The 8th Annual Patricia Charles Memorial Lecture

The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia on Thursday May 25th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. hosted the 8th Annual Patricia Charles Memorial Lecture at The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia Site on Morne Fortune.
Mrs Patricia Charles was a former Resident Tutor of the School of Continuing Studies in Saint Lucia (now The UWI Open Campus), who dedicated her life to the furtherance of the Arts, Education and Culture in her adopted home, Saint Lucia. Established in 2010, the Patricia Charles Memorial Lecture celebrates her life and work, and has become a much-anticipated fixture on the Open Campus Saint Lucia's annual calendar of events. In attendance was Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, members of Mrs Charles’ family, alumni, members of the diplomatic corps, and the general public.
A warm welcome was delivered by the Head of the Open Campus Saint Lucia, Dr Veronica Simon, followed by the introduction of the featured speaker, Professor Verene Shepherd, University Director of the Institute for Gender & Development Studies and Professor of Social History at the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies. 
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.