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    Emmanuel W. VEDRINE And Andrs PANIAGUA, University of Massachusetts-Boston

    Updated: Wed, Sept-28-2005 A- ABREU, Dixon. 2002. Islanders In Transit: Insular Migrancy And Shifting Identities In Atlantic Narratives (Pedro Verges, Junot Diaz, Maria Olinda Beja, Luis Rafael Sanchez, Manuel Ferreira, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Sao Tome E Principe). Degree: Ph.D. Institution: Tulane University 0235. Pages: 00204. Descriptor: Literature, African; Literature, Modern. Access # AAI3069237 . Source: DAI, 63, no. 10A (2002): p. 3548 [ABSTRACT: This study examines the works of contemporary writers (such as Pedro Vergs, Junot Daz, Maria Olinda Beja, Luis Rafael Snchez and Manuel Ferreira) whose works intersect on the levels of ideology, narrative, and construction within the insular imagination. Encompassing the Atlantic island nations of Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and So Tom e Principe, it argues that the insular subject, a victim and agent of our modern world contemporary Diaspora, is in a perpetual voyage toward a shifting identity. The project maintains that transit and migrancy, in our (Post)-Modern/(Post)-Colonial moment, erase and eradicate the subject's original identity, and impose a new indefinable identity that is shadowed by loss, in a betweenness of place and being. The conceptual voyage of the subject's identity in modern migrancy maps out the migrant cycle that the subject undergoes: the relationship the subject develops with the insular space, the dislocation from place, the relocation of culture and place, and the attempt of a homecoming. ---- Based on the ideas that Bentez Rojo proposes in La isla que se repite, the existence of a shared experience among the many island nations of the Caribbean, particularly the colonial legacy, aids in effectively legitimizing the Atlantic cultural bridge. The repeated experience of colonialism that Bentez Rojo proposes as a link among Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico, allows the comparison with Portugal's colonial project while it ruled in Africa, and specifically in Cape Verde and So Tom e Principe. Thus, legitimizing the common experience of their transatlantic colonial past. Indeed, the Atlantic insular experience is based on repetition, and this project links the diasporic migration, represented in insular literature, to the present day status of these nations. ---- The conclusion argues in favor of a relationship among migrancy, (Post)Coloniality/(Post)Modernity and insular identity and creates a link between the repeating Atlantic colonial past and the current labor diasporas.It reiterates the creation of new hybrid identities, and the cultural role as a dangerous supplement that migrancy plays in the modern proliferation of shifting identities.] ACRA-BRACHE, Susana. 2004. Toward A Contemporary Vision Of Music Education In The Dominican Republic. Degree: Ph.D. Institution: Temple University 0225. Pages: 00176. Descriptor: Education, Music; Education, Philosophy of. Access # AAI3128511. Source: DAI, 65, no. 04A (2004): p. 1292 [ABSTRACT: The purpose of

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    this descriptive research study is to stimulate and solicit thought among current Dominican music educators with the intent to create a foundation for their professional growth and for the growth and enhancement of music education in the Dominican Republic. Three research questions were asked: (1) What are the current beliefs and practices of Dominican music educators? (2) What proportion of Dominican music educators have knowledge or experience with contemporary practices in music education? (3) What recommendations can Dominican music educators make to improve music education in the Dominican Republic? ---- Thirty-five volunteer Dominican music educators participated in a 120-hour comprehensive course in music education offered by the researcher. The content of the course was focused on contemporary American practices and philosophy of music education, curricular foundations of music education, measurement and evaluation of musical behaviors, and methodology and techniques for teaching music education in a variety of school settings. ---- Participants were asked to complete an initial questionnaire, a final questionnaire, and a final group project. The research questions were answered with data obtained from these sources. Data were first translated into English, then, summarized, and presented in tables and narrative form. ---- Results of research questions one and two illustrate that contemporary music education practice is not featured in music education curriculum throughout schools in the Dominican Republic. Music educators have scant knowledge or experience with such practice. ---- Dominican music educators' answers to research question three provided recommendations for the improvement of music education in the Dominican Republic. Recommendations include separation of music education from other arts; creation of more music education college programs; revision of the national curriculum and music guidelines; improvement of teaching resources and facilities; creation of a music education association; and provision of scholarship and exchange programs. ---- Music education in the Dominican Republic can and should be strengthened through teacher training in contemporary practices of music education. The role of music education within the national curriculum should be revised. A strong and longstanding commitment to improve music education is required from the government and the entire community, and support from the international community will be necessary as well.] ADAMS, Robert Lee, Jr. 1999. The Poetics Of Desire: Dialogic Encounters In The Dominican Borderlands. Degree: Ph.D. Institution: The University of Texas at Austin 0227. Pages: 00159. Descriptor: Anthropology, Cultural; History, Latin American; Sociology, Ethnic And Racial Studies. Access # AAI9956783. Source: DAI, 60, no. 12A (1999): p. 4488. [ABSTRACT: Although Vod is almost exclusively identified with Haiti, the religion occupies a central place in Dominican society and culture. My dissertation explores Vod in the San Juan Valley of the Dominican Republic. Dominican Vod, like its counterpart in Haiti, consists of an infinite number of Vods, shaped by regional, local, and personal histories. As an open-ended form without orthodox rules, each practitioner must literally fashion his or her own local practice. My analysis emphasizes how specific practitioners construct daily religious, medicinal, and political routines. Furthermore, the investigation pays close attention to how class, racial, gender, and nationalist ideologies, national and global economic environments, and technological innovations shape local Vod practices in the Dominican borderlands. Through the course of the investigation, anthropological knowledge,

