So what does 70 years look like?: UWI Records at 70+


Some of the earliest records of The UWI, dating back to 1947, still kept and used in their original binding…

This year, 2018, The UWI celebrates its 70th Anniversary, under the theme “70 Years of Service, 70 Years of Leadership”. We, at the University Archives, have the custodial responsibility for managing every major decision, function and activity of this four campus regional institution. So what does 70 years of service and leadership look like?


These Bound Volumes and Indices detail the workings of Provisional University College Council, College Council, College Senate, College Finance and General Purposes Committee as well as several minor university committees.

The Archives of the UWI consists mainly of paper records, produced as part of the daily transactions of officers and decisions of committees, which through the auspices of sister-Records Management Offices, have been transferred to our custody. These records are both in files and bound volumes. Like all things created and used, paper records show the wear-and-tear of original office use, including paper-tears and (shoddy) tape repairs, as well as the fading of inks and ageing of paper.  The use, by researchers, over the years have also taken its toll.  In short, the early records of the UWI are starting to show its age and are in need of conservation (meaning, they need to undergo physical processes in order to prolong longevity). However, while it is our main task to preserve (that is, to create a most suitable environment for their long-term stability) these records, it is also our paramount duty to make these items accessible to users. Digitising these records would be the ideal way to provide greater access to the information, with less physical handling of the records.

Thankfully, we have expert help, right here in Jamaica! Our colleagues at the Jamaica Archives and Records Department (JARD) have the expertise and experience to do both: Conserve and Digitise!


Mrs Racquel Stratchan-Innerarity, Senior Archivist at the Jamaica Archives (JARD) with colleague heads of Conservation and Reprographic Units respectively about to start the conservation assessment.

The Jamaica Archives and Records Department (JARD) is the main governmental archival department with responsibility for “ensuring the efficient and effective management and use of official records/information, at all stages of the life cycle and to preserve those official and other archival records for current and future use, by the government and citizens of Jamaica, in order to strengthen national development.” JARD has three (3) Units – the Archives Unit, the Audiovisual Unit and the Government Records Centre, each playing a separate role to fulfil the Mission of the Department.

Archives Unit (Spanish Town)

This Unit is the main repository for the country’s archival collections, which dates back to the 17th century.  The holdings include records from local and central governments, statutory bodies, private collections as well as records from different religious organisations.  The Unit also houses facilities for the preservation and conservation of its holdings.  This is undertaken by the Conservation Section which consists of the Bindery and the Reprographic areas.  This section ensures the protection and preservation of records that are in a state of disrepair for future use and posterity using different conservation methods and microphotography.

In their recent visit, JARD staff assessed the quality and stability of the papers, inks, and bindings to determine how best to proceed with digitisation and conservation repairs needed.  Once the report is received, the University Archives will ensure that the decisions that made The UWI the noble institution that it is, will continue to be available and accessible in order to inform the next 70 years–and beyond!


Happy 70th, UWI!




60 Years in Song & Movement: UWI Singers Celebrate Anniversary & Archives

The acclaimed University Singers is one of the best expressions of UWI life. Primarily a Student Society, the University Singers “is the leading choral group on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and among the leading choral groups across the Caribbean. In 1957, the group began with seven undergraduate students, who met for the sheer joy of singing. Today, the choir has a full complement of over forty members, comprised of undergraduate and graduate students of the University.” Known for their wide range and reach in repertoire, “From Mozart to Marley, Beethoven to Buju”, the Singers have amassed a treasure trove of music scores–including handwritten manuscripts, photographs, programme notes, brochures, ticket stubs, costumes, citations, awards and trophies, as well as audio visual recordings and administrative records.  All 60 years of music and movement were found  in cabinets and drawers in the Music Unit of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts.

The UWI Singers processing during the 2014 Festival of Carols and Lessons, in Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Policy of the University Archives and Records Management Programme empowers the University Archives to accept materials related to the official records of the university, including archival records of “student and staff associations and societies”.  Driven by our mandate to acquire, preserve and maintain representative records of the entire university community, the staff of the Archives–with the consent of the leadership of the Singers Society, arranged for the transfer of the University Singers Collection to the Archives.


