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‘Conversations with Prime Ministers’ chronicled in new UWI publication

For Release Upon Receipt - February 26, 2016

St. Augustine

On March 2, the publication “In the Fires of Hope – Trinidad and Tobago at 50” will be formally launched at The UWI St. Augustine Campus. The book is Volume 1 of a two-part publication coming out of the Distinguished Lecture Series ‘Conversations with Prime Ministers’ hosted by the campus to commemorate T&T’s 50th anniversary of Independence in 2012. The launch takes place at the Main Salon of the Office of the Campus Principal from 10am.

Speaking on the launch, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Clement Sankat said “The St. Augustine Campus of The UWI is extremely proud to produce this publication to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of our host country, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Indeed, the development of Trinidad and Tobago, and that of our Campus, have been intertwined from the very beginning, and so our nation and university share a special bond, one that has been held together by a common vision.”

Volume 1 is edited by Professor Patrick Watson, Director of The UWI's Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies (SALISES) and Volume 1 features transcripts of conversations with former Prime Minister and President, Mr. ANR Robinson and former Prime Minister, Mr. Basdeo Panday. It also includes six papers on themes surrounding independence including ‘Woodbrook on the Path to Independence’ by UWI lecturer and anthropologist, Dr. Dylan Kerrigan. The book’s cover design was done by UWI student, Najé Hart.

At the launch, Mr. Ewart Williams, Chair of The UWI St. Augustine Campus Council and former Central Bank Governor is expected to give a review of the book. Professor Emeritus Funso Aiyejina, former Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education and member of the Publication’s Committee, and Professor Ann-Marie Bissessar, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences are also carded to deliver remarks alongside the Campus Principal and Editor.  For further details on the launch, please contact the Marketing and Communications Office at 662 2002 ext 83636 or email



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Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (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, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad 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:


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