Here’s an update for you on our sister blog:

Its sole focus is the CONFRONTATIONS in which university – specifically University of the West Indies (UWI) – students have been involved over the decades; moreso the 1968 events involving students demonstrating against a Jamaican government ban on UWI lecturer, activist Dr Walter Rodney. This is the subject of a current exhibition at the UWI Museum and of a recent conference organised by the UWI Department of History & Archaeology. The half-century anniversary has given us a perfect time for reflection.

So the blog is a way to keep exploring and sharing, even with the exhibition in place. Here are some of the stories already posted, so you have an easy way to check them out (and of course you can follow that blog too, to ensure updates to new posts):

And remember that the exhibition: CONFRONTATIONS – UWI Student Protest and the Rodney Disturbance of 1968 is on at the UWI Museum in the UWI Regional HQ Building, Mona Jamaica until March 2019.



  1. What I am submitting does not have the impact of other confrontations described in the Exhibition or related blog, it affected the entire student body at the time who thought the issue was important. “The installation ceremony [of the first Chancellor, Princess Alice] and associated events became the most important items on the social calendar for Jamaica’s elite. Invitations to the installation were limited due to space and other considerations. Each student would receive one ticket and this caused considerable consternation among the students who met to consider the matter. After much discussion, including the overriding importance of students within the College, it was decided that we would request a meeting with the Principal, Dr Taylor to let him know how we felt and that our position was that each student should receive two tickets for the installation ceremony. Our President, Barry Hamilton-Smith would be our spokesperson and all students would be present at the meeting to be held at the Junior Common Room. We had also agreed that if our position was not met, we would boycott all events associated with the installation; this would not be stated to the Principal. At the meeting, Dr T appeared promptly at the meeting and listened intently to Barry. Dr T appeared flustered and said he had no idea that the students felt this way. He immediately agreed to our request and the matter was settled amicably. The first student revolt had been avoided. ” Excerpt from ‘Medicine and Mas’, a Memoir by David Picou (To be published).

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