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Baruch Professors Speak at Caribbean Diaspora Symposium

New York, NY – July 5, 2007—Two professors in Baruch's Weissman School of Arts and Sciences joined distinguished scholars speaking at the annual Caribbean Diaspora Symposium on “The Caribbean and Its Diaspora in the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century.”

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Kevin Frank and Assistant Professor of Sociology & Black and Hispanic Studies Dr. Ted Henken spoke to panels comprised of top level scholars, senior policy makers, advocates, community leaders, and public officials.

The symposium attracted the best and the brightest in the Caribbean-American community, and was a pivotal component of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, held in Brooklyn's Borough Hall during June. It offered an opportunity for scholars, advocates, policy makers, service providers, and community leaders to present research findings and exchange ideas.

The theme of the first panel was "Fostering Economic Growth and Social Equity," moderated by Dr. Lorna Mc Barnette, Chancellor of the American International University. Professor Henken presented "Balseros, Boteros and el Bombo: Cuban Migration to the US Since 1994 and the Persistence of Special Treatment." Professor Henken teaches courses in sociology and Latin American Studies.

The theme of the second panel was "Advancing Socio-Cultural Development." Professor Frank delivered a scholarly paper entitled “Pappy Show: Paradox in the Parade of Caribbean American Progress.”  Professor Frank teaches postcolonial literature at Baruch.

“The presentations by Dr. Henken and Dr. Frank contributed significantly to the dialogue, to the literature on the subject matter, as well as to the success of the symposium,” said Symposium Coordinator Dr. Marco A.  Mason.

The Symposium was co-sponsored by The Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College, The Southern Diaspora Research and Development Center, Universidad Popular de Desarrollo Sostenible de las Americas, The Institute for Pan-American Affairs, and The Panamanian Council of New York.

Contact: Gisela Ramos, Panamanian Council of New York, (347) 583-4419, or Lara Moon, Baruch College, Communications and Marketing,
(646) 660-6093.

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