Title: Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial lecture announcement leaflet
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Title: Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial lecture announcement leaflet
Series Title: Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial lecture announcement leaflet
Physical Description: Serial
Creator: Florida International University. Dept. of African New World Studies.
Publication Date: 2003
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Eric Williams Memorial Collection
Williams, Eric Eustace, 1910-1981
Spatial Coverage: North America -- Trinidad and Tobago -- Caribbean
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Bibliographic ID: UF00083262
Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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e: Are Prisons Obsolete?; Blues Legacies and Black Feminism; The Angela Y.
ning Medea: Rhodessa Jones and Theater for Incarcerated Women: The
lt; Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender, and Race in L..S. Culture:
omen and the Ongoing Challenge to Racism; Women, Culture and Politics:
and Class; and If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance. Dr. Davis is
theorist and continues to be a strong force for political and social
action of the prison industrial complex.

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F Wertheim Performing Arts Center
11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida
*Admission free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served both prior to and following the lecture.
Please be seated by 7:20pm
Eric Williams and Dr. Angela Davis will be available for purchase and signing.
For more information, please call (305) 919-5521 or (305) 271-7246

Co-sponsored by WY- e Z si ,a / t/r,/,,awi, University of the West Indies,
& British Petroleum Trinidad & Tobago LLC.
Directions: Take 1-95 North or South to 836 (Dolphin Expressway) West. Continue on 836 to the NW 107th Ave. South
Exit. Proceed on 107th Ave. to SW 16th Street. Turn Right into Florida International University and follow directional signs.
*The Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at FIU depends solely on the generosity of its patrons. Contributions are gratefully accepted
Design & Printing: Desir gns (Graphics Division) 305 651.7400

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New World Studies
Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 N.E. 151 Street, AC1-162
North Miami, FL 33181

PERMIT No 3091

Address Service Requested

Miamis public research university

August 21, 2003

Dear Friend:

Fifth Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture

As director of the African-New World Studies Program at Florida International University, I am
pleased to invite you to attend the Fifth Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida
International University which will be held on September 19, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wertheim
Performing Arts Center, University Park Campus. This year's speaker will be the internationally
famous, Dr. Angela Davis, Professor in the History of Consciousness, University of California,
Santa Cruz and Director of the Women's Studies Program there.

The significance of Angela Davis to civil rights, women's rights, black activism and human
rights in general is well established. A prominent member of a generation of activists and
intellectuals who challenged the bases of inequality in the United States as it relates to African
American peoples, women, and people of color in general, Angela Davis has continued that
tradition by turning her attention to the prison industrial complex. Her lecture on "Slavery and
the Prison Industrial Complex" is an advancement of the Williams' thesis and a fitting
engagement with issues of current concern to black communities internationally. Our lecture is
pleased to place Angela Davis in a tradition of excellent lecturers who have graced the series so
far including noted historian, Prof. John Hope Franklin; Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, former president
of Zambia; Prof. Hilary Beckles, also a noted historian and now Principal ofUWI, Cave Hill
Campus; and last year, Hon. Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Beverly-
Anderson Manley, former first lady of Jamaica and Hon. Mia Mottley, Attorney General of

The Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture has fast become one of the major events of the
University's and South Florida calendar. We cordially invite your attendance, as well, to the
reception which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Wertheim Performing Arts Center.
You will be provided with a wonderful ambiance of Caribbean delicacies and music and good
company. Please contact our office should you need additional information.

Yors sincere

le E. Boyce D s, Ph.D.
Director and Profesor of African-New World Studies

Dr. Carole Boyce Davies, Director, African-New World Studies Program, College of Arts & Sciences
Biscayne Bay Campus, ACI-162, 3000 NE 151 Street, North Miami, FL 33181 Tel: 305-919-5521 Fax: 305-919-5267
University Park Campus, 11200 SW 8th Street, DM 298, Miami, FL 33199 Tel: 305-348-2374 Fax: 305-348-3270
E-mail: cboyced@fiu.edu Website: http://www.fiu.edu/-africana
Florid Int- ion a University is an Equal Opportunity/Acc Employer and Insituion TDD via FRS 1-800-955-8771

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P.O. Box 561631*Miam Fl 33256-1631*USA*Tel: 305-271-7246*Fax: 305-271-4160

"The University of Woodford Square 1956"

PORT OF SPAIN On September 23, 2002, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago launched
the stamp, The University of WoodJbrd Square 1956 as the culmination of 40 days of celebration
commemorating the nation's 40t anniversary of Independence. The stamp is one of a set of four three
others honoring the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Head of the Commonwealth. It
is available both individually (approx. US 15 cents) and as a First Day Cover (approx. US 38 cents) from:
TTPost, Philatelic Bureau, do Annette Figuerra, National Mail Centre, PO. Box 1, Piarco, Republic of
Trinidad & Tobago.

The University of Woodford Square 1956, an original acrylic painted by well-known local artist
Adrian Camps-Campins, celebrates a time, place indeed, a man who was central to the development of
Trinidad and Tobago's independent status and spirit. The painting depicts Dr. Eric Williams, the first
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. delivering one of his famous speeches in downtown Port of
Spain to the massive crowds gathered in Woodford Square.

