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Brainstorming, not brainwashing, at CHOGM critical thinking session

For Release Upon Receipt - October 21, 2009

St. Augustine

Why did the British Empire become the Commonwealth of Nations?  What are the key differences between today and the period when the Commonwealth originated?  How do these differences argue for a different Commonwealth or no Commonwealth at all today?  What, then, are arguable reasons for the continuation or discontinuation of the Commonwealth? 

These are some of the questions that sixty upper secondary school students will explore in a session of critical thinking on the Commonwealth and CHOGM 2009 to be hosted by The University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute of International Relations (IIR) on Thursday 22nd October, 2009. CHOGM is the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held in Trinidad and Tobago from November 27th to 29th.

“The session is intended to be a brainstorming rather than a brainwashing opportunity,” said an official release from The UWI IIR. The session is conceived as an opportunity for critical thinking on CHOGM, rather than merely a forum to inform participants about CHOGM and the Commonwealth.

Panelists include Professor Timothy Shaw, the IIR Director who has written a recent book on the Commonwealth; Ulric Cross, a board member of the Commonwealth Foundation; Felipe Noguera, Communications Specialist involved in CHOGM 2009; and Dennis McComie, spokesperson for CHOGM 2009.


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