Archives Assistants Lyons and Green along with Dr Griffin meticulously removing music scores from the packed cabinets in the boxes for transfer


The Archives team working, in hushed tones, as Mr Noel Dexter, the esteemed former Director of the University Singers, work at his desk in the Music Unit.

Following three (3) working days of intense physical labour, the 50 linear feet (boxes) of records arrived at the Archives for processing.  The hard work of sifting through 60 years of multiple copies of sheet music, annotated notes, photographs, plaques and recordings started–an eight month archival processing project.

The challenge of arranging and describing the University Singers Collection goes beyond simply listing each performance, or stabilizing the materials. The real aim was to capture the creative energies and context that is inherent on page, frozen in image, and recorded on tape. Museum Curator Dr Suzanne Francis-Brown captured this essence, during her recent work with the Singers in preparing for their feature celebratory Exhibition.

The University Singers have performed at all Ceremonial events for The UWI, including special Convocations, and Graduations, and have represented the institution in tours around the world, all evidenced in their records.  Moreover, the records not only speak to the performative worth of the choir, but are also of academic value–having informed several research papers and theses on Caribbean musicology, hymnology, and folk culture.


One of the several boxes containing the processed records of the University Singers

In short order, the University Singers Collection will be made available for research at the University Archives, a complementary collection of records and artefacts that illustrate the vitality of Caribbean music and culture in the student and ceremonial life of The UWI.

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The Archival Data Map (in accordance with ISAD (G) illustrating the variety of materials in the Collection

The UWI Singers 60th Anniversary Exhibition is on at the UWI Museum during June-July 2018.



1960’s Black Struggle Conversation @ 34th Goveia Lecture

One of the perks of working in an archive is the interesting and stimulating conversations that simply just happen around you. Sometimes, we even go seeking out these conversations, in a manner of speaking of course. The Department of History and Archaeology had its 34th Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture and invited Professor Brenda Gayle Plummer of the University of Wisconsin- Madison to give the address. Her address was titled “Pine and Palm: The Geography of the Black Struggle in the 1960’s North America”. 


Professor Brenda Gayle Plummer from a glance at a University of Wisconsin webpage with a brief bio… “is a historian whose research includes race and gender, international relations, and civil rights. 



 She has written essays and books focused on the Haitian experience, Haitian-American relations and Afro-Americans, race, and foreign affairs.  

The reference ‘Pine and Palm’ Professor Plummer reflects, was inspired by an 1861 Newspaper founded by Anglican minister Rev James Theodore Holly. This newspaper was a response to growing tensions in Canada and US, where free people of colour lived in difficult times and conditions left Canada and USA to resettle in the black republic, Haiti. Invited by Professor Matthew Smith, our audiovisual guru Sean Mock Yen attended and recorded this stimulating presentation.  


This documented memorial address is now one of the newest records added to the LSW audio collection and is available for your listening perusal.   

Learn more about Professor Elsa Goveia and the Memorial lectures in her honour: 





Working with our neighbours (IGDS-RCU)


The Institute for Gender and Development Studies–Regional Coordinating Unit has embarked on a interview series and the UWI Archives Media Lab has been charged with providing technical assistance.


Dr Blackwood-Meeks and Professor Palmer Adisa with Media Lab Team 

The first installment of this interview series conducted within the adapted recording space at the UWI Archives documented Dr. Amina Blackwood-Meeks being interviewed by Professor Opal Palmer Adisa. Dr. Blackwood-Meeks is a writer, performer and has been called “orator par excellence” by media doyen Alma MockYen. (Facebook post March 19, 2018).

Interest piqued…

One of our newer collections, the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA) collection, piqued the interest of our most recent user/researcher. The researcher, who hails from University of Michigan, is gathering data to complete her PhD thesis exploring performance arts in the Caribbean.


The PSCCA collection represents a slice of UWI’s foray in developing the creative imagination. It has numerous records that include correspondences, event programmes, photographs and conference recordings cross-referenced with the LSW collection.


Additionally she was very excited to find in our LSW collection recordings of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) Anniversary symposium in 1982. These focused on the contribution of the NDTC to the culture of Jamaican Dance featuring talks from dance luminaries such as Jackie Guy, Ivy Baxter, Barbara Requia, Dennis Scott, among others.



UWI Archives continues to encourage the use of the archives in generating new scholarship at home and abroad.


