The University College of the Cayman Islands -- in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), the University of the West Indies, Mona, and the International College of the Cayman Islands -- invites you to the 50-50 Conference, 21-23 March, 2012.

    The year 2012 marks 50 years since the end of the West Indies Federation. This is an opportunity for territories, whether independent or non-independent, to reflect on the last 50 years and plan for the next 50.

    Representatives are invited from all regional territories, whether British, Dutch, French, or US, independent or otherwise, as well as from international interests.

    Conference organisers anticipate a wide assemblage of key local, regional and international academics and thinkers, as well as civil and political influencers.



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Thanks to all those involved who have helped to make this a very successful conference!
Among the more than 100 papers were 11 Keynote Presentations that have attracted much interest.

Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Presenters

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The Rt. Hon. Owen Seymour Arthur, currently the Leader of the Opposition of the Barbados Government, will open the UCCI/UWI conference on 21 March, 2012, with the keynote address with his presentation on the emerging place of the Caribbean in the global political and economic arenas.

Mr. Arthur assumed office as Barbados' fifth Prime Minister on September 7, 1994 and held that office until January 15, 2008. He was born in Barbados on October 17, 1949, and was educated at All Saints Boys' School, the Coleridge and Parry School and Harrison College.

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Rgt. Hon. Owen Arthur
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Sir Ronald Sanders, is an international consultant, writer and former senior Caribbean Ambassador. His career spans an impressive array of political and diplomatic assignments globally.

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Sir Ronald Sanders
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Dr. Carlyle Corbin, who is speaking on “Contemporary Colonialism and the Challenge to Caribbean Integration,” is an international advisor on governance and multilateral diplomacy. He is the former Minister of State for External Affairs of the U.S. Virgin Islands Government, and the territory’s representative to various United Nations’ bodies.

Dr. Corbin presently serves as the Executive Secretary of the Council of Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly. He has worked as a United Nations’ expert on self-determination and governance for over two decades, and as a U.N. Development Programme expert on governance, serving in this capacity with respect to Bermuda and to the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has served as the constitutional advisor to the Anguilla Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee, and as the international governance advisor to the US Virgin Islands Fifth Constitutional Convention. He has similarly functioned as member of the US Virgin Islands Political Status Commission.

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Dr. Carlyle Corbin
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The Hon. Paula A. Cox, JP, MP, who will speak at the UCCI conference on the "Bermuda Success Story," was in October 2010 elected as Leader of the Progressive Labour Party and appointed Premier of Bermuda.

Premier Cox was first elected to Parliament in 1996, then in her 30’s, becoming one of the youngest members of the House of Assembly. In her subsequent fourteen years as a law-maker for the governing Progressive Labour Party, Premier Cox has garnered wide-ranging experience in governance having held a number of Cabinet portfolios.

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Hon. Paula A. Cox
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Professor Orlando Patterson, who is a historical and cultural sociologist and John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, will speak during his plenary address on the topic, "What Explains Success and Failure in National Development? A Re-Examination of the Barbados-Jamaica Debate."

He previously held faculty appointments at the University of the West Indies, his alma mater, and the London School of Economics, where he received his Ph.D. His academic interests include the culture and practices of freedom; the comparative study of slavery and ethno-racial relations; and the cultural sociology of poverty and underdevelopment with special reference to the Caribbean and African American youth. He has also written on the cultural sociology of sports, especially the game of cricket. Professor Patterson is the author of numerous academic papers and five major academic books, including Slavery and Social Death (1982); Freedom in the Making of Western Culture (1991); and The Ordeal of Integration (1997). A book on the cultural aspects of poverty among disadvantaged African-American youth is forthcoming.

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Prof. Orlando Patterson
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Anthony Smellie has been a Judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands since February 1993. In June 1998 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands.

Included among his responsibilities as a Judge (and continuing as Chief Justice) is that as Central Authority for the Cayman Islands Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the United States of America.

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Hon. Anthony Smellie
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Dr. Dax Basdeo currently has responsibility for a broad range of departments and authorities within the Ministry of Finance of the Cayman Islands Government, covering such key areas as financial services policy, economic development and international relations. Specific functions under Dr. Basdeo’s leadership include: the Department of Commerce & Investment; the Financial Services Secretariat; the Cayman Islands London Office; the General Registry; and the Tax Information Authority.

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Dr. Dax Basdeo
Dr. Michael Witter
Dr. Neville Duncan
Dr. Keith Nurse
More to come...