THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES' ST. AUGUSTINE CAMPUS
SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010
Leading the march: Muhammad Muwakil and Jared Prima, actors in "March to Caroni."
Students Take Off
* Programme marks 10 years
Math on the Menu
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University campuses are often the site of protests and
S demonstrations, where ideas ricochet off each other,
where seminal moments erupt and change histories
SOver its fifty years, this St Augustine Campus has
S been central to radical movements of all sorts. As our
erudite Professor Bridget Brereton informed us in
S her address at last month's rededication ceremony of
S the Administration Building, it was a hotbed during
the Butler Riots of 1937, and from 1960 to the early
1980s it was positively jumping. Prof Brereton told
the tale of the 1980 siege on the office of the principal
by furniture-flinging students. Considering that
Lloyd Braithwaite was the principal then and he has
probably been the most popular principal ever, it is a
striking story for what it illustrates about the depth of
In recent times, that passion has not been readily
evident among the student population, indeed, some
have complained that it is symptomatic of a general
apathy throughout the country. Many have lamented
the loss of a deep intellectual tradition that once
dotted our landscape with public lectures on matters
of national concern and importance, where one could
find a James, a Capildeo, a Gomes or a Williams
discussing ideas (as opposed to the cheap mud-slinging
of today's politics).
Because the concept of intellectual discourse seems
to be fading, it is doubly important that our society is
mE U ~ reminded of its own tradition before it is too late.
Y When the Department of Creative and Festival
< "Arts (DCFA) held its theatrical production, "March
NI to Caroni" at the St Augustine Campus, it was an
excellent invocation to rouse weary spirits.
Using the Campus grounds as its stage, the
producers engaged audience and actors alike as they
retraced journeys and called forth blurred memories
for those who had been there, and created new ones
for those who never knew.
In these times of unrest, the sound of marching
feet on the campus is not muffled. From students to
academics, from theatre to reality, while the feet may
be doing the walking, it is the heads that determine
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SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010 UWI TODAY 3
The 2008/2009 Annual Report of
the St. Augustine Campus is now
available online at www.sta.uwi.edu,
providing a detailed picture of the
Campus and its operations for that
academic year. The report shows
that after a period of phenomenal
growth ranging between 5% and
17% per annum, enrolment figures
are still increasing but at a slower
rate-just over 2%. On the finance
side there is evidence that The UWI
St. Augustine, like many other
higher education institutions, was
also affected by the downturn in
the global economy and suffered an
income shortfall of almost TT$57
million. There is also some evidence
of the ways in which students,
particularly from the islands of the
Eastern Caribbean, were affected by
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In tribute to the significant role of newspapers in
advocating public accountability and transpar-
ency, The UWI Marketing and Communications
Office designed both the Annual and Faculty
Reports 2008/2009 in a newspaper format.
The report was presented
at the annual meeting of the
Campus Council on March 31st,
2010. The Council, chaired by
Trinidad and Tobago Central
Bank Governor, Ewart Williams,
has the responsibility to "govern,
manage and regulate the finances,
accounts, investments and property
of the University" as outlined in
the Statutes and Ordinances of The
UWI. The Meeting of the wider
University Council took place in
Barbados this month.
Despite the challenges outlined
in the report, themed "Making Our
Mark," there are several examples
of the ways in which The UWI,
in the words of its Chairman, has
been finding ways to "do more with
less." The Campus has continued to
work towards the goals expressed
in the 2007-2012 strategic plan and
staff and students have continued
to shine in every field and to make
Keeping Our Ship Steady
Two weeks ago, this St. Augustine Campus
launched a 3-Year Training Programme
Sand Professional Development Support
b..'"1 M l Initiative for Secondary School Principals.
It was heartening to see such a diverse
Ei group attending the launch and it was a
pleasure to be part of this timely initiative.
The St. Augustine Campus has always seen
1 the partnership between The UWI and our
secondary schools as vital to the success of
our enterprise, as these schools populate our University. Building
leadership and management capability in our secondary schools is
critical since these leaders not only shape the academic content, they
also have to manage a large cadre of people staff and students.
As a Principal myself, I understand the many challenges that come
with managing a teaching and learning institution, particularly given
our current financial environment. At UWI St. Augustine there are
close to 17,000 students and 3,000 staff, with staff representing a large
percentage of our annual budget. The state of the economy has deeply
affected our capacity to execute plans in the ways we had envisaged. As
leaders, we know that patience is being tested and cost-containment
and the financial outlook have left people uncertain of the future.
But it is during these testing times we require effective leadership
for institutional success. We need to overcome the challenges and keep
our ships steady. Honest engagement with our staff (and stakeholders)
to reaffirm our commitment to a common vision for the institution
is the approach I have supported and also put into practice, at our
recent Staff Forum.
It is within this framework of engagement and dialogue that this
Campus organized the management and leadership programme for
secondary schools principals.
As part of an ongoing process of national and regional engagement,
we will continue to strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders
and to implement initiatives that not only develop our human capital
but also serve to advance our national and regional development
Times may be tough, but we will not waver. We will persevere in
our quest to build, strengthen and support our internal and external
stakeholders, despite the choppy waters.
CLEMENT K. SANKAT
Pro Vice Chancellor & Principal
The Campus has continued to work towards the
goals expressed in the 2007-2012 strategic plan
and staff and students have continued to shine in
every field and to make their mark.
Professor Clement Sankat
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Mrs. Dawn Marie De Four-Gill
Ms. Vaneisa Baksh
The UWI Marketing and Communications Office
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4 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010
WIGUT SEMINAR ON
HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING
Why would a university trade union such as the West Indies
Group of University Teachers St Augustine hold a seminar
on funding higher education? As part of its education and
professional development programme, WIGUT hosted
a seminar to highlight the funding challenges in higher
education on March 4 2010. According to WIGUT President
Dr Godfrey Steele, the seminar was held as a result of global,
regional and national reports on the issue. These reports
suggest there is a crisis in funding Higher Education (HE).
