as part of the campus – wide Women’s History Month celebration. The conference, co-hosted by the Departments of English and Foreign Languages as well as the Center for Women’s Development, will comprise concurrent sessions held from 10 am to 6 pm in the Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall (S -122) and Edison O. Jackson Auditorium at 1637 and 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY; respectively.

“We expect the conference to become an event that will stimulate scholarly work and discussion among faculty and students, promote inter-departmental collaboration and make Medgar Evers College a reference point in terms of Caribbean Studies within and beyond the City University of New York,” said Conference Chair Maria-Luisa Ruiz, an Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages.

Four panels will address the literatures of Francophone, Anglophone, Hispanophone, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean women writers. The presenters are professors and scholars from various institutions such as Rutgers University, Wagner College, and Howard University.

In December, the conference committee sent a call for papers on the topic Transforming Silence: Memory, Remembrance, and Resistance in the Narratives of Caribbean Women Writers which received significant response from across the nation.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Rosamond King – a poet, performer and professor at Brooklyn College whose scholarship has appeared in publications, such as Callaloo: The Journal of West Indian Literature and Women and Performance. Moderators include Medgar Ever College professors Rosalina Diaz and Natasha Gordon-Chipembere, Hunter College Professor Barbara Webb and Prof. Lucienne Serrano from York College and the Graduate Center.

There will also be a pre-conference event on Wednesday, March 30th comprising an undergraduate student panel from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall (S -122) – and a screening and discussion of filmmaker Michele Stephenson ‘s documentary Haiti: One Day, One Destiny from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

To register for this literary event, send an email to meccaribbeanconf2011@gmail.com.


About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.