Jamaicans are being invited to attend an Independence Forum on Thursday, July 26 at the Undercroft, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.
Dubbed ‘Reflections: Jamaica at 50’, the forum will highlight Jamaica over the past 50 years through the eyes and minds of some of the island’s leaders and experts in various fields.
"As we celebrate Jamaica 50, there is a need to reflect on where we are coming from and where we need to go…so this forum will look at our development, challenges, advancement and foundations as we look beyond Jamaica 50," JCDC Cultural Organizer, Matthew Lawrence told JIS News.
He said that discussions will illustrate the differences and similarities over the 50-year span and highlight areas such as politics, culture, education, gender development and music.
Speakers include: former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga; Senior Lecturer, Institute of Gender and Development Studies UWI, Dr. Leith Dunn; Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Grace McLean; and Musician, Lecturer and Founding Member of the Third World Band, Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper.
“There will be a lot of history discussed at this forum, so we are targeting students, intellectuals and just Jamaicans in general….people who want to know everything about Jamaica,” Mr. Lawrence noted.
The event, which is being staged by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) in association with Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies is free of cost and will begin at 6:00 p.m.
By Shevoneese McFarlane/Kadian Brown