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ODU to Host Caribbean Day Feb. 24

"Identity and Ideology: An Exploration of the Effects of Colonization on the Caribbean" is the theme of this year's annual Caribbean Day, which will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, in Old Dominion University's Webb Center. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the Caribbean Knowledge Fair and continue throughout the day with engaging cultural dialogue, displays and performances.

Gordon V. Husbands, executive director of Trinidad and Tobago's Penal Reform and Transformation Unit, a division of the Ministry of Justice, will give the keynote presentation at 6 p.m. in the Hampton/Newport News Room. Husbands, who has had a 30-year career in prison service, has served as a corrections specialist with the Penal Reform and Transformation Unit and as chief prisons welfare officer with the Prison Service of Trinidad and Tobago and the Ministry of National Security.

Earlier in the day, a panel discussion, "Identity and Ideology: An Exploration of the Effects of Colonization on the Caribbean," will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Newport News Room. Kideste Wilder-Bonner, ODU lecturer of African American, African studies and sociology and criminal justice, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include Fitzgerald Hinds, member of Parliament for Trinidad and Tobago; and ODU associate professors Dawn Rothe and Ingrid Whitaker, both of the sociology and criminal justice department.

A panel discussion on "The Impact of Globalization on the Caribbean" will be held at 3 p.m. in the Hampton/Newport News Room. Panelists include Jody-Ann Jones, David Simmonds and Stephen Magu, all doctoral candidates at ODU.

Caribbean Day will wrap up with "A Taste of the Caribbean," featuring a steel band performance by Mosaic Steel Orchestra, directed by William A. Hailey, beginning at 7 p.m. The African Caribbean Association will conclude the day's festivities, starting at 8 p.m., with a dance performance and carnival costume show. These evening events will take place in the North Cafeteria.

All of the events are free and open to the public. For more information call Melvina Sumter at 683-5583.

This article was posted on: February 23, 2011

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