Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 3rd 2015 Contents 10 UWI TODAY -- SUNDAY 3rd may, 2015
On April 1, 2015, the exhibition "From likeness to ction:
the portrait inside out," opened at Rodman Hall at Brock
University in Ontario, Canada. is exhibition was a
collaborative project between the Visual Arts Department,
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts,
Brock University and the Department of Creative and
Festival Arts, e UWI, St. Augustine.
Art students, alumni and faculty at Brock University
and e UWI, under the guidance of lecturers Shawn Serfas
in Canada and Lesley-Ann Noel, Michelle Boyd, Kenwyn
Crichlow, Deborah Clement, Che Lovelace and Elsa Clarke
e Diplomatic Academy's latest frontier
It's a bit unusual for an educator in international
relations to be giving a presentation at a major
labour conference. But that is precisely what
Professor Andy Knight, Director of e UWI's
Institute of International Relations (IIR) and the
Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean did at the
recent 9th International Labour Organisation
(ILO) Meeting of the Caribbean Ministers of
He was there of course to discuss diplomacy,
speci cally labour diplomacy and how it could
bene t the region. Most importantly, he was
there to promote the Diplomatic Academy's new
Labour Diplomacy model.
" e head of the ILO o ce in Trinidad
and Tobago, Dr Giovanni di Cola, and I have
had discussions for the last ve months now
about the possibility of doing a module at
the Diplomatic Academy," explains Professor
Speaking at the meeting titled Decent
Work for Sustainable Development and held on
March 3 and 4 in Nassau, the IIR and Diplomatic
Academy Director told an audience made
up primarily of Labour Ministers (and their
support sta ) from throughout the region of
the value of labour diplomacy, particularly in
the current economic environment.
" e ILO sees this as very important not
just for the Caribbean but for the globe to have
a Caribbean Diplomatic Academy that will
reach out on global issues like labour," he says.
"A grounding in diplomacy can help in areas
like maintaining labour peace in declining
economies, layo s from the government sector
and less pro ts in the private sector."
Describing interest in the module and
the Diplomatic Academy itself as "absolutely
amazing", Professor Knight says the ve-day
programme begins in May. Training will be
provided by one of the ILO's top o cers as well
Sir LeRoy Trotman, one of the region's most
internationally renowned labour leaders. e
ILO is also proposing to support the module
by providing scholarships for a limited number
of participants. e Diplomatic Academy is
preparing for 40 to 50 participants.
Labour diplomacy is the latest in several
training modules o ered at the Diplomatic
Academy that provide instruction in elds
outside of traditional diplomacy. is is part of
the academy's mandate to create a new paradigm
of open diplomacy.
"Diplomacy is no longer reserved for
foreign a airs," says Professor Knight. "It is
now used across ministries and in civil society
Since its launch in May 2014, the Diplomatic
Academy has o ered modules on climate
change, digital diplomacy, sports diplomacy
and even celebrity diplomacy.
e St. Augustine Campus will be hosting the UWI Games
2015 from May 21-29, 2015.
is is the biennial competition among the St.
Augustine, Mona, Cave Hill and Open campuses in ten
Approximately 500 athletes from across the Caribbean
will take part in Basketball, Football, Tennis, Swimming,
Table Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Cricket, Netball
and 6-a-side Hockey. Competition in all sports will involve
both male and female participants except for Cricket
and Netball, which will be male only and female only
All sporting activities will be held at the UWI SPEC
(Sport and Physical Education Centre) and within UWI
itself with the exception of Hockey, Swimming and Track
& Field which will be held at the Tacarigua Hockey Centre,
the Marlins Swimming Pool and the National Stadium.
Invitational events in Track and Field and Aquatics will add
to the spectacle of this year's event as this will feature local
and regional stars as well as Olympic hopefuls.
e GAMES are on!
in Trinidad, explored the development of character and
identity in portrait representations. Responding to a project
developed by acclaimed Canadian painter, Janet Werner,
students, alumni and faculty, considered questions such
as: How can one represent not only external appearances,
but also invisible aspects of the self, di erent aspects of our
identities, the imaginary worlds we hold within and the
inner life of the subject. How can a portrait move beyond
a conventional framing of the gure to convey ideas that
re ect di erent aspects of identity.
e exhibition comes to UWI this month.
Inner Lives, Imaginary Worlds
PHOTO: KEYON MITCHELL
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