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by: Penelope Blair
The Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) is an independent professional organization devoted to the promotion of Caribbean studies from a multidisciplinary, multicultural point of view. Established in 1974, the CSA reports their emphasis is on the Caribbean Basin, which includes Central America, the Caribbean Coast of Mexico, as well as Venezuela, Columbia, Northeast Brazil and the three Guianas.

According to the Executive Council, the association serves a critical function for scholars providing one of the only venues for persons working on the Caribbean to come together to share their work, to engage in collaborative endeavors, to exchange ideas, to meet each other, and to develop the field of Caribbean Studies. Experts report that the Caribbean Studies Association has become potentially one of the most important vehicles for researching, analyzing, and documenting the growing significant presence of populations of Caribbean descent in United States, Canada, and Europe. For more information about the conference or the CSA, visit

Teaching, Research, & Activism - These continue to be the core objectives of the Association of Black Sociologists. Sociologists from around the country will come together June 17-20, 2009 in New Orleans at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, to share ideas, solutions and to continue to discuss the ways to advance social justice and responsibility. For information, visit

Catch The Wave - The Travel and Tourism Research Association wants attendees to "Catch The Wave of Tourism Research" at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, June 21-24, 2009 during their 40th annual conference. Topics of discussion under consideration include: The Benefits of Tourism, Trends in Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Tourism, The Tourism Experience, and International Issues and Trends, just to name a few. Established in 1970, the TTRA's primary goal is to promote the development and application of professional research in the travel and tourism industry. To learn more, visit

Laying Down The Law - Thousands of law enforcement professionals will come together to attend the National Black Police Association Conference in Dallas, TX at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel, from August 19-23, 2009. This year's theme is "New Leadership: Overcoming Old Obstacles." Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and discuss the latest information, technology and techniques in regards to homeland security, traffic safety, crime prevention, youth programs and domestic violence to name a few. The NBPA celebrates its 37th year. For more information, log onto

Reading, Writing & Nutrition - Thousands of attendees will descend on Las Vegas, June 29 - July 2, 2009 for the School Nutrition Association's national convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops, seminars and educational sessions to learn the latest information in feeding America's school aged children. Back by popular demand is Hot Topics Track, which brings attendees up-to-date on evolving issues. With over 55,000 members, the SNA is the only professional association dedicated solely to the support and well being of school nutrition professionals in advancing good nutrition for all children. Visit, for more information.

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