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Behavioural Sciences/Governance Unit to host Race Relations Panel Discussion

For Release Upon Receipt - October 20, 2009

St. Augustine

The Behavioural Sciences/Governance Unit of The University of the West Indies, will be hosting a panel discussion on Race Relations on October 28th, 2009, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the JFK Lecture Theatre, St Augustine Campus.

It will be an academic discussion of the challenges in managing race relations in plural societies. A historical overview of race relations will be given and its impact on Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana will be discussed. The topic will also be approached with a gendered focus. Members of the panel include Professor Prem Misir, Pro Chancellor, University of Guyana; Professor John La Guerre, Professor Emeritus (Behavioural Sciences & Chairman of EOC); Professor Bridget Brereton, Professor, Department of History, UWI; Professor Rhoda Reddock, Deputy Principal, UWI. The Chairman is Professor Brinsley Samaroo, University of Trinidad & Tobago.

Among invited guests are Sat Maharaj and Devant Maharaj, Maha Sabha; Members of Parliament; the Centre for Human Rights Committee, the GOPIO Committee, Prof Selwyn Ryan and Dr Selwyn Cudjoe.

This event is open to all and there will be light refreshments at the end.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ann Marie Bissessar at 696-2286 or, or Olivia Ramkissoon at

Professor Prem Misir will also be delivering lectures at the St Augustine campus from October 19th to 23rd. To find out more, please visit

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