FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Miami's public research university
September 1st, 2006
8th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture
I assumed leadership of the African-New World Studies Program at Florida International
University ANWS this year, and am pleased to carry on the tradition of the Eric Williams
Memorial Lecture. It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 8th Annual Eric E. Williams
Memorial Lecture at Florida International University on October 6, 2006. The event will be held
at 6:30 p.m. in the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, University Park Campus. This year's
speaker is eminent historian of the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States, Dr. Colin
Palmer, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University.
Colin Palmer's latest book, Eric Williams and the Making of the Moder Caribbean, is the first
scholarly biography of Williams. Palmer's vast and deep insights into Williams's intellectual life
and political views as a scholar, politician, and anti-colonial advocate help to illuminate the
immense contribution of Eric Williams not only to the modern Caribbean's historiography and
politics but to the history of the postcolonial African world in general. The book has been praised
as a "Deeply researched, judicious, (and) eloquent.., major achievement..., one fitting his
brilliant and complex subject."
His lecture on "Eric Williams and the Continuing Challenges of a Diverse Caribbean" will
advance Williams's thesis on the significance of the Caribbean in the creation of the modem
world, and Williams's clear vision for the development of postcolonial Caribbean. The lecture
promises to be a fitting engagement with issues of current concern to Africana communities
Our lecture is pleased to place Colin Palmer in a tradition of excellent lecturers who have graced
the series since its inception.
'We cordially invite your presence at the lecture, including a pre-lecture reception in the rotunda
of the Wertheim Performing Arts Center. You will be provided with a wonderful ambiance of
Caribbean delicacies, music and good company. Please contact our office should you need
Akin Ogundiran, Ph.D.
Director, African-New World Studies
African-New World Studies
3000 N.E. 151st Street North Miami, FL 33181 Tel: (305) 919-5521 Fax: (305) 919-5267 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.fiu.edul-africana
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2006-2007 Distinguished Afiicana Scholars Lecture Series
Friday, October 6, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.
"Eric Williams and
the Continuing Challenges of a Diverse Caribbean"
Dr. Colin A. Palmer
Dodge Professor of History, Princeton University
Jamaican-born Colin A. Palmer is the Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University. He
received his BA at the University College of the West Indies/London and his MA and Ph.D from the
University of Wisconsin. Palmer has taught at Oakland University and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. where he served as Chair of the Department of History and held the rank of
William Rand Kenan Professor. He also taught at the Graduate School and Uni\ersit\ Center of the
City University of New York and was named a Distinguished Professor. Palmer has held several
fellowships and has been a fellow at the National Humanities Center, The Center for Advanced
Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Stanford Humanities Center. He is the author of
numerous books and articles, including Slaves of the White God: Blacks in Mexico, 1570-
1650, Human Cargoes: The British Slave Trade to Spanish America, 1700-1739; Passageways:
An Interpretr~ e History of Black America (2 vols.); Eric Williams and the Making of the
Modern Caribbean. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of African American
Life and Culture (6 vols.). Palmer is currenll writing a book tentatively entitled "The Politics
of Power: Cheddi Jagan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Struggle for Guyana."
Wertheim Performing Arts Center
11200 S.W. 8th Street Miami, Florida
*Admission free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served both prior to
andfollowing the lecture. Music will be supplied by SteelAway. Please be seated by 7:20p.m.
*Books by Eric Williams and Colin Palmer will be available for purchase and signing.
For Information, please call 305.919.5521 or 305.271.7246
*Co-sponsored by Florida International University,
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*The Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at FIU
depends solely on the generosity of its patrons. Contributions are welcome.
Directions: Take 1-95 North or South to 836 (Dolphin Expressway) West.
Continue on 836 West to the NW 107th Avenue South exit.
Proceed on 107th Ave. to SW 16th Street.
Turn right into Florida International University and follow directional signs.
Dodge Professor ofHistory, Princeton University