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UTech JMMB Joan Duncan Memorial lecture to examine moral and social ethics

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:06 AM
Paul Golding
Paul Golding

Devon Dick
Devon Dick
Karl Graham
Karl Graham

Jamaica’s moral and social ethics landscape, and its impact on Jamaica’s present and future development, will be the main focus of the Ninth UTech, Jamaica/JMMB Joan Duncan Memorial Lecture to be broadcast live on TVJ today (Sunday, May 15, at 4 p.m. )

“A Suh De Ting Set”: The Urgent Need to Bring Back Moral and Social Ethics to our Public and Private Priorities,” is the theme of this year’s lecture. Bringing their perspectives and expertise to this discussion panellists: Paul Golding, professor of management and information systems, UTech, Jamaica; Reverend Devon Dick, pastor, Boulevard Baptist Church; Karl Graham, senior research officer, Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal (JAMP); and Donna Duncan-Scott, group chief culture and human development officer at JMMB.

Acting President, UTech, Jamaica, Professor Colin Gyles said this year’s lecture is particularly timely as “it addresses the need to refocus on moral and ethical principles that are imperative for a well-functioning society.”He added: “I hope that the discussion will inform and inspire us into action to bring about the change we want to see in our society for Jamaica’s growth and development.”


Professor Golding has led research into areas of national and international concern, leading the thrust to find solutions to many of the issues faced by society, locally, regionally, and internationally. As an academic, innovator and author, he will share findings from his recently concluded research on the perception of the state of social ethics in Jamaica.

Reverend Dr Dick has done extensive work in the area of community service, including the launch of a Forgiveness Campaign to counter revenge killings and for better family relationships. A prolific author, his latest publication is Enduring Advocacy for a Better Jamaica: A Collection of Conversations. He will delve into the role of the Church in building the morality of the society.

Graham brings a robust legal and research perspective to the panel. He will share about the importance of especially, financial accountability and management of political representatives and public bodies.

Duncan-Scott will share from her vast experience as a principled and love-based leader and ‘people champion’ on values-based leadership and the impact of mindset change in transforming lives and communities and living in ‘oneness and love’.

The annual Joan Duncan Memorial Lecture honours the vision, mission, and passion of the late corporate leader and JMMB co-founder, Joan Duncan, whose mission was not to make a lot of money for herself, but to improve the lives of others through financial inclusion and access.