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The UWI to host Inaugural Eastern Caribbean Lecture in Saint Lucia

For Release Upon Receipt - September 11, 2017


The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), Cave Hill Campus, in collaboration with The UWI Open Campus will host the Inaugural Eastern Caribbean Public Lecture in Saint Lucia on 14 September, 2017.

Titled “Invented Nations and Imagined Communities: 50 Years of Self Government in the OECS”, the lecture will be delivered by Dr Lennox Honychurch, distinguished Caribbean academic, anthropologist, historian, archaeologist, conservationist and writer.

This year (2017) marks the 50th anniversary of most of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) achievement of Associate Statehood with Britain in 1967, and entry into a new phase of responsibility for their internal affairs as a first step to later political independence. Dr Honychurch's presentation therefore, will deal with a critical review of these past 50 years of self-government, including ideas on the way forward as small islands facing a precarious globalised world, dominated by powerful corporations and oligarchs (rather than metropolitan nations) attempting to manipulate investment and control state governments.

The lecture will be held in the Conference Room of the Finance Administrative Centre, Pointe Seraphine at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Caribbean time).

The public is invited to attend this FREE lecture.


About Dr Lennox Honychurch

Dr Lennox Honychurch is a Caribbean anthropologist, historian, academic and artist, born in Dominica. His research work is focused on the contact and culture exchange which took place between the indigenous Kalinago people of the Lesser Antilles and the people who arrived from Europe and Africa.

He was educated at the Lodge School, Barbados and St. Mary’s Academy, Dominica. He was awarded a British Government Chevening Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford UK where he majored in anthropology and gained his Masters and Doctoral degrees.

Dr Honychurch has published numerous books and academic papers on the archaeology and history of Dominica and the Caribbean. Among these are his three volume history textbooks, ‘The Caribbean People’ which are used in high schools across the region.

He is an Honorary Research Fellow of The University of the West Indies (UWI), and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in 2012. He is a member of the University Council of The UWI Open Campus.

A member of the Dominica House of Assembly from 1975 to 1979, Dr Honychurch was a delegate at the Constitutional Conference for Dominica’s Independence in London in 1977.  He is a recipient of the Golden Drum Award for preservation of Dominica’s cultural heritage as well as the Dominica Sisserou Medal of Honour for his contribution to historical and archaeological research. He is a laureate of the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence 2011.

About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)