About the event

Over the last decade, Colin A. Palmer has produced a prodigious amount of scholarship on the Modern Caribbean, most notably the British West Indies. His monographs Eric Williams & the Making of the Modern Caribbean (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2006); Cheddi Jagan and the Politics of Power: British Guiana’s Struggle for Independence (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press,2010); and Freedom’s Children: The 1938 Labor Rebellion and the Birth of Modern Jamaica (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2014) are transforming how scholars think and might write about the modern political history of the Caribbean. Indeed, this body of work underscores that Colin has crafted a biography of the Caribbean with which present and future scholars have to contend. Featuring: Nicole Burrowes, Peter Hudson, Aisha Khan, George Mentore, Harvey Neptune, Don Robotham, David Scott, Faith Smith, Alissa Trotz and others.

Symposium Schedule

12:00 – 12:15 Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Herman L. Bennett (The Graduate Center)

12:15 - 2:00 Eric Williams & the Making of the Modern Caribbean

Participants: Peter Hudson (UCLA), Aisha Khan (NYU), Harvey Neptune (Temple)

2:00-2:15 Break


2:15 - 4:00
Cheddi Jagan & the Politics of Power: British Guiana's Struggle for Independence
Participants: Nicole Burrowes (Brown), George Mentore (UVA), Alissa Trotz (Toronto)

4:00-4:15 Break

4:15 - 6:00 Freedom’s Children: 1938 & the Birth of the Modern Jamaica
Participants: Donald Robotham (The Graduate Center), David Scott (Columbia), Faith Smith (Brandeis)

Co-sponsored by the Caribbean Epistemologies Seminar.

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