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UWI sociology department to host Derek Gordon seminar

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 10:34 AM

The Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona is to tomorrow host its annual Derek Gordon Research Seminar.

The seminar is a signature event of UWI Research Days 2016 and is to be held under the theme, 'Re-Thinking Caribbean Futures: Perspectives From the Social Sciences'. According to the department, it will be "showcasing the work of its staff, graduate students and specially invited guests as we reflect on important issues facing the Caribbean and possible ways forward. We will critically engage with ideas around development, highlight new directions in social science research championed by our staff and students, and showcase the department's work with communities."

Some of the presenters include Alison Drayton, senior adviser (Latin America and the Caribbean) at the United Nations Development Programme's New York office, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, legal scholar and former ambassador to the United States, and Camille Chedda, Jamaican artist. Presenters from the department include Professor Ian Boxill, sociologist and founder of the UWI Community Film Project, Dr Orville Taylor, senior lecturer and radio personality, and Dr Herbert Gayle, lecturer and anthropologist of social violence.

The keynote speaker will be Dr Honor Ford-Smith, associate professor in Community and Environmental Arts Practice at York University, Toronto and founding artistic director of the Jamaican women's collective Sistren.