Public Lecture Series

A project of the GraceKennedy Foundation that has become highly regarded and which has impacted nationally is the annual public lecture series.

Since 1989, the Foundation has invited a person of distinction to lecture on a subject of political, economic or social concern to Jamaica and the Caribbean. It is the aim of the Foundation that the lecture should initiate public debate and commentary at all levels of society. To further facilitate this process the lecture is published and circulated to institutions and individuals.

Several of the lectures have become important sources for reference in their fields. A number have been assigned as texts at both the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology. Two titles have been in constant demand by schools and the general public and have had to be reprinted. These are Elsa Leo-Rhynie’s The Jamaican Family: Continuity and Change and Don Robotham’s Vision and Volunteerism.

GraceKennedy Foundation Annual Lecture: “Jamaica – Tangible and Intangible Heritage: So Much to Tell”

The lecture is presented by Mr Vivian Crawford, Executive Director, Institute of Jamaica. It lecture seeks to respond to the words of Sir John Huggins, a former Governor of Jamaica, in his message for the inaugural publication of The Jamaica Historical Review in June 1945: “No one can understand the present or plan for the future unless he knows how the community in which he lives came into being.” Click here to view.

Previous Lectures

Below is a list of topics of past lectures. Simply click on the lecture titles to access the online version in PDF format.