Celebrating two of our Stalwarts

UWI Archives is filled with the work of many amazing academics that have shaped their disciplines. Two of these stalwarts, whose works held in our collection we will highlight, are retired from teaching at the UWI but continue to contribute to  student development in numerous ways.


Dr Carolyn Cooper is retired professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of West Indies who energized Cultural Studies with unparalleled insight and flair. She bridged the multiple scholarly domains and reached the wider public with her work in cultural studies. Cooper initiated the University’s Reggae Studies Unit and led in the shaping of the Cultural Studies discipline. She has provided unmatched advocacy for cultural consciousness and eloquently epitomizes Jamaica’s cultural expressions. In her weekly Sunday Gleaner column she translates into the Jamaican language for her blog, Jamaican Woman Tongue. Dr Cooper has written and presented extensively on cultural politics. Scroll below to see a summary of select presentations by Dr Cooper held at UWI Archives


Dr Verene Shepherd retired from the department of history at UWI as professor of social history and was later appointed the university director of the Institute for Gender & Development Studies. She is currently the director of the Centre for Reparation Research. She has had a long association with the women’s movement and a track record of research on gender issues. She continues to be one of the most vocal advocates of Reparation for African descendants around the globe but in particular in the Caribbean. Dr Shepherd is the host of “Talking History” on Nationwide 90 FM and was the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (2006-2007). She was also instrumental in ensuring that Lucille Mathurin Mair’s path-breaking PhD thesis, “A Historical Study of Women in Jamaica,” written in 1974, was finally published in 2007. Dr Shepherd has presented numerous public lectures.  Scroll below for a summary of select presentations  by Dr Shepherd held at UWI Archives.

Both Dr Cooper and Dr Shepherd are UWI graduates who transitioned into internationally renowned UWI academics. Happy International Women’s Day 2018.

Archival items featuring presentations by Dr Carolyn Cooper

Cooper, Carolyn “Performance Criticism” the video version of “Noises in the Blood” Arts & Cultural Studies (Rasta:Roots:Reggae:Dancehall) 1995, Dec 8
Cooper, Carolyn Pre-Twentieth Century Jamaica Popular Song: Representation, Race& Gender Arts & Cultural Studies (Rasta:Roots:Reggae:Dancehall) 1993, Mar 12
Cooper, Carolyn Bridges of Sound-Crossing over from Reggae to Rap and Back Arts & Cultural Studies (Rasta:Roots:Reggae:Dancehall) 1996, Sept 13
Cooper, Carolyn “Nah Vote Again: Representation of Governance in Jamaica Popular Culture” Arts & Cultural Studies (Rasta:Roots:Reggae:Dancehall) 2002 ,Sept 13
Cooper, Carolyn “From Reggae to Ragga: Whats Left of the Protest” (# 1 in Reggae Seminar Series) Arts & Cultural Studies (Rasta:Roots:Reggae:Dancehall) 1994, Nov 18
Cooper, Carolyn Carl Bradshaw on “Dancehall Queen”, Dr. Carolyn Cooper on “Countryman” Reggae Seminar Series Arts & Cultural Studies (Rasta:Roots:Reggae:Dancehall) 1999, Mar 9
Cooper, Carolyn Launching of ” Noises in the Blood” at PSCCA Book Launch 1994, Apr 29
Cooper, Carolyn Professing Slackness: Language, Authority and Power Within The Academy and Without, Inaugural Lecture 2003 25-Sep-03
Cooper, Carolyn Book Launch: Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large 2005 19-Apr-05
Cooper, Carolyn 2000 AD And Beyond Lecture Series – “More Fire” Chanting Down Babylon From Bob Marley to Capleton” 4th Annual Bob Marley Lecture 2000 & BEYOND, UWI Lecture Series, 2000-2003 9-Feb-01
Cooper, Carolyn 2000 AD And Beyond Lecture Series – “More Fire” Chanting Down Babylon From Bob Marley to Capleton” 4th Annual Bob Marley Lecture 2000 & BEYOND, UWI Lecture Series, 2000-2003 9-Feb-01
Cooper, Carolyn; Gutzmore, Cecil 17th Annual Conference on West India Literature Language and Literature 1998, Apr 6
Cooper, Carolyn; 4th Annual Bob Marley Lecture – “More Fire” Chanting Down Babylon From Bob Marley to Capleton” ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION 9-Feb-01
Cooper, Carolyn; Devonish, Hubert The Indian Experience In The Caribbean incle. Jamaica, Arts & Cultural Studies (Caribbean Cultural Focus) 1995,Oct
Cooper, Carolyn; Hutton, Clinton Folk Filosofi: From The Cross to The Throne:Rastafari in the New Millenium – Arts & Cultural Studies (Caribbean Cultural Focus) 1999, Aug 16
Cooper, Carolyn; Pollard, Velma Society for Caribbean Linguistics 13th Biennial Conference – Language and Literature 2000, Aug 16
Cooper, Carolyn; Ryan, Selwyn; Joseph, Cuthbert, Boxill, Ian; Brewster, Havelock CARICOM 3oth Anniversary Conference on Regional Governance and Integrated Development – Panel 2 – CARICOM: Reconceptualising the Community – Reconciling Individual and Collective Exercise of Sovereignity 2003 October 17-19, 2003
Cooper, Carolyn; Scott, Nerissa; McKenzie, Claude; Howard, Dennis 4th Don Drummond Series Wake Di Town and Tell di People, Tribute, Presentation, Vote of Thanks from Professor Stephen Vasciannie 2003 10-May-03


