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International Scholars to Highlight V.I. Historians Conference
Friday, January 09, 2009
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.