J. Michael Dash, professor of French and director of the Africana Studies Program at New York University, will deliver a lecture titled “The Relating Island: The South of the South in the Americas” at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 (Monday) at the Eck Center auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.p. Presented by the University’s Working Group for the Americas, in conjunction with its Institute for Latino Studies and African and African-American Studies Program, the event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. The lecture is a continuation of the “Caribbean Inventions” conference held last fall at Notre Dame.p. Born in Trinidad, Dash previously served for 21 years as professor of Francophone literature and chair of modern languages at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He specializes in the study of Haitian literature and French Caribbean writers, especially Edouard Glissant, whose works “The Ripening” and “Caribbean Discourse” he has translated into English. He is the author of numerous books, including “The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context,” “Libete: A Haiti Anthology” (with Charles Arthur), and ?Culture and Customs of Haiti."p. The event is co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, the Departments of Romance Languages&Literatures,English and Anthropology, and French and Francophone Studies.