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Pan-Caribbean Voices: Connecting People and Sharing Stories Relating to the Panama Canal
Pan Caribbean Sankofa and the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries invite you to attend an online community event that examines the history and lives of the Pan-Caribbean people who lived and worked in the República de Panamá and the former Canal Zone. The event focuses on an Oral History project underway to record interviews narrated by people of West Indian descent, and will feature a panel discussion on the importance of preserving and sharing personal stories.

Guest Panelists:

Cedric Gittens, Oral History Interview Participant

Nelly Ibarra, Oral History Interview Participant

Joan Flores-Villalobos, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Moderator: Valeria Howell, Attorney

The program includes music and a special performance, and curators at the University of Florida will share selected photos from the Panama Canal Museum Collection. In addition to raising awareness about the lives and roles of Pan-Caribbean people in relation to the Panama Canal, the event will address the importance of identity, community, religion, language, and culture in the Caribbean diaspora.

The event will be presented in English primarily. Following the event, the video and transcriptions in both Spanish and English will be available online.

Pan-Caribbean Voices: Connecting People and Sharing Stories Relating to the Panama Canal is sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Rothman Endowment.

May 20, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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