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Women's Suffrage Symposium
March 6-9, 2012
Performing Arts Centre, The College of The Bahamas

Theme: "Commemorating the Past, Reflecting on the Present, Envisioning the Future: 1962 and Beyond"

Programme

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Tuesday, March 6th

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.                      Session 1: Student Session

Moderator: Ms. Christine Campbell, First Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Women's Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Development

Prayer

Student Christian Movement, COB

Keynote Speaker

Hon. Janet Bostwick, Former Member of Parliament, Attorney General & Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Legacy of the Women's Suffrage Movement

Reflections

Juliette Barnwell - daughter of Mabel Walker
Andrew Maynard - son of Georgianna Symonette
Alice Musgrove-Rolle - daughter of Mary Ingraham
Wallis Carey - daughter of Eugenia Lockhart
Shirley Cooper - sister of Dame Doris Johnson

Questions & Answers

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.      Break

Dramatization

Dr. Darlene D. Rolle-Cargill, School of Social Sciences
COB Students

Dame Dr. Doris Johnson's January 19, 1959 speech to Members of the House of Assembly

12:00 p.m.

Student Presentations

Group 1
Keturah Babb, Amanda Bethell, Alexandria Russell, Heidi Plunke, Dawn McKenzie

Group 2
Waylon McCardy, Shaneiker Andrews, Carolyn Lewis Clarke

The Struggle for Women's Rights

12:30 p.m.

Readings

Winners of high school essay and poetry competitions

Commemorating the Past, Reflecting on the Present, Envisioning the Future: 1962 and Beyond

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.                      Session II: Opening Ceremony

          The Legacy of the Women's Suffrage Movement

Prayer

Canon Dr. Kirkley Sands, School of Social Sciences

National Anthem

Mr. Chris Justilien and COB Band

Welcome

Dr. Marjorie Brooks-Jones, Dean, Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts, Acting Dean, Social Sciences

Introduction

Dr. Christopher Curry
Head, History, Religion and Philosophy Department, School of Social Sciences
Chair, Women's Suffrage Committee

Dramatization

Dr. Darlene D. Rolle-Cargill, School of Social Sciences
COB Students

Dame Dr. Doris Johnson's January 19, 1959 speech to Members of the House of Assembly

Documentary Trailer

The Women's Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas
Produced by Ms. Marion Bethel

Remarks

Hon. Desmond Bannister
Minister of Education

Musical Selection

Mr. Chris Justilien and COB Band

Remarks

Hon. Loretta Butler Turner
Minister of State, Labour and Social Development

Recessional Song

Mr. Chris Justilien and COB Band

7:35 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.                      Session III: Panel Discussion

Moderator: Ms. Marion Bethel

Panelists

Dr. Christopher Curry, School of Social Sciences

Mrs. Ruth Bowe-Darville

"The Deep Roots of the Movement"


"The Dream Deferred: The Challenges of the Movement"

Student Presentation

Keturah Babb, Robin Cartwright, Amanda Bethell, Alexandria Russell, Heidi Plunke, Dawn McKenzie

The Struggle for Women's Rights

Readings

Winning COB essay and poetry submissions

Questions & Answers

Reception in main foyer

Wednesday, March 7th

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.                     Session IV: Panel Discussion

          Gender equality in The Bahamas

Moderator: Jessica Minnis, School of Social Sciences

Panelists

Ms. E'thegra Symonette, School of Social Sciences

Ms. Margo Blackwell, School of Education

Dr. Nicolette Bethel, School of Social Sciences

Dr. Ian Strachan, School of English Studies

Domestic Violence


Gender Equality in Education

Gender and National Identity


Gender and Masculinity in The Bahamas

Questions & Answers

Thursday, March 8th

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.                     Session V: Panel Discussion

          Envisioning the Future: Tools for Transformations

Moderator: Dr. Christopher Curry, School of Social Sciences

Panelists

Mr. Michael Stevenson, COB-UWI Law Programme

Ms. Aneesah Abdullah, School of Social Sciences

Dr. Ian Bethel-Bennett, School of English Studies

Law, Gender and Institutional Structures


Envisioning the future: A Youth perspective on Gender

Gender Discourses

Questions & Answers

Friday, March 9th

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.                      Session VI: Panel Discussion

          Gender Transformation: Moving Beyond Boundaries

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Panel One: Gender Negotiations: Public Spaces, Performance Paradigms and the Black Female Body

Moderator: Dr. Michael Bucknor, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Panelists

Dr. Jennifer Thorington-Springer, Indiana University, USA

Dr. Michael Bucknor, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica


Mr. Kyle Dorsett, McGill University, Canada

Exploring Struggles for Caribbean Citizenship: Black Masculinity in Austin Clarke's The Polished Hoe

Conceptualizing the Discursive Performance of Afro-Caribbean Masculinities in Austin Clarke's The Origin of Waves

Fragile Identities, (Un) Limited Power: Afro-Caribbean Masculinity and Spatial Constraints in Earl Lovelace,s Novels (Skype Presentation TBC)

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Panel Two: Intimacy and Representations of Black Masculinities: Film, Story and Memoir

Moderator: Dr. Ian Strachan, School of English Studies, The College of The Bahamas

Panelists

Dr. Craig Smith, School of English Studies, The College of The Bahamas


Mr. Jarrett Brown, College of the Holy Cross, USA


Mr. Darius Bost, University of Maryland, USA

Black, White, the Silence in Between and the Anxiety of Black Male Intimacy in Kareem Mortimer's Children of God

The Shadow of Intimacy: Male Bonding and Improvised Masculinity in Claude McKay's Banjo: A Story Without a Plot

Traumatizing Black Masculinities: Bearing Witness to Sexual Abuse in the African Diaspora (Skype Presentation TBC)

1:45-3:00 p.m.

Panel Three: Traversing Cultural Boundaries: Challenging Traditional Genders and the Re-conceptualization of Black Masculinities

Moderator: Dr. Toni Francis, School of English Studies, The College of The Bahamas

Panelists

Dr. Keithley Woolward, School of English Studies, The College of The Bahamas

Dr. Ronda Henry, Indiana University, USA




Mr. Ronald Cummings, University of Leeds, UK

Reconstructing the Black Masculine: Mariam Chancy's Spirit of Haiti

Thinking Like a "New Black Man": Womanist Interventions and Progressive Black Masculinities within the Gendered Terms of Créolité and Marie-Sophie Laborieux in Patrick Chamoiseau's Texaco

Masculinities Without Men: Nanny of the Maroons and the Genealogy of the Man-Royal (Skype Presentation TBC)

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Panel Four: Discourses of Dynamism and Marginality: Cultural Genders and Gendered Cultures

Moderator: Dr. Ian Bethell-Bennett, School of English Studies, The College of The Bahamas

Panelists

Jahlani, Niaaha, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica



Dr. Charleston Thomas, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago


Mr. Patrick Helber, University of Heidelberg

(Dungle) Fallacies: Rastafari Masculinity in the narrative of the Post-Colonializing Jamaican society (the Case of Orlando Patterson's Children of Sisyphus)

Blues in C Minor or from Backlash to Black-Lash: Walcott's Poetic Performance of the "Blues," the Male Body and the Lyricism of Marginality in the Black Diaspora

"Ah my brownin' dat!" A Visual Discourse-analysis of the Performance of VybzKartel's Masculinity in the Cartoons of the Jamaica Observer (Skype Presentation TBC)


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The College of The Bahamas :: Oakes Field :: P.O. Box N-4912 :: Nassau, The Bahamas :: Tel (242) 302.4300 :: Email cob@cob.edu.bs