Contesting Guyana’s Foodways: Examining the Tensions Between Identity, Development and Indigeneity, Fifty Years and Counting

Researchers, social-justice advocates, and community specialists come together to discuss our food history, food-systems, cultural-identity, and our trajectory towards crafting a sustainable and food-sovereign Guyana.


  • Dr. Wazir Mohamed, Indiana University, Department of Sociology
  • Mr. Mark Chatarpal, Indiana University, Food Studies
  • Ms. Jean La Rose
  • Ms. Naicelis Rozema
  • Mr. Anan Lololi, Food Justice Advocate
  • Mr. Ronald Daniels
  • Mr. Arnold DeMendonca, Inter-American Institute for Co-operation in Agriculture
  • Ms. Jean La Rose, Amerindian Peoples Association
  • Ms. Laura George, Amerindian Peoples Association
  • Ms. Aruna Panday, York University, Social Anthropology

A Conversation about Contemporary Security and Sovereignty

Guyana’s top national security leaders and other stakeholders discuss the nature of the nation’s contemporary internal and external security challenges and countermeasures.


  • Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, PhD
  • Honorable Khemraj Ramjattan, Vice President and Minister of Public Security
  • Brigadier (Ret.) Edward Collins, Presidential Advisor on National Security
  • Rear Admiral (Ret.) Gary Best, Presidential Advisor on the Environment
  • Dr. Hilton McDavid, Professor of Business and National Security Affairs, University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Captain Gerry Gouveia, Private Sector Commission

Musical Creativity in the Post-Independence Years

Musical creativity associated with state-sponsored and grass-root/community-based initiatives during the post-independence years, especially the fusion initiatives will be explored. Among them Afro-Indi, Banshikili, Bhoom, Bion, Buxton Fusion, CalyMari, Folk, Guyanese chowtaal, Guyana Rock, Kwefo, Lopi, neo-Masquerade fusion, Roots, Taan, and Urban jazz.  Audience participation is expected.


  • Dr. Patricia Cambridge
  • Dr. Vibert Cambridge
  • Mr. Derry Etkins
  • Mr. Gavin Mendonca
  • Mr. Deo Persaud and Buxton Fusion
  • Mr. Amar Ramessar
  • Mr. Rohan Sagar

Theatre – Looking Back, Leaping Forward

Organized by 4th Wall Productions in Collaboration with the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama, the main aim of the panel is to discuss the pros and cons of the theatre industry from the perspectives of multiple generations, and to develop a collective way forward.


  • Ms. Desiree Edgehill
  • Mr. Ron Robinson
  • Ms. Jennifer Thomas
  • Ms. Margaret Lawrence
  • Mr. Nickose Layne
  • Dr. Paloma Mohammed
  • Hon. Nicolette O. Henry
  • Mr. Al Creighton
  • Mr. Subraj Sing
  • Ms. Leslyn Fraser
  • Mr. Rohan Sagar

Eusi Kwayana: The Great Teacher at Large

Chair: Dr. Wazir Mohamed, Indiana University


  • Dr. Nigel Westmaas, Hamilton College, New York
  • Dr. David Hinds, Arizona State University