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The fifth installment of the esteemed Louise Bennett-Coverley Memorial Lecture is set to captivate audiences on June 15, 2024. This virtual event, honoring the iconic Jamaican cultural figure affectionately known as Miss Lou, promises an enriching exploration of language, literature, and performance.

The event will feature Professor Kwame Dawes, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, as the guest lecturer. Dawes, a distinguished poet and author of twenty books, will offer profound insights into the evolving landscape of Jamaican poetry with his lecture titled "Perfecting the Dialect of the Tribe: Language and Imagination in Contemporary Jamaican Poetry."

Dr. Andrea Shaw-Nevins, a Professor and Dean at the Farquhar Honors College of Nova Southeastern University will moderate the discussion. Drawing from her expertise in Caribbean literature and creative writing, Dr. Shaw-Nivens will guide the conversation with finesse.

Malachi Smith, an acclaimed Jamaican poet and writer, adds a touch of performance to the event. Smith will showcase his talent through poetry and theatrical expression, providing a dynamic element to the virtual gathering.

The Louise Bennett-Coverley Memorial Lecture pays homage to Miss Lou's enduring legacy, celebrating her pivotal role in elevating Jamaican patois and humor to international acclaim. This year's event marks the fifth anniversary of the lecture series, continuing the tradition of honoring influential figures in Jamaican literature and culture.

Past presenters have included luminaries such as former Jamaican Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison, Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, Dr. Verene Shepherd, and Dr. Boyce Davies.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to engage with the rich cultural heritage of Jamaica and honor the legacy of Miss Lou at the Louise Bennett-Coverley Memorial Lecture.

This program is made possible through the support of the Broward Cultural Division.

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