The WIGUT President and Executive members decided
that this seminar would be a special project to contribute
positively to informed discussion and exploration of the
funding issues affecting UWI and other higher education
While there maybe differences of opinion on the impact
of the global recession on higher education, it seems that in
the Caribbean and, in particular in Trinidad and Tobago,
the crisis is here, despite considerable investment and
commitment by the State and other agencies. This funding
crisis has the potential to affect the quality, delivery and
implementation of HE programmes. The potential impact
on all students, staff and stakeholders in the public and
private sectors needs to be examined and discussed with
specific reference to funding the academy in a time of stalled
projects, expired salary agreements, shortfalls in cash, and
possible delays in the receipt of monthly subventions to
meet operating costs.
The seminar discussed a range of views on the crisis
and explored innovative and feasible policies to protect and
grow the significant investment in human resources and
higher education. Several local and overseas stakeholders
were invited from higher education institutions such as the
COSTAAT, the University of the Southern Caribbean, the
University of Trinidad and Tobago, The School of Business
and Computer Science, The University of the West Indies,
Cave Hill Campus, The University of the West Indies
Open Campus, the University of Technology (UTECH)
Jamaica, The Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ministers and representatives of the Ministries of Labour
and Small and Micro-Enterprise Development; Science,
Technology and Tertiary Education and Education, and the
Chief Personnel Office and other stakeholders were invited
to submit proposals for presentations.
Participants included members of the UWI St
Augustine campus community such as students; academic,
senior administrative and professional staff (ASAP);
administrative, technical and service staff (ATSS); senior
management. There were presenters and guests from other
Dr Godfrey Steele, WIGUT President, delivers welcome remarks at
the West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT St. Augustine)
seminar on "Sustainable Funding of Higher Education in Challenging
Times", at Daaga Hall Auditorium, The University of the West Indies
(UWI) St. Augustine Campus.
Dr Michael Toussaint, Lecturer, UWI Department of History, moderates
a session titled "Education for Free or for Fee?" at the West Indies Group
ofUniversity Teachers (WIGUT St. Augustine) seminar on "Sustainable
Funding of Higher Education in Challenging Times."
campuses and universities. The audience comprised the
leadership and representatives of the labour unions at UWI
(WIGUT, OWTU, EPA) and other unions. The objectives
of the seminar were to:
* Collect and present information on issues in the
sustainable funding of higher education
* Analyze and assess the current and potential impact
of a funding crisis in higher education
* Document and present proposals for constructive
and innovative funding of higher education
* Develop a draft working policy on sustainable
funding of higher education
In keeping with its aim to discuss the crisis and explore
innovative and feasible policies to protect and grow the
significant investment in human resources and higher
education, the seminar presented six thematic panels.
The focus was on exploring and developing sustainable
and problem-solving national and regional approaches to
funding Higher Education. Two-three panelists presented a
selected topic based on one of the following themes:
* Funding Models and Case Applications in Higher
* Traditional and Entrepreneurial Approaches and
Models in Higher Education
* Quality Assurance and Return on Investment
* Education for Free or for Fee?
* Cost-cutting and Workload Issues
* Funding the Academy
Were there any positive outcomes? The seminar
succeeded in creating a meeting of minds locally and
regionally to address higher education issues affecting all
stakeholders and the public interest. This is particularly
important when there is no official higher education policy
framework or an organization to advise and recommend
how these issues should be addressed. Presenter and
participants noted with satisfaction the sense of partnership
and commitment that was created during the presentations
and discussions. A commitment was undertaken by all to
continue this effort and to support this seminar initiative
and other similar programmes in higher education policy
development. WIGUT is collecting and editing the seminar
papers and will publish the proceedings for the benefit of all
Higher Education stakeholders. The abstracts, presentations
and biographies of the presenters are available at http://sta.
The seminar discussed a range of views on the crisis and explored
innovative and feasible policies to protect and grow the significant investment
in human resources and higher education.
SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010 UWI TODAY 5
* PROFESSORIAL INAUGURAL LECTURE
OF PROFESSOR JACOB OPADEYI
The Professorial Inaugural Lecture of Professor Jacob
Opadeyi was held at the St. Augustine Campus on April 8.
Prof Opadeyi, who is Professor of Engineering
Surveying, delivered a lecture on land management titled,
"Managing Our Land, Managing Our Future."' His lecture
focused on the importance of terrestrial records from
selected regions of Africa and the Caribbean. It presented
an adaptive framework for land administration systems,
explored the bio-physical characteristic of land in Trinidad,
described challenges to land management in Trinidad and
Tobago, and offered solutions.
Prof Opadeyi is Head of the Department of Geomatics
Engineering and Land Management in the Faculty of
* BLUE TEDDY BEAR LOGO LAUNCHED
The visual symbol of the Break the Silence action research
project is a blue teddy bear. This image has come to
symbolize security, love, care, comfort and relationships. The
plaster across the teddy bear's heart was designed to offer
a sense of hope and healing. Blue underlines the popular
idiom for "feeling blue," or feelings of hurt, sadness and
despair. Overall, the symbol signals a call to awareness of
issues raised by the Break the Silence project, particularly
Child Sexual Abuse/incest, gender and implications for
The angle and shape of the blue teddy is specifically
designed to invoke other awareness or activism ribbons,
while the blue was chosen since it is the color that represents
Child Abuse in the United States. A Blue Ribbon Campaign
against child abuse originated there in 1989 when a mother
tied a blue ribbon to her car antenna as a tribute to her
grandson, who died at the hands of his abusive father.
Similarly, in 1991, the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus from
nI iBreak the Silence
New York created a symbol to demonstrate compassion for
people living with AIDS and their caregivers. Inspired by
the yellow ribbons honoring American soldiers serving in
the Gulf War, they chose the color red, for its connection
to blood and the idea of passion, not only anger, but love,
like a valentine. The Red Ribbon continues to be a powerful
force in the fight to increase public awareness of HIV/AIDS
and in the lobbying efforts to increase funding for AIDS
services and research. Likewise, the blue teddy symbol is
intended to be used as a consciousness-raising symbol, not
as a commercial or trademark tool.
The blue teddy bear symbol was developed by graphic
artist and designer Kenneth Scott, in consultation with
Kathryn Chan from IGDS, UWI, St. Augustine, Elspeth
Duncan, independent videographer and documentary
photographer for the Break the Silence project; Tracie
Rogers and Maureen Searles from CADV; Camille Quamina,
from Arts in Action (AiA) of the Department of Creative
and Festival Arts, UWI, St. Augustine, Tisha Nickenig, of
IGDS, UWI, St. Augustine.
