Spring 2020

February 25, 2020

“A Trip to The Americas: Resistance, Spirituality and the Arts.”
Rev. John Selders, Assistant Dean of Students, Trinity College. 
Selders will report on his research last summer in Trinidad & Tobago and Bahia, Brazil on how the music, art, and religion of locals and descendants from the African Diaspora in these countries have served struggles for human rights and political empowerment. Selders and his wife Pamela are co-founders of “Moral Monday CT,” a grassroots organization which gathers voices in the struggle for freedom and justice for black and brown people. They organize at the nexus of Movement for Black Lives and broad base social justice/civil rights movement of the last half-century.
7-9pm, Dangremond Room.

March 3, 2020

“The Haitian Immigrant Experience.”
Marie-Celie Agnant, a celebrated Montreal-based Haitian author. Her two novels, La dot de Sara (1995) and Le Livre d’Emma (2001) highlight issues of the immigrant experience: exile, alienation, bicultural identities, hybridity, and migrant memory. Agnant’s visit to Trinity is co-sponsored with a partnership with the exhibition “Creating Art Dangerously: Art and Revolution” at The Art Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University. She will be introduced by Leslie Desmangles, Professor of Religious Studies and International Studies, Emeritus, Trinity College.
12:15pm, Dangremond Rooom.

*March 24, 2020

“Images of Disaster: A Case Study In Puerto Rico.”
Tamara Cedré, California State University, San Bernardino. 
This talk engages the depiction of disaster in vulnerable communities and posits questions about photography’s ideological currency. We will discuss depictions by local and outsider photographers while generating a discussion of best practices–beginning with a case study in Puerto Rico but also opening up the conversation to other affected areas.
12:15pm, Dangremond Room.

*March 26, 2020

“Forgotten Networks of Power: The Catalan Presence in Havana and other Ports of the Caribbean, 1800-1950.”
Professor Thomas C. Harrington of the Department of Language and Culture Studies, Trinity College. 
The Americas have hosted many immigrants since the beginning of colonialism in the XVI. Catalan migration to the Americas has suffered an endemic neglect of these highly consequential migrations. This stems from the inability of most contemporary scholars, people generally trained to perceive human flows in statist terms, to grasp just how different the Catalan experience in the Americas was from that of other Iberian migrants to the new world, including in the Caribbean. Prof. Harrington will report on his research at the extraordinary archives at the Casal Català in Havana, Cuba. These documents pertain to the 19th and early 20th century interactions between the Catalan communities of Cuba and those in New Orleans and other port cities in the Gulf of Mexico and the US South, such as Galveston, Tampa, Tampico, Savannah and Charleston.

*April 2, 2020

“Con los brazos abiertos? The violence of Deportee ‘Reception’ in Honduras.”
Amelia Frank-Vitale, PhD student, University of Michigan.

Frank-Vitale has research the after lives of Hondurans deported from the U.S. to San Pedro Sula, located 60 miles south of Caribbean Honduras, a transition point of illegal cocaine transshipped from Colombian through Guatemala and into Mexico and the U.S. Frank-Vitale argues that both government and NGO programs dedicated to the “reinsertion” or “reintegration” of deportees in Honduras fail to curtail undocumented emigration precisely because the majority of those who migrate were never “inserted” or “integrated” into society prior to their migration, including those recently immigrating via “the Caravans” since October of 2018. Their exclusion is in fact exacerbated by their criminalization throughout the process of detention and deportation from the U.S.
12:15pm, Reese Room, Smith House.

*April 25, 2020

13th Annual Samba Fest

The 13th Annual edition of this Central Connecticut festival will feature music, dance, and food from Brazil and the Caribbean. Scheduled artists include Brazilian virtuoso 7-string guitarist Yamandú Costa, Afro-Brazilian dancer G’Leu (Gleide) Cambria, Capoeira and Samba dance with Ginga Brasileira, The Trinity Samba Ensemble, Trinity Steel, crafts and activities by Trinity College Student organizations, a mobile library provided by the Hartford Public Library, and much more!
11am-6pm Trinity College Life Sciences Quad.


* These events were canceled due to the closing of the college in March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fall 2019

November 11, 2019

Selwyn R. Cudjoe, Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College
William Hardin Burnley: The Slave Master of Trinidad
12:00 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Mather Hall
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November 12, 2019

The Annual George J. Mead ’37 Lecture
Robert A. Hill, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, UCLA
“West Indian Elevator Boy,” Hodge Kirnon of Montserrat: Original Theorist of the Negro Renaissance of the 1920s
4:30 p.m.
Reese Room, Smith House
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Previous Years

Click here for a list of CCS events from 2018-19 (PDF)

Click here for a list of CCS events from 2017-18 (PDF)

Click here for a list of CCS events from 2016-17 (PDF)