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In the academy in the United States, the study of the Caribbean and its diaspora communities is underserved and underrepresented; there are few departments and programs and just a sprinkling of courses devoted to its study. Concerned about the situation of Caribbean studies, the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, in celebration of its tenth anniversary in 1997, created Wadabagei to fill this vacuum and address, and redress, this problem. Wadabagei is solely owned by the Caribbean Research Center.

 Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and Its Diasporas is committed to facilitating the exchange of ideas among Caribbean scholars worldwide. It is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes scholarly articles and oc- casional creative works from diverse fields, including politics, literature, sociology, and religion, and reviews of recent publications in Caribbean studies. Wadabagei places special emphasis on the acculturation of Carib- bean people in North America but explores the Caribbean experience in all geographic locations where Caribbean people have settled.

 Wadabagei is a Garifuna name for the conch shell, which is frequently used as a wake-up call in Caribbean villages and to announce community gatherings. It symbolizes the historic call to action by Haitian slaves and the Caribbean peoples’ continuing struggle for self-expression and self- determination.


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