Alumni participate in “Nostalgic Conversations” at The UWI Chancellor’s Week 2018

Set to be one of the highlights of a year-long celebration of the university’s legacy of “70 years of service, 70 years of leadership”, Chancellor’s Week, July 23-29, 2018, will showcase eight exciting events under the patronage of The UWI Chancellor, Robert Bermudez.

One of these, titled “Nostalgic Conversations” on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at The UWI Regional Headquarters, will feature distinguished alumni reflecting on the history, contributions and achievements of The UWI and their shared experiences.

According to Mrs. Joy Pilgrim, Chair of the Nostalgic Conversations planning sub-committee, “the concept is to have a conversation and exchange of memories of “the way we were” in the early decades. Panellists are invited to speak about their experiences, escapades, hall life, and interactions with faculty, non-faculty and support staff. They will talk about the “circus” which visited each contributing territory to interview each applicant for admission to the University, the input of the Extra-Mural Department, student activity, the Harold Drayton expulsion, the Walter Rodney protests at Mona, the Black Power movement at St. Augustine, the beginnings of Cave Hill, the industrial action and the political input, and the notable burning of the students’ red gowns. They will speak from the angles of former students, faculty or administrators. The objective is to let those who do not know learn about the really interesting parts of our history, not all of which is documented.”

Panellists will include Professors Emeriti Edward Baugh, Lawrence Carrington and Bridget Brereton, Dr. Jeffrey Dellimore, Dr. Beverley Steele, Dr. Lilieth Johnson, and Mr. Noel Dexter.

The free public event, which will be moderated by Ms. Fae Ellington, will also see the launch of the book, “An Accidental Life” by Dr. Harold Drayton, former student of the University College of the West Indies (forerunner to The UWI) and remarks by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor, The UWI; and former UWI faculty Dr. Jean Small and Professor Emeritus, Rupert Lewis.

Other events during Chancellor’s Week include a Welcome Gala Reception at Jamaica House on July 23; the Pelican Awards on July 25; Pelican Projections Panel Discussion on July 26; the One UWI Festival and T20 Cricket Match on July 27; Pelican All White Breakfast Party and B4 Summer Ends Cooler Fete, both on July 28; and the Chancellor’s Jazz Farewell on July 29.

For more details on the schedule of events, ticket and package purchases please visit the website