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Faculty of Humanities and Education Buries Time Capsule

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, December 6, 2018

DSC07205ED-12-6-2018.jpgFrom 70 to 100, with love.

The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill ended its celebrations of the University’s 70th year with a Time Capsule Placement Ceremony. An initiative of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, the event was held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in the Quadrangle: the capsule’s home for the next 30 years.

The vessel will be unearthed during the University’s centenary celebrations in 2048.

The capsule was filled with relics from each of the Faculty’s one centre and four departments, as well as their students.

The marker was created from broken pottery and was designed by Earthworks Pottery, while the monolith was conceptualized and designed by an artist who has asked that their name be revealed at the centenary.

Coordinator of the initiative, Dr Mia Jules, said the burying of the capsule was “symbolic of our ability in the Humanities to shape our environment.”

“We critique our languages, psychologies, histories and embody our culture through written word, song and dance. These are some of the elements of our collective self that we etch into the larger identity of The UWI. The Faculty of Humanities and Education therefore is invaluable to the life and success of The University of the West Indies,” she said during the ceremony.

“It is our hope that those on the other side of 30 years will open the time capsule and experience a personal connection with past colleagues who were once in their shoes, [and] that they would have as much joy opening the contents as we had in preserving them for future generations.”

The Department of History and Philosophy buried a seahorse; the School of Education a bell; and the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature chose a votive candle. A miniature monkey pot was the contribution of the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination.

Both Humanities students and the Cultural Studies Department decided to capture time for their relics. The students buried an analog clock, while cultural studies contributed an hourglass.

The meaning of each relic has been recorded, and will be housed in a book of commemorative writings in the Campus Archives.

Pictured: Professor Frederick Ochieng-Odhiambo, Deputy Dean (Planning) of the Faculty of Humanities and Education buries the time capsule as colleagues and students look on.


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