Trinicenter RootsWomen AmonHotep AfricaSpeaks RaceandHistory
Dr Selwyn Cudjoe

The Slave Master of Trinidad by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
The Slave Master of Trinidad by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


Indian Time Ah Come by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
Indian Time Ah Come by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


RUPERTA Tale in Black and White GRAY
The new edition of the novel published by Calaloux Publications RUPERTA Tale in Black and White GRAY by Stephen Nathaniel Cobham [PDF]
The Cudjoe Collection of Trinidad and Tobago Literature With an Introduction by Selwyn R. Cudjoe

Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe is a professor of Literature at
Wellesley College


Identity and Caribbean Literature
A lecture delivered to the Japanese Black Studies
Association at Nara Women's College, Nara, Japan.


ARCHIVES


African Timeline

Ancient Man


C. L. R. James:
His Intellectual Legacies


Trinidad News


trinicenter.com

Honouring Carl Jacobs March 19, 2019
I AM not too sure where I first met Carl Jacobs. However, he was instrumental in making me the writer I am today. I want to thank him for that and to acknowledge his contribution to the newspaper industry of Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean when the newspaper was a major avenue of providing information to the public and offering opinions and editorials that set the tone of the society. Full Article

From Beautillion Ball to Brexit Cauldrom March 18, 2019
It was one of those all-consuming weeks. I did a book-signing at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, on Wednesday March 6 before flying to Dallas, Texas, the following Friday to attend my eldest grandsonís Beautillion, one of those black coming-of-age functions that has its origin in the southern part of the United States. Another grandson called it "a cotillion for dudes," it being comparable to the cotillion ceremony that is held annually for young black women. Full Article

Cultural Policy and National Development March 18, 2019
Because slavery and colonialism meant the economic, political, and cultural enslavement of our people, the transition from colonial to genuine independence must, of necessity, concern itself with the economic, political, and cultural transformation of our peoples. In fact, it seems to me, that we cannot speak of any meaningful transition, any authentic expression of the national soul/spirit unless we give some serious consideration to these aspects of our national development: Full Article

The Morality of Politics March 09, 2019
Basdeo Panday once said famously: "Politics has a morality of its own." As one looks at the unfolding of the political atmosphere in the United States, one can't help but reflect on Panday's prescience. Panday's insights were not original, but he uttered a truth that is being played out in the U.S. today.
Full Article

While I Am Here! February 25, 2019
I congratulate the Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar for the brave speech on race relations in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) that she delivered on Monday, February 11. While I do not agree totally with the accuracy of her "short history lesson," thinking in and of the future is much more important than being mired in the commess of the present. Demeaning Persad-Bissessar's important insights by castigating the probity of her having Malone Hughes, a brother who was charged and fined several times, on her platform does a disservice to a brilliant analysis of our present condition. It reduces a pressing existentialist issue to a misguided rant about non-sense. Full Article

Sex Behind the Convent Veil February 18, 2019
From Wednesday to Saturday this week Pope Francis will meet at the Vatican with Roman Catholic bishops from around the world to discuss the global sex abuse crisis that is threatening his "legacy and the moral capital that is the currency of his pontificate" (NYTimes, Feb 5, 2019.) Full Article

The Door of Tomorrow February 12, 2019
Brian Harry is a Trini who was educated at Queen's Royal College. He has lost several friends because of his outspokenness. Some years ago he told me that a major difference between a developed and a developing society is one of attitude. Citizens of a developed society think of what they can do; citizens of developing societies always think about what they can't do. Full Article

What Constitutes an Educated Trini? - Pt 2 February 04, 2019
Neal Phillip, professor and chairman of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at Bronx Community College, City University of New York (CUNY), wrote the following article, "Preparing Students to enter a 21st Century Workforce," at my instigation. I wanted to follow through on suggestions to improve high school education in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). I reproduce Professor Phillip's article with a few editorial changes. Full Article

Thinking Dialectically About Slavery January 30, 2019
On Monday the Sugar and Slavery Gallery of London Museum Docklands invited me to be a panelist in a seminar, "London's Debt to and Involvement with Slavery." The other panelist, Dr. Kate Donington, Co-Curator of the Slavery, Culture and Collecting display at the Museum, spoke about George Hibbert, a slave owner in Jamaica and a hugely influential presence in eighteenth-century Jamaica and London. Full Article

The Ultimate Philistine January 22, 2019
Theodore Lewis is angry that Selwyn Cudjoe has written about a racist white slave holder. He is equally as angry that Bridget Brereton, one of our most distinguished historians, who happens to be a white woman, spoke favorably of my efforts. He writes: Professor Brereton "is an unlikely defender of Cudjoe, given her scathing disavowal of him in her published essay 'All ah we is not one' in which she disparages what she calls the 'African narrative' of local discourse" (Express, January 12). Full Article


ARCHIVE


Copyright © 2000 - 2018 Selwyn Cudjoe
Site created December 11, 2000. Designed and maintained By: Trinicenter.com.