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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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Blackness Denied - Professor Selwyn Cudjoe

Blackness Denied: The case of Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass and
W E B Du Bois. Lecture at City, University of London
Introduction by Dr Louisa Egbunike; Filmed By Nathan E Richards
- Posted: February 20, 2018

Contradictions and Counterfactuals - Pt 3 February 20, 2018
Reading Ralph Maraj and Kamal Persad's contributions, one would think that Eric Williams and the PNM were the worst things that ever happened to Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). They seem to suggest that if only Badase Sagan Maraj and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) had won the 1956 general election T&T would have been a paradise. Full Article

Contradictions and Counterfactuals - Pt 2 February 13, 2018
In the nineteenth century Trinidad saw the first massive giveaway of lands and bonuses to the Indians in lieu of their passages to India. Those options were never available to Africans. This was the first step in the systematic dispossession of Africans in the land to which they had been brought. Few of us seem to remember it. Full Article

Contradictions and Counterfactuals - Pt 1 February 08, 2018
V. I. Lenin, revolutionary and philosopher, believed that contradictions are inherent in everything we do. He argued: "Dialectics in the proper sense is the study of contradictions in the very essence of objects." Full Article

Abdicating One's Responsibility January 30, 2018
I am a bit stunned—ashamed is a better word—that the prime minister admits his inability to combat the most existential problem that faces our country. The prime minister declares: "I have noted the number of murders taking place and being reported in the newspaper daily... I am being held responsible when it is the police service that has the power and authority to go after the criminals."
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In Tribute to John Campbell January 23, 2018
I met John Campbell around 1990. I had just finished writing my book on V. S. Naipaul and was beginning another manuscript on Trinidad and Tobago Intellectual Thought of the nineteenth century. I needed to hire some research assistants to assist me in my work. Full Article

This Woman Can Be Great January 15, 2018
As quiet as it is kept, women have always shaped our social and cultural identity. They have been the doers, recipients of the most brutal treatment at the hands of their oppressors and their mates, and a spur towards our liberation and development over the last two hundred years. Full Article

Crime and The Church January 10, 2018
Last Sunday I attended religious services at the St. Mary's Anglican Church where my people have worshiped since it was constructed in 1843. The prayer of the day was the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Full Article

Foreign Policy Blunder January 02, 2018
Once I read our government had abstained on the United Nation's resolution to condemn the United States decision to anoint Jerusalem as Israel's capital I raced to the Tunapuna cemetery to reacquaint myself with the words on C. L. R. James's gravestone... Full Article

Big Dawgs and Ass-Kicking Time December 31, 2017
A democracy was always meant to be a big boisterous place where all citizens come together to share their ideas about what constitutes the ideal state. In recent time radio talk shows and social media are serving that role-the exchange of ideas-but such avenues are not necessarily the most efficacious ways of soliciting/eliciting citizens' views. Full Article

Forged in the Bowels of Corruption: Pt 5 December 18, 2017
UTT was established fourteen years ago. One estimate suggests T&T taxpayers have spent close to $2 billion on its upkeep. If an independent body has not evaluated UTT, it should do so and make its findings public. Citizens should look at UTT's efficacy before government pours more money into its operations. Moreover, the following actions should be undertaken to make UTT a more viable institution: Full Article

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


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