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Renowned Caribbean Historian to Give 25th Anniversary Walter Rodney lecture

Renowned Caribbean Historian Professor Hilary Beckles is to give the University of Warwick's Centre for Caribbean Studies Walter Rodney Memorial lecture which this year marks the 25th anniversary of Walter Rodney's death.

Walter Rodney was a prominent Guyanese historian and political figure who died in a car bomb assassination in 1980 while running for office in Guyanese elections. Professor Beckles, who is Principal of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus in Barbados, will deliver the lecture on Thursday 27th October 2005, 6.30 p.m. in Room H052 of the University of Warwick's Humanities Building. He has entitled the lecture 'Reparations for Slavery and Post Colonial Politics'.

Hilary Beckles was born in Barbados in 1955 and received higher education in the United Kingdom. He graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Economic History from Hull University in 1976 and a PhD from the same University in 1980. In 2003, he received an Honorary DLitt for outstanding work as a scholar from his alma mater. He joined the History Department at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in 1980 as a lecturer; in 1985 he transferred to the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados and was promoted to a personal professorship in 1993 at age thirty-seven, the youngest in the history of UWI. Beckles has served the University as a Head of the History Department and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. In 1998 he was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies and returned to the Mona Campus. In August 2002 he returned to Cave Hill as Principal. In 1994 he won the first University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in the field of research.

He is also Director of the Centre for Cricket Research, Director, Cricket World Cup West Indies, 2007 Inc. Planning for the 2007 World Cup and overall coordinator of sports for the three campuses at UWI.

All are welcome to attend the lecture please RSVP: Majorie Davies : Tel: 02476 523443 Email