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Renowned author Jamaica Kincaid visits Seton Hall  

Award-winner's presentation one of several events celebrating Black History Month

See Now Then In celebration of Black History Month, the Africana Studies program and Poetry-in-the-Round hosted renowned author, Jamaica Kincaid on February 17.

Born in St. John's, Antigua, Jamaica Kincaid is widely praised for her works of fiction, essays and novels in which she explores the tenuous mother-daughter relationship as well as themes of migration, anti-colonialism, and Caribbean tourism.

Kincaid is the author or editor of 13 books, including five novels. Her most recent novel, See Now Then (2014) was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kincaid's 1983 collection At the Bottom of the River that includes the most-discussed short story, "Girl," won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Kincaid is the recipient of The Center for Fiction Award, the Prix Femina Etranger Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Her writings have appeared in several collections including Stories from Blue Latitude, Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad (2006); Snapshots, 20th Century Mother-Daughter Fiction (2001). She is an elected member to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2004). Kincaid has also received honorary degrees from Amherst College, Tufts University, Colgate College, Middlebury College, Williams College, University of the West Indies, just to name a few. She currently teaches in the departments of English and African and African-American studies at Harvard University.

Additional Black History Month events have been taking place at the University and they include:

  • Black History Month Conference at Yale University February 11-16. This year's conference theme, "The Miseducation: Changing History As We Know It," will give attendees the chance to reflect on and analyze the past while looking toward the future. About 700 Seton Hall students will travel by bus to hear from scholars and learn to do research in the field. Sponsored by the Black Student Union. For more information:

  • Tribute to Black Music, February 16, 8 p.m., Chancellor's Suite. Celebrate the influence black culture and music has had on the world. Sponsored by the Multicultural Advisory Committee. For more information: Chinez Madueke,, (973) 275-2996

  • Blacks in Latin America, February 24, 8 p.m., Faculty Lounge. Join in on this discussion about the black experience in Latin American countries. Sponsored by Mu Sigma Upsilon. For more information: Chinez Madueke,, (973) 275-2996

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Association (MLKSA) Celebration Ball, March 19. Students will celebrate minority sports figures who have created opportunities for their race and culture and have given back to their communities. Notable historical figures and Seton Hall athletes will be celebrated. To learn more about how MLKSA is living the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., watch this video. For more information: Rev. Forrest M. Pritchett,, (973) 275-2760

Categories: Arts and Culture , Campus Life , Faith and Service , Nation and World

For more information, please contact:

  • Simone A. James Alexander
  • (973) 275-5881
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