From left: Tami Navarro, Tiphanie Yanique, LaVaughn Belle and Hadiya Sewer.

The University of the Virgin Islands Offices of the President and Provost are pleased to unveil a Distinguished Culture and History lecture series, featuring new UVI Scholars in Residence, Dr. Tami Navarro, Dr. Hadiyah Sewer, LaVaughn Belle and Tiphanie Yanique.  These Virgin Islanders will lead us through a series of lectures on history, music, writing, economics, race, and so much more based on the lived experiences germane to the Virgin Islands.  The first in this series will occur at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, via Zoom. The public is invited as the University introduces these scholars as they have discussions around their recently published co-authored article entitled “Ancestral Queendom: Reflections on the Prison Records of the Rebel Queens of the 1878 Fireburn in St. Croix, USVI (formerly the Danish West Indies)”.

 “It is rare for the University to have four outstanding “Scholars in Residence” whose research is focused primarily on Virgin Islands culture and history,” said UVI President, Dr. David Hall. “All of these scholars are originally from the Virgin Islands, but presently teach in leading universities around the country.”

“This lecture series will allow the UVI community, and individuals throughout the Territory, to be continuously exposed to their insights, research and brilliance,” he said. “I hope this four-part lecture series, spread out over five months, will lead to other collaborations between UVI and these scholars.”

 Dr. Hall continued, “The University has been deeply committed to exploring, embracing and disseminating information about the rich culture and history of the Virgin Islands. This lecture series is another major and innovative step in this endless journey.”

Please join us via Zoom, / - Meeting ID: 99801342372. The lecture series will also be streamed through social media to include The University will also engage participants in a Live Twitter Chat on the salient ideas discussed in the lecture.