No­bel Lau­re­ate Week 2016 - A Cel­e­bra­tion of Ex­cel­lence

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Saint Lu­cia sets aside this pe­riod each year to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of our two No­bel lau­re­ates – Sir Arthur Lewis who won the No­bel Prize in Eco­nom­ics (1979) and the Hon. Derek Wal­cott who won the No­bel Prize in Lit­er­a­ture (1992). Each year var­i­ous panel dis­cus­sions, work­shops and ex­hi­bi­tions are held high­light­ing their works as well as events to mark the ex­cel­lence of achieve­ments in var­i­ous spheres.

One such event is the Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture Awards, which rec­og­nizes ex­cel­lence in busi­ness and com­merce in Saint Lu­cia. The red car­pet event will be held this evening (Satur­day 23rd Jan­uary) at the John­sons Cen­tre.

The No­bel Lau­re­ate Week Com­mit­tee (NLWC) launched No­bel Lau­re­ate Week 2016 at Govern­ment House on 12th Jan­uary, 2016 where the theme: “Cel­e­brat­ing Ex­cel­lence - Trans­form­ing Lives” was pre­sented. The Chair­per­son of the Com­mit­tee is Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, Her Ex­cel­lency Dame Pear­lette Louisy.

The events this year range from the tra­di­tional lec­tures - the Derek Wal­cott lecture by Pro­fes­sor Rosanna War­ren (26th Jan­uary, 7:30pm, Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre), the Sir Arthur Lewis Me­mo­rial Lecture by Dr Hy­gi­nus Gene Leon (28th Jan­uary, 7:30pm, Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre) and the UWI Open Cam­pus Pa­tri­cia Is­mond Lit­er­ary Work­shop (17th Fe­bru­ary, UWI Open Cam­pus) - to a Do­lor Fac­tor and GIS Spe­cial hosted by Delia Do­lor fea­tur­ing a round ta­ble dis­cus­sion led by Hon. Derek Wal­cott. (17th Fe­bru­ary, 8:00pm NTN and CaribVi­sion broad­casts).

There was a lit­er­ary night in Vieux Fort yes­ter­day, Fri­day, at the Na­tional Skills De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre (NSDC). The event fea­tured po­etry, dance, drama, sto­ry­telling, folk drum­ming, art dis­play, and the pre­miere of a po­etry video of Modeste Downes’ epic poem, Phases. At the same time St. Mary’s Col­lege pre­sented a lit­er­ary night at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre.

Other events in­clude ac­tiv­i­ties by the Em­bassies of Brazil, Spain, Mex­ico, Cuba and the Al­liance Fran­caise de Sainte Lu­cie; “Paint the Vil­lage” where par­tic­i­pants will work un­der the tute­lage of well-known artist Jonathan Gladding in a pro­ject jointly hosted by Labowi Pro­mo­tions and the La­borie De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion; the Na­tional Awards of Ex­cel­lence hosted by the Min­istry of Education and Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment; Open Night with the Den­nery De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion and the open­ing of the Saint Lu­cia Books Fair and Ex­hi­bi­tion or­ga­nized by Op­tions Inc.

Derek Wal­cott was born on 23rd Jan­uary, 1930 and the late Sir Arthur Lewis on the same date 15 years prior. As such, ac­tiv­i­ties for No­bel Lau­re­ate Week sur­round this sig­nif­i­cant date of 23rd Jan­uary.

For a list of all the Week’s ac­tiv­i­ties, visit Face­book page: No­bel Lau­re­ate Week: Saint Lu­cia or email the NLWC co­or­di­na­tor, Delia Do­lor.

Sir Arthur Lewis and the Hon. Derek Wal­cott - Saint Lu­cia’s two No­bel Lau­re­ates

whose achieve­ments are be­ing cel­e­brated.

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