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Meet our presenters

Ms. Sharon White

Currently a mature graduate student of development in the Department of Sociology at UWI., Ms. White brings together a solid mix of education, training and experience. A member of the Technical Team for the Charles Town Maroon Council her focus is funding for the enterprise. As an undergraduate student at the UWI, Ms. White had the good fortune to be trained by Prof. Hilary Beckles, current Vice-Chancellor, Profs. Elsa Vega Goviea, and George Beckford who fired her interested in economics, development and history. Further graduate training included a fellowship at University of Alabama at Birmingham USA in research methods. Focusing on short term projects, past work experience includes the US Peace Corp/CHP International (Training), USAID, Planning Institute/World Bank and Urban Development Corporation/Interamerican Development Bank.

Ms. Lisa V. Betty - PhD Candidate

Lisa V. Betty is currently a PhD candidate in Public and Urban Policy at The New School for Public Engagement in New York City. Her work focuses on critical race and class theory with exploration in pragmatic interventions for vulnerable communities and youth. In addition to her research within academic spaces, she works in the field of nonprofit advocacy serving in organizations that advocate for children, families and incarcerated populations.

Ms. Rebecca Schneider, PhD candidate

Rebecca Schneider is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Colorado. She teaches classes on African-Caribbean diasporic literature and radical eighteenth-century women writers, including Phillis Wheatley and Mary Prince. Her dissertation examines a culture of resistance among enslaved people in the anglophone colonial Caribbean from Tacky’s Rebellion to the Emancipation War, including marronage.

Dr. Dave Gosse

Dr. Dave Gosse is a lecturer in the Institute of Caribbean Studies, UWI, Mona. He earned a PHD from Howard University in Caribbean/Latin American History and taught numerous courses in the Department of History and Archaeology. He specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century British Caribbean history and culture., particularly Jamaican history. He has written several journal articles and is the author of Abolition and Plantation Management in Jamaica, 1807-1838.

Captain Marcia "Kim" Douglas

Marcia "Kim" Douglas is an herbalist extraordinaire, making wines, teas, medicines and rubs from native herbs, plants and fruits, knowledge she acquired from her parents. She believes that every plant has its own use and is to be analyzed individually. She says that each plant and herb must be used correctly in order to achieve maximum benefit. At the Charles Town Maroon Council "Kim" wears many hats. She is the head tour guide and administrator for the Charles Town Maroon's tours and attractions. She is also the lead dancer in the famous Charles Town Maroons drummers and Dancers.

Dr. Frances Botkin

Dr. Frances R. Botkin, Professor of English, teaches British Romanticism, Caribbean Literature, and Gender Studies at Towson University in Baltimore. She has published articles on William Wordsworth, Maria Edgeworth, Sydney Owenson, and Three-fingered Jack Mansong. With the assistance of a recent NEH fellowship, Dr. Botkin is completing a book project: "Thieving Three-Fingered Jack: Transatlantic Tales of a Jamaican Outlaw." With Dr. Paul Youngquist, she has co-edited a special edition of Romantic Circles Praxis Series, and they are currently co-editing a collection of essays on Maroon studies, The Abeng and the Book. She has been a conference organiser since 2009..    

Ana Ozuna, Ph. D.

In 2009, Ana Ozuna earned Ph. D. from University at Buffalo in Spanish Literature. Her dissertation examined the literary the Dominican maroon in three historical novels and two collections of Afro-Dominican poems. In this study, Ozuna presents an overview of the maroon figure in Latin American and Caribbean literature and secondly explores the theoretical discourses related to slavery in the New World. Although traditional histories and literary studies frequently disavow or ignore maroon heritage, her study draws attention to narrative representations of the maroon as a primary destabilizing agent of the colonizer/colonized dichotomy. Her current research examines the African presence in the Caribbean and the history of resistance and rebellion in the Americas. In the last, ten years she taught at Syracuse University, University at Buffalo and Indian River State College in Florida. She currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Humanities Department and teaches a variety of courses in the Black Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Units. Apart from her teaching responsibilities, Prof. Ozuna has participated in a number of professional activities abroad in Spain, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico, and regularly presents at yearly the Caribbean Studies Association Conference. Prof. Ozuna has also served as a teacher trainer for the Dream Project in Cabarete, Dominican Republic and volunteered for the Border of Lights organization. .

Michelle Dionne Thompson, PhD

Dr. Thompson is a part-time professor in the City University of New York System where she teaches courses in History and Black Studies on the African Diaspora and Caribbean/Latin American History at City College of New York and Lehman College. She recently published a book chapter entitled "Document Analysis, Oral History, and Historical Methods" in Rutledge’s Research in the College Context, 2nd edition. She is currently working on her book Jamaica's Accompong Maroons, 1838 - 1905: Retooled Resistance for Continued Existence.

Dr. Isis Semaj-Hall

Dr. Isis Semaj-Hall is a Jamaican born scholar of Caribbean and African diasporic literature and culture. She has taught literature courses at both American University and the University of Maryland. Using what she terms an aesthetically dub approach, her interdisciplinary research connects literature, music, and culture. In between presenting, writing, and researching for her book project, she blogs at "Write Pon di Riddim."

Mr. Marcus Goffe

Marcus Goffe is a Jamaican Attorney-at-Law. Mr. Goffe is in the final year of his PhD research at Queen Mary. His research focuses on the protection of indigenous rights, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions in the Caribbean. .

Dr. Paul Youngquist

Paul Youngquist is a professor of English in at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His areas of specialization include British Romanticism, Atlantic Studies, science fiction, literary and cultural theory. .

 

Ms. Sharon White

Currently a mature graduate student of development in the Department of Sociology at UWI., Ms. White brings together a solid mix of education, training and experience. A member of the Technical Team for the Charles Town Maroon Council her focus is funding for the enterprise. As an undergraduate student at the UWI, Ms. White had the good fortune to be trained by Prof. Hilary Beckles, current Vice-Chancellor, Profs. Elsa Vega Goviea, and George Beckford who fired her interested in economics, development and history. Further graduate training included a fellowship at University of Alabama at Birmingham USA in research methods. Focusing on short term projects, past work experience includes the US Peace Corp/CHP International (Training), USAID, Planning Institute/World Bank and Urban Development Corporation/Interamerican Development Bank.