On the eve of Independence, the "University" of Woodford Square was, as Dr. Williams' wrote in
1967, "a centre of free university education for the masses, of political analysis and training in self
government, for parallels of which we must go back to the city state of ancient Athens. The lectures have
been university dishes served with political sauce. They have given the people of Trinidad and Tobago a
vision and a perspective......by placing them in the context of the world struggle.....for human freedom
and for colonial emancipation. They have taught the people what one French writer of the 18 century
saw as the greatest danger, that they have a mind."

Adrian Camps-Campins who has, himself, exhibited at several international venues, among them
the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC and the 'Grand Palais' in Paris, has agreed to allow
the painting's image to be used for the benefit of the Eric Williams Memorial Collection at the University
of the West Indies. The Collection was inaugurated in 1998 by current US Secretary of State, Colin
Powell. It has been named to UNESCO's prestigious Memory of the World Register the United
Nations' effort to preserve the world's historical and cultural heritage.

The painting has been made available to the Eric Williams Memorial Collection through the
generosity of bpTT.

A greeting card comprising photographs and other historical details, is also available for
sale, as are Limited Edition 16" x 24" signed and numbered prints.

For orders, contact: Erica Williams Connell, P.O. Box 561631, Miami, Fl 33256-1631;
Tel: 305-271-7246; Fax: 271-4160; eNc.suilainl iuno con.
Websites: w m.mainlib. ui tteric html htp:. .palmm.fcla.edu eehi
Researchers/groups: http: '.'\w w.bamiari.comieducational lours.html

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P.O. Box 561631*Miami, Fl 33256-1631*USA*Tel: 305-271-7246*Fax: 305-271-4160


PORT OF SPAIN (March 17, 2003) March 22, 2003 will usher in the 5th anniversary of the
inauguration of the Eric Williams Memorial Collection (EWMC), by current US Secretary of
State, Colin L. Powell, at The University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago. In 1999, it
was named to UNESCO's prestigious Memory of the World Register.

The Collection consists of the library and archives of the late Dr. Eric Eustace Williams,
renowned scholar and first Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, whose sudden
death on March 29, 1981, after 25 years in office, stunned the region. Dr. Williams was heralded
by Gen. Powell as a tireless warrior in the battle against colonialism, among his many other
achievements as a scholar, politician and international statesman.

Available for consultation by researchers, the Collection amply reflects its owner's
eclectic interests, comprising some 7,000 volumes, as well as correspondence, speeches,
manuscripts, historical writings, research notes, conference documents and a miscellany of
reports. A Museum containing a wealth of emotive memorabilia of the period; copies of the
seven translations of Williams' seminal work, Capitalism and Slavery, (Russian and Japanese
among them); as well as photographs depicting various aspects of his life and contribution to the
development of Trinidad & Tobago completes this extraordinarily rich archive, as does a three-
dimensional re-creation of Dr. Williams' study.

Dr. Colin Palmer, Dodge Professor of History, Princeton University, who, like several
other academics, has conducted considerable research in the Collection, states that "as a model
for similar archival collections in the Caribbean... I remain very impressed by its breadth.....[it]
is a national treasure."

The EWMC is actively involved in the academic and Caribbean communities through
Florida International University's annual Eric Williams Memorial Lecture in Miami. Also in its
fifth year, the Lecture has presented: John Hope Franklin, America's premier Black historian,
1.999; former President of Zambia; Kenneth Kaunda 2000; Hilary Beckles, Principal and Pro
Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, 2001; and a round-table session entitled,
Women, Politics and the Caribbean, with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Cynthia

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Pratt; the Attorney General of Barbados, Mia Mottley; and the former First Lady of Jamaica,
Beverley Anderson-Manley, 2002.

Another hugely successful endeavour was the 2002 Eric Williams Conference (the
fourth) at the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Studies.
Some 1,000 attendees over a two-day period were treated to scholarly analyses by presenters
from several of the best-known universities/colleges in the US and the Caribbean. Dr. Jiang
Shixue of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China, offered a paper on Eric
Williams from the Chinese perspective (four of Dr. Williams' books have been translated into
Chinese), while overseas observers came both from Japan and France.

With its annual newsletter and Oral History Project, then, as well as many other project,
the EWMC is a model for the Caribbean, a means of showing to its younger generation the vital
connection to the past what that means for both the present and for the future.

To date, some 57 different high schools in Trinidad & Tobago have visited the EWMC
Museum on field trips along with three from St. Lucia, Guadeloupe and the US Virgin Islands.
And the young continue to demonstrate their profound comprehension as they speak, following,
to what the Collection means to the general population at large and, as important, what it will
mean to future sons and daughters of Trinidad & Tobago, in particular, and of the Caribbean in

"Keep this signature. I have been inspired to accomplish even greater heights for
T & T and the Caribbean." Keisha Lewis, first year UWI student, 2000.
"I vow to defend your promise and to honour our people." Leslie Paul,
Trinidad & Tobago student, 2001.
"Thank you for treasuring what is truly ours." Kimberley Corriea,
Trinidad & Tobago student, 2002.

If, as Frantz Fanon has said, "Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its
mission, fulfill it, or betray it...," these three young ladies are well on the way to completing the
job admirably.

"History... to inform of (the) past as an essential guide to...future action"
Eric Williams, August 31, 1962

For more information, please contact:

Erica Williams Connell
Websites: ,vwww.mainlib.uwi.ttieric.html http://palmm.fcla.edu/eew/

P.O. Box 561631, Miami, Fl 33256-1631; Tel: 305-271-7246; Fax: 271-4160

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