The University of the West Indies Open Campus will host its annual Independence Lecture next week Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Methodist Church Hall and Community Building from 7 p.m. in commemoration of the 34th anniversary of Independence.
This year, Verene Shepherd, professor of Social History in the Department of History at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies, will deliver the lecture on the topic, “CARICOM and the Decade for People of African Descent: A post Colonial Imperative”.
Shepherd has a distinguished history of involvement with the women’s movement and a track record of research on gender issues in the region and internationally. She is the chair of the Jamaica Reparations Commission and a member of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African descent.
She is currently the Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at Mona. Shepherd has written extensively on gender issues in the region and on Caribbean and Jamaican histories. Shepherd has several publications including several co-authored with Professor Sir Hillary Beckles including, ‘Liberties Lost’, ‘Freedoms Won’, and ‘Caribbean Slavery in the Atlantic World’.
Persons attending the lecture are required to be seated by 6:45 p.m.