[PAST EVENT] Campus COLL 300 Presentation: "African Jamaican Disruptions and Routes to Freedom"

March 15, 2017
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

African Jamaican history is marked by disruptions. Kidnapping during the period of slavery, the challenges of settling in Jamaica in light of the geographical and social landscape, Black Jamaicans making a living after emancipation as well as contending with British culture. The challenges of making a living also resulted in rural and urban disruptions. How has the small village of Woodside, in the hills of rural Jamaica responded to all of these disruptions? Jamaican scholar and Woodside resident Erna Brodber and Black Atlantic scholar Catherine John-Camara will tell that story addressing this village?s particular past, the challenges faced over the years and various efforts on the part of community members to respond to these disruptions, disturbances and unrest. This story will also include other stories about how visitors to the community have responded to simply being there and experiencing Woodside as a geological and social space. Video clips from Bury Mi Foot Chain, a documentary about the community?s emancipation celebration, will be integrated into their presentation.

Sponsors for this event include the A&S Dean's Office, Center for the Liberal Arts, Reves Center for International Studies, Africana Studies Program, American Studies Program, Department of English, African Cultural Society, and Students of the Caribbean.

An open reception will follow the presentation.

COLL 300 campus visitors bring the world to W&M. They aspire to stimulate a fruitful experience of disorientation that allows students to see their own lives in broader perspective. 

Spring 2017 Campus COLL 300 Theme "Unrest": At an institution dedicated to inquiry and examination, the intellectual waters are always in a state of unrest. Unrest, in a scientific sense, can imply loss of equilibrium. Unrest can be one feature of a psychological state leading to questioning or creativity; of a social state leading to criticism or conflict. Unrest can be a stimulus or a crisis, a challenge or a moment.