Sir Probyn Innis Memorial Lecture To Be Hosted Virtually

Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 25th, 2021 (ZIZ News)  Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic the History and Heritage committee has opted to host the Sir Probyn Innis Memorial Lecture virtually.

This was revealed by Chairman of the committee, Percival Hanley in an interview with ZIZ news.

“The lecture which is styled the Probyn Innis Memorial Lecture is a signature event for the week of activities bearing the name of its founder Sir Probyn Innis and so we thought at least putting that on would be commendable and so we decided to work with the University of the West Indies who are the persons who normally sponsor it and so they have again this year and we thank them very much and they have decided to put it on but instead of the live event that we normally do, we’ve decided because of the Covid-19 situation that we’ll do it in a virtual format.”

He explained that the format of the lecture will include an open forum where persons can interact with the lecturer.

“The format we have is that we’ll first have an opening situation where we’ll have someone delivering remarks then there’ll be the introduction of the speaker and then we’ll have the speaker making his presentation which will be forty minutes after which the programme will be open for me to make their comments or ask any questions that they may have.”

Hanley also revealed the speaker chosen for the lecture and the topic.

“First of all we tried getting a local speaker in the medical profession to try to deal with the topic but unfortunately because of their involvement with the Covid-19-more than one, they were unable to work with us in this regard. So we thought maybe since UWI Open Campus was the ones who were sponsoring it they thought to go to their university campus to see if they can find someone and they were referred to an epidemiologist which is almost a perfect for this discussion and were directed to a gentleman by the name of –he’s a professor, John Peter Figueroa as I said epidemiologist and the topic is “A History of Epidemics in the Caribbean.”

He explained that the topic is significant because of the current situation with the pandemic so the committee saw it fit to choose a topic that will help people to understand and deal with the situation.

Persons interested in seeing the lecture, Hanley said the links are posted to the University of the West Indies Open Campus Facebook page.

The lecture will be on Tuesday March 7th at 7pm.




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