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International Scholars to Highlight V.I. Historians Conference

The Society of Virgin Islands Historians has recruited an international panel of scholars to make presentations at its annual conference slated for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17. The conference, which is open to the public, will be held in the Northwest Wing of the Great Hall on the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus with a videoconference link to the first-floor conference room in UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

It is co-sponsored by the University's Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The 2009 presenting scholars will make 30-minute presentations, with slides, and will answer questions on their topics. The scholars are:

  • Bolette Blaagaard is a Danish doctoral student studying cultural journalism at the University of Utrecht. Her presentation is titled "Historical Memory of a former Danish Colony: the U.S. Virgin Islands."
  • Professor Jeffrey B. Perry is a recent Columbia University Press-commissioned biographer of Virgin Islander Hubert Harrison. His presentation will be on Harrison, a distinguished figure in the Harlem Renaissance period.
  • Professor Jalil Sued-Badillo is the 2003 UNESCO-commissioned editor of the General History of the Caribbean (Vol. 1). He will present "Indigenous Island Societies: Were There Caribs at Columbus' Arrival?"
  • Ronald Lockhart is president of the St. Thomas Friends of Denmark Society. He will present "The Nascent Provenance of a Danish West Indian Postcard Collection."

For more information, contact the Society of Virgin Islands Historians President Edgar Lake at 773-1095 or Dr. Aletha Baumann at 692-4178.