The University of the West Indies Open Campus Dominica, in collaboration with the National Bank of Dominica Ltd. and H. H. V. Whitchurch & Co. Ltd., is sponsoring the Fourth Dame Eugenia Charles Distinguished Public Lecture to be delivered by Professor Verene A. Shepherd, Professor of Social History, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. The Lecture will take place on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Conference Room of the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, Dominica. Professor Shepherd will speak to the topic, ‘Who Paved the Way for Eugenia Charles? Historicising Caribbean Women’s Political Activism’.
This Distinguished Lecture Series was inaugurated in December 2006 to coincide with the launching of an edited book on Dame Eugenia entitled Enjoying Power: Eugenia Charles and Political Leadership in the Commonwealth Caribbean by Professor Eudine Barriteau and Professor Alan Cobley as co-editors. Professor Shepherd, a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society (FCCS), holds the B.A. and M.Phil. degrees in History from the UWI and the Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge. She joined the staff of the Mona History Department in 1988 as Temporary Assistant Lecturer and obtained a permanent post as Lecturer in 1989.
The public lecture series, among other aims, seeks to keep alive the memory of Charles, considered a “National Hero of First Rate” in Dominica.
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