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Novelist Merle Hodge to Speak at Ithaca College for Caribbean Culture Week

 ITHACA, NY — As part of Caribbean Culture Week at Ithaca College, Trinidadian author, activist and lecturer Merle Hodge will present “Caribbean Literature and the Journey to Peoplehood” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, in Textor 102. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Born in Curepe, Trinidad, Hodge won a scholarship to attend University College, London, where she pursued studies in French. She returned to the Caribbean in the early 1970s and received her Ph.D. from the University of West Indies, Jamaica. She served for several years as director of the development of the curriculum for Grenada, and most recently has been a senior lecturer in Women and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad.

Hodge has written two novels: “Crick Crack, Monkey,” which concerns the conflicts and changes a young girl faces as she switches from a rural Trinidadian existence to an urban setting; and “For the Life of Laetitia,” the story of a Caribbean girl’s first year at school away from home. She has also published several short stories for children, various essays and articles on Caribbean family, language, women’s issues and education.

The Caribbean Students Association at Ithaca College annually hosts Caribbean Culture Week, a weeklong series of events that serves to educate and to bring awareness of Caribbean culture to the Ithaca community. For more information, contact Sudie Ann Robinson, president of the Caribbean Students Association, at

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Other Caribbean Culture Week Events include:

MONDAY: "Celebrating Caribbean Voices" with special guest from Cornell University Dr. Carole Boyce Davies

TUESDAY: Spit That and CSA Open Mike in IC SQUARE @ 8pm.

WEDNESDAY: Trinidadian Guest Lecturer Merle Hodge presents her work and life as a female Caribbean author. TEXTOR 102 @ 7pm

THURSDAY: Pre doctoral candidate Shauna Morgan Kirlew speaks about "21st-century Currents: Neo-anticolonialism and the Legacy of Resistance in Caribbean Literature and Film" Taugahnock Falls Room @ 7pm

FRIDAY: "Rembering Haiti..." Benefit Concert with guest Dr. Mo Baptiste
Emerson Suites @ 7pm

SATURDAY: "SWAGGA BASH" Caribbean Dance Party
Clark Lounge @ 8pm

Thank you for your interest in Caribbean Culture Week 2012

Rochelle Frankson
Vice-President Caribbean Student Association