Scholars, educators and activists from across the Caribbean and further afield will be arriving in Kingston by the middle of this week to participate in a conference to honour University of the West Indies (UWI) professor, Rupert Lewis.
The conference is being hosted by the Department of Government, in association with the Centre for Caribbean Thought, from October 10-12, 2013 at UWI, Mona.
Professor Rupert Lewis retired from the UWI a year ago.
Rupert Lewis, who introduced the teaching of Garveyism at UWI, is a scholar, author, teacher, mentor and public servant of immense integrity, dedication and selflessness. He has spent 40 years in the Department of the Government, teaching and mentoring several generations of students.
Professor Lewis has played a central role in the shaping of a curriculum and a philosophy of education and training aimed at undermining the cultural, psychological and intellectual legacies of slavery and colonialism. This path has been shaped by Lewis' conviction and informed and guided by insights and lessons drawn by him, from his persistent scholarly research into the culture of hope, dignity, fortitude, cooperation, sovereignty, freedom and leadership, forged by generations of people of African descent in their struggle.
That is why the conference is being held under the theme, 'Black Radical Thought, Pedagogy and Praxis: A Conference in Honour of Professor Rupert Lewis'.
The conference will be opened to the public on October 11 and 12.