In 2015, UWI & The 1960s was launched as a collaboration between the Museum and the UWI Mona’s Department of History & Archaeology. It took the form of an Occasional Series that would focus attention on icons and issues of the time that connected the regional university to wider global currents.
The first three events were: UWI’ s MLK Moment in June 1965; Contextual Considerations around the iconic visit of Ethopian Emperor Haile Selassie in 2016; and the premiere of a film on Caribbean icon CLR James in 2017
As with many other locations, 1968 at the UWI was the year when many currents escalated to the level of confrontation with authorities of all sorts. The 1968 Rodney Riots in Kingston, Jamaica, sparked by student demonstrations in the face of a government ban on lecturer Dr Walter Rodney, was a watershed for many. 2018, also being marked as the University of the West Indies (UWI)s 70th anniversary, will feature an exhibition and conference titled Confrontations: UWI Student Protests and the Rodney disturbance of 1968.:
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