Archival items featuring presentations by Dr Verene Shepherd

Shepherd, Verene Inaugural Lecture – The Ranking Game: Discourses of Belonging in Jamaican History History 12-Apr-02
Shepherd, Verene Inaugural Lecture – The Ranking Game: Discourses of Belonging in Jamaican History   Tape 1 of 2 History 12-Apr-02
Shepherd, Verene Inaugural Lecture – The Ranking Game: Discourses of Belonging in Jamaican History   Tape 2 of 2 History 12-Apr-02
Shepherd, Verene War Memorials and Black Liberation: ‘Groundings’ With Walter Rodney on History, Heritage and Activism, 6th Walter Rodney Memorial Lecture WALTER RODNEY Lecture Series, 2004 25-Nov-04
Shepherd, Verene et al Reparations In The Continuing Debate – Rupert Lewis, R. Gregory, D. Beckford, Wilmot Perkins, and V. Shepherd History
Shepherd, Verene; Anderson, Lesley; Despestre, marco LACC one-Day Symposium – The Haiti   – Jamaica Connection   Tape 3 of 4 2004 3-Apr-04
Shepherd, Verene; Augier, Roy; Campbell, Carl New Books Seminar – “The Story of Jamaican People”, Tape 1 History 13-Mar-91
Shepherd, Verene; Lewis, Rupert; Warner-Lewis, Maureen Department of Government Class Presentation ‘A Case For Garveyism in School   Tape 1 of 2 MARCUS GARVEY COLLECTION 11-Mar-99
Shepherd, Verene; Lewis, Rupert; Warner-Lewis, Maureen Department of Government Class Presentation ‘A Case For Garveyism in School   Tape 2 of 2 MARCUS GARVEY COLLECTION 11-Mar-99
Beaubrun, Matthew; Shepherd, Verene The Socio-Economic and Cultural Impact of Migration Between the Anglophone Caribbean and the Republic of Colombia – LACC Seminar, Tape 2 of 7 2003 July 9 – 11, 2003
Edward, Cox; Lewis, Rupert; Shepherd, Verene Conference on “Caribbean Intellectual Traditions” Tape 3 of 9 Arts & Cultural Studies(Caribbean Cultural Focus) 1998, Oct 31
LeoRhynie, Elsa; Hall, Kenneth; Henry-Wilson, Maxine; Shepherd, Verene Gender in the 21st Century: Perspectives, Visions and Possibilities (Mona Academic Conference) Keynote Address by Hon. Mia Mottley, Performances by Irvine Hall Drama Club and University Singers, Overview of Work of CGDS by Prof. Barbara Bailey, Tape 1 of 10 2003 August 29-31, 2003
Massiah, Joycelin,; Antrobus, Peggy; Shepherd, Verene Gender in the 21st Century: Perspectives, Vissions and Possibilities (Mona Academic Conference) “Feminist Scholarship and Society” and “Feminist Activism and Society” etc. Tape 3 of 10 2003 August 29-31, 2003
Samaad, Marianne; Shepherd, Verene National Reparations Conference Opening – Redressing the Injustic: Repairing the Damage –   With Submissions From the Floor Tape 1 of 3 2003 22-Feb-03
Shepherd, Verene Inaugural Lecture – The Ranking Game: Discourses of Belonging in Jamaican History History 12-Apr-02
Shepherd, Verene War Memorials and Black Liberation: ‘Groundings’ With Walter Rodney on History, Heritage and Activism, 6th Walter Rodney Memorial Lecture WALTER RODNEY Lecture Series, 2004 25-Nov-04



