LEWIS STILL RELEVANT? OH YES!

We feature, in this entry, an event hosted by the UWI Museum celebrating the life and work of Sir Arthur Lewis, the last Principal of the University College of the West Indies and the first Vice Chancellor of the newly instituted University of the West Indies….

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Nobel Laureate in development economics Sir Arthur Lewis was a prolific and creative scholar whose work on industrialisation during the 1950s-1970s was once hotly debated and in some instances, to some extent, put into practice. More recent mis-statements and even dismissal of Lewis’ work have been challenged in his centenary year. And a panel of University of the West Indies (UWI) academics this week resoundingly agreed that Lewis remains relevant in his field!

The event was co-hosted by the UWI Museum, which is currently showing a cameo exhibition titled ‘Lewis 100’, and the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies (SALISES), on April 1 at the UWI Regional HQ.

Greeting participants, UWI Vice Chancellor Nigel Harris, no economist but a medical researcher, noted that Lewis was the kind of scholar who comes along once or twice in a generation; one who raised questions with which we are still…

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