Conference: Frontiers of Debt in the Caribbean and Afro-America 

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Frontiers of Debt in the Caribbean and Afro-America brings together scholars, journalists, activists, and artists from across these two regions in order to interrogate their contemporary re-emergence as sites of new forms of capital extraction and opposition to debt regimes. The two-day event is comprised of an art exhibit and a conference. The art exhibit, entitled Puerto Rico Under Water: Five Artist Perspectives on Debt will be housed in the Gallery at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (420 Hamilton Hall) and will open with a reception at 5:00pm on April 19. The conference itself will take place between 10am and 5:30pm on April 20 at the Columbia University Law School (Jerome Green Building, Room 102), New York.

Description: The conference will consist of three panels, in addition to opening remarks by the organizers and a keynote address by Sir Hilary Beckles. The first panel is organized around the theme of “Indebted Bodies” and addresses questions of race, class, gender, and other forms of hierarchical difference, with a general focus on how different kinds of debt are folded into relations of intimacy, kinship, and everyday interactions. The afternoon panels include “Debts’ Toxins,” which is focused on the relationship of indebtedness and the environment, and “Beyond Life and Debt: Education at the Crossroads,” which examines the emergence of debates and mobilizations around education, information, and communication in the context of debt crisis. The full schedule is as follows:

April 19 Gallery at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, 420 Hamilton Hall

5pm      Conference Reception and Opening of Puerto Rico Under Water: Five Artist Perspectives on Debt

Works by: Adal Maldonado, Huáscar Robles, Sarabel Santos, Víctor Vázquez

April 20 Columbia Law School, Jerome Green Building, Room 102A

10am    Opening Remarks

Sarah Muir (CUNY)

Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University)

10:30am-12pm Keynote: Sir Hilary Beckles (University of the West Indies)

12-1:30pm       Indebted Bodies

Levi Gahman (University of the West Indies)

Gabrielle Thongs (University of the West Indies)

Westenley Alcenat (Fordham University)

Tami Navarro (Barnard College)

Moderator: Matan Cohen (Columbia University)

1:30-2:30pm    Break

2:30-4pm         Debts’ Toxins

David Schalliol (St. Olaf College)

Hilda Lloréns (University of Rhode Island)

Greg Guannel (University of the Virgin Islands)

Sarabel Santos (independent artist)

Moderator: Sarah Muir (CUNY)

4-5:30pm         Beyond Life and Debt: Education at the Crossroads

Jason Wozniak (San José University)

Joel Cintrón Arbasetti (Centro de Periodismo Investigativo)

Ed Morales (independent journalist and lecturer)

Kristen Buras (Georgia State University)

Moderator: Rima Brusi-Gil de la Madrid (Lehman College)

PARTICIPANTS:

Westenley Alcenat (Fordham University)

Hilary Beckles (University of the West Indies)

Rima Brusi-Gil de la Madrid (Leham College, CUNY)

Kristen Buras (Georgia State University)

Joel Cintrón Arbasetti (Centro de Periodismo Investigativo)

Matan Cohen (Columbia University)

Levi Gahman (University of the West Indies)

Greg Guannel (University of the Virgin Islands)

Hilda Lloréns (University of Rhode Island)

Adal Maldonado (independent artist)

Ed Morales (independent journalist and lecturer)

Sarah Muir (City College, CUNY)

Tami Navarro (Barnard College)

Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University)

Huáscar Robles (independent artist)

Sarabel Santos (independent artist)

David Schalliol (St. Olaf College)

Gabrielle Thongs (University of the West Indies)

Víctor Vázquez (independent artist)

Jason Wozniak (San José University)

Also see https://www.socialdifference.columbia.edu/events-1/2018/4/20/frontiers-of-debt-in-the-caribbean-and-afro-america

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