Report on a talk by Miguel Lorne titled Garveism and the Rastafarian Movement in the Caribbean and their Implication on the Americas. college topic: ECE350 (Human Communication for EEs) On Thursday, February 13, I attended a talk given by Miguel Lorne titled, "Garveism and the Rastafarian Movement in the Caribbean and their Implication on the Americas." Once I got past the strangeness of the situation, I realized that Miguel was a good speaker, for the most part. This was not a technical talk, but a time to for him to tell stories about himself and the history of people in the Caribbean. formats: Adobe PDF (33.2kB), PostScript (27.2kB), TeX (3.2kB) 1997-05-01 quality 3

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On Thursday, February 13, I attended a talk given by Miguel Lorne
titled, Garveism and the Rastafarian Movement in the Caribbean
and their Implication on the Americas.''

The setting was a medium--sized,
dimly lit room, on the fourth floor of Memorial Union.  I arrived five minutes
before the talk was supposed to begin, about a third of the seats were
filled and the speakers were not there yet.  People kept filing in and at
about five minutes after the supposed starting time, the speakers
came in and started to prepare the podium.  After about 7 minutes of
activity, a woman from the Wisconsin Caribbean Association started to speak.
She spoke much too long --- 20 minutes --- which mostly consisted of
thank yous'' to various people and groups on campus.   We were all relieved
when she introduced the next speaker, but to our surprise, this next
speaker was merely to introduce the main speaker!  Luckily, he only
spoke for about 7 minutes, at which point he introduced Miguel Lorne.

Being a white male, I am usually in the majority in a given group of people,
but I was the minority in this audience consisting mostly of Afro--Americans,
a portion with origins in the Caribbean.    I felt out of place, but I felt
no hostility.
Miguel started by stating that
where he comes from, it is customary to begin a talk with a ritual
consisting of drumming and chanting.     With such a long and complicated
sounding title, I expected the talk to be technical, but instead I was totally
surprised by the strange turn of events.  This was no ordinary talk!

account of events and influences that took place throughout history, he
recounted stories of his experience, and the struggles of himself and
others for the equality of the Rastafarian religion in the Caribbean. He
was a very emotional and engaging speaker; when he got to very emotional
parts in his stories, his counterpart would bang on the drum.

Miguel had a few problems.  A few times it was hard to understand
what he was saying:  the microphone did not sound very good
when he raised his voice;  during certain parts, he talked fast
and his accent made it hard to understand; and he used some
specific vocabulary which I was unfamiliar with.  Before the talk, they
put a map of the Caribbean on the wall behind him, but strangely
enough, no one mentioned it during the talk!

Once I got past the strangeness of the situation, I realized that
Miguel was a good speaker, for the most part.  This was not a technical
talk, but a time to for him to tell stories about himself and the
history of people in the Caribbean.

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