Carib Week: A Celebration of Caribbean Heritage and Culture

Submitted by Brittney McNab ’14:

“From Whence We Came”
There is a common ground that holds together the diverse populations of the region. The West Indies is home to various ancestral roots which all contribute to a very complex and heterogeneous space. People of the Caribbean are very connected to one another through their shared experience of relocation and post-colonial recovery. In our celebration we hope to highlight the multiplicity that helps to make the region what it is today.
Please join us in our celebration.

Read past the jump for a listing of all the Carib Week events; there are a lot of them!

Carib Week Events:

Sunday, March 27, 2011
Caribbean Sunday
All are invited to experience Christian Fellowship with a Caribbean flare. Enjoy Caribbean dance and sing-a-longs in traditional West Indian hymns and choruses.

Join us as we introduce our week with food and fellowship. Alumni, senior and freshman speakers will offer a few words on their experience as Caribbean students at Wesleyan.

  • Place: Malcolm X House
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.

West Indian Student Art Exhibit Opening
A display of artwork representing diversity within the West Indies

  • Place: Usdan Cafe

Monday, March 28, 2011
Girls! Girls? Girls.
A One-Woman Show by Marjuan Canady
Canady transforms herself into ten diverse characters, capturing the voices and concerns of black women worldwide. Her characters range from the “booty fashion mogul Sara Baartman to Black Woman News Anchor, Beverly Brushetta and the hottest rapper in the game, 40 Ounce. This satire explores how we have looked at black women in the past and in the present. It is a funny yet frightening future.
Co-sponsored by Ujamaa

  • Place: Downey House
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Film screening: W.A.R. Stories
A documentary on the life and ideology of Guyanese Historian and political activist Walter Rodney. The film’s narrative on Walter Rodney is told by over 15 narrators, all people who knew him well or who were tremendously influenced by him. The narrators include some of his Working Peoples’ Alliance (WPA) fellows in arms, and some of his UWI classmates. The narratives and narrators crisscross, go back and forth across continents, build on each other, and they are filled with humor, horror, sentimentality, and awe.
Q.A. with Dir. Clairmont Chung

  • Place: Shanklin 107
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Caribbean Poetry: “Unheard Voices”
An Exhibition of West Indian Writings

Students will present written work on the Caribbean. The evening will culminate with readings by renowned writer, Professor of English/Editor of The Caribbean Writer at the University of the Virgin Islands, Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa.

  • Place: Albritton
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Student Panel: Caribbean Identities in the Wesleyan Community
What does it mean to be Caribbean? How do Caribbean students identify away from the space and on the mainland? How and in what circumstances does one identify (or neglect to identify) as Caribbean? Questions like these and more will be addressed in this informal panel discussion.

  • Place: Usdan, Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 1, 2011
The West Indian Cultural Show will contain an array of live performances from various student groups. Performances will serve to showcase and highlight the mixed culture and multiple ethnicities from within the West Indies.

  • Place: World Music Hall
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.

Bajari After-Party
Students are invited to “willie-bounce”, “wine”, and “wuk-up” to reggae, calypso, and dancehall music! The explosive fusion of Caribbean sounds will be presented by DJ Stylez.
Co-Sponsored by Ajua Campos

  • Place: Malcolm X House
  • Time: 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Everyone is invited to attend this mini version of a typical island Carnival. Enjoy performances by a traditional Caribbean “Mocko Jumbie” folk figure aka stilt dancer, Wesleyan’s Steel Drum Class, and Kalalu Dance Troupe. Caribbean cuisine will be on sale, alongside fun t-shirt painting and an exciting raffle which proceeds will go toward further Haiti relief via PAPDA.

  • Place: CFA Green
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Aisha Khan
On the Concept of Multiculturalism in the Caribbean and Abroad
Co-Sponsored by AFAM, FGSS, History, LAST, Office of Diversity and Student Engagement and RESLife

  • Place: Daniel Family Commons
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
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One thought on “Carib Week: A Celebration of Caribbean Heritage and Culture

  1. anon

    not to be a pedant, but “From Whence” is repetitive and incorrect. the LOTR movies got it wrong as well. just pointing this out before the slogan is used in bigger & more visible places … looking forward to this celebration!

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