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Lady Mary Beckles ( l) with her husband Professor Sir Hilary Beckles( 3rd l), Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies with relatives attorney at law, Luke and his mom Sandra Minott Phillips, KC, at the Festschrift launch of “ Interrogating Justices” at the UWI Mona on February 15, 2024.

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“Festschrift” is defined by the Collin’s Dictionary as a collection of essays or learned papers contributed by several people to honour an eminent scholar, especially a colleague and those in attendance for “Interrogating Injustices” at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, on February 15, 2024, did indeed enjoy a “feast of writing” ( the German translation of Fest and Schrift.)

At the launch of the book edited by the UWI’s Professor Verene Shepherd, Dr Henderson D Carter and Dr Ahmed N Reid and published by Ian Randle Publishers, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the UWI, Professor Densil Williams praised Sir Hilary as “: a giant leader of the UWI.”

Professor Williams said that the Festschrift was “ to celebrate an academic administrator par excellence, an advocate by devotion and one of the rare breed of true intellectuals who are tenanting with us on Mother Earth”  He said that in the book “ colleagues near and far not only memorialized Sir Hilary’s work but have placed the man in his rightful intellectual and philosophical place”.

The Festschrift , Chaired by Dr Luz Longsworth, former Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UWI Global, saw special remarks by Carl Campbell, Emeritus Professor of History,  a Personal Reflection by Emeritus Professor of Teacher Education, Errol Miller and an Editor’s Conversation chaired by Professor Kris Manjapra, Director Arts and Humanities, Social Action Lab, Northeastern University with “ conversations” with the three Editors. Guests were welcomed by the Akwaaba Drummers and enjoyed an excerpt from a play written by Sir Hilary titled “The Betrayal” presented by a troupe of alumni of the UWI  Dramatic Arts Society based at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the UWI,  Mona Campus under the direction of  Michael Holgate, Head of the Centre.  A soulful Jazz presentation by the UWI Classical and Jazz Ensemble (CAJE) completed the entertainment segment.

In his response, Sir Hilary, expressed his thanks to his friends, family and colleagues whom he said inspired him and supported his vision for the UWI and traced his journey at the institution over three decades.

Among his many milestones was the establishment under his leadership, of the UWI’s fifth campus – The Five Islands University in Antigua and Barbuda and the high ranking of the UWI by the prestigious The Times Higher Education (THE). Beginning in 2019, the university was ranked in the top four per cent of the world’s best universities. By 2020 the UWI was ranked number one university in the Caribbean, number one among worldwide universities between 50 and 80 years old, among the top one percent in Latin America. Improving in ranking each year, by 2021, the UWI was named among the top 1.5 per cent of universities in the world by THE.

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