“The Trinidad Festival ethos offers the world – as it offered me – a blueprint both for bridging and for comprehending history,” says Prof Milla Cozart Riggio, James J Goodwin Professor of English from Trinity College Hartford, Connecticut.
Riggio has focused her research and much of her pedagogy since 1995 on Trinidad Carnival and the plays of Shakespeare and has coordinated world conferences on Carnival, and served as a frequent consultant for the Trinidad and Tobago National Carnival Commission. She returns to Trinidad and The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine where she will present a Distinguished Open Lecture titled “Carnival Crossings: From There to Here – Arkansas to Harvard to Trinidad.” The lecture takes place today at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), UWI, St Augustine from 5.30 p.m. All are invited.
Her lecture will focus on her journey: as the daughter of a Southern Baptist preacher in Arkansas, to a Harvard PhD, to an immersion in the plays of Shakespeare and finally into Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. It will be presented not simply as the story of one peculiar North American woman, but as a key to what makes the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago unique.