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Teaching & Writing Transnational Hispaniola: Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Barnard College BCRW, 101 Barnard Hall
Popular images convey the sense that Caribbean cultures are productively and inspiringly creolized, but a fully transnational Caribbean has proven far more difficult to enact than to envision. Almost nowhere are the challenges of nation-language borders more striking than in the case of Haiti and the Dominican Republictwo nations that share over five centuries of interconnected history (and an island!), and yet remain deeply divided. Barnard professors Kaima Glover and Maja Horn consider the commonality and conflict that marks the relationship between these countries. Addressing what it means to be a scholar and teacher of the Caribbean in the face of the regions fundamental multilingualism, they investigate the balkanizing boundaries of nation, language, and, in academia, the department-specific approaches that this has produced. Information bcrw.barnard.edu