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Panel Discussion - Revolution 1970: The Military Speaks

For Release Upon Receipt - July 25, 2012

St. Augustine

The Department of History, UWI, St. Augustine, will host its fifth panel discussion entitled “Revolution 1970: The Military Speaks,” on Monday 30th July 2012, from 6pm at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port of Spain.

The event is free and open to the public and will include panelists Major General Ralph Brown, Rear Admiral Richard Kelshall, Colonel Hugh Vidale and Lieutenant Colonel Wendell Salandy. They will share their experiences of the 1970 unrest at the Teteron Barracks, the aftermath and what it meant for the future of the Defence Force of Trinidad and Tobago. This panel will add a rare perspective to this transformative period in Trinidad and Tobago’s history.  A special exhibition by the National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago will also be showcased.

The panel discussion is part of the Department’s year-long commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence, which includes essay and poetry competitions for primary and secondary school youth, a public lecture series and film showings throughout various communities in Trinidad and Tobago. These activities will culminate in a three-day international conference from September 13-15, 2012, “In The Fires Of Hope: 50 Years of Independence In Trinidad And Tobago.”

For more information, please contact Shinelle Martin at  or at (868) 662-2002 ext. 82021.


About UWI

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. (Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)