Rex M. Nettleford

Dr. Rex M. Nettleford is Vice Chancellor Emeritus at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and a well-known Caribbean scholar, trade union educator, social and cultural historian and political analyst. He is also the founder, artistic director and principal choreographer of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, which has appeared worldwide to international acclaim since 1962 and is regarded as a leading Caribbean authority in the performing arts. A former Rhodes scholar, Dr. Nettleford was a founding governor of the Canada-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and former Chairman of the Commonwealth Arts Organization. He also served as a consultant on cultural development to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was a member of its executive board. A noted author and editor, Dr. Nettleford has published numerous articles and books including “The Rastafarians in Kingston, Jamaica” (with F R Augier and M G Smith); “Mirror, Mirror: Identity, Race and Protest in Jamaica”, “Caribbean Cultural Identity” and Inward Stretch, Outward Reach: A Voice from the Caribbean. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Zora Neale Hurston-Paul Robeson Award from the National Council for Black Studies and the Pinnacle Award from the National Coalition on Caribbean Affairs (NCOCA). In 2003, the Rhodes Trust of Oxford established the Rex Nettleford Prize in Cultural Studies in his honor and the Government of Jamaica made him an Ambassador-at-large/Special Envoy the following year. Dr. Nettleford is a Distinguished Fellow in the UWI School of Graduate Studies and a Honorary (Life) Fellow of the Centre for Caribbean Thought.