Friday, 10 October 2014

WOMEN ON THE MOVE: Jean Lowrie-Chin's new appointment + Cave Hill professor for Edward Baugh Lecture

PROUD TO SERVE: "Together with the dedicated board, management and staff of the Foundation, I am looking forward to continuing to develop our significant partnership with international and local organizations to support programmes which have improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans." This coming from newly appointed chair of the Digicel Foundation, Jean Lowrie-Chin, the veteran PR woman and newspaper columnist who brings her enormous experience in community outreach and partnership building to the post. Lowrie-Chin, who has also served the Stella Maris Foundation, succeeds Lisa Lewis who completed a five-year tenure with the Foundation that has joined forces with several key local bodies to spearhead projects linked to community development, special needs, and education, among other areas. In addition to serving such units as The Rose Leon Memorial Trust for the Women's Political Caucus and the Grant's Pen Foundation, Lowrie-Chin is the founder/director of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons, and continues to work closely with Food for the Poor Jamaica, the Medical Council of Jamaica, and the St. George's College Endowment Fund.

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.

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