Break the Silence is an action oriented research project
of the Institute of Gender and Developments Studies,
UWI, St. Augustine in collaboration with the Trinidad and
Tobago Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It is funded
by UNICEF and the United Nations Trust Fund for the
Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Upcoming activities include a movie premiere at
UWI, St. Augustine in May, a soap opera addressing issues
surrounding Child Sexual Abuse/incest aired on national
radio, policy roundtables and a regional conference.
1 0 CAMPUS NEWS
6 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010
STUDENTS REPRESENT AT
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SCIENCES MEETING
By Keron King
It is no secret that the crime rate in Trinidad and Tobago is cause for concern.
Levels of the fear of crime are arguably spiraling out of control and the whole
notion of safety and security is, unfortunately, being compromised with every
passing day. Mindful of this, students at the UWI, St. Augustine Campus
have taken up the challenge to tackle crime from an academic standpoint;
hoping that their research will help to alleviate the problem.
Many students at the Campus are engaged in various kinds of research,
ranging from policing; juvenile crime and delinquency; youth gangs; the
sex, drugs and guns trade; white collar crime; restorative justice and prison
research. It augurs well for deeper understanding and academic solutions
to our present dilemma.
Had Ken Pryce (arguably the first Caribbean Criminologist) been alive
today, he would have been overjoyed at the rate at which the students at the St.
Augustine Campus have answered his 1979 call for a Caribbean Criminology,
and the resulting thrust for a theoretical school in this area.
This year three UWI graduate students answered the Academy of
Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) call for papers to their annual Criminal
Justice Sciences Meeting. Every year the ACJS hosts this meeting/conference
where academics from around the world share contemporary scholarly work
on criminology and criminal justice. This year's February meeting, "Beyond
Our Boundaries: The Inclusivity of Criminal Justice Sciences," in San Diego,
California, USA, featured three local presentations.
Sandra Romany, a Master of Philosophy student in Governance and
Public Policy, presented her work on the "Challenges of Developing a
National Threat Assessment for Caribbean Islands: The Case of Trinidad
and Tobago." She argued that Trinidad and Tobago needs a "Drug Threat
Assessment" to help unearth the depth of the drug situation and enable
relevant authorities to strategically deploy resources. She lamented that
official reports have indicated that Trinidad and Tobago's official drug
reporting and drug-use database are deficient. This would present a major
challenge to developing and implementing this drug threat assessment.
Nevertheless, it is a step in the right direction that Sandra is examining our
drug situation and looking for practical solutions.
Wendell Wallace, a PhD. student in Criminology and Criminal Justice,
examined the relationship between tourism and crime in Tobago, his home
land. Wendell's data indicated that the influx of tourists into the island was
positively correlated to an increase in crime. His presentation sparked a
lively debate as panelists and the audience pondered whether tourists were
the perpetrators or victims of these crimes. Many wondered if these crimes
were related to property, drug or sexual offences. All agreed that this line of
research needs to be continued as it promises to paint a statistical picture of
crime in Tobago for the first time.
My presentation examined policing in East Port of Spain. I argued
that the para-militaristic style of policing characteristic during the colonial
era has become a distinguishing feature of modern policing in the urban
centers of our nation. I contended that this style of policing facilitates violent
street crime in these same areas. This presentation highlighted data from
From left: Keron King, Dr. Dianne Williams and Wendell Wallace at the Criminal
Justice Sciences meeting
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budding Criminologist at the UWI St. Augustine Campus.
a questionnaire I developed along the lines of Jamaican Criminologist, Professor Anthony Harriot's
theorizing of the para-militaristic style of policing. Officers surveyed believed that para-militarism, as
defined by Harriot, is an effective way of policing. Research of this nature promises to provide a profile
of the officers inclined to para-militaristic policing as well as to make way for a more peacemaking
approach to policing.
In our aim to be true to Ken Pryce's call for a Caribbean Criminology, Dr. Dianne Williams,
Criminology Lecturer and Coordinator of the Unit for Social Problem Analysis and Policy Development
(USPAP) chaired a roundtable discussion titled "Developing a Caribbean Criminology." She provided
an overview of our crime situation, challenged the efficacy of many North American and European
theories to effectively explain our situation and suggested very practical solutions to our crime quandary.
Subsequently, Wendell and I, along with other audience members discussed policing and the juvenile
The exposure and the opportunity to share our academic work with the rest of the world were
phenomenal. The experience renewed and invigorated our resolve to play our part to save T&T through
academic research and practical solutions.
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Studies (IGDS) has launched the 4th Issue
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"All is Number," is the second science documentary
produced by Dr Shirin Haque and directed by
Terry Sampson. A math appetizer is how Dr Haque
describes this 22-minute feature recorded in Barbados
and Trinidad and airing throughout the region. Dr
Haque and Terry Sampson chatted with UWI Today
about the process.
When did you first conceptualise the
Caribbean Science Documentaries
that resulted in 2008's Adventures in
D I remember it well it was around October
2006 I'd been feeling bored and missing
challenges and then the idea of documentaries
struck while I was watching one on science,
and it consumed me. By July 2007, we had
funding and were ready to begin filming.
There were many failed attempts at fund-
raising, numerous meetings and rejections, but I never
I have a real passion for science and television-together
they are a potent combination to ignite the spark for
spreading the good work of our science and our scientists.
The Caribbean is known for its beaches and Carnival and
Nobel Laureates in literature, but science had a gaping hole.
I wanted to celebrate the spectrum of our scientists and
their work. My strongest message was that it was all fun
and an adventure. That was the motivation for "Adventures
in Discovery." Every scientist featured in that one was
carefully selected to show our regional rainbow people
and the relevance, value and importance of their work to
our own people.
If you are interested in obtaining copies of the
documentaries please contact Dr Shirin Haque at
email@example.com or 662-2002, ext. 2051.
Both features will be posted on YouTube, with
information on Facebook and Twitter as well.
Having had the experience of creating
a 25-minute documentary out of 22
days of filming in Trinidad, Antigua,
Montserrat and Barbados, with a
constantly growing budget, how did
that shape your approach to the second
D It felt like back to square one with project
number two: All is Number! This project was
so different. The lesson I learnt was to listen
to my director, Terry Sampson, a bit more.