Image reposted courtesy of a International Women’s Day Tweet. Thank you @emilymsheilds


GUEST POST: Sir? Do you have anything on ‘Ethnocentrism’? — UWI Museum

Sir? Do you have anything on ‘Ethnocentrism’? by Dr Stanley H Griffin, UWI Archives The privilege was mine to oversee the UWI Museum during the recent absence of the Curator. One of the ‘duties assigned’ was to look out for and guide undergraduate students taking the Caribbean Civilization aka Carib Civ Foundation Course. Their assignment was […]

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UWI Archives shares content with BBC

BBC World Service has been streaming a six-part documentary looking at six moments where music and identity seem to be inseparable. The documentary series looks at the music and the meaning, talking to the people who shaped the music and the response to the music. It also examines the cultural, political and economic context of the music and how that has changed along with society. In part 5, the Music of Time series visits Jamaica, West Indies and explores how music interacts with the tides of history in Jamaica.

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In this visit to Jamaica the programme looks at music through the decades. From drumming during slavery, to 1970’s reggae, dancehall through the 80’s and 90’s, right up to a modern day reggae revival. The programme explores how the sounds of this Caribbean island have shaped its’ people and politics. It also touches on its rich commentary on the lives of Jamaicans and its roots in resistance to oppression. As ethnomusicologist Dennis Howard says, in Jamaica, “Music is more than for enjoyment. It is as part of our existence.”


The Music of Time from Kingston, takes you on a guided tour with Dr. Carolyn Cooper sharing an examination of the interactions between music, identity and social change at key points in history of Jamaica. Dr Cooper talks to major stars like Beenie Man and King Jammy plus we hear a remarkable recording of the controversial Vybz Kartel, who is now in jail. There are contributions from Peter Tosh’s former manager Herbie Miller, reggae writer David Katz, former Miss World Lisa Hanna, now an MP, who reveals how musicians help keep Jamaican politicians accountable.


Dr Carolyn Cooper initiated the Reggae Studies Unit at the University of the West Indies and is the author of two influential books on Jamaican popular culture. Dr Cooper is retired professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of West Indies and guides listeners through this exploration of Jamaican music and its voiced resistance against oppression.

 The UWI Archives is proud to have shared archival audio content from our Library of the Spoken Word collection as well as facilitated recording of key elements of the programme. The documentary is available for listening on BBC iPlayer for a limited time ending March 5, 2018.  Adapted from

Celebrating 70 in February

February has been full of activities and many this year has a bit of that 70th spice added.


One of UWI’s oldest alumni, class of 1948 💪🏽 #UWI Homecoming #Uwi70th

Research Days

Research day ran from February 7-9 and was hotly followed by Homecoming celebrations February 11 -16, 2018. FROM OUR RECORDS: RESEARCH DAY AT THE UWI  we are aware that research day began in 1998. It was an initiative driven by former principal Sir Kenneth Hall to advance education and create knowledge through excellence in teaching, research, innovation, public service, intellectual leadership and outreach in order to support the inclusive (social, economic, political, cultural, environmental) development of the Caribbean region and beyond.” (UWI Strategic Plan 2012-2017)

The 2018 theme is: UWI powering development through partnership in research and innovation with over 70 research projects on show. All within six categories: inclusive of new products, policies and practices. Research days are that time of year the UWI showcases what have been done through out the year building on the previous years.

Professor Eldemire-Shearer chair of the Research Days Committee explains that development is not just economic, UWI focuses on social development so medical and social sciences are important also.

Some of the highlight events included a Commemorative forum and Policy Wall. These highlighted UWI contribution to policy formation in the region. The policy wall focused primarily on the contribution of the Medical faculty as they too celebrated 70 years being the first faculty at the UCWI.

