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Colleges’ Fisher Center Addresses Polyculturalism

The final fall Fisher Center lecture will focus on Caribbean and West Asian cultures, and the cultural politics of imperialism.

(October 30, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.–Associate Professor of International Studies at Trinity College Vijay Prashad will present “The Darker Nations: Polyculturalism and Empire” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, on Pulteney St. on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. This event is part of the Colleges' Fisher Center lecture series, with the theme “Global Education, Educating Globally.” In addition, roundtable discussion with the speaker will be held at 8:45 a.m., on Nov. 14 in the Fisher Center, Demarest 212. The presentation and roundtable are free and the public is invited to attend.

Prashad will examine how the cultural politics of imperialism serves to obscure and deny cultures as intertwined with one another. This notion, often called multiculturalism, flies in the face of counter-approaches, such as those from the Caribbean and West Asia. Prashad's research draws on examples of how working class people in the time of Empire have struggled against this more static notion of multiculturalism.

Prashad is the author of two books, “Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting” and “Karma of Brown Folk,” recognized by the Village Voice as among the top 25 books of the year. He also writes frequently in South Asian and North American periodicals, and on the Web.

Fisher Center lectures and seminars provide a forum for students, faculty and community members to explore gender issues. The Center, founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues.