When you think of the Caribbean, do white sand beaches and seaside resorts come to mind? Perhaps. However, have you considered the vibrant literary, musical, and artistic traditions that are an important part of the culture of the region? Exploring general impressions of the region while listening to music and watching contemporary film clips, participants will learn more about the complexities of Caribbean histories and of Caribbean diasporas (movement of populations whose origin is elsewhere), especially as they pertain to the cultural experiences of Anglophone Caribbean communities in New Jersey.
Ada McKenzie Thomas
Assistant Professor of World Literature at Bloomfield College
Ada McKenzie Thomas is Assistant Professor of World Literature at Bloomfield College. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of English at the College of The Bahamas. As a comparatist, she researches a variety of literary traditions, specializing in the multilingual literatures of the African Diaspora. Dr. McKenzie Thomas’ background includes experience in the public humanities, as she has worked at cultural institutions including Penn Center—a National Historic Landmark Site in the Sea Islands of South Carolina.