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For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, June 27, 2016

DEFENDING THE CASTLE OF OUR SKINS; GEORGE LAMMING ANTI COLONIALISM & ANTI RACISIM will be the focus of the Sixth George Lamming Distinguished Lecture.

Delivered by Professor Charles Mills, the lecture will draw on George Lamming's fiction and essays from his distinguished multi-decade literary and intellectual career, to bring out some of the key points of his anti-colonial and anti-racist vision. This discussion comes on the cusp of Barbados’ and other West Indian islands’ coming of age, celebrating 50 years of independence; the development of a sense of National Identity and National Cultural identity by the independent Barbadian people.

The George Lamming Distinguished Lecture is the flagship lecture of the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, celebrating the life and works of the poet, novelist, essayist, orator, eternal educator, editor and activist of a new world order and pioneer in the West Indian Literary Arts, in an effort to inspire the 21st Century West Indian. This year the lecture celebrates Barbados’ Fiftieth Anniversary of Independence, the Fifth Anniversary of Barbados’ UNESCO Inscription of Bridgetown and its Historic Garrison and is a calendar activity of the National Heritage Month celebrations, of the Ministry of Culture Sports and Youth.

Professor Charles Mills is the John Evans, Professor of Moral & Intellectual Philosophy at the Northwestern University Illinois. Alumni of The University of the West Indies, Class of 1971, Mona Campus, he works in the general area of social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race. In recent years he has been focusing on race. Reading for his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, he is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and five books. His first book,The Racial Contract(Cornell University, 1997), won a Myers Outstanding Book Award for the study of bigotry and human rights in North America. His most recent book is a collection of his Caribbean essays,Radical Theory, Caribbean Reality: Race, Class and Social Domination(University of the West Indies Press, 2010). Before joining Northwestern, Charles Mills taught at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was a UIC Distinguished Professor.

The EBCCI is pleased to partner with the people of Barbados in the celebration of their Golden Jubilee and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth in their annual celebrations of Heritage Month. We do hope that this special lecture provides further enlightenment on the works of one of our most prolific political novelists, as we continue to further the understanding of the discussion of the importance of the creative imagination and innovation, on the cusp of Barbados’ fiftieth anniversary of Independence and the development of the national identity says Professor Gladstone Yearwood, Director of the EBCCI. “We are pleased to continue to discuss evolution of the Caribbean identity; inspired by the Lamming Legacy.”

The George Lamming Distinguished Lecture will be held at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination’s, Walcott Warner Theatre on June 30, 2016 at 7:30p.m. All are invited to attend. As a Fiftieth Anniversary event, patrons can look forward to photo opportunities with the Commemorative Trident, Independence Memorabilia and a Book Fair. Parking is provided at the CARICOM Research Park, adjacent to the Centre. For further information please call (246) 417-4776; email us at or follow us on Facebook.


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