Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina Director of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) at the University of the Virgin Islands-College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (UVI-CLASS) in St. Croix. invites the academic community and the public at large a free lecture and Bamboula Roundtable with UVI Dean Dr. Simon B. Jones Hendrickson. The lecture, which will focus on Sir W. Arthur Lewis—first Caribbean economist to obtain the Nobel Prize in Economics, educator and Caribbean patriot of St. Lucia—will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 6:30pm in the UVI Great Hall on the St. Croix campus. Light refreshments will be served during Q&A.
Sir W. Arthur Lewis was born in Castries, Saint Lucia, to George and Ida Lewis, from Antigua. After finishing his B.S. (in 1937) and Ph.D. (in 1940!) at the London School of Economics, he taught and research there until 1948.Then Lewis lectured at the University of Manchester from 1948 until 1957. When Ghana gained independence in 1957, Lewis became the country’s first economic advisor, helping to draw up its first Five Year Development Plan (1959–1963). In 1959 he was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. Lewis was knighted in 1963, the same year in which he was appointed professor at Princeton University, where he taught until 1983. In 1970 Lewis became director of the Caribbean Development Bank and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979. He died in Bridgetown, Barbados, on June 15, 1991.
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For Sir W. Arthur Lewis’ autobiography, see http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/1979/lewis-autobio.html
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