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UWI At 70 | Meet Guest Editor Professor Carolyn Cooper

Published:Monday | September 3, 2018 | 12:15 AM

On September 3, The Gleaner partners with The University of the West Indies for a special guest editors' edition. It's part of our recognition of the 70th anniversary of the University of the West Indies. The institution, with its main campuses in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago has helped to shape significant elements of Caribbean history. Professor Carolyn Cooper is a part of a five-member UWI team who will sit in the editor's office for this special issue.

Here are five fast facts about her:

1. Half a century ago, Carolyn Cooper won the Jamaica Scholarship (Girls) and enrolled in The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, where she did a Bachelor of Arts in English.

2. Then she taught for five years in the US at Atlantic Union College before returning to The UWI in 1980 to teach courses on Caribbean, African-American and African literature as well as popular culture.

3. A professor of literary and cultural studies, Cooper is the author of two influential books - Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender and the 'Vulgar' Body of Jamaican Popular Culture; and Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large.

4. Professor Cooper, a Sunday Gleaner columnist, has appeared in numerous documentaries on Caribbean culture.

5. A recipient of the Order of Distinction (Commander class), she has been an advocate for the use of Jamaican Patois.