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135 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

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Beyond dance and pageantry, Carnival traditions in the Eastern Caribbean have origins in resistance to slavery and colonialism.  As a contested space that has historically been the site of simultaneous celebration and conflict, contemporary carnival continues to grapple with issues of color, class, sexuality, gender, and power. 

Meredith Gadsby, associate professor of Africana studies and comparative American studies at Oberlin, will deliver a talk focused on women's agency in the age of consent as it relates to the mass production of Carnival throughout the region and the Caribbean diaspora.

As a precursor to this year's carnival-themed BHM masquerade ball, Prof. Gadsby will also talk about the history of carnival in the Caribbean. 


  • Carmen Ramirez McFarlin

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