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Talking Points:
Dr. the Honourable Lincoln Douglas, Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism


On the occasion of the Book Launch of Caribbean Heritage by Dr. Basil A. Reid
Hosted by the University of the West Indies,
St. Augustine Campus


Monday January 28, 2013
2.30 pm
Office of the Campus Principal
St. Augustine Campus


  • Professor Clement Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal, UWI St. Augustine
  • Professor Rhoda Reddock, Deputy Campus Principal, UWI St. Augustine
  • Professor Funso Aiyejina, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, UWI St. Augustine
  • Dr. Basil A. Reid, Editor and Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, Department of History, UWI St. Augustine
  • Other distinguished members of staff at UWI St. Augustine
  • All Students
  • Members of the Media
  • Ladies and Gentlemen


  1. Discuss the importance of Heritage to the development of Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean.
  2. Emphasize that the People’s Partnership Government fully understands the importance of Heritage and has placed it at the forefront of the nation’s development.
  3. Explain the need for increased partnerships between government agencies and academia to advance the agendas of research, innovation, policy and implementation.
  4. Congratulate the initiative of Dr. Basil A. Reid on the publication of Caribbean Heritage;
    • Dr. Reid adopts a multidisciplinary approach to Heritage, which covers topics such as – literature, popular culture, linguistics, natural history, townscapes, archaeology and museology.
    • His book will appeal to scholars such as folklorists, environmentalists, heritage professionals, linguists, librarians, cultural studies experts, historians, archaeologists, museologists, and students involved in heritage studies.
  5. Congratulate the University of the West Indies for the role it continues to play as a leader in Heritage research for the Caribbean.
  6. Acknowledge all contributors to the publication of Caribbean Heritage and encourage them to continue their excellent work.


Definition of HERITAGE:

  • Heritage is commonly defined as a legacy, birthright or property that descends to an heir (Langenscheidt Merriam-Webster Dictionary 1994; Oxford English Dictionary 2009). It is also defined as that which comes from circumstances of birth; an inherited lot or portion; the condition or state transmitted from ancestors (OED 2009).

Extracted from the Introduction of Caribbean Heritage by Dr. Basil A. Reid 2013.

  • Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.

Extracted from UNESCO’S World Heritage Centre website 2013 (

Background on Dr. Basil A. Reid
Dr. Basil A. Reid is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology in the Department of History, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. He is also the senior representative for the Caribbean and Latin America at the World Archaeology Congress. He is the author of Myths and Realities of Caribbean History and Archaeology, GIS and Cultural Resource Management in Trinidad, and editor of Archaeology and Geoinformatics: Case Studies from the Caribbean and A Crime-Solving Toolkit: Forensics in the Caribbean.