The last project proved that he knew what he
was talking about. I learnt to appreciate the
complexities and time involved (and cost)
in recording a scene lasting one second on the screen. The
second project reaffirmed that it does take a lot longer than
anticipated and will always have cost overruns. But we never
let it stop us-if you want something badly enough, you will
find a way to make it happen, whatever it takes.
I must add the history of how "All is Number" happened. The
folks at UWI Cave Hill Campus, Barbados were delighted at
"Adventures in Discovery" and had supported it financially to
include a segment on science in Barbados ("Caves and Canes").
The proposal for a feature on Mathematics came from Prof.
Leo Moseley of Cave Hill, who is a co-producer on this one,
and he was instrumental in obtaining the major funding
from the Peter Moores Trust in Barbados for it. Terry and I
took it from there, developing the story line and treatment
and doing all the research. This one was a year in the making
as the challenges were totally different this time, and you
must realize it was two persons doing it all part time!
Already preparing for the next feature, "Wild and Wonderful," Terry Sampson
A baby bird, whose progress had been closely monitored.
SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010 UWI TODAY 9
Dr Shirin Haque, Head, Physics Department, UWI.
What was the actual experience like?
Absolutely phenomenal-the learning
curve is steep-it was drowning myself in
the interesting world of mathematics from
a different angle, albeit an interesting one. It
is addictive. Of the many interesting things I
have done in my life, documentaryproduction
is at the top of the list. I wish I could do it
for the rest of my life-and I have enough ideas to occupy
me for such. But the limiting factor of course is the funding
for such projects. So, I remain very grateful, starting with a
wild card of an idea and a passion, with zero dollars, zero
experience, that we are on our third feature currently (Wild
and Wonderful). Thanks to Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie for
taking a chance on us; and the continuing support of the Vice
Chancellor, Principal, and Dean has been very motivating.
The next project that we currently have a glint in our eye
about is "If things go Wrong'," a feature on the issue of food
security in the region. Of course, starting with a budget of
zero dollars never stopped us before!
What is "All is Number" about?"
^ It takes the viewer on a journey into the
world of mathematics through the lesser
beaten path, and brings home the point
that mathematics is all around us in things
we do everyday that we are not consciously
aware of. "All is number" was a statement
made by Pythagoras, known as the father of
mathematics. We show the role of mathematics in nature,
the environment, electronics, climatology, medicine, music,
architecture, art, economics, highlighting new areas of
mathematics like fractals and chaos theory. We show how
numbers are in all kinds of patterns everywhere. I could have
produced an entire feature on each aspect alone. But this is
an appetizer to the wonderful world of mathematics.
Who is it targeted at?
^ General public and in particular at the level
of high school and above. This feature is
particularly suited for high schools and
the Ministry of Education in Barbados
has indicated that they would like to
have both features in all their schools.
We were particularly delighted at the
response of the television stations in Trinidad and Barbados
who were very interested in the features and have aired
it repeatedly. Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) airs
it regionally across the Caribbean and in parts of North
America and has been a big supporter of the projects.
What was the most challenging
aspect of filming this time
TS: The filming itself was not difficult. What was
challenging was doing the time lapse for the
flower buds opening, and creating the mood
lighting for the music scenes.
With the previous experience,
how did your approach change?
TS: I buffed up Shirin more! There is a huge gap
sometimes between imagining what we would
like to do and actually making it happen in terms
of cost, equipment, technology and expertise.The
two features were completely different videos so
a comparison is difficult. The first was based on
photography and videography and this new one
"All is Number"is mostly based on post-production
effects.A lot of the effects were subtly introduced
into standing visuals so it would not overcome the
viewer but enhance the points.
What was the best part
of it for you?
TS: The completion (grinning)! A lot of different
media was incorporated in this one-After Effects,
Apple Motion, and we involved the Faculty of
Engineering to generate the effects for the fractal
move. Directing it, we had a lot more freedom.
Developing the music, we incorporated cultural
themes from an original score developed by
Justin Sampson.This was entirely communicated
through the internet and telephone!
Meeting the challenges with the graphics work
was the best experience.This video through post
production was a steep learning curve and an
entirely different experience in trying to keep the
budget down due to the graphics work.
10 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010
He set the
BY SERAH ACHAM
Picture it, early morning, April 1972. A
young man walks onto Campus, clean-
shaven, sharply- dressed-ready to
impress-for his first day of work at
the St. Augustine Campus of The
University of the West Indies.
Today, he will assume his post
as the Campus' first Computer
Operator. His future is as
bright and promising as the
day before him.
Flash forward, March
2010, almost 38 years later.
On a day as bright as it was
all those years ago, an older,
wiser Zaid Brahim sits at the
table of honour, surrounded
by his colleagues, listening to
their fond memories of him,
i..}dding and chuckling every so
often as he recalls events of the past.
It is a celebration of his retirement and,
as the guest of honour, he is showered with
accolades and well wishes. When all speakers have
had their five minutes of fame, Zaid proceeds to regale them
with his own memories as a UWI CITS staff member.
Backthen, before the computer was a common sight at just
about every corner of our campus, "the Computer Centre for
the whole campus had just three workers'," he tells, a manager,
secretary and the man of the hour himself, Zaid Brahim, the
new computer operator, and it was run from just 8am-4pm.
Now, the Computer Centre has been transformed into the
savvy Campus Information Technology Services, known to The
UWI community as CITS, and its staff has grown more than
twelve-fold. Yet, despite the vast change in the technology on
the campus between 1972 and today, Zaid has maintained his
primary purpose at the University, "to satisfy the students"
When he was first hired, at 22 years old, he wasn't much
older than the students he guided through the computer
processing of their assignments and he sympathized with
them when they succumbed to the pressure of computing
"Long ago students had a hell of a task," he says. They
"would have to key punch (their) own work and it would have
to be done in a language, FORTRAN or COBOL or RPG, to
actually get the output.. .nowadays you use the software, which
is the programme already built, and you just put in your data,
so in those days you had to actually be a programmer to get
He describes the equipment used then: "key punching
machines, the main frame, a card reader, a line printer, all
these I will now call heavy duty stuff," and all apparatus that
may be difficult for about half our readership to visualise (it
certainly is for me).
