FirstCaribbean International Bank will be sponsoring the first ever memorial lecture named in honour of the late Professor Rex Nettleford, former vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies.
Nettleford a Jamaican scholar, social critic, choreographer, and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) died February 2 last year.
Michael Spencer, the Bank’s country manager, who is also head of Corporate Banking, said that FirstCaribbean International Bank considered it a privilege to be associated with UWI to host this event.
“While this memorial lecture will celebrate the memory of a great Caribbean man and cultural icon, Professor Rex Nettleford, the lecture itself will serve to educate and create healthy debate and discussion within the society. This sponsorship is part of our ongoing commitment to the development of the Caribbean.
FirstCaribbean International Bank has an ongoing relationship with the UWI which includes the sponsorship of the annual Case Study Competition and the FirstCaribbean/UWI Visa Credit Card where the university benefits when the card is used,” Spencer said.
Professor, Pro Vice Chancellor/Principal of the Cave Hill Campus of UWI, Sir Hilary Beckles will be the distinguished lecturer on this, the first of a series, and his lecture is entitled: “ Rex, Rastafari, Reparations and Reconciliation.”
Ian Benn, head of the UWI Open Campus, accepted the sponsorship cheque of EC $7,293.00 and thanked the bank for its continued commitment to education and UWI.
“February 2nd commemorates the first anniversary of the passing of the UWI’s former Vice Chancellor Professor Rex Nettleford. Fittingly, the UWI has decided to create a memorial lecture in his honour and the first will be held in Antigua since the anniversary date coincides with the two-day series of the Technical Advisory Committee of the UWI, which involves the most senior administration and which will be held at Jolly Beach Resort over the period February 2 – 3, 2011.
The lecture will be held at the UWI Open Campus, Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday February 2, 2011 commencing at 7:30 pm.