Poet/painter/philosopher Dr. Earl McKenzie, opens exhibition at UWI 4/27


Dr. Earl McKenzie

Dr. Earl McKenzie, Poet, Philosopher and Painter.

Kingston, Jamaica, April 25, 2015: Dr. Earl McKenzie poet, painter and philosopher will launch an exhibition of his paintings on Monday April 27, 2015 at 6:00pm at the UWI Regional Headquarters Building, Mona. The launch will include poetry readings by friends and colleagues including: Ann-Margaret Lim, Dr. Velma Pollard and Trudy Schoepko. The guest speaker will be Lecturer in the Department of Government and fellow artist Dr Clinton Hutton. This will be McKenzie’s fourth solo exhibition of paintings and poems. He has also exhibited at the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Centre in New York.
McKenzie is retired from the University of the West Indies, Mona, where he taught philosophy. He is the author of eight books including two volumes of academic philosophy and two collections of short stories. In 2012, his multi-genre volume of poetry, fiction, essays and visual art entitled A Bluebird Named Poetry solidified his skill in connecting diverse genres of artistic expression. In her launch of the text, Kim Robinson-Walcott notes that McKenzie “is interested in exploring his own multidimensional creativity with abstract, intellectual curiosity.”

This exploration is evident in his paintings which, according to Edward J. Sullivan, Professor of Art History at New York University, “have the suggestive power of Giorgio Morandi: one of the greatest masters of the simple object.” McKenzie has won numerous awards for his work. In 2000, he was awarded a Silver Musgrave Medal for his contribution to literature, and in 2011 he received a Mico University College 175th Anniversary Award for distinguished service. His exploration of the intersections among genres of expression continues in the forthcoming publications of his first novel, a third collection of short stories and a memoir in 2015. The exhibition, which will be mounted in the lobby of the Headquarters Building, will run until May 8, 2015. The public is invited to attend.–OnPointPress.net.

Deadlines loom for continuing education applications


By Carmen Glover

Have you been thinking about returning to school to further your education but you haven’t yet taken the step of submitting your application? If you are interested in pursuing continuing education degrees at Columbia and New York Universities (NYU), or the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus, time is running out to submit applications.

The Shridath Ramphal Centre of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, announced that it will offer courses on international negotiations and advocacy, among other classes, beginning in a week. “You will learn how to negotiate for the region and utilize techniques used in the industry and participate in simulated negotiations with Caribbean and Canadian nationals,” the university indicated in a statement. The negotiation and advocacy course will run for two weeks between January 13-24. Other courses being offered focus on trade in goods, tourism, intellectual property and regional integration and development.

NYU’s spring deadline for applications in its master’s degree and certificate programs, offered through its School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), is January 7. Meanwhile, Columbia University’s Journalism School will accept applications for admission in its master of arts degree program though January 15.

For more information about the Shridath Ramphal Centre of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, visit shridathramphalcentre.org. For NYU call 212-998-7100. For Columbia Journalism School email admissions@jrn.columbia.edu. OnPointPress.net-

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