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The Caribbean — its islands, its history and its people — has had a profound influence on communities around the globe — including Connecticut.
This hour, we talk with author Joshua Jelly-Schapiro about his new book, Island People: The Caribbean and the World.
We learn more about the culture — beyond the great music and food that add Caribbean flare to New England’s snowiest communities.
We explore the history of migration from the islands with the director of the new Center for Caribbean Studies at Trinity College. And we hear from community leaders with roots in Jamaica and Puerto Rico about the challenges Caribbean people have faced as they adapted to a Connecticut way of life.
Are you a Caribbean immigrant? How has your culture influenced the community you live in?
- Joshua Jelly-Schapiro – Author of Island People: The Caribbean and The World
- Leslie Desmangles – Professor of Religious Studies and International Studies at Trinity College. Director of the Center for Caribbean Studies
- Reverend Dr. Damaris Whittaker – Senior Minister of the First Church of Christ in Hartford
- Karraine Holness – President of the Jamaican American Connection in New Haven, Chair of the Caribbean Heritage Festival in New Haven and Sistahs Jammin’, an annual women’s retreat in Jamaica