The School of Education and Humanities made history at the University of the Southern Caribbean with the launch of the book Caribbean Musings: Narratives of Identity on October 1, 2017. This multidisciplinary, multi-genre text, which is the first of its kind at the university, was constructed as a textbook for many courses offered in the School of Education and Humanities.
This momentous occasion was commemorated in New Building Auditorium from 4-6pm. The program began with congratulatory remarks offered by Dr. Kern Tobias, the President of Caribbean Union Conference, Dr. Hilary Bowman, the President of USC, Dr. Wanda Chesney, the Vice President for Academic Administration, Dr. Loverne Jacobs-Browne, the Dean of Education and Humanities and Dr. Susan Chand, the Director of Research and Innovation. Also in attendance was Pastor Leslie Moses, the President of South Caribbean Conference.
The keynote speaker Professor Bridget Brereton, Professor Emerita of History at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, focused her important and intriguing presentation on the significance of reading, writing and Caribbean scholarship. Another notable aspect of the program was the appearance of Ms Jean, a character in
Caribbean Musings: Narratives of Identity was initially imagined by instructors in the Department of Language and Communication who thought it was necessary to create teaching material which would be both contemporary, and pertinent to students enrolled in creative, literary and linguistic courses. The project ultimately evolved into a multidisciplinary manuscript which examines a wide range of historical, cultural, academic subjects and concerns. The first section of the text includes interesting and intricate issues which challenge Caribbean society and complicate Caribbean culture and identities. The second division is comprised of academic essays which navigate a variety of theoretical complexities within Caribbean narratives and scholarship. This book liberates the subjectivities and sensibilities of Caribbean citizens and affirms the significance and relevance of Caribbean scholarship
This unique collaborative project includes multiple Caribbean voices in creative writing, literature, history, technology and education. The editors of collection are Nicole Bengochea, Shelley Lyons, Meredith Montrichard and Fay White and the contributors include Petra Pierre-Robertson, Harold Ramoutar, Meredith Montrichard, Jay-Bonny King, Makyba Breezie, Janese Larocque, Leiba-Ann Ferreira, Renis Williams-Gabriel, Allison Campbell-Sanderson, Shelley Lyons, Fiona Rajkumar,
Copies of this textbook can be purchased at the School of Education and Humanities.