Africana Studies' Distinguished Speakers Series: Caribbean Women Writers & Scholars

October 24, 2011

Established with the generous support of the University of New Mexico’s Division for Equity and Inclusion, The Office of the Provost, the Africana Studies’ Distinguished Speaker Series was created to enrich the academic experience of students, faculty, and staff, as well as the larger Albuquerque community.  The Distinguished Speaker Series invites respected emerging and established scholars and artists from across the African Diaspora.  These scholars and artists represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and epistemologies, and their lectures encourage critical dialogue. The Distinguished Speaker Series fulfills one of UNM’s central ideals: to promote a campus environment that “embraces critical diversity, holistic learning, inclusive excellence and social justice; and, in this way, fosters a climate that imbues diversity as an asset.”

AFST logoAfricana Studies’Office of Equity and Inclusion
Distinguished Speaker Series
Caribbean Women Writers & Scholars



Caribbean Women Writers Symposium
Monday, October 24, 2011
Student Union Building (SUB), Lobo A

Opening Remarks: 9:30AM
Lunch served at 12:00PM.

April Shemak,Scholar
Presentation: “Charting Rhizomic Networks in Dionne Brand’s At the Full and Change of the Moon

April Shemak


Kimberly Nichele Brown,Scholar
Presentation: “I stole the torturer’s tongue: Exile and Feminist Agency in Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber

Kimberly Nichele Brown


Tanya Tamara Shirley, Poet
Presentation: “There are No Coconut Trees in These Poems: Discussion and Reading of My Work"
Tanya Tamara Shirley


Round-table discussion with speakers: 2:30PM, Africana Studies, (4th Floor, Mesa Vista Hall).


Featured Speakers: Caribbean Identity Formation  

Tanya Liesel Shields,Scholar & Playwright
Presentation: "Sailing on Bones: Rehearsal in Caribbean Texts"
Friday, November 4, 2011, 11:00AM,
Student Union Building (SUB), Lobo A
Lunch to follow lecture.

Tanya Liesel Shields 

Loida Maritza Pérez,Novelist
Presentation: “Impact of Dominican History and Lore on Notions of Identity, Culture, Politics and Religion”
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 11:00AM,
Student Union Building (SUB), Fiesta A & B
Lunch to follow lecture.
Loida Maritza Perez

For further information, please contact the Series Coordinator, Dr. Belinda Wallace at