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St Augustine Campus hosts 10th Anniversary weeklong celebration of Communication Studies

For Release Upon Receipt - April 7, 2010

St. Augustine

PRATT co-founder to speak at UWI Communications celebration

Mr. Roy Mitchell, co-founder of the Public Relations Association of Trinidad & Tobago (PRATT), will deliver a special address at the closing ceremony of “Profiles,” the upcoming tenth anniversary celebration of the Communication Studies programme of The University of The West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus. Titled “Evening under the stars,” this ceremony will take place on April 16th from 6-9 p.m., bringing to a close the UWI Department of Liberal Arts’ week of celebration, from Monday 12th to Friday 16th April, 2010. 

“Evening under the stars” is a private event, by invitation only. 

“Profiles” will feature a number of activities promoting the study of Communications. On April 16th, the Institute for Critical Thinking will host a one-day symposium titled “Intersections: Charting the Course for Communications in the Caribbean.” The symposium will address issues and challenges that affect communication in the Caribbean. There will be four roundtable discussions (two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions), with integrated communication representatives to show the fluidity and interdisciplinary nature of the field.  The sessions are interdisciplinary, covering the fields of Media, Art & Culture (9:30 to 10:45 a.m.), Gender, Communications & Language (10:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), Business Communications, Public Relations (1:30 to 2:40 p.m.), and Communications and Research (2:45 to 3:50 p.m.). There is a one-day symposium fee of TT$150 for media and communication professionals. It is free for students. 

On Monday 12th April at 6.30 p.m., the Communication Studies Association will host “Talk Tent,” and the Main Library will launch an exhibit chronicling the history and achievements of the Communications Studies programme. On Tuesday 13th April, the Centre for Language Learning Auditorium will host “Talk De Talk: Language, Gender, and Media & Communications in the Caribbean,” a full day of student thesis presentations, with panel sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and poster presentations from 1 to 4 p.m. On Wednesday April 14th, Mr Christopher Laird of Gayelle TV will be the feature speaker at a lunchtime seminar titled “Media & Caribbean Identity.”   

On the afternoon of Thursday 15th April, 2010 “Mas on the lawn: Communication, performance and art” is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Faculty of Humanities and Education (FHE) undercroft, where students from the Department of Liberal Arts will communicate through poems, displays, chalk writing, poster presentations, translations, living art and music. All events from April 13th to 15th are open to the public. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Tia Cooper at or (868) 662 2002 Ext. 3867.                 

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