The Lady Ademola Lecture (online): “The Education I Nearly Missed”
All members of the University of Oxford community are warmly invited to join us for The Lady Ademola Lecture to be given online by Sir Geoff Palmer OBE, entitled: ‘The Education I Nearly Missed”, on Thursday 9 June 2022, 6pm-7pm (UK time).
When Geoff migrated from Jamaica to London in 1955 to re-join his mother who had migrated in 1951, he then had an elementary education. On his arrival his mother had secured him a job in a local shop. Although designated educationally sub-normal by a school, he often reflects now on the education that gave him BSc, PhD, DSc degrees, allowed him to teach the owners of successful businesses and invent the barely abrasion process. He was a consultant for large brewing companies and advises widely on equality and the history of slavery. Geoff, whose real name is Godfrey, has gained various awards including honorary degrees, professorships, a knighthood, the first honorary consul for Jamaica in Scotland and Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. He states that race is an invention and that a diverse society needs diverse management to be fair and efficient. He will outline how he nearly missed the education that changed his life