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Taking on Race and Culture

For Release Upon Receipt - March 24, 2009

St. Augustine

The Faculty of Humanities and Education will host a Cultural Studies public lecture entitled “Race and Culture in the Modern World”. This seminar will be held on Tuesday 24th March, 2009 at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), Auditorium A, at 5:00 p.m. The feature speaker at this event is ethnologist and political scientist Dr. Carlos Moore.

All interested persons are invited to attend.



Dr. Carlos Moore holds two doctorates from the prestigious University of Paris-7, France. He was banished for three decades from his native Cuba as a result of his opposition to the racial policies of the Castro regime. Fluent in five languages, he lived and worked in many lands throughout his 34-year exile, and travelled extensively on ethnological research projects in South-east Asia, Africa and the South Pacific. In late 1963, he fled Cuba, with the assistance of the embassy of Guinea, where he took refuge. He went on to specialize in African, Latin-American and Caribbean affairs, and while residing in France developed a prolific career in journalism, serving as in-house journalist for France's national news agency, Agence France-Presse, and as a specialist on West African affairs for the international weekly Jeune Afrique. Most of his academic life has been devoted to research on the impact of race and ethnicity on domestic politics and inter-state affairs. He was Senior Lecturer at the Institute of International Relations of the University of the West Indies, at St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, for six years; Visiting Professor at Florida international University, in Miami, for two; and Associate Professor at the University of the French West Indies (UAG). In his 2008 book entitled “Pichón – A Memoir: Race and Revolution in Castro’s Cuba, published by Lawrence Hill Books, Moore breaks three decades of silence to challenge Castro’s legacy in a controversial behind-the-scenes memoir that explores the revolution from a perspective of a pichón, the racist Cuban term for a black of Haitian or West Indian descent.

For further information, please call (868) 662-2002 Ext. 3340.