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Jamaican storyteller to visit Beloit for workshop, performance (sign up)

October 15, 2012

As soon as fall break is over, you’ll have several chances to see renowned Jamaican storyteller Amina Blackwood-Meeks, whose work is inflected by her training and experience in politics, theater, and education. She will be on campus next Monday and Tuesday.

Amina Meeks 

See Blackwood-Meeks perform Monday (Oct. 22) at 7 p.m. in the Hendricks Center, in “Once Upon a Time…is Now: Storytelling from Jamaica.” The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., catered by the Cheese People of Beloit.

Students can sign up for a storytelling workshop with Blackwood-Meeks, taking place Tuesday (Oct. 23) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Bunge Studio of the Neese Performing Arts Complex.

To register for the workshop (registration is required) visit

Blackwood-Meeks’ visit is made possible by Labs Across the Curriculum and the Caribbean Initiative, launched last year to expand both faculty members' and students' understanding of the Caribbean.

“Although this will be Amina's first visit to Beloit, in some sense it will also be a homecoming, as she met Lisa Anderson-Levy, Nancy Krusko, and student participants in the Jamaica Field School when they were in Kingston last January,” explains Director of International Education Elizabeth Brewer. “Students and faculty will also find that she is a strong proponent for the place of the arts in education and human development.”