This year, the 60th anniversary of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago becoming a republic, we continue presenting this staple event with the goal of enhancing the togetherness of our prople in culture as well as religeon. We are again honored to present this service under the auspices of our Ambassador, Brigadier General Anthony W. J. Phillips-Spencer (Ret’d.).
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe, Expert on Caribbean literature and Caribbean intellectual history,
Dr. Cudjoe is Professor of Africana Studies, Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor in Comparative Literature, and, from 1995 to 1999, was the fourth Marion Butler McLean Chair in the History of Ideas at Wellesley College. He teaches courses on the African American literary tradition, African literature, black women writers, and Caribbean literature.
A graduate of Fordham University where he received both a B.A. in English (1969) and an M.A. in American Literature (1972), Professor Cudjoe earned a Ph.D. in American Literature from Cornell University (1976).
Professor Cudjoe is the author and editor of several books including books about V.S Naipaul: A materialist Reading; Beyond Boundaries: The Intellectual Tradition of Trinidad & Tobagi in the 19th century and The Slave Master of Trinida. and has produced several documentaries. He has written for the New York Times; The Washington Post; Boston Globe; Harvard Educational Review; International Herald Tribune; New Left Review; Baltimore Sun; the Amsterdam News; Trinidad Guardian; and Trinidad Express.
Professor Cudjoe was a director of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and was a member of Trinidad & Tobago's Cabinet He was the president of the National Association for the Empowerment of African People (Trinidad and Tobago.)