THIRD DR ERIC WILLIAMS PANEL DISCUSSION: REPARATIONS FOR CARIBBEAN SLAVERY
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)
'British Reparations for Caribbean Slavery: why, when and how?'
Panellists are: Professor Sir Hilary Beckles of the UWI, Professor Emeritus Harry Goulbourne formerly of Southbank University and Ms.Esther Stanford-Xosie.
Moderator: Mr. Hal Austin, senior editor with the Financial Times Group.
The debate affords an opportunity to understand the particular legal, economic and historical basis for the potential claim for reparations by CARICOM countries who are convening a summit to consider whether legal action should be taken against former European colonial powers for reparations arising from over 300 years of slavery.
The Americas have been shaped by the legacy of colonialism which included the near extinction of native inhabitants of Caribbean islands when European settlers first landed on those shores. They introduced millions of African slaves to the Western hemisphere, many of whom died on their way to the West Indies.
Following the abolition of slavery, slave owners were compensated for the loss of their property but the newly emancipated were not. Many query how the losses suffered can be quantified and who should be entitled to compensation for past wrongs which occurred more than a century ago.
Organised in collaboration with the Institute of the Americas at UCL.
40 Free tickets are reserved for students on production of a valid student ID at the door.
Venue: Christopher Ingold XLG1 Chemistry Lecture Hall, University College, 20 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AJ.
Ticket sales: Refunds will not be granted after 10 June 2014
When & Where
The British Foundation for the University of the West Indies
BFUWI is a registered charity set up by the University of the West Indies in the UK established to raise the profile of the University in the UK and raise funds for students studying in the Caribbean.
The Foundation aims to:
• Contribute to the goals of the UWI Global Endowment Fund
• Promote and recognize the Caribbean’s intellectual and cultural development
• Promote the University’s name recognition in the UK and the wider European Union
• Catalyze and strengthen relationships between the Caribbean Diaspora people and the Caribbean