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Freedom Road Public Lecture Series Culture and Emancipation

For Release Upon Receipt - June 22, 2007

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus, Department of History will host the fourth event in their ongoing public lecture series commemorating the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Trans Atlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans. The lecture, which is themed, “Culture and Emancipation”, will take place at the UWI Learning Resource Centre (LRC) on Thursday 28 June, 2007 from 6.30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and will be of great interest to students, teachers and lecturers.

A panel of cultural leaders will lead the discussion, moderated by Mr. Rawle Gibbons, UWI Lecturer and former director of the UWI Centre for Creative and Festival Arts (CCFA).  Dr Merle Hodge, UWI Lecturer, cultural activist and novelist, will address the topic, “Emancipation Towards Cultural Confidence.” Presentations will also be made by Mr Tracy Wilson, Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Emancipation Support Committee and Mr. Aiyegoro Ome of the National Joint Action Committee. 

The Freedom Road Public Lecture Series provides an opportunity for all to discuss such important themes as: The Meaning of Freedom, The Atlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans, The Abolition Act, Emancipation and Culture, Education and Emancipation, Emancipation in Trinidad and Tobago. The series ends in August 2007 with reflections on how these commemorative events have tangible and relevant connections in our contemporary society. 

Local contributors include Doctors. John F Campbell, Claudius Fergus, Michael Toussaint, Gelien Matthews Rita Pemberton, Sandra Gift and Heather Cateau, as well as Professor Bridget Brereton. Foreign participants include Professors James Millette and Selwyn Carrington, Doctors Fitzroy Baptiste and Richard Goodridge. 



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