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UWI to launch Centre for Reparations Research

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The University of the West Indies (UWI) will launch the recently established Centre for Reparations Research. The launch will be held at The UWI Mona Visitors' Lodge & Conference Centre, Jamaica, on Tuesday, starting at 5:30 p.m. It will feature keynote speaker Samia Nkrumah, daughter of the late President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah. Several leaders of national reparations committees from across the CARICOM region are expected to be in attendance.

The launch will be followed by an exhibition of art and artifacts from the slavery era and an all-day symposium on October 11 at the Mona Visitors' Lodge and Conference Centre.

Titled 'Post-Independence Cross Roads: Economic Growth, Sustainable Societies and Reparatory Justice', this symposium will interrogate key issues such as who should clean up the colonial mess left at the time of independence? Can there be sustainable development of the Caribbean without reparatory justice? And, what historical lessons can we draw from the widespread destruction of some Caribbean islands by the recent hurricanes?

The discourse, which runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., will include the following speakers: UWI Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles; Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves; Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr Hilary Brown, as well as Professors Verene Shepherd, Horace Campbell, Carolyn Cooper, Opal Palmer Adisa, and Brian Meeks; Dr Julius Garvey; Dr Michael Witter; Dr Joyce Hope Scott; Sister Nanny; RasIka; Emprezz Golding, and others.