Carnival and the Carnivalesque in Caribbean Literature and Culture

March 31, 2017
10:00 - 7:00 PM
Tawes Hall

This conference explores how writers, critics, and community organizers use carnival motifs to interrogate the Caribbean imagination and explore aspects of Caribbean history and society and will include readings and presentations by writers, critics, students, and community artists.

Friday, March 31

  • 10:00 am - 10:45 am | Room 2115, Tawes Hall
    • Mr. Roger McTair (Canada / Trinidad & Tobago), Skype from Toronto
    • Dr. Curdella Forbes (Howard University)
    • Dr. Sangeeta Ray (University of Maryland)
  • 12:00 pm - 5:30 PM | Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall 
    • Von Martin (WPFW) Radio personality, historian of Washington Metropolitan area carnival
    • Kenley (Shortmus) John (Washington DC-based band leader and costume designer
    • Dramatized Readings by UMD students and members of Carivision Community Theatre
    • Keynote Speaker:  Professor Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (Vassar College)
  • End-of-Conference Carnival Spin
    • Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center | 6120 Sargent Rd., Chillum, MD 20782
      • On stationary bikes, interested participants exercise to calypso and soca music while the spinning tutor points out landmarks along the traditional Georgia Avenue DC Caribbean carnival route.  This is a “spin” on a class normally held at Rollingcrest during the week.  The tutor normally includes soca music; he was asked to specially design this class to focus on calypso, soca, and the carnival route.  Bus leaves Tawes at 5:15 for Rollingcrest and will be back at the pick-up point outside Tawes (Lot JJ) by 7pm.


  • Parking
    • On Thursday and Friday afternoons after 4:00 pm, free parking is available in the surface lot behind the building in lots 1, JJ, and Z.
    • On Thursday and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, please park in metered spaces available in the Union Lane Garage adjacent to the Stamp Student Union, in the Stadium Drive Garage adjacent to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, or in the Mowatt Lane Garage. All have digital pay stations in place.
    • Information about campus parking is availble here: and here:
For more information contact: Merle Collins (