Wednesday, 17 February 2010

CULTURE NEWS: UWI to establish Rex Nettleford Foundation

HERO'S HONOUR: New UWI foundation to salute work of late Rex Nettleford

In honour of the life and work of the late Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, Professor Rex Nettleford, the University of the West Indies (UWI) is set to establish The Rex Nettleford Foundation for Caribbean Cultural and Social Studies.

According to the regional university, an endowment fund will be set up with proceeds going to support the research of exceptional postgraduate students and fellows in areas reflecting the breadth of Professor Nettleford’s own contributions to Caribbean development, whether in the arts, history, politics or culture of the Caribbean region. In addition to postgraduate studies and research, it is envisaged that the Foundation will eventually finance the establishment of an endowed Chair in Caribbean Cultural and Social Studies.

Until the Rex Nettleford Foundation is legally established, gifts and contributions will be accepted through the UWI Regional Endowment Fund, which was created in 2008 on the occasion of UWI’s sixtieth anniversary. Rex Nettleford passed away on February 2 in Washington DC after collapsing while attending a conference on racial discrimination.The cause of death has been identified as catastrophic brain injury following cardiac arrest. Nettleford was 76.

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