The University of Toronto Caribbean Studies Program announces its 4th annual student symposium, “Diaspora Voices, New Directions: Studying the Caribbean in Toronto,” which will take place on 30 March 2013 and run from 9am to 5pm at the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Avenue.

The “Diaspora Voices” program features a keynote address by Haitian-Canadian poet Stéphane Martelly and scholarly presentations by University of Toronto and Concordia graduate and undergraduate students. Other featured performers and speakers include representatives of Lost Lyrics, one of Toronto’s most innovative youth-run community projects; a discussion of Caribbean film; a steel pan performance; a photo exhibit on Caribbean Carnival generously loaned by the Royal Ontario Museum and a screening of Trinidadian-Canadian director Natalie Wei’s award-winning 2011 film Chinee Girl.

“Diaspora Voices” is a model of collaboration between student-faculty collaboration. According to Professor Melanie J. Newton, Associate Professor of History and Caribbean Studies Director, “The U of T Caribbean Studies Program operates on the principle that learning is most effective when it is rooted in community engagement. The Diaspora Voices Conference brings the classroom and the community together through students sharing their own works and ideas.” In keeping with the Caribbean Studies Program’s commitment to equitable community participation, admission to “Diaspora Voices” is free and open to the public. We provide free childcare and catered. Those needing childcare should contact

For more information about the conference please contact Laura Correa or Jacqueline Allain at

Download:  DiasporaVoices 2013 Brochure

Date: March 30th, 2013
Start Time: 9:00am
Cost: Free
Location: Multi Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave., (entrance on Bancroft Avenue)