Man Booker Prize Winner Marlon James will return home to Jamaica, to deliver the 19th Annual Bob Marley Lecture.
The celebrated University of the West Indies alumnus and recipient of the Man Booker Prize 2015 for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, James has the distinction of being the first Jamaican and the second overall Caribbean National to be awarded the coveted prize. His work, A Brief History of Seven Killings explores, through several characters, the events surrounding the attempted assassination of Bob Marley, and the ensuing aftermath.
The lecture takes place on February 12, 2016 and is hosted by the Institute of Caribbean Studies & the Reggae Studies Unit at The Undercroft at the University of the West Indies (UWI) at 6pm.
Held during Reggae Month, the lecture is intended to commemorate the birth of Marley as Jamaica’s most successful reggae icon and celebrate reggae among the genres of music Jamaica gave the world in the latter half of the C20th. Inaugurated in 1997, the lecture has traditionally focused on a wide range of topics from Marley, Trench Town, Rastafari and psycho-historiography, to Jamaica’s music business and creative products. Distinguished Jamaicans, scholars, and Marley’s close associates, among them Dr Louis Chude-Sokei, Profs. Gordon Rohlehr and Frederick Hickling, Dr. The Hon. Omar Davies, Mr Alan ‘Skill’ Cole, Mr Roger Steffens, and Ms. Cindy Breakspeare, have delivered lectures.
Meanwhile Marlon James’s So Are You A Racist video on The Guardian’s website in which James explains the difference between a non racist and an anti racist is the most watched video in Guardian’s history with over 6 million views in 2 days and the second place video hit 2 million in 8 months.
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