Students Become Immersed in Caribbean Culture
Ten Spelman students across academic disciplines spent one month this summer studying at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine, in Trinidad and Tobago as part of the Trinidad and Tobago Study Travel Program.
Under the guidance of professors Kathleen Phillips-Lewis and James Gillam (retired), Ashley Amadi, C’2016, Amber Banks, C'2015, Abby Cooke, C'2015, Morgan Jefferson, C'2015, Lakesha Jones, C’2016, Jasmine Mitchell, C'2017, Kiara Moore, C'2016, Bajia Reed, C’2016, Jaleesa Schoolfield, C20'17, and Jordan Watters, C’2015, traveled to Trinidad and Tobago June 1-28.
While there, they took courses in Caribbean civilization and festival drama and society; learned about Trinidad Mas, an important aspect of Carnival; and created their own masks from scratch using cardboard and construction paper. They also learned how to play the steel pan, the country’s national instrument; visited the National Museum and Art Gallery, Lopinot settlement and Maracas Bay in Trinidad; and toured Fort King George and Fort James in Tobago.