To help promote cross-cultural learning the Schoolcraft College International Institute proudly presents another presentation in its Focus Series...Caribbean
Cultural Heritage Resources in the Wake of Volcanic Disaster
on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat
Since 1995 continuous eruptions from the Soufriére Hills Volcano have devastated Montserrat, forcing two- thirds of the population to emigrate and damaging over half of the island’s landscape. Current recovery efforts are focused on building a new capital city and revitalizing the island’s tourism industry. Within the context of her ongoing archaeological research on Montserrat, Dr. Ryzewski will discuss how cultural heritage sites, narratives, and symbols are being enlisted and, in some cases, destroyed by the recovery process.
Presented by: Krysta Ryzewski
Krysta Ryzewski (PhD, Brown, 2008) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Acting Director of the Grosscup Museum of Anthropology at Wayne State University. She is a historical archaeologist with interests in urban settings, disaster response, colonialism, and contemporary cultural heritage. She currently conducts archaeological projects in Detroit, on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.