Seminars & Conversations
The Virgin Islands National Park comprises over 60% of our island making it integral to the community of St. John. Community Matters is a seminar series intended to sponsor conversations related to conservation, sustainable development, disaster capitalism, and environmental racism. The series is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands and WTJX/NPR.
Caneel Bay Teach-In
This teach-in aims examines the challenges surrounding the closure of the Caneel Bay Resort. The event aims to educate members of the Virgin Islands community and encourage community advocacy. The audience should walk away from the teach-in with a clear understanding of
- The larger socio-historical context that facilitates the current closure of the Caneel Bay Resort and
- the available pathways to change. We want the community to feel empowered, develop informed opinions about Caneel Bay’s future, and have a clear sense of the most effective channels for voicing their concerns.
- Dr. Hadiya Sewer, St.JanCo Cofounder and President & Research Fellow at Stanford University
- Dr. Crystal Fortwangler, Visiting Professor and Film Program Director at La Roche University
- Attorney David DiGiacomo
Additional background on Caneel Bay can be found here.
V.I. Creole: Exploring the Relationship Between Language, Culture, and Freedom in the U.S. Virgin Islands
This panel discussion explores the importance of Virgin Islands Creole in the history, identity, politics, and culture of the people of the United States Virgin Islands. Specifically, the panel traces conceptions of belonging, the evolution of language, and the process by which Virgin Islanders use language to negotiate the territory's relationship to the United States of America and the wider Caribbean.
Small Islands in the Anthropocene: Environmental Justice and the Arts in the U.S. Virgin Islands
This panel explores the processes by which scholars, artists, and community organizers in the U.S. Virgin Islands use the arts to explore and advocate for environmental justice. Specifically, this panel will explore how artists in the territory grapple with questions related to conservation, sustainable development, disaster capitalism, and environmental racism.