UCCI promises unforgettable conference

| 08/03/2012

ucci%20front%20sign.jpg(CNS): Organisers are promising a feast of intellectual thought later this month with this year’s UCCI conference. With its theme of surveying the last fifty years and mapping the next fifty, it offers an opportunity to empower an entire community as members revisit the success stories of the past while charting a course into the future, the college said this week as it promoted the conference. A diverse list of speakers includes Cayman’s own chief justice, the former prime minister of Barbados and the premier of Bermuda. “This coming together of intellectuals, policy makers and the general public should allow for an unforgettable experience,” said Conference Director Dr Livingston Smith.

“UCCI is engaged in these conference initiatives for no other reason than to stimulate and inject new ideas and to thus offer invaluable opportunities to raise national intellectual and social assets to respond in more innovative and creative ways to the needs of the island and those of the broader Caribbean,” he added.

The conference is being hosted by UCCI in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI, Mona) and the International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI). 50-50 Caribbean Conference is scheduled for 21-23 March and is the third in the series of well-received annual regional conferences staged by UCCI.

The line-up of speakers includes Owen Arthur, the opposition leader and former prime minister of Barbados; Paula Cox, Bermuda’s premier; Sir Ronald Sanders, an international consultant and former senior Caribbean ambassador; Professor Orlando Patterson, historical and cultural sociologist from Harvard University;  Dr. Carlyle Corbin, an international advisor on governance and multilateral diplomacy; Cayman Islands Chief Justice, Anthony Smellie; Dr Dax Basdeo, the financial services chief officer; as well as Prof. Neville Duncan, Dr Michael Witter and Dr Keith Nurse from the University of the West Indies. The former Bermuda premier, Ewart Brown, will also be chairing a panel and presenting a paper.

“It is safe to remark that it will be a long time before this level of expertise is assembled together in one room, not to mention the added bonus of being able to hear them explain and expound their positions,” said Roy Bodden, UCCI President. “As if this is not reason enough to warrant attending the conference, there are some one hundred papers to be read and discussed. The UCCI International Conference has truly grown in significance and I implore you, the public, to attend as many presentations as possible,” he added.

Bodden said the collaboration of UCCI, UWI and ICCI is precedent setting. “Together these institutions of higher learning have set as their collective objective to provide an enlightening and outstanding experience for all conference participants.”

The 50-50 Conference is a huge event representing various sectors of the community coming together to encourage awareness and education and Bodden offered his appreciation to the sponsors.

To register and for further information, visit www.ucciconference.ky

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  1. Anonymous says:

    “It is safe to remark that it will be a long time before this level of expertise is assembled together in one room, not to mention the added bonus of being able to hear them explain and expound their positions,” said Roy Bodden, UCCI President. “As if this is not reason enough to warrant attending the conference, there are some one hundred papers to be read and discussed. The UCCI International Conference has truly grown in significance and I implore you, the public, to attend as many presentations as possible,” he added.

     

    Roy always seems in need of a lesson in mass communication. Rule No. 1 in mass communication is that you always speak in layman's terms and "dumb it down" for crowds so that your message and words WILL be understood.

     

    With over 100 papers to be read (and discussed, i.e. an intellectual row), you betta carry a pillow.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would like to really congratulate the University College for doing what a University should be engaged in- stimulating thought in a non-political  and hopefully, scholarlyenvironment.

    The fact that the organizers can pull off three days of deliberation- which Iunderstand not only involves the plenaries, but the presentation of over 100 papers- should be properly applauded.

    Even as we criticize, let's also give credit where it is due.

    As for me., will be regsitering- and paying my fees as I am neither students, teacher or senior for whom it is totaly free.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Unforgettable to the students that are forced to attend.

    • Anonymous says:

      And isn't it a sad commentary on those students who have to be "forced" to attend! 

      And by the way, this is not exactly correct — some lecturers are tieing in lessons with an assignment related to one panel discussion — and in most cases students get to choose which they attend.  But this is not true for all lecturers, some of whom are continuing classes as per usual.

      However, university students are on an intellectual journey, and when they have amind-broadenng opportunity such as this on their door step they should embrace it.

      On another matter, I see that the scandal mongers could not resist stirring up some mud — even if it is misplaced. 

      Is that all the contribution that that person could make to the discussion? 

       

      • Anonymous says:

        You have admitted you are forcing students??? That is what is sad. I hope this doesn't become an exercise in how many people gathered, like quantity should matter in discussing topics of quality. Its not like some of the teachers salaries or status are tied to popularity or attendance, are they?  I work for company, where numbers matter, but these academic discussions should be based upon the quality and relevance to the theme of the conference. In any event all the best and maybe I will attend out of adult curiosity of what is being discussed, but never from somebody looking over my shoulder. Maybe you should start treating the students who are adults like adults, and the students who are still acting like kids, well they will find out soon time enough of the very valuable opportunity that they are missing.

    • Anonymous says:

      That is his son, not him. 

       

      Did YOU read the article you posted for us to read????

       

      I hope you are not suggesting that we should consider someone a criminal just because a family member is a criminal?????

       

      • Anonymous says:

        How far did the apple fall from the tree?

      • Anonymous says:

        Excuse me 18:15 but did YOU scroll down and read about the father who is coming to lecture at the conference?

    • Anonymous says:

      He sounds just like our Premier!

      (the second half of the article about his travels, spending and style of doing 'business')

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you, Ahem! And they think Mac is bad!

    • Anonymous says:

      With people hitting the LOL button, apparently its considered a joke among the conference supporters. 

  4. Anonymous says:

    DO not let Mac anywhere near this. Just the thought of him tryig to hold conversation or debate with this panel scares the living bejesus out of me.