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Indian Time Ah Come by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
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Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


RUPERTA Tale in Black and White GRAY
The new edition of the novel published by Calaloux Publications RUPERTA Tale in Black and White GRAY by Stephen Nathaniel Cobham [PDF]
The Cudjoe Collection of Trinidad and Tobago Literature With an Introduction by Selwyn R. Cudjoe

Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe is a professor of Literature at
Wellesley College


Identity and Caribbean Literature
A lecture delivered to the Japanese Black Studies
Association at Nara Women's College, Nara, Japan.


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Forged in the Bowels of Corruption: Pt 4 December 11, 2017
This may be a far-out comparison but it bears making if only because it allows us to measure what success looks like at serious academic institutions. Fifty years ago, Jawaharlal Nehru, the president of India, created the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) with UNESCO’s assistance and funds from the Soviet Union to train his country’s scientists and engineers. Full Article

The Black Princess December 05, 2017
In 1955 Princess Margaret came to Trinidad to visit. Most of Her Majesty's subjects felt elated. I attended Tacarigua AC School at the time. All of my fellow students lined the Churchill Roosevelt Highway with our flags (the Union Jack) to pay tribute to our princess. Two days later we headed down to the Queen's Park Oval to give her a royal welcome. Full Article

Forged in the Bowels of Corruption: Pt 3 November 26, 2017
The development of Trinidad and Tobago's energy sector owes a lot to the dedication and ingenuity of Ken Julien, our energy czar. Wendell Mottley, T&T's former Finance Minister, suggests that Julien would not have been successful if he had approached his job through "the typical state bureaucracy." Full Article

Forged in the Bowels of Corruption: Pt 2 November 20, 2017
Things get mighty strange in T&T. Before President Anthony Carmona could wash he foot, he jump into de dance with the chiasmus: "I don't feel because there is a recession that we need to have a recession in education" (Express, November 11). Full Article

Forged in the Bowels of Corruption: Pt 1 November 14, 2017
The last time I heard, the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) was a public institution, which suggests the public owns it. This suggests further that the public (in this case, the taxpayers) have a right to know what's taking place at "our national university" since the taxpayers have spent billions of dollars to establish this public institution. Full Article

Targeting Dr. Williams November 06, 2017
In October (2006) I reviewed Colin Palmer's Eric Williams and the Making of the Modern Caribbean for the Journal of British Studies. I congratulated Palmer for exposing the intrigue of Britain and the United States against Williams when he fought for the return of Chaguaramas for the federal capital of the Federation of the West Indies. Full Article

The Reeducation of Our Prime Minister October 30, 2017
In terms of native intelligence and intellectual brilliance, Keith Rowley is among the top three people who have held the prime ministerial office since independence. The same cannot be said of how he applies these talents to his present office. These attributes were on display when he was the leader of the opposition; now they have faded. Full Article

Denigrating Women Again October 23, 2017
Last week my friend Prime Minister Keith Rowley was at it again, demeaning women without having a clue about what he is doing to their mental health, their self-esteem and lowering their respect in the eyes of the nation. No one in the party seems to have the courage to tell the PM that his views on women are antiquated. Full Article

Ancestors October 19, 2017
Last weekend I traveled to Fort Lauderdale to see Mislet Harry, the senior member of the Cudjoe clan. It didn’t hurt that Miami was celebrating its annual carnival celebrations. The daughter of Aunt Elaine, Mislet has lived in the Miami area for the past thirty years or so. Full Article

Does UNC See Itself as Part of the Nation? October 14, 2017
Last week I argued that there was something disingenuous about the suggestions put forward by Sat Maraj, Stephen Kangal and the UNC about sending money to Dominicans but making sure they did not enter our country. The UNC declaimed that none of its members said anything negative about the Prime Minister's plan to bring Dominicans to T&T... Full Article

Do They Ever See Us as a Nation? October 02, 2017
Like the Prime Minister, I want to tell the naysayers against his proposal to house our Dominican brothers and sisters to shut up but for different reasons. I couldn’t see how decent men could speak of our neighbors as though they were aliens (“refugees”) who have no place in our land. Full Article

Rogues & Lumpens September 24, 2017
The Oxford French Dictionary defines "mentalities," as "the attitudes of a group of people toward the world and their conception of their place within it; the modes of thought, beliefs, morals, etc."The Oxford French Dictionary defines "mentalities," as "the attitudes of a group of people toward the world and their conception of their place within it; the modes of thought, beliefs, morals, etc."
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Love a Donkey: Besson's Independence Fables - Pt 3
September 18, 2017
Besson argues that Trinidad and Tobago's independence venture failed because more than 30 percent of the African population left the country since1962. "These emigrants," he says, "were mostly urban, secondary school educated, more or less middle class...At the same time, about the same amount of people or more than that of those who left, have come from the islands of the Caribbean." Full Article

Love a Donkey: Besson's Independence Fables - Pt 2
September 10, 2017
In "Independence Legacies," Gerard Besson offers his reading of Trinidad's modern history. He says: "From 1783, Europeans and Black people who were not enslaved... arrived mostly from French islands. Many were refugees, political enemies and strangers to each other.... After the British conquest of 1797 to this milieu were added Chinese, Portuguese, and African freedmen.
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