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Jan. 13, 2003 – The University of the Virgin Islands issued today has these announcements:
V.I. Historians to Hold Annual Conference on St. Croix Campus
UVI's Social Sciences Division will co-sponsor the 15th annual conference of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians on Saturday, Jan. 18. The conference is free and open to the public. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the UVI Cafetorium on the University's St. Croix campus.
The conference will feature a variety of historians discussing the topic "Negotiating Enslavement: Black Enterprise in the Era off the Danish Slave Trade." Scheduled speakers and specific topics include Poul Olsen, speaking on African Returns from St. Croix in the 18th Century; Arnold Highfield, on Mingo Gesu: 18th Century Entrepreneur and Missionary in St. Thomas; Per Nielsen, on Enslaved Africans in Denmark and The Quest For Freedom; Myron Jackson, on The Jackson Family of St. Croix and St. Thomas; Svend Holsoe, on Enslavement: A Women's Network in Christiansted; and David Knight, on From Slave to Planter: George Francis of St. John.
For more information on the conference contact Matt Rodina, president of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians, at 773-4669. Dr. Highfield, a UVI social sciences professor, is the incoming president of the society.

Cooked Dishes Sought for Afternoon on the Green
UVI's 2003 edition of Afternoon on the Green is scheduled for Sunday, March 9, on the golf course of the St. Thomas campus, as UVI's annual food, family and fun event, Afternoon on the Green will feature food from around the world. This year's theme is "Inaugural Kallaloo." Live entertainment and children's games are also planned.
Contributed dishes will be entered in the food competition, unless otherwise noted. Categories for judging include main dishes/ meats/poultry, seafood, soups, side dishes, breads, native drinks, pastries/sweets and vegetables/ casseroles. Volunteer food servers with health cards are needed.
To contribute a cooked dish, volunteer as a food server or for more information call the UVI office of institutional advancement at 693-1040.
Palmieri to Showcase Music from La Perfecta at Reichhold Show
Virgin Islands fans of salsa, charanga, mambo and jazz can expect a special treat when Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and band leader Eddie Palmieri takes the stage on Jan. 25 at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. Palmieri is expected to showcase music from his latest CD, La Perfecta.
Palmieri's music "drives audiences wild, filling them with an incredible urge to dance," says Reichhold Director David Edgecombe. "That night, Latin music will be queen and Eddie will be king," Edgecombe added. "We're expecting a most memorable night … with music that is jovial and soul-wrenching."
Palmieri broke into the music scene in the 1960s at New York's Palladium Ballroom. After gaining popularity as a pacesetter in Afro-Caribbean music, Palmieri later solidified his stance as a solo artist. His discography includes almost 30 albums, including Masterpiece, his collection with the late Tito Puente.
Special travel-show packages are being offered for individuals from St. Croix and Puerto Rico who wish to attend the Palmieri performance. Packages — including round-trip travel on Cape Air or Mermaid Fast Ferries, accommodations on St. Thomas, ground transportation and show tickets — range from $172 to $395. The Palmieri performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Reichhold Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.
For more information or to purchase packages, contact the Reichhold Center at 340-693-1559.
For more on the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the website at www.uvi.edu.

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