Professor Lizabeth Paravasini-Gebert of Vassar College Visits the University of Virginia

Professor Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, the Randolph Distinguished Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies and Director of Environmental Studies at Vassar College will visit UVA on Friday, January 25th.  Professor Paravisini-Gebert is a highly accomplished expert in Caribbean literary and environmental studies. Ms.  Paravisini-Gebert is author of Phyllis Shand Allfrey: A Caribbean Life (1996), Jamaica Kincaid: A Critical Companion (1999), Creole Religions of the Caribbean (2003, with Margarite Fernández Olmos), and Literatures of the Caribbean (2008). She is at work on Glimpses of Hell, a study of the aftermath of the 1902 eruption of the Mont Pelée volcano of Martinique, on José Martí: A Life, a biography of the Cuban patriot, and Endangered Species: The Environment and the Discourse of the Caribbean Nation. Additionally, Ms.Paravisini-Gebert has co-edited several collections of essays, and co-writes a blog. If you would like to learn more about Ms.Paravisini-Gebert, you can do so here


Professor Paravisini-Gebert’s visit will include three events:

  • A Graduate seminar on “Hurricanes and Extinctions: The Lesser Caribbean’s Amazona Parrots after Irma and Maria” on January 25th from 10:00-11:45 am in Wilson 117. This is open to all graduate students. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend. Space is limited.
  • Lecture on  “Archipelagic Plastic: Art and Sea Currents in Caribbean Art” on January 25th at 2 pm in Wilson 142. This talk addresses art projects that speak to plastic debris and rising sea levels in the Caribbean, putting them in conversation with literature from the region.


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