The Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dr. Didacus Jules will participate in a three-day conference examining the historical significance of the Grenada Revolution.
Jules will speak on the topic ““Education in the Revolution and the Revolution in Education,’ at the May 27-29 event being organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the UWI Open Campus Grenada and the St George’s University here.
The organisers said that the conference will provide an opportunity for the Grenadian public to engage with regional and international scholars, students and activists to discuss the historical significance of the Grenada Revolution and the lessons that can be drawn for contemporary Grenadian and Caribbean politics and society.
The Grenada Revolution followed the March 13, 1979 coup that brought left-wing prime minister Maurice Bishop to power. His New Jewel Movement (NJM) had been successful in staging the removal of then Prime Minister Sir Eric Gairy from office in the first ever removal of a government by a bullet rather than the ballot in the English-speaking Caribbean.
But the People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) imploded in 1983 when Bishop and several members of his cabinet were killed during a palace coup staged by Bishop’s Deputy, Bernard Coard, and others, who had become critical of Bishop’s socialism, which they considered too moderate.
Their coup was, however, short-lived and crushed six days after Bishop’s murder when then American President Ronald Reagan ordered US marines into Grenada.
The organisers said that the conference will discuss a number of topics, including “The Economic Model of the PRG: Lessons for the Contemporary Grenadian Economy”; “Women in the Grenada Revolution: Lessons for the Contemporary;” “The Grenada Revolution: Arts & Culture;” “Foreign Policy”; “Regionalism” among other thought-provoking themes.
The activities will include two public lectures, with Grenada born Professor Merle Collins from the University of Maryland speaking on the topic: “The Haunt of History: Grenada’s Story – Moving to the Future,” on May 27, followed by Jules’s presentation, a day later.
Grenadians are also being invited to an open session “Voices From Within” which will be held on Wednesday and facilitated by Dr Wendy Grenade, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at UWI.
The organisers said the lecture is “an opportunity for open dialogue and frank debate among Grenadians.
“This conference is expected to provide a space for participants to confront the past, analyse the present and (re)imagine the future. It is intended to bridge generational divides by encouraging youth participation and inter-generational debates,” the organisers added.