The Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) will be sharing in this island’s 50th anniversary of independence celebrations.
During a media launch this morning at the campus, Principal Eudine Barriteau announced that the university would be rolling out a year-long programme of activities, which includes “a national discourse” on public education, analyzing “the significance of independence, the realities of a post independent Barbados and its future as an independent nation”.
Barriteau said the campus also intends to celebrate the contributions of the UWI to Barbados’ development over the past 50 years, while simultaneously acknowledging the contributions of both Government and the people of Barbados to the sustainability and growth of the UWI.
She also said the calendar would encompass both formal and informal academic engagements, the creative arts, sports, celebratory gatherings, historical re-enactments, exhibitions and special publications.
A lecture series entitled, Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence – a distinguished lecture series, 1966 and beyond, will be the main highlight of the yearlong events. An 11-part weekly series will also take place from September 15 to November 24, which will allow scholars and members of the alumni to “dissect the achievements, challenges and prospects of post independent Barbados in eleven major spheres of activity, including economics, politics, culture, education the environment and gender relations”.
Members of the Medical Faculty will also participate in the celebrations.
Barriteau noted that all lectures will be recorded and made available to the public via YouTube and the Campus’ 50th anniversary website.