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From Apocalypse to Awakenings

For Release Upon Receipt - September 19, 2007

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine, Faculty of Humanities and Education, Department of Liberal Arts is hosting a special retirement conference in honour of Prof. Gordon Rohlehr from Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th October 2007, for his sterling contribution to the development of West Indian literary and cultural criticism.

The theme of the conference is, “From Apocalypse to Awakenings”. Members of the public are invited to share in this weekend celebration, which will include papers by scholars who have worked with Professor Rohlehr, as well as testimonials to his extraordinary work over the past decades. Papers discussing the work of Professor Rohlehr will be presented on Thursday 4 October and Friday 5 October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Centre for Language and Learning (CLL), St. Augustine. There are also scheduled lunchtime readings. Registration begins at 8.30 a.m. each day.For further information on the Conference, please contact: Prof. Funso Aiyejina, Dr. Jean Antoine-Dunne or Dr. Paula Morgan or or visit the official website at

A number of other events will mark the tribute to Prof. Rohlehr’s pioneering research and commentaries on calypso, oral tradition and literature, the first being the premiering of a documentary on the life and works of Gordon Rohlehr. This screening will take place at the award ceremony scheduled for Thursday 4th October, 2007 at 7.30 p.m., at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), St. Augustine.Another highlight is a night of Calypso, on Friday 5 October at 7.00 p.m., which will include a reading by Trinidadian novelist, Earl Lovelace. Tickets for this event are now on sale. For further information on this double bill, please call 662 2002 Ext. 2288 or 3493. Group rates are available.The Centre for Creative and Festival Arts (CCFA) will bring the proceedings to a climax with an evening of jazz at which the Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite will give a special reading. This will take place at 7.00 p.m. at the CCFA, Gordon Street, St. Augustine.



  • Prof. Funso Aiyejina, Dr. Jean Antoine-Dunne, Dr. Paula Morgan

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    Faculty of Humanities & Education
    Liberal Arts

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