An evening with Derek Walcott in the Bahamas


St Lucian Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott is scheduled to give the Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture (ARML) in Nassau, Bahamas, on Thursday, November 12 at 7pm. “Art, Politics and Caribbean Culture: An Evening with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott,” which is free and open to the public, will take place at the College of the Bahamas’ Performing Arts Centre on Poinciana Drive. The evening ends with a book signing.

“It is truly an honor for the College to have Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott as our special guest for this year’s Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture Series,” said Chair of the School of English Studies, Dr. Marjorie Brooks-Jones. “One of the most prolific writers of our time, Walcott represents the very best of Caribbean artistry, intellectual achievement and culture. His visit to the College is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed.”

The ARML was established four years ago by the College’s School of English Studies to provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the public to hear from the region’s most talented and well-known writers. In 2005 Haitian American scholar and author Joanne Hyppolite gave the first presentation. Guyanese poet Fred D’Aguiar, Jamaican Scholar Dr. Carolyn Cooper and Ghanaian writer and Emmy Award winner Kwame Dawes spoke each subsequent year. Both D’Aguiar and Dawes held writing workshops for students and writers in addition to giving lectures. The series honors the late educator Anatol Rodgers, the first female and third Bahamian principal of the Government High School. Rodgers was an English teacher with a passion for the subject who touched the lives of generations of some of the country’s outstanding citizens. Her family’s support of the series enables the College to host internationally renowned scholars and writers each year.

Dr. Brooks-Jones expressed the School’s pleasure with the growth of the series, the offshoot of outreach efforts that began as early as 1979 when the College hosted Jamaican writer John Hearne. “I’ve always been struck by the desire, the wish of people, to listen to and to participate in conversation with scholars and artists, and that’s really a service that we try to provide,” said Brooks-Jones. On Friday, November 13, The Construction Seminar Group hosts Walcott at the Bahamas Culinary & Hospitality Management Lecture Theatre. There he will give the keynote address on the issue of “The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on the Development of the Caribbean.” The registration fee is $100.

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