Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Harriet Tubman


A Lecture By: Sir Hilary Beckles


Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of West Indies. He is a member of the International Task Force for the UNESCO Slave Route Project and is principal consultant for resource material in the schools programme. He is also Consultant for the UNESCO Cities for Peace Global Programme, and an advisor to the UN World Culture Report.

In 2007, Sir Beckles was made a Knight of St. Andrew, the highest national honour in Barbados, for his contribution to “Higher Education, the Arts, and Sports”. Sir Hilary has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Glasgow and from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, in recognition of his major contribution to academic research into the transatlantic slave trade and plantation slavery.

Sir Hilary Beckles has authored, co-authored and edited more than thirty books, and written over seventy academic articles. His work has covered a variety of areas within the broader topic of Afro-Caribbean history, with works covering early slave rebellions in Barbados, the role of women in the slave trade, and the greater effects of colonialism on present Barbadian society.