Former Prime Minister and Distinguished Fellow of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC, will be the first presenter at the inaugural launch of the Distinguished Lecture Series to be held on Friday (April 27) at 7 p.m., at the Nova Southeastern University in Davie, South Florida.
Mr. Seaga will speak on “Role of Culture in the Development of the Jamaican Psyche – How We Define Ourselves.”
Prior to the lecture series, Mr. Seaga will also answer questions at a press conference to be held at 10 a.m. at the offices of Mystik Radio 1400 AM, located at 4431 Rock Island Road in Fort Lauderdale.
The lecture series is free and is being presented by the Jamaica Awareness, Incorporated, a South Florida cultural organization, in association with the Jamaican Diaspora Southern USA.
Through these series of events, topics affecting the Caribbean community will be addressed using world-renowned scholars, according to the President of Jamaica Awareness, Mr. Sydney Roberts.
The event is free and open to the general public.
Mr. Seaga was recently appointed as a Distinguished Fellow of the UWI following his retirement in January 2005 from active politics serving as Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, a position he held for 30 years. He also served as Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for 43 years, with two years in the Senate.
With his active political career, spanning over 40 years, Mr. Seaga has served the longest period of continuous service of any elected representative in the English speaking Caribbean.
With his recent appointment as a Distinguished Fellow by the UWI, he is now engaged in research and the writing of books which will draw on his wide range of knowledge and experience on topics relating to Jamaica’s national development as well as international initiatives.
The Jamaica Awareness Incorporated was formed in 1984 and aims at heightening the awareness of Caribbean culture through the delivery of events highlighting the region’s various art forms in the South Florida community.