Churches’ Emancipation Lecture Set for July 30

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  • Members of the public are invited to the 2017 Churches’ Emancipation Lecture to be held at the Meadowbrook United Church, 2 Flemington Drive, Meadowbrook, Kingston 19, on July 30 at 4:00 p.m.
  • The lecture will offer insights into the rapid growth of information and communication technologies and their implications for Jamaican young people and the wider society.

Members of the public are invited to the 2017 Churches’ Emancipation Lecture to be held at the Meadowbrook United Church, 2 Flemington Drive, Meadowbrook, Kingston 19, on July 30 at 4:00 p.m.

The lecture, which will be held under the theme: ‘Youth and Technology – Exploring the Societal Impact’, forms part of Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations.

The lecture will offer insights into the rapid growth of information and communication technologies and their implications for Jamaican young people and the wider society.

It will also explore the evolution applications, such as robotics, social media platforms, big data and the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Adjunct Professor at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and member of the Churches’ Emancipation Committee, Fay Durrant, told JIS News that the annual lecture is one of the churches’ contribution to education, and so this is a means of bringing certain issues [to light] and provoking thought.

“Young people need to prepare themselves for jobs in the future,” he said, highlighting that there are few jobs that do not require knowledge of information technology.

Director of the Geo-Informatics Institute at the UWI, Mona, and Musgrave Youth Medal Award Recipient, Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee, Jr., will deliver this year’s Lecture.

Attendees will also be treated to performances, including a cultural presentation.

The event, which is in its 24th staging, is organised each year by the Churches’ Emancipation Lecture Committee with members drawn from a group of Jamaican churches. These include Bethel Baptist, Boulevard Baptist, Hope United, Meadowbrook United, and Webster Memorial United, as well as the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI).

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