Dr. Hollis Urban Liverpool


PhD. – History and Ethnomusicology – University of Michigan, USA

MA – History – University of the West Indies

MA – African History – University of Michigan

BA  – Social Science – University of the West Indies

Trained in Teaching and Research Methods at the Trinidad and Tobago Teachers Training College

An accomplished Calypsonian, Historian and Researcher.


Recognition & Awards

  • Chairman of the Academy of Letters & Public Affairs – University of Trinidad and Tobago and Professor of Calypso Arts
  • 1973 Best Research Paper Award from the University of the West Indies for “From the Horses Mouth”.
  • 1976 Trinidad and Tobago National Humming Bird Silver Medal
  • Nominated for Best Research Paper – “Rituals of Power & Rebellion” by the University of Michigan – USA
  • 1995 SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame
  • 2008 – The Netherlands Government “Prince Claus Award” for contribution/inroads into culture.
  • Won the Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch eight (8) times
  • Won the St. Thomas, Virgin Islands World Monarch competition eight (8) times
  • Won the New York World Calypso Monarch competition twice (2)


Books Authored

  • Calypso: Its Growth and Function in Trinidad and Tobago Society (1974).  A commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery – 1834 to 1984.
  • Carnival in Trinidad & TobagoIts implications for education in secondary schools (1975)
  • Rituals of Power & RebellionThe Carnival Tradition in Trinidad & Tobago 1767 to 1962 (2001)
  • Calypso and Society
  • Calypsonians to Remember
  • Culture and Education
  • Social Science for Secondary Schools
  • History of the Commonwealth
  • The Art Form of Calypso


Published numerous papers on various social and political topics and presented many lectures including his “Crime and Calypsonians”.

Additionally, as Professor of Calypso Arts at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Liverpool has conceived, developed, designed and implemented the “Saving the Calypso” lecture series.  This important and special lecture series highlights the social and political contributions through the performing arts of veteran calypsonians such as Bomber, Striker, Duke, Composer and Spoiler.  The program also enhances the public knowledge on the importance of calypso music for education and human development.   Public reaction to the series has been overwhelming. 

Dr Liverpool also delivers approximately five (5) lectures per year to students and the public at large.  These lectures cover various social and political topics and are often described as his unselfish way of sharing his knowledge and research to benefit society.

He is also in the process of developing a series of lectures around the lives, philosophy, political and educational careers of the great historian, politician and father of the Trinidad and Tobago society, Dr. Eric Eustace Williams and the Founder of St. Benedict’s College, La Romaine, San Fernando, Dr. (Dom) Basil Matthews.  This lecture series will be dedicated to the 100th Birthday of Dr. Matthews (September 2, 2011) and Dr. Williams (September 25, 2011) respectively.   Research has shown that these National Treasures/Icons have made substantial contributions to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean at large.

It should also be noted that Dr. Liverpool also wrote and produced the “Diploma in Carnival Studies” course/program for the University of the West Indies.  This course of study was added to the university’s curriculum in the early 1990s.

Additionally, Dr. Liverpool wrote the first “Masters in Carnival Studies” program for the University of Trinidad and Tobago.  The first class majoring in this discipline will begin on September 5, 2011.  It should also be noted that research has revealed that this is the first Masters/graduate program in Carnival Studies of any kind, anywhere in the world.

 Dr Hollis Urban Liverpool’s potential is unlimited – witness his past and present achievements as his catalog will attest.