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The Eric Williams Memorial
P.O. Box 561631, Miami, Fl 33256-1631, USA*Tel: 305-271-7246*Cell: 305-905-9999*Fax: 305-271-4160
Twelfth Annual FIU Eric Williams Lecture Focuses on
MIAMI, Fla. (October 6, 2010)- The 12th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at
Florida International University will take place on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 6:30 p.m., as part
of FIU's African & African Diaspora Studies Program. Due to the catastrophic devastation
wrought by the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, this year's Distinguished Africana Scholars
Lecture, "The Renaissance of Haiti: A Template for Caribbean Media Contact:
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Integration," promises to address critical issues pertaining to 305-905-9999
Haiti's rebirth and the special responsibility of metropolitan
countries to ensure it.
Former Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, the Caribbean Community's
(CARICOM) Special Representative on Haiti's Reconstruction and authorized by its government
to represent it in appropriate fora, will be the featured speaker at the College of Law, Room RDB
1100, Modesto A. Maidique campus, 11200 Southwest Eighth Street, Miami, Florida. Admission
is free and open to the public.
Head of Government from 1992-2006, P. J. Patterson is Jamaica's longest serving Prime
Minister. He has played a leading role in the United Nations, the Commonwealth, and the Non-
Aligned Movement and has contributed to numerous Conventions and official Statements. He
was instrumental in expanding the original Caribbean Free Trade Area (CARIFTA) into
CARICOM, and presided over the latter's inclusion of Haiti. In 2005 and 2006 respectively, he
steered CARICOM toward the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice and a Single
Established in 1999, the Lecture honors the distinguished Caribbean statesman Eric E.
Williams, first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Head of Government for a quarter of
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a century until 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 his groundbreaking work, the 66-year-old Capitalism and
Slavery, which has been translated into seven languages, including Russian, Chinese, Japanese
and soon-to-be, Korean. Urdu and Hindi editions are also planned. Popularly referred to as The
Williams Thesis, this landmark text continues to inform today's ongoing debate and remains
"years ahead of its time...this profound critique is still the foundation for studies of imperialism
and economic development," according to the New York Times.
Among prior Eric Williams Memorial Lecture speakers have been: the late John Hope
Franklin, one of America's premier historians of the 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, former 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 examination of
pertinent issues in Caribbean and African Diaspora history and politics, is co-sponsored by: the
Caribbean Consular Corps (Miami); