Fifth And Sixth DE-CODE Dialogues Engage ‘DE-CODING HUMAN RIGHTS: Embracing Difference’
The University of the West Indies’ (UWI‘s) Cultural Studies Society (CSS) will host its fifth and sixth dialogues in the DE-CODE series with a focus on ‘DE-CODING HUMAN RIGHTS: Embracing Difference‘. On Tuesday September 29, 2020, Session 5 will feature a discussion between Elizabeth Solomon, Gillian Moor and E. Wayne McDonald with moderation by Yvonne Webber. For the more intimate Session 6, on Tuesday October 6, 2020, participants will ventilate issues by engaging in small group discussions. These sessions will take place online via Zoom with streaming on Facebook LIVE.
Since the July 2020 launch of DE-CODE, the CSS has facilitated four online dialogues aimed at building knowledge about topical issues for the Caribbean and its diaspora with an audience from the Caribbean, the USA and Europe. The most recent sessions, which were held on August 25 and September 1, 2020, tackled ‘DE-CODING HUMAN RIGHTS: Our Right to Breathe’ with discussions between moderator, Tessa Alexander, and Mariateresa Garrido, Assistant Professor, Department of International Law, University for Peace, Leigh-Ann Worrell, black Caribbean feminist, and Simeon Moodoo, playwright, director, actor and educator. These sessions were inspired by the July 21, 2020 Parliamentary speech of Barbados’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment, the Honourable Mia Mottley Q.C., M.P., which addressed discrimination and the Remote Employment Bill 2020.
DE-CODE was conceptualised to nurture awareness, empathy, compassion and transformation surrounding issues including identity, racism, classism, colourism, structural inequality, representation, citizenship and social justice. To support this objective, the format of the online dialogues has been designed to facilitate expression, connection with our realities and the much-needed process towards individual and collective healing.
The CSS is an organisation at the UWI, St Augustine, led by students of the Cultural Studies programme. The purpose of the organisation is to promote discussion, debate and awareness of the various issues that underscore our society, culture and how we see ourselves and others as Caribbean people. To be a part of the fifth and sixth DE-CODE sessions, please register in advance via http://bit.ly/DECODESession5Reg and join the FB event page by clicking HERE . For more information, connect with the CSS via IG and FB @culturalstudiessociety or send an email.