This year's Sam Sharpe Lecture, on the theme of Reparations, will be delivered by Professor Verene Shepherd
Professor Shepherd is the Director of the Centre for Reparation Research at the University of the West Indies (UWI), and a Social Historian who holds the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees in History from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus; and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Cambridge.
She specialises in research on migration, human rights and social justice, gender and Jamaican Economic History. She is a published author with some 16 edited/authored/co-authored or co-edited books. Among them are Engendering Caribbean History: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
; Livestock, Sugar & Slavery: Contested
Terrain in Colonial Jamaica
and I Want to Disturb My Neighbour: Lectures on Slavery, Emancipation and Post-Colonial Jamaica
Her co-edited books with Professor Sir Hilary Beckles include Liberties Lost; Freedoms Won
and Caribbean Slavery in the Atlantic World
Professor Shepherd is host of 'Talking History' on Nationwide 90 FM; a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, former Chair of The UN’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, Co-Chair of the National Commission on Reparations in Jamaica and a Vice Chair of the CARICOM Reparation Commission.
Among her awards are the Order of Distinction, Commander Class, from the Government of Jamaica for her work as a Historian and Gender Specialist and the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Service.