Professor Eldemire-Shearer noted that students that attend UWI Research days get ideas for their SBAs and often make contact with UWI researchers for further guidance and academic development. It is these connections that reaffirm UWI as the institution of choice.

Homecoming Week Celebrations

February 16, 1950 the first Chancellor, Princess Alice of Athlone, was installed. This date now marks the founding of the University, our Homecoming and now its 70th  anniversary.

Sandre Malcolm Student Outreach and Marketing Coordinator talking with Tashika Taylor of UWI Marketing Recruitment and Communication outlined a raft of events for this years celebrations. They began  Sunday February 11 with the ‘Hats off to UWI Commemoration Service’. Attendees were invited to wear their fancy hats in a gesture to pay homage to UWI. This was followed by the UWI leave your mark. Student dipped their palms in paint and symbolically left their marks on a designated areas at UWI

Retro dress day aimed to highlight the 70 years of fashion over the life of the UWI. Then the Grand Homecoming Parade and Flag Raising Ceremony,  a staple for homecoming was followed by the jump up Homecoming integration.


Taylor Hall out to represent #UwiHomecoming #Uwi70th

Friday was a Caribbean day festival of food and culture, and in the afternoon Professor Sir George Alleyne gave a public lecture as he was the 2018 honouree.


Honouree 2018 Sir Gorge Alleyne, Chairperson Dr Bell Hutchinson and rexans and Moscot TRex #UwiHomecoming #Uwi70th

This was encapsulated by a week long display of UWI history via the ‘UWI @ 70 Time Portal’.


Pictures courtesy of UWI Mona Guild @UWIMonaGuild


Artistry turn scholarship


Every year in February we celebrate the achievements of talented Caribbean personalities. Previously we highlighted Professor Nettleford now Marley; both were born some time ago in February; between Marley and Nettleford, we may have the mostly widely known Caribbean artiste and the most widely published Caribbean Scholar

That said, there is quite a bit of academic study done on the work of Marley, here is a brief list of some of the audio resources you can find at UWI Archives:


Presenters TITLE Collection
Various Documentary on Bob Marley, TEACHING  MATERIALS
Rohlehr, Gordon Me and The Music – A Personal Encounter With Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Hickling, Frederick Annual Bob Marley Lecture   – Wi Neva Kno Wi Wudda Reach Dis Far: The Psychology of Stardom in Jamaican Popular Culture ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Gutzmore, Cecil Annual Bob Marley Lecture   – Incline Thine Ear: Roots, Reality And Culture in Jamaican Dancehall DJ Music ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Anderson, Patricia 8th Bob Marley Lecture – “Inna Govament Yard: The Challenge of Community and Housing in Kingston’s Inner City” ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Devonish, Hubert Bob Marley Lecture – The Walter Rodney Story: Black MyStory, Not History ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Witter, Michael Bob Marley Lecture – The Business of Jamaican Music ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Davies, Omar Bob Marley Lecture – “Reggae and Our National Identity: The Forgotten Contribution of Peter Tosh ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Cooper, Carolyn; 4th Annual Bob Marley Lecture – “More Fire” Chanting Down Babylon From Bob Marley to Capleton” ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Planno, Mortimo “Christ; Bob Marley; And Rastafari ” – A Talk ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Sokei, Louis Chude Inaugural Bob Marley Lecture – “Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber: Reggae Technology and the Diaspora Process ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Shaw, L. Bob Marley Lecture – a) Marley: Religious Prophet? B) Images of Royalty & Divinity in the Rhetoric of Bob Marley – Two-Day Seminar on Marley’s Music ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Cooper, Ibo; Selassi, Habte Bob Marley Lecture – Griot in the West; The Marley Legacy Betrayed – Two – Day Seminar on Marley’s Music, ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Various A Tribute to Jamaica:  “Jamaica: Bob Marley and Me” ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Clough, Brent; Alleyne, Mike Bob Marley Lecture – Marley’s Legacy: Reggae in Australia; Capitalism and Commercialization of Marley’s Music, Tape ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Lindsay, Louis & Keisha; Whyte, Garth Bob Marley Lecture – Marley and Politics of Subversion; Marley’s Music Mix – ‘Beating Down Babylon’ ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Pereira, Joseph; Nettleford, Rex; Hall, Kenneth; Wint, Eleanor; Cooper, Carolyn, Davies, Omar ; Richards, Tereza 3rd Annual Bob Marley Lecture –  Reggae And Our National Identity: The Forgotten Contribution of Peter Tosh ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION
Cooper, Carolyn; 4th Annual Bob Marley Lecture – “More Fire” Chanting Down Babylon From Bob Marley to Capleton” ROBERT NESTA (B0B) MARLEY COLLECTION


