Eric Williams Memorial Lecture Series

The Eric Williams Memorial Lecture Series honours the memory of Dr. Eric Williams, the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. The Lectures are conducted annually and it is the Central Bank’s flagship event.  The lecture series was initiated by the Board of the Central Bank under Governor Victor Bruce, to commemorate the life and contribution of Dr. Williams to Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean.

Dr. Williams was a well known scholar and statesman.   He organized several lectures on West Indian History and Literature and left the Nation a legacy in the field of political and social history.

The Memorial Lecture Series is part of the Bank's ongoing commitment to education and national development and has attracted intellectuals from Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.  The Lectures cover a wide range of issues related to the economic, social, cultural and political development of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

Presenter Lecture Date

Sir Hilary Beckles K.A.
Video - The University Sector and Economic Development in the Caribbean Saturday July 23, 2016

Dr. Selwyn Carrington
Video - Early Leadership in an Ethnically Divided Caribbean with special reference to Williams in Trinidad and Tobago Sunday June 14, 2015
2014 EWML Presenter
Mr. Franklin Knight


Video - The Eric Williams Contribution to Caribbean History and Historiography

Saturday June 14, 2014
2013 EWML Presenter
Ms. Rachel Manley
Speech - The Road to Independence: A Manley Perspective Saturday Sept 26, 2013
2012 EWML Presenter
Sir Shridath Ramphal
Speech - Labouring in the Vineyard Saturday May 26, 2012
2011 EWML Presenter
Dr. Colin A. Palmer
Speech - Eric Williams and the Challenge of Caribbean Leadership Saturday June 11, 2011
Prof. E. Nigel Harris Speech - Haiti, Its Many Crises & Its Place in the Caribbean Friday July 9, 2010
His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma Speech - We Shall Not Lose the World: The Commonwealth comes to Trinidad & Tobago Friday May 8, 2009
Prof. Arnold Rampersad Speech - Race, Politics and the African-American Image: The Road to Obama Friday May 23, 2008

Prof. the Honourable
Rex Nettleford O.M., FI, J

Speech - Slavery and Education in the Caribbean: Mask, Myth and Metaphor Friday May 25, 2007
The Most Honourable P.J. Patterson ON, PC, QC Speech - The Promise of Caribbean Unity Friday May 26, 2006
Prof. Kenneth S. Julien T.C. Speech - Eric Williams and the Emergence of the National Energy Sector Friday June 10, 2005