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UWI Deputy Campus Principal to speak in Bicameralism Lecture Series

For Release Upon Receipt - October 5, 2011

St. Augustine

Professor Rhoda Reddock, Deputy Campus Principal, UWI, St. Augustine, will deliver the third lecture of the ‘Bicameralism Lecture Series: 50 Years of Bicameralism in Trinidad and Tobago (1961-2011)’ on Wednesday October 12, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Daaga Auditorium, The UWI, St. Augustine. Prof. Reddock will be speaking on the topic, “The effectiveness of Parliament as an organ of the State in scrutinizing executive action.”

The Bicameralism Lecture Series was launched in recognition of December 29, 2011, marking 50 years since the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago first sat as a two-Chamber legislature on the same date in 1961. The initiative was spearheaded by a Planning Committee consisting of Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, led by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House. This lecture series is intended to educate the public on the importance of Parliamentary democracy in Trinidad and Tobago and the role that the Parliament plays in ensuring that democratic principles are upheld.

The public lectures will take place throughout Trinidad and Tobago and will analyze the role that our bicameral Parliament has played in the development of Trinidad and Tobago. Two lectures have already taken place; the first in Tobago and the second in Arima. Following the third lecture by Prof. Reddock, other lectures will be held in Port of Spain, Chaguanas, San Fernando and Point Fortin. The series will culminate with a gala event at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) on December 19, 2011 at 10 a.m., when His Excellency Prof. George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, will deliver a lecture on "The Role of the Head of State in a Bicameral System of Governance: From Independence to the Present."

The lecture, “The effectiveness of Parliament as an organ of the State in scrutinizing executive action” by Prof. Rhoda Reddock on October 12, is open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session. Students in particular are encouraged to attend and participate.

To find out more, please contact Mr. Jason Elcock, Corporate Communications Manager, Office of the Parliament, at 868 624-7275 ext. 2302.

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.

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