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Conference to celebrate Caribbean influence, April 28-30

A diverse array of activities is scheduled for the Princeton Caribbean Connection’s third annual A Taste of Carnival conference, “Modern Day Exodus: The Caribbean Presence in America,” scheduled for Friday through Sunday, April 28-30.

One highlight of the conference is a series of discussions featuring public figures and scholars who specialize in different aspects of Caribbean culture. Speakers for the sessions, which begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Friend Center, will include:

• Peter Jackson of the United Nations, who will speak on professional immigrants.
• Holger Henke of Metropolitan College of New York, who will focus on Caribbean-Americans in the 21st century.
• Anthony Salandy of the University of Delaware, who will explain the effects of migration on Caribbean children.
• Sherri-Ann Butterfield of Rutgers University, who will lecture on the impact of race, class and gender on the Caribbean second generation.
• Charles Green of Hunter College-City University of New York, who will discuss a portion of his recent book, “Manufacturing Powerlessness in the Black Diaspora.”
• Miguel Gomez, also from Hunter College, who will address the issue of racism and Puerto Ricans in New York City.
• Margarita Mooney of Princeton, who will focus on religion among Haitian immigrants.

Other events occurring during the conference will include an outdoor cultural show displaying the talents of both Princeton students and guest performers to be held on Frist Campus Center south lawn. Also scheduled is a town hall meeting co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and Akwaaba, as well as a Caribbean banquet with entertainment provided by a live steel band in the Fields Center. The closing celebration will feature DJ Wallah, who regularly appears on Black Entertainment Television.

The event is free with Princeton University ID. Tickets for dinner are $6 in advance and $8 at the door for all Princeton students, faculty and staff. Those wishing to attend may register on the conference Web site.

The conference is funded by the Princeton Caribbean Connection, Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board, Program in African American Studies, Department of History, Community House, Venture Fund, Office of Religious Life, Liechtenstein Institute and Office of the Vice President for Campus Life.

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