Eventually, as student needs increased, 24 computers were
installed at the centre, but they still weren't enough, since classes
often held 60-100 students.
"So we had one-hour rotations of students," says Brahim.
By that time, the computer centre's hours were also extended
until 10pm "and they would have to sit there all night. I
remember students who had assignments to hand up the next
day and they would cry, so I would advise them, 'well hear
what, go and tell (your professor) that there was a power cut
and you could ask for some more time'."
The room erupts in laughter, and though
one can find the humour in the experience
now, he admits that "it was serious.
They cry and break down and you
had to actually go and tell to
them 'look, things will be better
tomorrow, go home and take a
rest, comeback tomorrowwith
your mind fresh." '
Now, as he sheds his role
as Computer Operator at
UWI CITS, he still has advice
to offer students, though not
in the IT arena, but in his other
area of expertise: sports and .H
health. "If you can maintain a .... ..
certain fitness level when you're
young, when you reach a certain
age, your five senses will carry you
To staff, he also leaves a bit of a. .-
"try to sweat at least two, three times a week...
it's important.. .your body is made up like a motor
car, if you don't put water and fuel in it, it will shut down. He
compares the car's battery to the human heart: "in a car, if the
battery is rested for a long time, it will run down. Similarly, if
you rest your body for a long time, your heart will die."
An avid football enthusiast, his plans for retirement are
clear. "I've been playing football for so long, more than 55 years,"
he reasons. He will also continue to impart his knowledge
and experience, this time to Trinidad's young footballers as a
coach. He has already begun coaching at a football school San
Fernando, he says, and hopes to extend his reach to secondary
schools in the area.
Zaid, we know you'll teach them well and only hope that
they appreciate your presence and guidance as much we did.
Good luck and happy retirement!
At his retirement ceremony, Zaid Brahim was presented with a football jersey to mark his 37 years with UWI.
SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010 UWI TODAY 11
BUSINESS EXECUTIVE SEMINAR
Professor Jan Kregel to speak at upcoming regional conference
Professor Jan Kregel, Senior Scholar
at Levy Economics Institute of Bard
College, will deliver feature remarks
at the opening ceremony of the
upcoming Caribbean Business
Executive seminar, organized by
the Caribbean Centre for Money
and Finance (CCMF). The CCMF
is an economic and financial policy
and research institution organized
and financed by Caribbean Central
Banks and The UWI, with additional
support by a number of regional
d-r p Themed "The future of the
w financial services industry after the
Professor Jan Kregel is the former chief crisis the seminar will take place
of the Policy Analysis and Development at Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain,
Branch of the United Nations Financing Trinidad on April 30th, from 8am
for Development Office and deputy to 5pm. The formal opening will
secretaryoftheU.N. CommitteeofExperts be chaired by Dr. Delisle Worrell,
on International Cooperation in Tax Governor of the Central Bank of
Matters. Barbados and CCMF Executive
Committee Chairman. The feature
address will be delivered by Hon. Karen Nunez Tesheira, Trinidad and Tobago
Minister of Finance. Professor Clement Sankat, UWI Pro Vice Chancellor
and St Augustine Campus Principal, and Mr. Ewart Williams, Governor of
the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, will also deliver remarks.
Professor Kregel's presentation is themed "Why the bailiouts aren't
working and why a new financial system is needed.' Professor Kregel is a
senior scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and Director
of the Monetary Policy and Financial Structure Program. He currently
holds the positions of Distinguished Research Professor at the Center for
Full Employment and Price Stability of the University of Missouri-Kansas
City and Professor of Development Finance at the Tallinn University of
Mr Paulo Nogueira Batista,
Jr, a well-known Brazilian
economist, is also carded
to speak on "The Reform of
The International Financial
Architecture" in the first session
of the seminar. Since April
2007, Mr Batista has been the
Executive Director for South
American and Caribbean
Countries, representing Brazil
and a group of eight countries
in the region at the International
Monetary Fund (IMF).
Also expected to participate Since April 2007, Paulo Nogueira Batista has
are: Michael Mansoor, First been the Executive Director at the International
Caribbean International Bank Monetary Fund (IMF). Prior to joining the IMF,
(Barbados); Clarence Tong, Mr Nogueira Batista held the following positions:
Mizuho Corporate Bank Under Secretary for Economics Affairs, Ministry
of Planning; Advisor to the Minister of Finance
Limited; Suresh Sookhoo, RBTT; on External Debt, Ministry of Finance; Head of the
Carol Ann Birchwood- James, Center for Monetary and International Economics
Tobago Hotel Association; Yesu Studies, Getulio Vargas Foundation.
For more information, please contact the
Criri1,,ni Centre for Money and Finance
at (868) 645-1174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Persaud, Demerara Distillers Group of Companies (Guyana); and Dodridge Miller, Sagicor Financial
This international conference aims to identify new strategies for growth in financial services. It is
a forum for the exchange of ideas on critical business, banking and financial issues facing emerging
economies in the context of a global financial and economic meltdown of unprecedented proportions. It
will serve to bring together, from the Caribbean and other emerging economies, leaders of the business
communities, governmental policy makers and international scholars and researchers.
Every year the CCMF organises a seminar for top Caribbean executives on a topic of current interest,
with presentations by international experts and Caribbean business leaders. Last year's seminar, held at the
Seabed Conference Centre, Kingston, Jamaica on September 4th, 2009, aimed to help senior executives
of the Caribbean's business and financial companies to cope with global financial and economic turmoil.
Previous seminars dealt with risk management and financial stability.
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12 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010
A BEGINNING AND A BEYOND
BY DR GODFREY STEELE
I see the current interest in celebrating Communication Studies as an opportunity to reflect and share my perspective and experience on the beginning of
the Communication Studies programme. This reflection offers an account of how the programme began and developed. It is an attempt stem the tendency to
eradicate history from memory or assume that there was nothing before now. It is for those who contend that what was there before now should be shifted aside
without the benefit of scholarly thinking and evidence for the sake of expediency and self-promotion. It is my hope that we can go beyond the current myopia
and insularity. But this phenomenon is neither new nor exclusive to small island states and territorial universities. It is at the heart of human communication.
