Trinity College Inaugurates Center for Caribbean Studies

Celebration to Feature Opening Reception for Exhibit of Haitian Art

Artist: Emmanuel Paul. From the Edith A. Graham
Collection of Haitian Art, Trinity College.
Photograph courtesy of Pablo Delano.

Hartford, Connecticut, November 9, 2016 –

WHAT:    The official launch of Trinity College’s new Center for Caribbean Studies, featuring an opening reception for an exhibit of Haitian art, “Selections from the Edith A. Graham Collection of Haitian Art at Trinity College,” as well as Caribbean manuscripts from the College’s Watkinson Library’s Caribbean archival collection.

WHEN:     Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

WHERE:      Mather Art Space and the Rittenberg Lounge, Mather Hall, 2nd Floor


During the November 10 reception, Leslie Desmangles, Trinity professor of religion and international studies, will give a brief talk about the Haitian art featured in the exhibit as well as about the creation of the Center for Caribbean Studies, of which he serves as director.

The Caribbean region is home to peoples of Indigenous, European, African, Asian, and Middle Eastern heritage. Caribbean cultures have a broad influence on contemporary global cultures to an extraordinary, and often unrecognized, degree. The mission of the Center for Caribbean Studies at Trinity College is to embrace the broader Caribbean − the Greater and Lesser Antilles and coastal regions of Central and South America − as an area for scholarly inquiry with a special focus on inter-Caribbean connectedness, as well as the fluid historical and contemporary ties between the region, its diasporas, and other parts of the world. The Center will also celebrate and study the Caribbean character of the city of Hartford. Read more about the center here.

The launch of the Center for Caribbean Studies at Trinity coincides with the annual conference of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS) taking place on campus on Saturday, November 12. The all-day conference, co-hosted this year by Trinity and the University of Connecticut, is an opportunity for experts, scholars, students, and community representatives from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds to discuss their work. NECLAS members, of which there are more than 500 from 49 educational institutions, will be well-represented at the conference. Events will culminate with a participatory workshop led by Eric Galm, chair of Trinity’s Music Department and associate professor of music, and the Trinity Samba Ensemble. The conference program is available here and all sessions are open to the public, however, advance registration and purchase of tickets is required via  this page online.