Beyond the Islands:
Extending the Meaning of Caribbean Cultures
An International Conference Inaugurating the Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies
at Louisiana State University
April 21-24, 2004
Our conference, which was generously co-sponsored by the Center for French and Francophone Studies and the Program in Comparative Literature, brought together scholars from the Americas, Europe, and Africa to broaden the concept of Caribbean Studies. Our seven keynote speakers were complemented by panels which were composed of scholars from around the globe. Several papers were rendered in French, with simultaneous translation. Most meals were catered by Unique Cuisine, and featured Louisiana and Caribbean food. The gala banquet unfolded against the backdrop of musical entertainment by the Red Stick Ramblers. Open to the public at no charge, the program attracted a wide range of students and scholars from LSU, regional institutions, and the local community. The Keynote addresses and readings, supplemented by selected panel papers, will be published in the near future, under the editorship of Professor Katherine Henninger.