1 I dedicate this memory to my students and my ,ie, tges. Today we have grown beyond the boundaries that others would impose upon us.
The first class in the Communication Studies Section's
(CSS) Programme in the then Department of Language
and Linguistics began at UWI St. Augustine in September
1999 with 20 students. I was the only course lecturer.
There was no office, no assigned meeting place, no budget,
no equipment and no tutor for the programme. I bought
a camera, an audiotape recorder and began meeting my
students on corridors in the open spaces and the tenanted
ones that were available.
The idea for the programme had emerged out of my
experience of introducing, designing and teaching business
communication in the Department of Management Studies,
and introducing and teaching health communication
courses in the Centre for Medical Sciences Education in
the Faculty of Medical Sciences. In those early days Mr.
Errol Simms Head of Management Studies, Mr. Vishnu
Singh, Head Department of Liberal Arts, and Dr Valerie
Youssef and Dr Brader Braithwaite were very supportive.
There was some opposition to the introduction of the
undergraduate programme in the Department of Liberal
Arts and it was stalled for two years. Later, the graduate
programme experienced a similar fate. One colleague from
another department mentioned recently to me, "We were
worried that this new [undergraduate] programme would
take away our students." My response was, "Many of your
students became double majors and did very well overall in
both programmes. I think everyone has gained."
Five courses were approved for introduction in the
Minor in Communication Studies in 1998 and teaching
began in 1999: Communication Studies, Communication
Analysis, Oral Communication, Written Communication
(all 3 credits), and Language and Communication Seminar
(6 credits). There were no first-year courses, but these were
developed with the introduction of the major in 2004. Since
a restructuring of the undergraduate programme in 2007
they became prerequisites for the second-year courses.
Intercultural Communication and Principles of
Mass Communication were introduced in 2004-2005.
Communication Theory and Communication Research
Methods and the Language and Communication research
seminar project were reserved for majors. The theory and
research methods courses were offered in serial fashion to
provide a theoretical base for research methods. They were
taught in parallel with the research project to allow for a
symbiotic and synergistic application of the theoretical
concepts and research principles.
In 2004, the Major in Communication Studies was
introduced. To develop and coordinate it, I requested a
transfer from my position as Lecturer in Communication
Skills for Medical Sciences to the new post of Lecturer
in Communication Studies. In September 2009 the first
graduate programme for Human Communication Studies
began. For the 16 places there were over 80 applicants. By
the start of the 2010 registration, the programme had grown
by over 3,000 per cent to include more than 1,000 majors
and minors annually; 11 courses in the undergraduate
programme and 19 students in the graduate programme. By
then there were three full-time lecturers in Drs. Christiana
Abraham, Tia Cooper and Godfrey Steele.
The CSS hosted a series of communications studies
fora in partnership with students and other organizations
such as the IABCTT, the Telecommunications Authority of
Trinidad and Tobago, the Media Association of Trinidad
and Tobago, theTrinidad Express,and the Public Relations
Association ofTrinidad and Tobago.On September 182008
the CSS there was "Focus on the Draft Broadcast Code," a
follow-up in November led by theCSA,and oneon political
communication in March 2009.
The International Association of Business
Communicators Trinidad and Tobago Chapter (IABCTT)
has partnered with the CSA and the Communication
Studies Section since 2005 to host joint seminars,including
the successful Career Day, place students in jobs and
contribute to their development. Ongoing efforts to
develop an internship for credit were started in 2005.
Founding President Judette Coward-Puglisi has been a
source of inspiration to the students, the CSA and the
CSS over the years. Several media houses have assisted
with the provision of guest speakers for the teaching of
Principles of Mass Communication introduced by Wynell
Gregorio (formerly Bhagwatsingh) in January 2006 and
the course in Intercultural Communication introduced
by Godfrey Steele in September 2005. Dawn-Marie De
Four-Gill, UWI's Director, Marketing and Communications
and Deirdre Charles, Director, Student Advisory Services
through her World of Work programme, have been very
supportive of our graduates by helping to place them
in corporate communications and other communication
The first Quality Assurance Review was in October
2006. The CSS participated in a quality assurance self-
assessment under the direction of the UWI Quality
Assurance Unit's Senior Programme Officer Dr Sandra Gift
in October 2006.This review coincided with the graduation
of the first Communication Studies majors in 2006.The CSS
received extremely positive feedbackand comments on the
content, structure and delivery of the programme.
The CSS vision of promoting research and the
scholarship of teaching and learning has been possible
through two main avenues. Communication Studies
Research Day and Open Day have been held annually in
April since 2005.This culminated in the 5th Annual Research
Day themed: Summit of the Communicators"in 2009.Staff
members have pursued active research agenda in a range
of interests in communication studies education, health
communication, communication culture and conflict and
the scholarship of teaching and learning as well as in other
more recent interests.
The first class took two courses per semester and
the language and communication research seminar. The
first Communication Studies prizes were bought by an
anonymous contributor because there was no provision for
them in the annual prize-giving ceremony. Since then, there
has been tremendous support for prizes.
The Communication Studies Association (CSA) was
formed in March 2005 and officially launched at the Research
Day on April 13, 2005. It has planned student orientation
activities, fun events including karaoke competitions and
film shows, and has offered service and outreach such as
book drives and fundraisers, career preparation and training
and opportunities to link the work world of the classroom
and the other world of work.
The Student-Staff Liaison Committee was formed
on January 25, 2006. Its purpose is to report on students'
views and it has been involved in identifying and resolving
issues relating to the curriculum and teaching and learning,
the status and improvement of resources and amenities,
evaluating how students are examined and assessed and to
look into the provision of support and guidance for students
(e.g. academic advising).
When the CSS undergraduate programme was
conceptualized, it was based on the philosophy of broadening
the popular and academic view of communication studies in
the Caribbean, creating opportunities for the development
of at least two dozen sub-fields of knowledge and research
and publication interests spanning areas such as speech,
education, health, theory, research, mass communications,
interpersonal, group and organizational communication,
intercultural communication and many others.
