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UVI to Host 15th 'Islands in Between' Conference on St. Thomas Nov. 8-10

The University of the Virgin Islands will host the 15th annual "Islands in Between" conference celebrating the languages, literatures and cultures of the Eastern Caribbean. Noting that UVI is celebrating its 50th anniversary, conference organizers slated this year's event for Nov. 8 to 10, at UVI on St. Thomas. Conference sessions will take place in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center. All sessions will be available via videoconference from the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. All events are free to the UVI and VI community.

Islands In Between Conference 2012 Schedule - click to view

Keynote presentations will be made by Dr. Lois Hassell-Habtes and Mary Ann Christopher.

The event will also feature the launch of the Virgin Island Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) at UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). Conference topics to be featured include: language, literature, culture and education in the U.S. Virgin Islands; Creole linguistics and the Creolization of languages in the Eastern Caribbean; Eastern Caribbean art, popular culture, carnivals and performance traditions; and politics and economics.

"Islands in Between" 2012 is dedicated to Drs. Marva Sprauve-Browne, Marvin Williams and Gene Kenneth Emanuel - all former members of the UVI faculty. Admission is free to UVI students, faculty and VI community members.

Registration is $50 for professors and faculty presenters and $30 for student presenters. The conference is organized by the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, the University of the Virgin Islands and the Per Ankh Institute of the Virgin Islands. For more information or to pre-register (free for non-presenters of UVI and the V.I. community) please email islandsconference@gmail.com and perankh@me.com.