Kamau Brathwaite and Georges Lamming Honored in “Caribbean Textures: Caliban Multiplied” Events

As part of their Texturas Caribeñas: Calibán Multiplicado [Caribbean Textures: Caliban Multiplied] program, the Center for Caribbean Studies at Casa de las Américas and the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Havana, will host a full day of activities related to Caliban on October 25, 2010, in the Manuel Galich Room at Casa de las Américas. [See previous post The University of Havana and Casa de las Américas Host “Caribbean Textures: Caliban Multiplied”.] With presentations by well-known Caribbean and international scholars, this series of activities will be dedicated to Edward Kamau Brathwaite and Georges Lamming, reflecting on the figure of Caliban from both author’s literary perspectives.

The first activity, to be held at 2:00pm, will be dedicated to Barbados and especially Kamau Brathwaite, presenting a reading by the artist, courtesy of Casa de las Américas’ Archivo de la Palabra (which holds recordings of leading intellectuals around the world). This will be followed by the panel Caliban: isla, pensamiento y poesía [Caliban: Island, Thought and Poetry], featuring presentations by Félix Valdés, Haydée Arango, and Ariel Camejo.

At 3:00pm there will be a virtual exhibition, Otra vez Caliban [Caliban, Once Again] presented by Arien González. This event will also launch an international competition for young students and researchers, entitled Caliban, origen y permanencia de un símbolo [Caliban, Origin and Permanence of a Symbol]. This session will end with a talk by Roberto Fernández Retamar to honor the 50th anniversary of George Lamming’s The Pleasures of Exile (1960).

After a brief break at 4:00pm, at 4:15pm, there will be a commemorative panel, Medio siglo de Los placeres del exilio de George Lamming, with writers Lasana Sekou and Fabián A. Badejo. This will be followed by a book launch for the new bilingual anthology of Lasana Sekou’s poetry, Pelican Heart/Corazón de pelícano, presented by Cuban scholar and editor Emilio Jorge Rodríguez.

[Also see previous post https://repeatingislands.com/2010/06/06/new-book-pelican-heart-a-bilingual-anthology-of-poems-by-lasana-m-sekou/.]

For full program, see http://laventana.casa.cult.cu/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=5670

Image: Caliban, print by John Hamilton Mortimer (English, 1741-1779), from http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/artist/2062

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