Recently one colleague commented in a staff meeting:
"The undergraduate communication courses and the
relationships among them were created arbitrarily and
without any rationale." I, like Walcott, ain't answer the
asker or the ask. The Board that had scrutinized, studied
and approved these courses in the past said nothing. "Why
should I speak to the present?" asked my history. Today there
is need for a rational and academically-based programmatic
review of the undergraduate courses in light of recent trends
and current and traditional interests among all staff in the
CSS. This follows on the CSS proposal in October 2008
for a programme in journalism provided that there were
resources and support from the media house owners and
publishers. This recommendation has since been developed
under the guidance of the CSS and Deputy Dean Mrs.
Patricia Worrell in collaboration with representatives of
Dr Godfrey Steele is Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies,
Department of Liberal Arts, UWI, St., '1," 1 The full text of his
historical account of the ten years of the Communication Studies
Programme is available as an online exclusive.
SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010 UWI TODAY 13
ANIABC TICKET TO FLY
On the cusp of sitting final exams and sending out scores
of resumes and employment letters, close to 100 students in
the Communications Studies programme at the Faculty of
Humanities and Education, UWI, St Augustine, benefited
from a one-day conference aimed at preparing them for
careers in communications, journalism, advertising, media,
public relations, entrepreneurship and more.
Judette Coward-Puglisi (Co Chair)
The conference, Flying through your Communication
Career, was the brainchild of The International Association
of Business Communicators Trinidad & Tobago Chapter
(IABC T&T), the primary body for communication
professionals in the country. Jointly hosted by The UWI
and IABC, and free to final-year UWI Communication
Students, the Conference was held on April 9 at the Institute
for Critical Thinking, St Augustine Campus.
"We wanted to host a joint, one-day workshop with
UWI and have seasoned professionals share their experience
and expertise in the field. It wasn't long ago that we too were
anxious about acing an interview, finding a job and starting
a career. This conference is about paying it forward'," says
Nicole Duke-Westfield, a former journalist, and current
President of IABC T&T.
Speakers at the morning session included UWI
Lecturer Dr Tia Cooper, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities
and Education, Prof. Funso Aiyejina, and senior business
communicator Maria Rivas Mc Millan. Feature speakers
included musician and theatre producer, Wendell
Manwarren, who spoke on the importance of the arts
to communicators, Human Resource Manager, Rachel
Furlonge-Walker, who gave advice on resume writing for
communicators and Managing Director Amanda Jardine
who shared information on professionalism and imaging
in the work place.
"The conference was divided into two sessions,"
explained Judette Coward-Puglisi, founding President
of IABC T&T and who along with Anna Walcott-Hardy
chaired the event. "We offered practical, let's-make-you-
shine at your interview advice in the morning." At the
speed communications session students asked numerous
Presenters listen during the IABC conference.
Dale Enoch shared his expertise with students in the speed communications session.
questions and gained insight into recruitment opportunities
and real world experiences from experts in a broad range
of professions: from theatre production to journalism,
corporate communications to publishing and art direction.
The presenters included Mariel Brown, Laura Dowrich,
Dale Enoch, Nadine Johnson, Georgia Popplewell, Richard
Rawlins, Maria Rivas Mc Millan and Margaret Walcott.
The feedback from students after the conference
was overwhelmingly positive as they looked towards
the upcoming events in the three-tiered UWI/IABC
programme, which includes university seminars and an
IABC student scholarship programme.
For more information please visit: http://u -i, i... 1 i ti- ii ,, i .... -com-IABCTT or write to:
IABC T&T in c/o Mango Media Limited, 55 Dundonald Street, Port of Spain; or i.ill 868-625-0176.
14 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010
'ri .%j Like the Star Wars
. Trilogy, Professor Patricia
Mohammed's short films
on Caribbean iconography
'^ have been released in
e t reverse. The last, Coolie
Sw Pink and Green, was
ly n released last year and has
n" L been widely screened to
the public-even as far as
India. Its prequels include a
prescient documentary on
Professor Patricia Mohammed voodoo and its inextricable
connection to Haitian art,
called 7he Sign of the Loa, which was made in 2007. The
other three films in the series, which is called A Different
Imagination, were made between 2003 and 2006, but are
only now being released.
In what was the first-ever dual launch of a book and
accompanying film series in Trinidad and Tobago, Professor
Mohammed, who is head of the School for Graduate Studies
at UWI, St Augustine, unveiled the ground-breaking study
upon which her five documentaries are based, Imaging the
CaldcleNt: Culture and Visual Translation (Macmillan UK,
2009) on April 23 at the Office of the Principal.
This in-depth research of the region's iconography,
which spanned a decade and took Prof Mohammed as
far away as Seville, explores how a Caribbean sensibility
has been shaped. It circles the Caribbean while focusing
on Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados, tracing the
indelible parameters drawn on each society by the colonial
encounter, crossing the boundaries of disciplines and the
methodologies and material of history, literature, art, gender
and cultural studies.
Imaging the C1,air e1at1, includes hundreds of images,
from Aboriginal drawings and artefacts, European
paintings, photographs and sculptures, to Hindu jhandi
and Haitian vv&, in a study of visual representation of the
Caribbean-as perceived by outsiders and insiders alike over
the last 500 years. As contemporary globalisation invokes
a commercialization of culture and packaging of national
identity, the author asks: what is real and what is mythical,
and how do we value the familiar?
This journey, through the visual archives of the region,
maps out the way ideas have evolved over different historical
periods. The book reveals a perspective of the Caribbean as
"Imaging the Caribbean
includes hundreds of images,
from Aboriginal drawings
and artefacts, European
paintings, photographs and
sculptures, to Hindu jhandi
and Haitian veve, in a study
of visual representation of the
Caribbean-as perceived by
outsiders and insiders alike
over the last 500 years."
not only conquered territory on which empires were built,
but where cultures were reborn in the New World, where
adaptability and willingness to accept the "other" has created
an interlocking mosaic in which all peoples are reflected.
It asks how we might continue to shape the imagination of
the Caribbean and of culture itself. In chronological order,
the five films in the series A Different Imagination are the
title film, The Colour of Darkness, Window to the Past, The
Sign of the Loa, then Coolie Pink and Green.
A Different Imagination poses questions such as:
How do we see the Caribbean? Do we all view it the same
way? How did we learn the visual grammar that we use
unconsciously to decipher what our eyes behold? And can
we begin to learn a new way of seeing, of re-imagining the
region, its people and its past?
