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Caribbean heritage conference set, April 20-22

The fourth annual "A Taste of Carnival" Caribbean heritage conference featuring lectures by Caribbean diplomats and scholars as well as programs celebrating Caribbean art and music will run Friday through Sunday, April 20-22, on Princeton's campus.

Students from the Princeton Caribbean Connection have organized the event titled "When the Dust Settles: The Present Economic State of the Caribbean," which will examine the Caribbean economy and the changing industrial world. The program will include discussions on cultural diversity in the Caribbean, Latin America and its connections to the Caribbean, and the modern Caribbean.

Paulette Bethel, ambassador/permanent representative of the Bahamas to the United Nations, will give the opening remarks at 10:25 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in McCosh 50. Other speakers will include: Carlton Masters, president of GoodWorks International and special envoy for the Economic Community of West African States; Jorge Giovannetti, a visiting associate professor of history and visiting research scholar in the University's Program in Latin American Studies; and J.A. George Irish, executive director of the Caribbean Research Center and professor of interdisciplinary studies at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York.

The weekend also will include a number of cultural events open to the campus community. Festivities will kick off at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, in McCosh 50 with "Tastes of Caribbean Art," a viewing of work by Bahamian artist Chantal Bethel, who also will be in attendance. A cultural show featuring student dance groups, poets and musicians will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, on the south lawn of Frist Campus Center (rain location is the Frist Multipurpose Room). A "Collage of Cultures" concert featuring salsa, reggae and calypso music is planned for 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Fields Center.

The conference will end with a brunch for attendees at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 22, in the Forbes College Dining Hall.

For a full schedule of events or to register for the conference, visit the Princeton Caribbean Connection website. Registration is free for Princeton University students and $35 for others. Funding is available for attendees who are unable to pay the registration. For more information, contact Shekida Smith.

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