Multi disciplinary conference
dealing with cultural ties between Cuba and West Africa, including
Yoruba, Igbo, and Efik traditions:
April 4, Friday
4-6 pm DePaul University Art Gallery. Opening reception for Readers,
Advisors, and Storefront Churches: Works by Renee Stout.
Opening and Welcome: Dr. Sandra Jackson, Center for Black Diaspora.
Theme: "Cross River influence in Cuba."
Ivor Miller, DePaul University. "New
Evidence for the African Diaspora in the
Cuban Abakuá Society." Lecture/performance with Omí
Bruce Connell, York University. "Efik Presence in Cuban Abakuá
Cross River and Cuban community representatives from Chicago.
Performance of Cuban Abakuá dance and music by Omí
Odara troupe. Roman Diaz, Director. Members are initiated
representatives of Abakuá and Yorùbá - derived religious traditions.
April 5, Saturday
Theme: "Yorùbá-speaking peoples in Cuba, Trinidad, and the USA."
Omí Odara will open with liturgical music of Cuban Yorùbá-derived
Panel Chair: Wande Abimbola, Boston University
Mareen Warner-Lewis, U of West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.
George Brandon, CUNY Medical School.
Yorùbá community representatives from Chicago
Theme: "Southeastern Nigeria and its diaspora in the Americas."
Panel Chair: Victor Manfredi, Boston University. "Philological
the Southeastern Nigerian diaspora."
Joseph Inikori, University of Rochester.
"Women in the Transatlantic slave trade from southeastern
Ìgbo community representatives from Chicago
One hour break
Theme: "Fon and Kongo-speaking peoples in Cuba Haiti, Jamaica, and the
Omí Odara will open with liturgical music of Cuban Kongo-derived
Panel Chair: C. Daniel Dawson, "Palo Monte and Kongo inheritance."
Ken Bilby, Bard College. "Kumina Performance in Jamaica."
Gerdès Fleurant, Wellesley College. Haitian Vodun.
Haitian community representatives from Chicago.
4:00pm Conference Closing.
Celebración de Nuestra América
Center for Culture and History of Black Diaspora
Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Office of Missions and Values
University Research Council
Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago, and Latin Percussion, Inc.
Student Center, room 120.
Lincoln Park Campus, Chicago
For information, call 773-325-7512