In The Colour of Darkness: An Interview with Barry
Chevannes, Ci1,il''Ytin Scholar, the foremost researcher on
Rastafari in the region traces the trajectory of the religion
as it developed its own unique logic and legitimacy-and
now, a global impact. When the Caribbean descendants of
Africans think of the place of their origins, they encounter
a black hole-a lost memory, a link broken by the Middle
Passage and the passage of time. Into that nothingness,
men like Marcus Garvey sought to forge a new destiny and
identity, explains Chevannes, a professor of anthropology who
has spent more than three decades investigating the family
and sexual relationships, male gender issues, crime/violence,
social integration, and socio-political movements.
In Window to the Past: A Conversation with Bridget
Brereton, Prof Mohammed highlights the work of social
historians, such as Prof Brereton, who often have only
snapshots or court documents to tell of a time and a place
lost to us forever. A picture may be worth a thousand
words, but how do you know for certain what it is saying?
Prof Brereton gives us an insight into how relics can be
interpreted to illuminate lives and events from the past.
The Sign of the Loa cuts through cliched scripts of
Haiti as poor and backward and suffused with a demonic
religion, exploring Haitian creativity through the complex
geometric design of the v&ve, the sign of the loa (spirit or
deity). The film invites the uninformed and skeptical to put
aside unfounded fears of Haiti and open their eyes to the
fact that within Haitian religion and the country's prodigious
artistic production lie incredible originality and innovation
in New World culture.
However, Coolie Pink and Green, which was the People's
Choice for Best Local Short Film last year at the annual
T&T Film Festival, the focus is on the Indian aesthetic in
the Caribbean. This aesthetic has not infused itself into the
geographical or cultural space as another kind of beauty or
art making that has transformed what we consider to be
Caribbean. It is still the "other." By its very title the film takes
a derogatory term, "coolie," and redefines it; which is what
Prof Mohammed has attempted to do with the way we view
ourselves, and each other, in this ambitious project.
A Different Imagination
The Colour of Darkness
The Sign of the Loa
Coolie Pink and Green
Imaging the Caril'',e,: Culture and Visual Translation (Macmillan UK, 2009) and A Different Imagination, the film series, was launched on April 23.
SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 2010 UWI TODAY 15
DCFA'S MARCH TO CARONI
When History is not foil
BY SAMANTHA S. P. MITCHELL
Herein lies my dilemma: a student who loved History
at secondary school but who saw no merit in pursuing it
at the CSEC level or as a compulsory UWI Foundation
course, suddenly finds herself practically at the edge of her
seat, eyes fixed, ears attuned, body semi catatonic, totally
enthralled by the spectacle that unfolds before her, replete
with its historical precision, yet much more impressionable
than that which could be gleaned within pages or groves
As I reminisce now on the Department of Creative and
Festival Arts' (DCFA) production of Zeno Obi Constance's
"March to Caroni'," I fully understand what Cicero meant
when he said that "history is the witness that testifies to
the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory,
provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of
"March to Caroni" is not a production for the faint
hearted or emotional. Its illumination of reality I believe,
invokes memories for those in the audience whose lives
were being re-enacted on stage, which perhaps only an
omniscient critic could really put to paper. Pride must have
mixed with pain as they anticipated every word, felt every
cry and relived every fear, while at the same time recognizing
that they had fought a good fight and laid the foundation
for a more equitable society.
The re-enactment of the protest march round the UWI
Campus was an exercise of creative genius on the part of
the producers as no member of the audience could have
left the production without having felt transposed into an
era where he/she had clenched fists in solidarity while red,
green and white flags wafted on the songs of battle cries.
The significance of the stops at the 'cathedral', the bank
and the 'Country Club' where the white 'statues'-elite and
gentle folk-held court respectively, could in no way detract
from the richness of song, drum and word coming from
the 'Black Traditions in Art' presented on the steps of the
As the march proceeded, the sadness of the death
of members of NUFF and other protesters, the shooting
of sugar workers and attempts at scaring the protesters
through supernatural grotesque figurines, in no way broke
the spirits of the marchers. The return to the Learning
Resource Centre was a welcome respite for tired feet, but
as one shared a mother's and sister's grief, the refrain that
somebody would have to pay was indeed a catharsis and a
catalyst that served to rejuvenate and galvanize the crowd
into a Black Power Movement determined to rid the society
of its many injustices.
Four decades have elapsed since the events of the
seventies but sadly, Brother Valentino's "Trini have a funny
funny way of forgetting /Their history to them like it doh
mean nothing" stress the importance of this indelible
performance being viewed by a wider audience. A 1909
reflection from a resigned Chief Plenty Coup of the Crow
Nation is perhaps timely here:
"The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is
the dust and blood of our ancestors. On these plains the Great
White Father at Washington sent his soldiers armed with long
knives and rifles to slay the Indian. Many of them sleep on
yonder hill where Pahaska White Chief of the Long Hair so
bravely fought and fell. A few more passing suns will see us
here no more, and our dust and bones will mingle with these
same prairies. Isee as in a vision the dying spark of our ,IiL di1
fires, the ashes cold and white. Isee no longer the' ri inig sin ik
rising from our lodge poles. I hear no longer the songs of the
women as they prepare the meal. The antelope have gone;
the buffalo ii.,,il,.., are empty. Only the i,,,,l of the coyote
is heard. The white mans medicine is stronger than ours; his
iron horse rushes over the buffalo trail. He talks to us through
his whispering spirit [the telephone]. We are like birds with a
broken wing. My heart is cold within me. My eyes are growing
dim--I am old..." (In Our Own Words, 1999).
The efforts of Makandal Daaga, George Weekes, Khafra
Kambon et al, should not die with the antelopes of their
generation. DCFA's 2010 production imparts to its audience
the history of a period spanning almost a decade, in the
space of less than three hours. That is an accomplishment
worthy of commendation! The students assume their roles
with the professionalism and temerity that this production
demands, and the infusion of popular calypsos, poetry,
dress and personalities of the period, all combine to create
a palatable historical production which warrants a second
visit (just remember to walk with comfortable shoes!).
"Trini have a funny way of forgetting/Their history to
them like it doh mean nothing"...
-Samantha \ la, hi, II is an English Language Instructor in the English Language Foundation Programme, Dept. of Liberal Arts, UWI.
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