The GraceKennedy Foundation 2020 Public Lecture, which was originally scheduled for April 7, 2020 at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, has been postponed indefinitely, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision to postpone was announced by Executive Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation, Caroline Mahfood, following discussions with the Foundation’s Board and GraceKennedy’s Group CEO, Don Wehby.
“This decision was not taken lightly, but with the increasing number of cases of the virus in Jamaica and the announcement from the government to temporarily ban public gatherings, we felt this was the right call to make as our lectures are usually attended by over 600 persons,” stated Mrs Mahfood.
This is the first time in the Annual Public Lecture Series’ three-decade history that it is being postponed. Over the years, it has served as an invaluable instrument of social and intellectual discourse as it examines the many various national and regional issues. Culture, politics, gender affairs, the Jamaican family, food and nutrition, environment, volunteerism, technology, sports and well-being are only a few of the areas that have been subject to the insightful analysis of the lecture series.
In keeping with the hope that the lecture’s reach will extend beyond those present at its delivery, the presentation is published in book form, which is distributed to schools and public libraries across the island. The e-book is available online at www.gracekennedy.com.