Afro-Caribbean Writer Presents ‘A Life in the Literature, Culture, and Politics of Costa Rica’ — or ‘Sacking the Rotten Banana’

Quince Duncan to Speak About His Experiences in Inter-Disciplinary Lecture at Trinity on December 2

Hartford, Connecticut, December 1, 2015 —

What: Quince Duncan, regarded as Costa Rica’s most important living Afro-Caribbean literary figure and special adviser to the president of Costa Rica on Afro-descendant affairs, will deliver a talk on his literary, cultural, and political experiences in Costa Rica.

When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 4:30 p.m.


Where: Reese Room, Smith House, 123 Vernon St., Hartford, CT 06106.

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Background: Renowned throughout Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Dr. Quince Duncan has taught in Costa Rica and has been a visiting professor at U.S. universities. Duncan’s more than 30 books include essays, novels, short stories, recompilations of oral narratives, and other texts, in both English and Spanish. Literary scholar Dorothy Mosby writes that Duncan “incorporates personal memories into stories about first generation Afro-West Indian immigrants and their descendants.... Duncan’s [works] intimately convey the challenges of Afro-West Indian contract laborers and the struggle to be recognized as citizens of the nation they and their children helped bring into modernity.” His most recent English novel, A Message from Rosa, highlights the life of Rosa Parks.


This talk is sponsored by the History Department, Language and Cultural Studies, Urban Studies, Human Rights, Office of Multicultural Affairs, International Studies, American Studies, Center for Urban and Global Studies, and the English Department. The lecture is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow.