McMaster College is introducing a brand new course on Black Caribbean tradition that’s one other step ahead towards a possible new program centered on Black research.
Stacy Creech, a Dominican PhD candidate and educating fellow within the English and cultural research division, says the course is partly an extension of a course taught final yr by Kojo Damptey, interim government director of Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion.
Creech says her four-week course will give attention to poetry, quick tales, music, and information publications created by Afro-Caribbean artists that faucet into Black Caribbean tradition. A few of these would come with the works of Jamaican poet Louise Bennett-Coverley and Barbadian creator Austin Clarke.
“My important objective is to not simply give attention to the English-speaking Caribbean, but in addition to herald Afro-Latinx Caribbean international locations like Cuba, the Dominican, Puerto Rico, and Black-francophone locales too like Haiti and Martinique,” she stated.
“If you inform folks you are from the Caribbean, they instantly assume you are Jamaican or Trinidadian and no person actually thinks concerning the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.”
The course comes practically half a yr after a report reviewing Black college students’ experiences in McMaster College’s athletics division discovered “a tradition of systemic anti-Black racism has existed and continues to exist.”
Creech says folks have been pushing for programs like hers and Damptey’s.
“It is essential to have these areas for our college students … that tackle our histories,” she stated.
“For them to see themselves mirrored within the programs we train, it is actually key.”
The course has 50 spots open and can include six hours per week beginning Could 3.
Whereas the course is a part of an African and African Diaspora Research minor program college students can apply for in the event that they take a sure variety of particular programs throughout a variety of different applications, Creech stated the objective is to create a full-fledged program.
“I need to see how programs like mine and Kojo’s add to that.”