UWI: Activism at our core 


The UWI has over many years raised its voice to agitate for the rights and dignity of all Caribbean people English speaking and otherwise. UWI Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has long been an exemplar in this championing. He joined the dissenting voices this past weekend critical of the latest spew of ‘trumpism’ and the media headlines rang out ‘Professor Hilary Beckles says the United States needs to respect the Caribbean and Haiti in particular’.


The Past is Not Our Future. Coming in 2018| History and Archaeology, UWI Mona


On this ocassion, Caribbean people all over would stand with  UWI Vice Chancellor  and in solidarity with all the named countries especially Haiti. In addressing this recent miscalculation in the latest episode a January 14, 2018 Jamaica Observer article quotes the Vice Chancellor:

“The democratic, nation-building debt the American nation owes the Caribbean, and the Haitian nation in particular, that resides at its core, is not expected to be repaid but must be respected,”

Sir Hilary pointed to Haiti’s Caribbean vision as illuminating “America’s way out of its colonial darkness.” Haiti was the first independent country to abolish slavery in the western hemisphere.

“This is the debt President Trump’s America owes Toussaint L’Ouverture’s Haiti, It’s a debt of philosophical clarity and political maturity. It’s a debt of how to rise to its best human potential. It’s a debt of exposure to higher standards. Haiti is really America’s Statue of Liberty.”

The UWI activist role is not new and puts our Vice Chancellor Beckles’ at the forefront of his plans to rekindle the development revolution of the Caribbean”. During the 2017/ 2018 academic calendar another activist faculty was celebrated, Professor Rupert Lewis a foremost Garvey Scholar with a mounted exhibition by the UWI Mona Library:

Exhibition in Honour of Rupert Lewis: Teacher, Activist and Scholar

Activism is at the core of the UWI and many faculty members continue to fuel the fire.  See below a brief listing of audio recordings of various faculty members that added their voices to the discourse about Haiti.


Speaker(s) Title Subject Date
Dash, Michael 40 Years of Haitian Writing History 8-May-92


Casimir, Jean A Glimmer of Hope on the Horizon – A way out of the Haitian Crisis Government & Politics 5-May-99
Casimir, Jean Is There A Way Out Of The Haitian Crisis? The Cost of 1804 – Its Insoluble Problems History 28-Apr-99
Bogues, Anthony    “Toussaint and The Haitian Revolution” History  13-Oct-99


Charles, Rene UDOP 6th Conference “Challenge in Haiti” Health & Medicine Mar 2000
Cherime, Ednair; Williams, Yarborough Lavinia IT Haitian Drumming     Music (General) 1962
Various Panel Discussion:  Haiti: The Challenge of Freedom History & Archaelogy 20-Feb-04
Smith, Matthew; Tighe, Thomas; Franklyn, Delano; Rose, Junior 2nd Forum on Governance:   Haiti: 16-Mar-04


Pereira, Joseph; Bully, Alvin; Charles, Carolle LACC One-Day Symposium – The Haiti  –  Jamaica Connection LACC 3-Apr-04
Gosse, Dave; Hutton, Clinton; Bryan, Patrick Haiti:  Then and Now (In Commemoration of the Haitian Bicentenary) Panel 1 The Haitian Revolution and its Regional Impact 20-Mar-04


Newland, Arthur Reggae Studies Series : Re-Sounding The Haitian Revolution in an Age of Science & Technology: From BIOS Cayman to Boukman Eksperyans Reggae Studies Series 30-Jan-04
Hutton, Clinton Exhibition Launch: The Haitian Revolution and 75 Years of Rastafari 18-Nov-05


