UWI Five Islands Principal joins Global Panel to speak at Harvard University Conference

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Professor Densil Williams

The Principal of The UWI Five Islands Campus has been invited by Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute to speak at its conference titled “Telling the Truth about All This: Reckoning with Slavery and Its Legacies at Harvard and Beyond.” CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Densil A. Williams, will be one of the panellists for the university institute’s conference, which is scheduled for April 29 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Professor Williams will participate in a global roundtable discussion consisting of participants from the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Africa, and Europe.

The roundtable ‘Global Perspectives’ will explore the issues surrounding the role of institutions of higher education in dealing with the legacy of slavery and the types of repair work that should be undertaken, among other things.

Specifically Williams will speak to the need to build stronger institutions to ensure greater transparency and accountability as these institutions take account for their historical roles and benefits from the transatlantic slave trade.

He contends that this should be done by investing in human capital and providing greater access to infrastructure, including the ICT technologies to assist in greater integration into the new digital economy, as examples of the reparations to be made as we confront the legacies of slavery.

Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin, the Dean of Radcliffe Institute for Advance Studies will chair the conference. Sheis also the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law and a professor of History, Faculty of Arts and Science.

The event follows the April 26 release of a comprehensive report from the two-year study undertaken by the Presidential Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery to understand and address the history and enduring legacies of slavery within the Harvard University community.

The conference will be at Harvard University with over 800 persons expected to participate both in person and online. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP

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