Sharon Tettegah

Sharon Tettegah flyerThe UCSB Center for Black Studies Research cordially invites you to three days of events with Dr. Sharon Tettegah, Program Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings at the National Science Foundation. Please plan to join us for this unique occasion to learn more about NSF-DRL funding opportunities! These events are free and open to the campus.

Monday, November 28, 2011, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Presentation: “Cutting a Path for NSF Funding Opportunities: Thinking Differently” Education 4108.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
Talk for Graduate Students, Marine Science 1302

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 12:00 – 1:30 pm 
Presentation: “Designing an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda:  Opportunities and Challenges” South Hall 4603

Carolyn Cooper

"Islands Beyond Envy: Liberating Nation Language in the Creole-Anglophone Caribbean"
Dr. Carolyn Cooper

Monday, October 31, 2011 • 12:00 Noon
Center for Black Studies
4603 South Hall

Carolyn Cooper is professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She is the author of Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender and the 'Vulgar' Body of Jamaican Popular Culture (1993) and Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large (2004). An outspoken public intellectual, Professor Cooper writes a weekly column for the Jamaica Gleaner and hosts a television show, "Big People Sup'm" [Adult affairs], for the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Feminist Studies, Hull Chair, Black Studies Department, Mbanefo Foundation, and the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative.

Honoring Karen

Karen McCarthy Brown and Mama LolaAn open letter to friends and colleagues from Claudine Michel and Gail Pellett [download PDF]

As most of you know, our beloved Karen McCarthy Brown, inspiring scholar of religion, is suffering from a particularly rare form of dementia. Before the disease dominated her life she was working on getting her path-breaking book, Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn translated into French. Karen had identified a remarkable translator in Paris and a distinguished French publishing house to take it on. Now that project is stalled for lack of funding. This is an appeal to a broad community of friends and fans to help raise the funding for this endeavor to honor Karen. It also honors Mama Lola. Read more...



Divine Haiti

KOSANBA, the Congress of Santa Barbara, is a scholarly association for the study of Haitian Vodou based at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The recent tragedy in Haiti has generated new interest in Haiti and Haitian culture, including Vodou. Several years ago, the Center for Black Studies Research developed an online introduction to Haitian Vodou, featuring portraits of the Lwa (spirits) created by Haitian artist Hërsza Barjon. We encourage you to visit for an introduction to this critical aspect of Haitian culture. Barjon's paintings are accompanied by texts explaining the role of each Lwa (by Kyrah M. Daniels) as well as a brief overview of Haitian Vodou (by Dr. Claudine Michel).

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