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Gregson Davis, Jamaica Kincaid to Deliver Keynotes at Antigua-Barbuda Conference

This year it’s the 10th anniversary of the annual Antigua and Barbuda Conference. Here’s everything you need to know about the two-day conference. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.

Date: August 6th 2015



3 to 3:30 p.m. – Opening Remarks Paget Henry (Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association) and Allison Hull (University of the West Indies)

3:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Panel One: THE ARTS AND THE GROWTH OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE – PART 1: Presenters: Adlai Murdoch – Writing and the (Re)Definition of ‘Antiguan-ness’; Hazra Medica – Rescuing the ‘Wharf-rat’: Working-class Male Identity in Antigua Literature; Dorbrene O’Marde  –  Reparations Scholarship: Recognition, Justice and Development – Chair: Susan Lowes

5:00 – 6:20 p.m. PANEL TWO: RELIGION IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA: CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION Presenters: Elaine Olaoye – Socio-psychological Analysis of Allan Davis’ Theology of Suffering; Valerie Combie – Good Old Time Hymns of Faith: Their Impact on Community Life; Edith Oladele  – A Vision of the Caribbean Church: Indigenous, Diaspora, and Totally Free to Be – Chair: Paget Henry

6:20 – 7:00 p.m. REFRESHMENT BREAK

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Distinguished Professor, Gregson Davis – Sands of Paradise/Sands of Time: Rethinking the Aims of Education for the 21st Century – Chair: Ermina Osoba

8:30 – 9:00 p.m. BOOK LAUNCH Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books, Volume 8, Number 1

Friday, August 7th 2015



12:30 – 1:50 p.m. PANEL THREE: THE ARTS AND THE GROWTH OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE: PART 2 Presenters: Althea Romeo-Mark – An Immigrant Story, the Arts, and Self-Knowledge; Edgar Lake – Rewriting the Archive; Bernadette Farquhar – Pére Labat’s Description of the Making of Bamboula, a Dying Antiguan Culinary Art – Chair: Valerie Knowles Combie

2:00 – 3:20 p.m. PANEL FOUR: THE ANTIGUAN AND BARBUDAN ECONOMY: AN UPDATE Presenters: Don Charles – The Antiguan Economy: Skills Training and Education Requirements for Sustainable Future Growth; Paget Henry – The Antiguan Economy: a Left Perspective; Jay Mandle – Diaspora and Development in the Post-Colonial Period: the Case of Antigua and Barbuda – Chair: Alvette (Ellorton) Jeffers

3:30 – 4:50 p.m. PANEL FIVE ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY POLITICS Presenters: Dorbrene O’Marde – Reparations Scholarship: Recognition, Justice, and Development; Ermina Osoba – Gender Relations in Antigua and Barbuda: a Reflective Update; Harland Henry – Mobilizing Small Business Entrepreneurship in Antigua and Barbuda – Chair: Arthur Paris

5:00 – 6:20 p.m. PANEL SIX EXPANDING THE EDUCATIONAL SECTOR Presenters: Juno Samuel – The Making of the University of Antigua and Barbuda; Anthony Joseph – Secondary School Exit Exams in English and Mathematics; Claude Turner – A view of the Antigua and Barbuda Knowledge Economy, 2020 – Chair: Mali Olatunji

6:20 – 7:00 p.m. REFRESHMENT BREAK

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. KEYNOTE READING: Distinguished Author, Jamaica Kincaid – Chair: Hazra Medica


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