Eight lectures and one panel discussion are on the cards for the Barbados Museum and Historical Society and the University of the West Indies’ Department of History and Philosophy 2011 Lecture Series.
The discussions will be held at the Grande Salle, under the theme A Leg Up or a Hand-out? Philanthropy in Barbados.?? Each session will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Former Principal of the University of the West Indies, Sir Keith Hunte, will deliver the first lecture on Tuesday, March 1, entitled The Codrington Bequest: The Foundation of Lodge School and Codrington College.
On Tuesday, March 8, historian Robert Morris, will speak on Captain John Williams and Sir John Gay Alleyne: The Foundation School and The Alleyne School.
Canon Noel Titus will discuss Donors of Land, Material and Labour for the Building of Churches and Chapels on Tuesday, March 15; while Professor Emeritus Woodville Marshall will address the topic Benevolence Towards the Deserving Poor: Bequests in Support of Parochial Outdoor Relief on Tuesday, March 29.
Building a Hospital and Children’s Homes will be examined by Lecturer in the History Department, Dr. Tara Inniss, on Tuesday, April 5; while Director of the Museum, Alissandra Cummins, will look at Promotion of Public Taste: Benefactors and the Establishment of Cultural Institutions on Tuesday, April 26.
On Tuesday, May 3, Lecturer in the Cultural Studies Programme, Dr. Marcia Burrowes, will speak on Giving the Underprivileged a Look-in: Hastings Rocks, King’s Park, etc; while on Tuesday, May 10, Lecturer in the History Department, Dr. Aviston Downes, will concentrate on Petticoat Philanthropy: Women’s Charitable Initiatives and Maternalist Politics in 20th Century Barbados.
The panel discussion on The New Philanthropy will bring the curtain down on the series on Tuesday, May 24.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the lectures and hear about the periods of enslavement and post emancipation which were punctuated by the benevolence of individuals who voluntarily conceived and contributed to social schemes aimed at improving the quality of life of Barbadians. It is felt that philanthropy, in its various ways, "provided survivalist and socially-mobile mechanisms" for the majority of Barbadians.??