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Watch Last Year’s Kick-Off LectureThis lecture from Fall 2019 explores issues of critical thinking and encourage learning to see different sides of an argument.
Past EventsApril 21, 2023
Soka Gakkai From the Ground Up: A Look Within Japan’s Most Politically Influential Religion
A presentation by Levi McLaughlin of North Carolina State University.April 18, 2023
New date and time: “Coin Diving, Colonialism, and Tourism in the Caribbean, 1890-1940” with Stan Fonseca
Between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century, the ongoing crises of the late-colonial Caribbean mingled with an emerging trend: white American and European tourists who flocked in growing numbers to the tropics in search of pleasure, leisure, and adventure. As these travelers arrived in port in the era before commercial flight, they encountered a ubiquitous scene: boys and young men in small rowboats, who would surround the incoming steamship and, nude or nearly nude, dive in the tropical surf for coins tossed overboard. Images and accounts of these coin divers circulated widely in travel media, and were instrumental in constructing a tourist-friendly vision of the Caribbean seaside as exotic, picturesque, erotic, and accessible. In colonial Caribbean sources, however, coin divers were viewed not as an alluring spectacle but as a criminal threat, somewhere between beggar, truant, and sex worker. The divers themselves were working-class youth inhabiting a harbor-world on the periphery of a stratified and shifting society. They experienced firsthand the transition from Caribbean colonialism to mass tourism, and used the harbor to enact a limited autonomy and demand recognition within a system that provided few meaningful alternatives.
Analyzing the tensions between these contrasting modes of power—one that commodified and one that criminalized—we can better understand the complex dynamics in the transition from plantation colonialism to tourism neocolonialism in the Caribbean.April 14, 2023
Research award winners featured in FOSA panel
Join us in Smith Hall at 10:30 a.m. during the Festival of Scholars and Artists to listen to the work of last year’s James J. Kopp Library Research Award honorees! Coffee, tea, and pastries will be provided.
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