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'Fifty-Fifty: Critical Reflections in a Time of Uncertainty'

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM
  • Providing directions for another 50 years

AS JAMAICA embarks on its celebration of 50 years of Independence, the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies, Mona, is spearheading a programme of research reflecting on the period and providing directions for the next 50.

This will culminate with a SALISES Fifty-Fifty Conference to be held in August 2012 under the theme 'Fifty-Fifty: Critical Reflections in a Time of Uncertainty.'

Enhancing knowledge

As a prelude to this conference, the institute will examine varied sectors of the society with the aim of enhancing knowledge of the role each has played in charting the history of Jamaica and the Caribbean at large, while suggesting how it may be best incorporated in the nation's and region's future plans. Social Policy forms an important element in this reflection.

To begin its analysis of the social achievements and challenges of the period since Independence, the institute will be hosting a panel discussion tomorrow at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, at 4:30 p.m. under the theme, 'Has Social Policy Achieved Anything since Independence?'.

Presenters include Hermione McKenzie, Pauline Knight, Mary Clarke and Faith Innerarity. This distinguished panel will be chaired by Dr Orville Taylor, senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.