|Professor Verene Shepherd delivering her presentation at the lecture|
Professor Shepherd delivered a very well received lecture on "Education, Social Justice and Advocacy: The UWI to the World". The lecture paid tribute to the honouree, weaving together Mrs Charles' interest in History, Heritage and Advocacy. Through the use of detailed archival material, Professor Shepherd discussed how, as an "activist University", The UWI has for decades, responded to regional and international discourses and needs. Indeed, much of the lecture revolved around very concrete examples of how The UWI's faculty have never imprisoned themselves within the walls of academia, but have in fact shown relevance in public education, using strategies, media and methodologies of which the honouree would have been proud.
Woven into the lecture were the deeply emotive songs, “Many Rains Ago” and “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest”. However, perhaps the most poignant moment of the lecture was when the entire audience spontaneously joined in singing Bob Marley’s “War” when it was referenced in one the many slides that made up the presentation.
The lecture was followed by a question and answer session and then by a wonderful social gathering of all present.