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"ERIC WILLIAMS: HIS SCHOLARSHIP, WORK AND IMPACT"

Programme

Friday, 15 February

9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
PLENARY SESSION

Welcome and introduction of keynote speaker: Howard Dodson,
Director, Schomburg Center

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rex Nettleford, Vice Chancellor,
University of the West Indies

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
WILLIAMS AND THE MAKING OF THE CARIBBEAN

Chair: Linda Heywood, Howard University

Tony Martin, Wellesley College
Eric Williams, ca. 1943-Early Political Stirrings of a Scholar Activist

Cary Fraser, Pennsylvania State University
Eric Williams and the Chaguaramas Dispute, 1957-1960

Gabrielle Lane, Independent Scholar
Williams and the Problem of Economic Autonomy in the Caribbean

Comment: The audience

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
LUNCH

12:20 p.m.- 12:50 p.m.
SLIDE PRESENTATION

Sandra Barnes, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
The Use of a Heliconia as a Political Symbol in the Caribbean

1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
ERIC WILLIAMS AND ISSUES OF RACE, THE STATE AND POLITICAL ENDS

Chair: Carlton Wilson, North Carolina Central University

Sandy Darity, University of North Carolina and Duke University
Eric Williams and the Ethnic, Racial and Color Stratification
of the Caribbean


Selwyn Ryan, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Williams, the State, and Economic Development

Grant Farred, Duke University
What's America for the Goose is Britain for the Gander:
Exploring the Relationship between Eric Williams and
C.L.R. James


Sharon Alexander-Gooding, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
Eric Williams: Protagonist or Antagonist of Caribbean
Integration?


Comment: The audience

3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
ERIC WILLIAMS AND NATIONAL POLICY
Chair: Winston James, Columbia University

Roland Baptiste, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Eric Williams and Public Sector Reform

Learie Luke, South Carolina State University
Eric Williams and Tobago: Policies and Attitudes

Jerome Teelucksingh, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Eric Williams and the Labor Movement in Trinidad and Tobago,
1960-1980


Comment: The audience

5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
WILLIAMS AND CARIBBEAN INTEGRATION

Chair: Franklin Knight, Johns Hopkins University

Cecilia McAlmont, University of Guyana
We Integrate or We Perish: Forbes Burnham, Eric Williams
and the Regional Integration Movement


Colin Palmer, Princeton University
Williams and the Genesis of the West Indies Federation

Eric D. Duke, Michigan State University
Constructing West Indianess: Williams, Race, Regional Identity,
and the West Indies Federation


Comment: The audience

7:30 p.m.
Reception

Saturday, 16 February

9:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
ERIC WILLIAMS, THE SCHOLAR

Chair: Sean Green, The University of Pennsylvania

Demetrius Eudell, Wesleyan University
The Nineteenth Century Origins of Capitalism and Slavery

Dale Tomich, Binghampton University
Capitalism and Slavery Revisited

Edward Cox, Rice University
Willams, the Free Coloreds, and Abolition: A Reassessment

Chris McCauley, University of California Santa Barbara
The Use and Abuse of Capitalism and Slavery

Comment: the audience

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
WILLIAMS, THE RESEARCHER AND THEORIST

Chair: Watson Jennison, University of Virginia

Brinsley Samaroo, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Williams, the Bibliophile and Scholar!

David Barry Gaspar, Duke University
Williams: Publishing in the Journal of Negro History

Rinaldo Walcott, York University
Refiguring the Black Atlantic: Rereading Capitalism and Slavery in the Time of Transnationality

Comment: The audience

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
LUNCH

1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
WILILAMS, WOMEN, AND POLITICAL CHANGE

Chair: Carolyn Boyce Davies, Florida International University

Maurice St. Pierre, Morgan State University
Eric Williams: The Social Construction of a
Movement Intellectual


Hilary Beckles, University of the West Indies, Mona
The Black Woman in Williams' "Capitalism and Slavery"

Lydia Lindsey, North Carolina Central University
Williams, Claudia Jones and the Politics of Change

Comment: The audience

3:15 p.m.-5:15p.m.
ERIC WILLIAMS AND THE LARGER WORLD
OF SCHOLARSHIP

Chair: Selwyn Carrington, Howard University

Jiang Shixue, Institute of Latin American Studies, Beijing
Williams and the Chinese Optic

Derrick E. White, Ohio State University
The Function of History: Williams, Woodson, DuBois, and
the Counter Narrative of History


George Ramos, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
The Portrait of Dr. Eric Williams in Earl Lovelace's "Salt"

Fannie Theresa Rushing, De Paul University
Eric Williams: Past, Present, and Future of Caribbean Studies

Comment: The audience

5:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
CLOSING

Venue: Langston Hughes Auditorium
Tickets: For registration information call (212) 491-2203

Memory of the World Register.
Trinidad and Tobago - The Eric Williams Collection

York/UNESCO Nigerian Hinterland Project
Department of History, York University,  Toronto, Canada
Email: nigerian@yorku.ca
Fax: (416) 650-8173