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Trinidad & Tobago

Celebrate Trinidad! A 10 Day Cultural Immersion in the Heart of the Caribbean led by Kimberly Miguel Mullen, M.A.

“There is absolutely no way I would have enjoyed the depth and richness of my experience in Trinidad had I not gone with Kimberly. The amazing relationships she has with such brilliant and talented Trinidadians provided me with a perspective of the multifaceted histories and cultures of the island that I would certainly not have had access to otherwise. The trip was unforgettable!” – Catherine Petru, Occidental College

Program Description:

The twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is a cultural fusion of Amerindian, African, Asian, and European influences. Its lively and colorful past has given birth to the unique and vibrant traditions of “pan,” “parang,” “soca,” and “calypso.” Trinidad is the Southernmost island in the Caribbean located 7 miles Northeast of Venezula, South America.

Kimberly Miguel Mullen (Occidental College) in collaboration with Candice Goucher (Washington State University) has designed a cultural immersion program in the heart of the Caribbean – Trinidad and Tobago. The program is enriched with activities geared toward the advancement of ethnographic learning and research. Participants will be encouraged to become Anthropologists for a week and dive below the surface for a deeper understanding of Caribbean cultural practices pertaining to food, art, religion, and politics. A pre-orientation meeting prior to departure will prepare you with course readings and an introductory lecture to instigate topics of investigation. Based on the readings, participants may choose a research topic of interest and will be given opportunities to fulfill their inquiries in Trinidad.

Itinerary:

  • City Orientation
  • African Derived Religion Exploration
  • Museum Visits
  • Northcoast/Rainforest Trip
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Hindu Temple and Family Meal
  • Waterfall and Beach Lime
  • Steel Pan Lecture/Demonstration
  • Shopping
  • Carnival Costume Factory Visit
  • Rastafari Lecture
  • History of Trinidadian Dance Lecture

Package Price (approximately): US$1895 Single Occupancy/US$1595 Double Occupancy (Upon Availability)

Airfare NOT included (approx. $650).

Package Price includes: Trinidad airport transfers, pre-orientation lecture, all group related activities, events, and transportation, accommodations, and breakfast only.

Deposit: A $200 (non-refundable) deposit and completed registration form is required to hold your space by November 1, 2010. Full payment due – December 1, 2010. Space is limited. Contact mail@kimberlymiguelmullen to receive the registration form. Space is limited.

Program Coordinators:

Kimberly Miguel Mullen See Bio Here

Dr. Candice Goucher (Trip Consultant) is Professor of History at Washington State University, Vancouver. Previously she chaired the Black Studies Department at Portland State University. Trained as a historian and archaeologist, she has conducted research in West Africa, the Caribbean, and Mauritius. She holds a masters degree in art history & archaeology from Columbia Universiiy and a PhD in African History from UCLA. Among her publications and films are the co-authored volumes World History: Journeys from Past to Present (London: Routledge 2008); In the Balance: Themes in Global History (McGraw-Hill, 1998); and the video The Blooms of Banjeli: Technology and Gender in West-African Iron-Making (Documentary Educational Resources,1986), which won the Society for Visual Anthropology Award of Excellence. She was one of two lead scholars for the project Bridging World History (funded by a $2.28M grant from Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting), which is a 26-part video series and interactive website. She is currently editing the Cambridge History of the World (Cambridge University Press) and writing a history of Caribbean food.