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CLC to host Cultural Thursday seminar 'Lessons from Trinidad'

Central Lakes College sociology instructor Gary Payne and wife Mary Rosenberg will present "Lessons From Trinidad" April 19 as part of the Cultural Thursdays series.

A rare tufted coquette hummingbird male stops to look over two teachers from the U.S. Submitted photo
A rare tufted coquette hummingbird male stops to look over two teachers from the U.S. Submitted photo

Central Lakes College sociology instructor Gary Payne and wife Mary Rosenberg will present "Lessons From Trinidad" April 19 as part of the Cultural Thursdays series.

There will be two presentations: one at noon and again at 7 p.m. in the lecture lab, Room E354, at Central Lakes College's Brainerd campus. These presentations are free and open to the public. Organizers suggest arriving early to ensure seating.

Payne and Rosenberg put together a presentation of digital images from their trip in March to the two-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Located just off the eastern coast of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago is oil rich, yet the people are quite poor. Both islands are endowed with substantial intact tropical forests lost on other Caribbean islands after recent hurricanes sliced off trees hundreds or even thousands of years old.

Trinidad and Tobago was turned into a slave colony by the Spanish and was taken over more than a dozen times by various European nations, with the British ending up in control. The drug trade turned Trinidad and Tobago into a somewhat dangerous destination, although tourists have not been common targets, a news release stated.

Payne noted five people were found beheaded on Trinidad during the week they visited. The couple captured images of the people, landscape and natural life forms on the island. They also visited museums, art galleries and markets for a better understanding of the culture.
For more information on this or other Cultural Thursday presentations, contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855-8183.

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A boy in school uniform waits for a bus on the tiny island of Tobago. Submitted photo
A boy in school uniform waits for a bus on the tiny island of Tobago. Submitted photo

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