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CPA honours Professors Hollis Liverpool & Gordon Rohlehr

For Release Upon Receipt - July 18, 2012

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago The Postgraduate Programme in Cultural Studies, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, will host the annual meeting of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) from July 19th to 21st 2012 at the School of Education, UWI St. Augustine. On Friday July 20th, two local scholars will be honoured: Professor Hollis Liverpool (The Mighty Chalkdust) and Professor Gordon Rohlehr. These awards will be presented on Friday July 20 at 7pm at the School of Education Auditorium.

The meeting, held for the first time in Trinidad and Tobago, is themed “Shifting the Geography of Reason IX: Racial Capitalism and the Creole Discourses of Native-, Indo-, Afro-, and Euro-Caribbeans.” Professor Norman Girvan will deliver the feature address at the Opening Ceremony on the topic "The Global Economic Situation and the Prospects for New Disciplines Like Caribbean Philosophy". The Opening Ceremony and Reception will be held at the Daaga Auditorium, UWI St. Augustine from 5pm.  

This year, Professor Liverpool will receive The Nicolás Guillén Life-Time Achievement Award for Philosophical Literature; while Professor Rohlehr is recipient of The Nicolás Guillén Prize for Philosophical Literature.

Among the participants are Mireille Fanon-Mendès-France and Distinguished Professor Stephon Alexander. Ms. Fanon-Mendès-France is the daughter of celebrated Martiniquan psychoanalyst and revolutionary theorist Frantz Fanon and is the Head of the Frantz Fanon Foundation in Paris. Professor Alexander is a Trinidadian theoretical physicist who has studied with Stephen Hawking and has recently been appointed Ernest Everett Just 1907 Professor of Physics at Dartmouth College. 

The CPA is an international association for academics and intellectuals engaging with philosophy that emerges in the Caribbean. Since 2004, the CPA has organized an annual conference.

For further information, contact Dr. Gabrielle Hezekiah at or at 719-5319.  Mireille Fanon-Mendès-France and Professor Stephon Alexander will be available for media interviews.

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