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Professor Carolyn Cooper to Deliver 6th Edward Baugh Distinguished Lecture

The sixth annual Edward Baugh Lecture which will be delivered by Professor Carolyn Cooper is entitled, “Islands Beyond Envy: Finding Our Tongue in the Creole-Anglophone Caribbean”.  The Lecture is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, The UWI, Mona.  The university and the public are invited to attend.
Dr. Cooper is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies in the Department of Literatures in English, and has pioneered the inclusion of reggae and dancehall music and culture in academic discourse in Mona. She has published extensively on cultural politics in Caribbean literature and popular culture, particularly reggae and dancehall music, and is the author of two ground-breaking books, Sound Clash:  Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large (2004) and Noises in the Blood:  Orality, Gender and the ‘Vulgar’ Body of Jamaican Popular Culture (1993). She has written numerous book chapters and has published articles in a range of journals. Professor Cooper is also an outstanding former student of Professor Baugh and the brainchild of the Lecture Series.  
An internationally recognized scholar, Professor Cooper has been visiting professor at several universities including the School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Malmo University, Sweden; University of North London and University of Michigan. 
Previous speakers in the Lecture Series were Trinidadian writer, Earl Lovelace, Guyanese writer and scholar Mark McWatt, Professor Baugh himself, and internationally recognized critics, Professors Helen Tiffin and Diana Brydon. 
The Edward Baugh Distinguished Lecture is organized by the Department of Literatures in English, UWI, Mona in honour of Professor Emeritus Edward Baugh. A distinguished academic and poet, Professor Baugh has garnered an international reputation as an authority on Anglophone Caribbean poetry in general and on the work of Derek Walcott in particular. His distinguished record of academic, administrative and public service includes a lengthy stint as the public orator of UWI, Mona, Head of the Department of English, and Dean and then Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and General Studies. 

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