HIGHER LEARNING: The annual Edward Baugh Distinguished Lecture (now in its eighth year) tends to attract a large and diverse crowd to the Mona Campus to witness a presentation usually centred on some fascinating and little-explored aspect of West Indian literature and culture, delivered by a noted Caribbean literary scholar. This year that honour falls to Evelyn O'Callaghan, Professor of West Indian and Caribbean Literature at UWI's Cave Hill Campus, who will be presenting a paper titled "Contesting Visual Meaning: West Indian Landscapes Real and Imagined" next Thursday at Mona. The Nigerian-Jamaican O'Callaghan is the author of 1993's Woman Version: Theoretical Approaches to West Indian Fiction by Women, and Women Writing the West Indies, 1808-1939, which was released in 2004. A student of Professor Baugh (he supervised her doctoral thesis), the author is also well-respected for the meticulous scholarship she brings to her work and the diverse research interests that have captured her gaze, ranging from feminist and post-colonial literary theory to West Indian diaspora literature to Creole language continuum in Caribbean lit. At present, she is researching visual composition and art history related to 18th and 19th century representations of West Indian landscape.