Jamaica-Canada Connections: Public Lecture, Workshops and Book


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International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

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In 2012, Jamaica celebrated its 50th year of independence. To commemorate this anniversary, Professor James collaborated with the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) to develop a collection of essays and series of workshops to acknowledge the immense and widespread contributions of Jamaica and Jamaicans to Canadian society. Directed to both an academic and non-academic audience, the anthology, Jamaica in the Canadian Experience: A Multiculturalizing Presence (2012). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, explores various interconnections between Jamaica and Canada.  The workshops provided an opportunity for contributors to the collection to meet alongside community members to discuss themes related to the work. A public lecture and reception was also held at York University.

Professor James was a guest on TVJ (Jamaica) in February 2013, including Profile, a show with Ian Boyne, regarding Jamaica in the Canadian Experience, and Smile Jamaica, a morning show where he was interviewed about the book.

Here is a link to the panel presentation and discussion:

Jamaica in the Canadian Experience, Book Launch and Panel Presentation/Discussion with co-editor, A. Davis & David Malone (President, IDRC). IDRC, Ottawa, Nov. 2012.