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The Caribbean in a Changing Global Environment

LSE and CARICOM public lecture

This event is part of the celebrations that the Carribean Community (CARICOM) Caucus of High Commissioners are organising to celebrate CARICOM day on 1 July 2011. Several activities are being planned to mark the day from July 3-8, which aim to showcase CARICOM countries.

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles was born in Barbados in 1955. He attended secondary school in Barbados and Birmingham in the UK. He received his higher education in the United Kingdom. He graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Economic History from Hull University in 1976 and a PhD from the same university in 1980. In 2003, he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters for outstanding work as a scholar from his alma mater. He joined the History Department at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in 1979 as a lecturer; in 1984 he transferred to the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados and was promoted to a personal professorship in 1993 at age thirty-seven, the youngest in the history of UWI. Professor Sir Hilary has served the University as Head of the History Department and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.

In 1994 he won the first University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in the field of research. In 1998 he was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies and returned to the Mona Campus. In August 2002 he returned to Cave Hill as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles was awarded Knight of St. Andrew, the highest national honour in Barbados, for his contribution to "Higher Education, the Arts, and Sports" in 2007.

Professor Sir Hilary is an internationally reputed historian and serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including the Journal of Caribbean History, Sports in Society, William and Mary Quarterly, the flagship journal of the Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg Virginia, and an international editor for the Journal of American History. He is also the Chair, Board of Directors of the University of the West Indies Press. He is Director of Cable & Wireless Barbados Ltd., as well as Sagicor Financial Inc, the largest Caribbean financial conglomerate. He has lectured at universities in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. He served for five years as a member of the Cultural Committee of His Royal Highness, Prince Claus of the Netherlands.


Professor Sir Hilary Beckles | talks


Date and Time:

5 July 2011 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Old Theatre, Old Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street

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Organised by:

London School of Economics & Political Science
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