Jose C. Moya, ILAS Director
Maritza E. Colón-Fermín, Executive Director
The creation of a center for the study of the Greater Caribbean (GCSC) within the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University is a welcomed initiative in many ways and New York could not be a more appropriate site for the endeavor. The city has been closely linked to the region from its Dutch origins to the present, where one-third of its inhabitants are of Caribbean birth or origin.
Unlike most other centers of Caribbean Studies in the U.S., which limit their scope to the Antilles, this one encompasses, as its name indicates, the entire Caribbean basin. After all, the Atlantic coast of Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, much of Central America, and even parts of Mexico and places like New Orleans, share with the Antilles not only geography, climate and ecology but also a historical trajectory and cultural traditions that range from architecture and cooking to popular humor and West African drums. Yet the region is also one of great linguistic, racial, and socioeconomic diversity and the GCSC’s wide scope will enable it to address that diversity in a comparative manner that connects the study of Latin America to that of the non-Spanish West Indies, transcending thus the traditional limits of area studies.
SUPPORTING CARIBBEAN STUDIES
The Great Caribbean Studies Center would like to thank our patrons for their generosity and support in launching the Center at Columbia University:
• Herman Sifontes
• Ernesto Rangel
If you have any further questions regarding donations, please contact
Maritza Colón-Fermín at 212-854-4617.
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