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Zee Edgell

Big Stairs / Knowlton Hall
February 20, 2018 - 5:30pm

Belize’s most celebrated writer, Zelma "Zee" Edgell, will take part in a presentation and discussion with Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Dr. Kareem Usher at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20 at the Knowlton Hall Big Stairs. The event will begin with a short presentation by Professor Edgell about her life as a writer and will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Usher. Over Spring Break 2018, Dr. Usher will lead a Knowlton School study abroad program to Belize which will combine community service with academic reflection while addressing real issues to gain a sense of “socially responsible knowledge.” The program will offer students a unique opportunity to study in a nation of the Global South.

Professor Edgell is a novelist and short story writer. She was born and grew up in Belize City, Belize. Her first novel, Beka Lamb (Hodder) was awarded the Fawcett Society Book Prize in 1982. Edgell's third short story, "My Uncle Theophilus," won the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for short fiction and was published in The Caribbean Writer in 1999. Her three other novels are In Times Like These (Heinemann 1991), The Festival of San Joaquin (MacMillan 1997) and Time and The River (2007, Hodder).

Zee Edgell was a professor in the Department of English at Kent State University from 1993 to 2009. She received an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados in 2009. Professor Edgell holds a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Kent State University, and a diploma in journalism from Regent Street Polytechnic, (now the University of Westminster) in London, England. In 2007, Professor Edgell was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to literature and to the community of Belize.

Professor Edgell’s writing career began in 1959 when she was hired as a trainee journalist at The Daily Gleaner in Kingston, Jamaica. From 1966-1968, she taught at St. Catherine Academy in Belize, and became the first editor of the Reporter Newspaper published by the Belize Chamber of Commerce. She returned to teach at St. Catherine Academy from 1980-1981, served as the first Director of the Women's Bureau in the Government of Belize from 1981-1987, and later as the Director of the Department of Women's Affairs. Edgell lectured at the University College of Belize from 1988-1989. She was a Visiting Writer in the Department of English at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A. in 1993.

about dr. kareem usher

Dr. Kareem Usher is an assistant professor of city and regional planning in the Knowlton School. Dr. Usher received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, a Masters of Urban Planning degree from the University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. His research interests focus on urban food systems and he engages this topic at the intersection of food access, social justice, regional governance and community economic development. His research also extends to the nation of Belize where he investigates urban agriculture and greenspace as methods of climate change mitigation and resiliency. Dr. Usher is the Director of the Belize Study Abroad Program and Affiliate Faculty with the Environmental Science Graduate Program, the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

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