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2013 (15th Annual FIU Eric Williams Lecture Honors “The Mighty Sparrow”)
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Media Contact : Erica Williams Connell 305 905 9999 ewmc@ewmc.tt.org The Eric Williams Memorial Collection ________________________________________________________________________________________________ P.O. Box 561631, Miami, Fl 33256 1631, USA Tel: 305 271 7246 Cell: 305 905 9999 Fax: 305 271 4160 1 5 th Annual FIU Er ic Williams Lecture Honors The Mighty Sparrow MIAMI, FL ( October 2 201 3 ) The 15 th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida International University ampus (11200 SW 8 th Street, Miami, Florida) will take place at the Sch ool of Public and International Affairs Lobby/125 (SI PA) on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. T his year, t he Afr ican & African Diaspora Studies Distinguished Africana Scholars Lecture hosts two prom inent speakers : Rawle Gibbons, founding Director of the Centre for Creative and Festival Arts at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and Willard Harris, aka Lord Relator, a seasoned Trinidad and Tobago calypsonian noted for imitation and his ability to sing extemporaneous ly the art of composing impromptu lyrics about any subject, at any time, without previous thought or study. One From Ten Leaves Nought, Ten To One I s Murder: Eric Williams, The Mighty Sparrow and the Arithmetic of Caribbean Self promise s to address the symbiotic relationship between the two men, and to showcase the development of a national and regional consciousness in Trinidad and Tobago parlayed into the language of the Calypso King of the World Slinger Francisco, aka t he Mighty Sparrow. While Sparrow has had to cancel his appearance, due to illness and the Lecture pays tribute to his numerous accomplishments spanning 60 plus years Lord Relator wi ll take up the baton singing, in e s that illustrate his point. In the Q & A that Rawle Gibbons is an esta blished playwright, stage director and professor at the University of the West Indies. Appointed to devise and head its first academic arts training program in 1986, his theater

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FIU Eric Williams Le cture page 2 (1975 ) and Derek Walcott Drums and Colours (1998). His plays are published as (Ian Randle and Canboulay, 1999) and Love (Canboulay Productions, 2012). Since 2008, Mr Gibbons has been President of the Caribbean Network of Art Presenters, CARIBNET which spans the French, Spanish, Dutch and English speaking Caribbean. He also serves as a resource for the regional Caribbean Examinations Council. Willard Harris has been composing and singing calypsoes the art of social commentary in his native Trinidad and Tobago since his early years, winning several local competitions. At a time when the average calypsonian was of a mature age, Relator captivated the nation with his impeccable style and youthful manner. He has performed internationally with major stars Billy Ocean and Jimmy Cliff. Lecture honors the distinguished Caribbean statesman Eric E. Williams, first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Head of Government for a quarter of a century u ntil his death in 1981. He led the country to Independence from Britain in 1962 and onto Republicanism in 1976. A consummate academic and historian, and author of several books, Dr. Williams is best known for h is groundbreaking work, the 6 9 year old Capit alism and Slavery which has been translated into seven languages, including Russian, Chinese, Japanese and this year Turkish and Korean Popularly referred to as The Williams Thesis this landmark text continues to inform today's ongoing debate and rema ins this profound critique is still the foundation for studies of New York Times Among prior Eric Williams Memorial Lecture speakers have been: the late John Hope Frankli n, one African American experience; Kenneth Kaunda, former President of the Republic of Zambia; Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas; Mia Mottley, Attorney General of Barbados; Beverly Anderson Manley, former First Lady of Jamaica; Portia Simpson Miller, now Prime Minister of Jamaica; the celebrated civil rights activist Angela Davis; and prize winning Haitian author Edwige Danticat. The Lecture, which seeks to provide an intellectual forum for the exam ination of pertinent issues in Caribbean and African Diaspora history and politics, is co sponsored by FIU: College of Arts and Sciences School of International and Public Affairs Latin American and Caribbean Center, AADS Graduate Students Association, Student Government Association; Rhea Mokund Beck; Sandra Bernard Bastien; Bilmor Advertising Irvine Headley; Edwards & Partners; Eglantine Gordon Memorial Fund; Glenn Joseph; Roti Delight; Nina Khell Garcia; Miami Dade College Prof. Leroy Lashley; Neki Mohan; Saint Lucia; Aryian & Gieowar Singh; Merv yn Solomon; Trinidad and Tobago Independence Ball Committee; W elch,

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FIU Eric Williams Le cture page 3 Morris & Associates, Ltd ; and Christine G. Wray, M.D The Lecture is also supported by The Eric Williams M emorial Collection Research Library, Archives and Museum at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago campus), which was inaugurated by former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin L. Powel l in 1998. It was named to UNESCO Memory of the W orld Register in 1999. Books /C D s by and about E ric Williams Rawle Gibbons, the Mighty Sparrow and Lord Relator will be available for purchase and signing at the Lecture. For more information, please contact 305 348 6860/271 7246 or africana@fiu.edu EWMC


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