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Education Through Community

For Release Upon Receipt - January 20, 2009


The Eric Williams Memorial Collection at The University of the West Indies (UWI) will host the Third Annual Eric Williams Symposium in conjunction with The University of Sheffield, UK. This event will be held at 8:45 am on Wednesday 28th January, 2009 in Engineering Room 101, at the UWI, St. Augustine Campus.

Members of the public, educators, university students, policy makers are welcome to attend - free of charge.

The forum is an integral part of The University of Sheffield's Caribbean Programme which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Among the speakers will be: UWI Deputy Campus Principal Rhoda Reddock; Sheffield Pro Vice Chancellor, International Affairs, Dominic Shellard; Professor R.L. Hangloo, Visiting Chair of Indian Studies, UWI; Professor Gordon Rohlehr (Ret.) UWI.

The theme for this Symposium is ‘Education Through Community: Issues and Possibilities for Development’. It stems from a commitment to examine the emphasis placed by Dr. Eric Williams on the relationship between education and national development. Discussions will center on the notion of education in the context of development as a practice of community, and will explore the challenges and opportunities of forging a decolonising agenda in light of transnational encounters – the very challenge that Williams posed in his book ‘History of the People of Trinidad and Tobago’. It is intended to be a forum to advance discourse around issues of power, voice, inclusion, agency, identity and gender, as well as examples of good practice, through cross-cultural personal, professional and research experiences.

For further information, please contact Erica Williams Connell, Eric Williams Memorial Collection, P.O. Box 561631, Miami, FL 33256-1631, Tel: 305-271-7246, Cell: 305-905-9999, Fax: 305-271-4160.


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