2001/2002, Issue 28
North in Profile
When students and colleagues were asked to share their impressions of CERLAC Fellow Liisa North, several themes kept recurring. Foremost was an admiration for her “commitment” - to human rights and equitable development and, more basically, to people in general.
Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Comes to CERLAC
One of the most exciting achievements of CERLAC Director Viviana Patroni's first year was her success in bringing the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CJLACS) /Revue canadienne des études latino-américaines et caraïbes (RCELC) to our research centre. With the kind of burst of energy and enthusiasm that is characteristic of her leadership, Viviana proposed that the effort to "internationalize York" would be greatly enhanced if we could bring this important journal to our campus and provide the institutional support that would permit the journal to flourish.
At evening’s end the audience rose with one accord in a standing ovation for Mr. George Lamming, Caribbean writer, visionary, and public intellectual extraordinaire. The occasion was the fourth Jagan Lecture, an annual commemorative tribute to the late Dr. Cheddi Jagan, held at Vari Hall, York University on March 2, 2002.
Mr. Lamming set the poetic, contemplative tone of the evening by reading from the works of three poets of the region: Mahadai Das of Guyana, Lawrence Scott of Trinidad, and Derek Walcott of St. Lucia. They were poems registering the search for identity and the divided loyalties of the primal Caribbean self.
For close to an hour George Lamming held the capacity audience spellbound as he reasoned with the subject of “Language and the Politics of Ethnicity” in the Caribbean. He established ground by recounting a few memorable anecdotes.