Students and faculty of colleges in Goa offering American Studies as an allied paper at the second year of the B.A. degree course gathered for an interaction hosted by the Department of English, Carmel College for Women on 28 October 2014. Principal Dr.(Sr.) Aradhana A.C. of Carmel College lauded the synergy exhibited by the participating colleges. She praised the dedication of the faculty members who accompanied their students.
William Faulkner’s novel The Sound and the Fury was rendered beautifully in mime by 11 students of D.M.’s college, Assagao. They were accompanied by faculty members M.Shanthi and Sarika Misra. Navila Vincy (D.M.’s College, Assagao) made a presentation titled ‘Depiction of Racial Discrimination in Toni Morrison’s Novel Beloved.’ Students of M.E.S. College, Zuarinagar set Maya Angelou’s poem ‘Phenomenal Woman’ to music and performed it. Frenzy Fernandes of M.E.S. College read a paper on the ‘Poetic Expressions of Edward Brathwaite.’ Students of St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa accompanied by faculty member Aaron Paul, made four power-point presentations, viz. on the Native Americans (Brenson Dias); American and English Puritans (Samantha Viana); British English and American English (Annamarie Remedious) and American heavy metal music (Gaurav Padte). Nayantara Almeida and Arvia Godinho (Carmel College, Nuvem) delivered power point presentations on ‘Hundred Years of American Music’ and ‘Contemporary American Music.’
Roxana Singh, Head of Department of English, Carmel College spoke on the genesis and significance of American Studies in the Goa University curriculum. Dr. Brian Mendonca, Faculty, Department of English, Carmel College and Coordinator of the event introduced the meet-up and its scope. Dr. Sandhya Bhandare Sequeira, Faculty M.E.S. College, felt assured that after the event more students would be motivated to opt for American Studies. M.Shanthi liked the no-competition format where more learning happens in a collaborative setting.