A documentary film gala premiere, a Performing Arts Academy masquerade, and several lectures on St. Lucia’s two Nobel laureates Sir Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Walcott, are among the events planned for Nobel Laureate Week Saint Lucia 2014 which was launched on Wednesday.
“Youth and Community: Fostering Social Inclusion Through Peace and Security” is this year’s theme.
Various organizations and local, regional and international sponsors, including Harvard University and USAID, have all committed to making the week of activities a success.
Speaking at the launch at Government House, Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy made an appeal for peace in the wake of recent violent crimes in St. Lucia.
In view of this she will, as part of Nobel Laureate Week deliver a “Prayer for Peace” message which will be read at churches island-wide on January 18 and 19. Her message will extend a call for peace and rebuilding of communities.
According to the week’s programme of activities, which has already began, other major events planned are the launch of a Youth Peace Ambassador’s Programme on Monday, January 20, 2014. This initiative aims to “build awareness amongst the alternate conflict resolution mechanisms to bring about more peaceful and cordial behavioural approach amongst St Lucia’s youth population.”
It will be held at the National Cultural Centre at 10 a.m. to noon.
Another event of significance will be the National Awards of Excellence on January 21. This will be held to celebrate the island’s two Nobel laureates and the fact that St. Lucia has, per capita, the most Nobel laureates in any single country.
Additionally,writer and Professor Caryl Phillips is expected to deliver a lecture on Sir Derek Walcott on January 21 under the theme “American Without America: Derek Walcott’s American Odessy.”
Other planned activities include a gala premiere of documentary film “Poetry is an island-Derek Walcott” which was done by Ida Does and will be aired on January 22, 2014.
More on the Nobel Laureate Week 2014’s schedule of activities will be posted in subsequent publications.