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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