W. Arthur Lewis is remembered as knight, Nobel Laureate, trans-Atlantic academic, founding President of the Caribbean Development Bank, first Vice Chancellor of an independent University of the West Indies (UWI), a founding father of development economics, prolific author… 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth and 24 years since he died in 1991. Yet what remains of his leading edge accomplishments across different areas and places?
Professorial Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies (SALISES), UWI, Mark Figueroa argues that Lewis is still relevant. And SALISES is joining with the UWI Museum to explore this relevance through a panel presentation that will offer illustrations from Caribbean research. Scheduled for Wednesday April 1 at the UWI Regional HQ, Mona, Jamaica, home of the UWI Museum, the programme draws on some of the discussion that enlivened a full-length conference in honour of Sir Arthur, held in his native St Lucia in January 2015.
Panel presenters will include Prof Figueroa, who in St Lucia closed the conference with an assessment of what remained to explore with regard to Lewis and his legacy; UWI Lecturer in Economics Dr Samuel Brathwaite and Lecturer at the Mona School of Business & Management Dr Lou Anne Barclay. Visitors will also have an opportunity to view the UWI Museum’s cameo exhibition, Lewis 100, which was mounted on January 23, the anniversary of his birth. The exhibition runs until mid-April.