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    methods, and theories are interrogated in light of the data produced about Dominican Vod.] AGUILAR-PIEDRA, Hugo Gerardo. 2001. Tydeidae Of Citrus From Selected Countries: Distribution, Seasonal Occurence, Relative Abundance, And Feeding Habits (Acari: Prostigmata). Degree: Ph.D. Institution: University of Florida 0070. Pages: 00181. Descriptor: Biology, Entomology; Agriculture, Agronomy. Access # AAI3039736. Source: DAI, 63, no. 01B (2001): p. 53. [ABSTRACT: Surveys were conducted to identify the Tydeidae on citrus orchards in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and selected countries, i.e., Bahamas, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. The citrus habitats sampled were inner and outer leaves, immature and mature fruit, inner and outer twigs, and flowers and brushings from the tree trunk. Tydeids were collected on 42 ground cover plants of more than 80 sampled in those orchard sites not using herbicide programs. ---- Nine tydeid species were identified from the surveys: Lorryia formosa Cooreman, Tydeus californicus (Banks), T. gloveri (Ashmead), T. munsteri Meyer & Ryke, Pseudolorryia mumai (Baker), Paralorryia shawi (Baker), Parapronematus acaciae Baker, Apopronematus sp., and Metapronematus sp. Lorryia formosa was the prevalent species collected in Florida, ranging from 43,000 mites in Mixon II to 433,000 in Pollard on the eight combined habitats throughout the season. The frequencies of L. formosa ranged from 65% in Mixon I to 98.5% in Pollard. The highest densities of L. formosa were observed on leaves. Tydeus gloveri ranged second in abundance in the Trask orchard. Pseudolorryia mumai comprised 20% of the total tydeid population in the Mixon I orchard. Parapronematus acaciae was more abundant in Mixon II with 13% of the total population. Paralorryia shawi, T. californicus, T. munsteri, Apopronematus sp., and Metapronematus sp. were found in low numbers. The tydeid populations peaked between April and May, and were found in low densities between July and October, when the populations began to increase again. Lorryia formosa was the only species found on all citrus habitats sampled. Tydeid species associations were common in most of the habitats, e.g., L. formosa, T. californicus, and T. gloveri were important leaf dwellers. Lorryia formosa was found associated with T. gloveri and P. mumai on twigs, and with P. shawi and Apopronematus sp. on tree trunks. Parapronematus acaciae was also found on twigs. ---- Feeding studies demonstrated that the tydeid species evaluated had preferences for certain fungi on citrus trees. Colletotrichum sp. served as a food source for P. mumai and P. acaciae and was found in the digestive tracts of L. formosa, T. californicus and T. gloveri. Penicillium sp. was found in the digestive tracts of L. formosa and T. californicus. Lorryia formosa was observed feeding on Malephora crocea Jacques, Typha domingensis Persoon and Quercus sp. pollens, and T. californicus, T.