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Of Creole Pigs and Other Vanishing Species: The Environmental Costs of Colonialism in the Caribbean

Lecture by Professor Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert from Vassar College.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
4:00 PM
Humanities 193
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert is a Professor of Caribbean culture and literature in the Department of Hispanic Studies and the Program in Africana Studies at Vassar College, where she holds the Randolph Distinguished Professor Chair. She received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico and an M.A., an M.Phil., and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University. She is the author of a number of books, among them Phyllis Shand Allfrey: A Caribbean Life (1996), Jamaica Kincaid: A Critical Companion (1999), Creole Religions of the Caribbean (2003, with Margarite Fernández Olmos), and most recently, Literatures of the Caribbean (2008). Her most recent book project, Endangered Species: Ecology and the Discourse of the Caribbean Nation, is forthcoming. She is at work on Glimpses of Hell, a study of the aftermath of the 1902 eruption of the Mont Pelée volcano of Martinique, and on Painting the Caribbean (1865-1898): Frederic Church, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, and Winslow Homer.


Reception to Follow.

Cost : Free and Open to the Public

Jorge Marturano

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, The Mellon Cultural Pre-History of Environmentalism, Mellon Caribbean Cultural History Seminar

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