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Belizean artist awarded 2018 Bridget Jones Award

Posted: Friday, July 6, 2018. 1:50 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Belizean artist, Katie Numi Usher is the recipient of this year’s Bridget Jones Award for Caribbean studies. Usher is attending the 42nd annual conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies.

Every year, the Society for Caribbean Studies pays tribute to the late, Bridget Jones by giving the award to an arts practitioner from any region in the Caribbean to present their work at the Society’s Annual Conference.

Jones was a scholar and long-time supporter of the Society who passed away in 2000.

 In Bridget’s memory, the society awards a travel bursary plus full conference fees to the recipients.

The prestigious event is taking place from July 4 to 6, 2018 at the University of London, England.

The event brings together scholars from all over the world to present the latest research on the Caribbean and its diasporas from a range of disciplines and across all the linguistic areas of the region.

Usher is sharing her experience daily on her personal Facebook page, “What an absolute treat to listen to doctoral papers and hear all different perspectives on and about the Caribbean. I got so very nervous just before I did my presentation. I thought about all your kind words and support and just decided to go with the flow and let the ancestors guide. I did not even recognize my voice at one point and was surprised how the nerves melted like a snow cone in the Belizean sunshine. It rested at my feet like a dormant puddle and let me read.”

Usher thanked the Society of Caribbean Studies for the opportunity and encourages the public to support the Society so that they can continue to invite Caribbean artist scholars.

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