New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and its Students of Color Alliance will host “Bridging the Diaspora: Caribbean Crossings,” a series of events celebrating Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public (photo ID required for entry to NYU buildings). Organizers request attendees bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to Campus Harvest. For a complete schedule, go to

A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 2 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 914
60 Washington Square South
Panelists include: Yvonne J. Graham, Deputy Borough President, Brooklyn, NY; Jason King, assistant professor, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; Samuel Aymer, assistant professor of social science, CUNY; and Stephanie Morales-Guerrero, student, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, NYU.
Monday, February 7
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Kimball Hall Lounge
246 Greene Street
Instructors include: Stephanie Nix, teacher at Empire Dance and member of the Orkid Afro-Cuban Dance Troupe who has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, Salsa, and various African dance traditions; and Ruth Sistaire, a dance educator with experience in ballet, modern dance, and African-derived dance forms who teaches full-time with the Department of Education, the City of New York.

“Is It Economic Warfare? - The Cuban Trade Embargo”
Thursday, February 3
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
715 Broadway, Room 519
An open discussion about how 44 years of sanctions against Cuba affects both the United States and Cuba. Facilitated by Alejandro Cañeque, assistant professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

“For the Sake of National Survival: Haiti”
Thursday, February 10
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
715 Broadway, Room 519
Co-facilitated by Ella Turenne, assistant director at the Center for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University and an adjunct professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study; and Leo Joseph, editor of the Haiti Observateur.

“The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico: The Black/Latino Divide”
Thursday, February 17
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
715 Broadway, Room 519
Facilitated by René Francisco Poitevin, assistant professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

“Raising Victor Vargas” Presented by the Gallatin Film Series
Friday, February 11
6:30 p.m.
Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street

“Celebration!” and “Moko Jumbie”
Wednesday, February 16
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
715 Broadway, 6th Floor
Dean’s Conference Room

A “FUN”Raiser for the Hurricane Victims in Haiti & Grenada
Wednesday, February 23, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
60 Washington Square South
Gallatin ends it month-long celebration of Caribbean cultures with its own rendition of Caribbean Carnival, which includes games, music, food, and other activities. Performers include: Mikerline Afro-Haitian Dance Company; Juggling Sensations, a DJ who represents Haitian, Jamaican, and Grenadian music; and steel drum percussionist Louis Flores with keyboard player Wayne Kirtun. Free tickets should be picked up at NYU’s Ticket Central Office (, 212.998.4949), located at 566 Laguardia Place (side entrance). There is also a $2 suggested donation fee at the door. All funds received will be donated to Overseas Medical Assistance Team (OMAT) to help rebuild the Caribbean islands still suffering from the effects of hurricane damage.

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