Nobel Laureate Week 2014 with the theme ‘Youth and Community: Fostering Social Inclusion through Peace and Security’ has officially ended but activities remembering Saint Lucia’s Nobel Laureates Sir William Arthur Lewis and Derek Alton Walcott continue as the Nobel Laureate Committee will be encouraging the nation throughout the year to focus on peace.
Governor General Pearlette Louisy, chairman of the Nobel Laureate Week Committee, stated in her special prayers for peace at the beginning of the week, that the committee would be visiting schools to encourage individuals and groups to join the Peace Ambassadors Programme and the Arts for Social Change Project that will be taking place in communities throughout the year.
“Stand up proudly and say that you will promote peace in your community,” Dame Pearlette said.
Public attendance at the week’s events noticeably increased this year. The launch of the Youth Peace Ambassadors’ Programme, and National Volunteer Programme, set the tone for the Week’s activities. The Derek Walcott Lecture by Professor Caryl Phillips, “American, without America: Derek Walcott’s American Odyssey and the Sir Arthur Lewis Lecture by Professor Eric S. Maskin, “Why Haven’t Global Markets Reduced Inequality?” drew large engaging crowds.
The gala premiere in Saint Lucia for filmmaker Ida Does’ (Surinam) documentary, “Poetry is an Island: Derek Walcott”, engrossed a full audience at the Sandals Grande William Jefferson Clinton Ballroom. Other well attended public events held during the week and beyond included the National Awards of Excellence, the Derek Walcott Schools’ Theatre Event, the final of the Schools’ Choir Competition, the SALCC’s Evening of the Arts, the National Youth Council’s Arts for Peace, the Dennery Development Foundation’s Literary Night and Awards Ceremony, the Labowi Promotions Workshop and the UWI Open Campus Youth Peace Forum and Art for Social Change Project.
Derek Walcott was tremendously moved by the week’s activities. He spoke about the events (he attended many of them) and told guests at his birthday lunch at the Ladera Resort in Soufriere, “Thank you all for coming. I am grateful to be Saint Lucian.”
Guests included Glyn Maxwell selector of Derek Walcott’s new book, “The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013,” and Professor Caryl Phillips The Nobel Laureate Week Committee extends its sincere thanks to the following organisations for their support: 1st National Bank, First Citizens Investment Services Ltd, Financial Investment and Consultancy Services Ltd, the Bank of Saint Lucia, Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, Coco Palm, Auberge Seraphine, the OECS Secretariat, UNDP, USAID and PeaceJam International.