ICS: Lecture on the Grenada Revolution and the Caribbean Present

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 6 lecture series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture entitled “Operation Urgent Memory: The Grenada Revolution and the Caribbean Present” by Dr. Shalini Puri (Associate Professor and Director of Literature, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh). The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2010, 1:00 – 3:00pm at Amphitheater CRA 108 (Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building), School of Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

Thirty-one years since the Grenada Revolution took power, twenty-seven since the US invaded, and only a few months since the last prisoners convicted of the murders of members of the revolutionary government were released, the Grenada Revolution continues to be a living, if repressed, memory, and an event with still unfolding regional consequences. The talk will explore the relationship between political memory and cultural geography, by studying various sites of memory: state memorials, graffiti, paintings and photographs, literature, and material traces. It argues that the Revolution was an archipelago event that had deep consequences for the entire regional Left.

This talk is drawn from Dr. Puri’s forthcoming book Volcanic Memory: The Grenada Revolution and the Futures of Revolutionary Practice. Author of The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post/Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Puri works on postcolonial theory and cultural studies of the global south with an emphasis on the Caribbean. 

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

For more on the Institute of Caribbean Studies, see http://graduados.uprrp.edu/icaribe/

Photo of helicopter in Grenada from http://www.burdenclothing.com/pages/blog/tag/grenada/

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