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Don Robotham is 2017 Homecoming Honouree

The University of the West Indies, Mona will honour Jamaican anthropologist Professor Don Robotham, during the annual Homecoming Celebrations which will take place February 12– 18, 2017 at Mona. Robotham is a distinguished member of the Class of 1967 which will celebrate its Golden Anniversary on the Mona Campus from September 20-24, 2017.

The annual Homecoming Celebrations provide an opportunity to celebrate the founding of the University and recognize its regional nature, while assisting to engender a greater sense of belonging and develop a feeling of camaraderie among staff, students and graduates.

This year's Homecoming activities will again be staged with the theme ‘Re-Igniting the Pelican Flame’, as part of an effort to reinforce and strengthen a sense of pride about the Mona Campus among members of the UWI Community, and to identify and showcase achievements from individuals or groups who exemplify the UWI tradition of excellence.

The Mona Homecoming Celebrations begin on Sunday, February 12 with the annual Commemoration Service at the University Chapel. The University Parade of alumni, staff and students takes place on Thursday, February 16, beginning at 3.00 p.m. from the Students’ Union, and culminating at the Assembly Hall with the Flag Raising ceremony, which begins at 4.00 p.m. The ceremony will include a Grand Showcase of Pelican Pride, during which high achievers and the 2017 Honouree will be recognized as they participate in a ‘walk of pride’.

The celebrations continue on Friday, February 17, with the Caribbean Day Festival of Food and Culture, featuring cuisine, displays and cultural performances, reflective of our diverse Caribbean culture. The Festival of Food and Culture starts at 12:00 noon on the lawns behind the flagpole area, across from the Assembly Hall.

The day will end with “A Celebration of Excellence” to include a public lecture by Professor Robotham, followed by a reception and after-party.

A UWI graduate, Don Robotham was appointed the inaugural Director, the Advanced Research Collaborative, in 2012. He has been Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York since 1999 and formerly Executive Officer, Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Programs.

Previously, he was Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of the West Indies. His fieldwork has been in the gold mines of Ghana and in various countries in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Robotham has provided important critiques of the theory of cultural pluralism and of localization alternatives to globalization and neoliberalism. He has also published extensively on anthropological theory, economic anthropology, and political economy as well as on issues of development in the Caribbean and West Africa.

The Homecoming Celebrations have traditionally been dedicated to an individual who has excelled at the local, regional or international level, or who has made a significant contribution to the institution.

Other honourees have been former Principal, Professor the Hon. Elsa Leo-Rhynie, The first Caribbean national to serve as Judge on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Justice Patrick Robinson, late former Vice Chancellors Professor the Hon. Rex Nettleford and Sir Philip Sherlock; Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Leslie Robinson; eminent historian, Sir Roy Augier; Professor Emeritus, Daphne Douglas, the first Jamaican woman to be named Professor at The University of the West Indies; Professor Anthony Chen, former Head of the Climate Studies Group, one of the leading centres for climate change research in the Caribbean; and noted sociologist, Professor Orlando Patterson.

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