Hutton, Clinton Book Launch: The Logic and Historical Significance of the Haitian Revolution 18-Nov-05
Geggos, David The Impact of the Haitian Revolution on the Atlantic World’ ELSA GOVEIA Memorial Lecture Series 8-Apr-99
Dash, Michael “Paved With Good Intentions: The Caribbean and Haiti” FRANK WORRELL MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES 26-Apr-94
Dash, Michael 2000 AD And Beyond Lecture Series – 200 Years of Solitude: Haiti Then And Now Distinguished Lecture    2000 & BEYOND, UWI Lecture Series 15-Apr-04



We know he is a Caribbean man, but I don’t know if he likes “trini Doubles” or if he is a good reader of the dominoes game. However in this case we may have a world record on hand, a double Emeritus; it’s plural, so it may be an Emeriti.


Chancellor Emeritus Sir George Alleyne sharing a light moment with Dr Suzanne Francis-Brown

Warm and soft spoken, the former Chancellor, a true UWI man ‘through and through’, Sir George Alleyne has made an indelible mark on the history of The UWI. He has now been designated the honour of retaining the title of UWI Chancellor (Emeritus).

This is not totally new territory, Sir George Alleyne was already know to us as Professor Emeritus Sir George Alleyne. He carries his professorship honour, which he earned during one of his earlier UWI stints in the 1970s.

Sir George Alleyne, UWI Chancellor

Sir George Alleyne, UWI Chancellor, in action… (Image credit: Matriculation & Welcome Ceremony, 2007, UWI St Augustine, flickr)

Congrats to our Chancellor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus Sir George Alleyne. He has had a decorated career in teaching and research.  He moved to other professional roles over the years with similar gusto and flair in particular ascending to the leadership of PAHO in 1995 and then the Chancellor’s office at UWI in 2003.

Long live the Chancellor Emeritus!

UWI Archives, we do minutes!


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At year end we take stock; reviewing, organizing and collating the various agendas, papers and minutes from University meetings managed by the Office of the University Registrar during the academic year. These minutes are organized with respect to file format, chronology, provenance, use and the University board or committees that generated the minutes. The process can be considered yearlong with the accrual and organization process taking place over a semester and in some cases over the academic year.  

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However now at year end while we enjoy the cool breezes of the season, the accrued stockpile is reviewed and all included components are verified, guided by a predefined organizational structure. Arranged according to academic year, they are also divided into ‘bookable’ groupings and assessed for appropriate thickness for the binding process. These organized ‘bookable’ groupings are sometimes revised and refined to ensure the final bound volume will be user-friendly and manageable. Once each grouping is checked and meets the established requirements, they are sent to an approved printery to be secured and fastened; bound into user-friendly volumes. These volumes are considered the official records of the various boards, committees, etc 

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Once bound, they are listed described and arranged as new bound volumes for the perusal of UWI Archives users. At this year-end exercise the minutes reflect output from University Administration decision making bodies which includes: Appointments Committees, Finance and General Purposes Committee among other cross campus groups. 

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UWI Archives discovery begins here. 

Christmas breeze

December 1st came and it’s true the Christmas breeze is special!

I started to hum Home T4’s

Mek de Christmus ketch you inna good mood

Mek de christmus ketch you feeling fine

Put on your dancing shoes and…                     

It was late Friday evening, breeze blowing and all and the staff members at the Vice Chancellery, Regional headquarters building were surely in a fine mood. They unleashed their Christmas spirit and decorated a tall Christmas tree in the main lobby. Mr Plunkett was the daredevil in the bunch almost always atop the ladder carry out various decorating trickery.

The tree sparkled with Christmas cheer for each passerby when done.

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Asha-Gaye Cowel of the Project Office is pleased with the progress of the decorating team

Of the course the UWI Archives was represented among the skilled decorators; our team member Vanessa Lyons participated in this after work event. The decorating team had staff members from various departments at the Vice Chancellery joining hands in this joyous task.

Joy to the…I’m feeling a Bolt “to the world” coming on. Joy to everyone, this is the time of the year for sharing Christmas cheer with family, friends, loved ones and making strangers feel welcomed like friends.

Heaven and nature sings as we surely have started to set the right tone.

Mek de Christmus ketch you inna good mood

Mek de christmus ketch you feeling fine

Put on your dancing shoes and… 

(Written by Mikey Bennett in 1980 and performed by Home T4)
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Image of Home T4 courtesy of YouTube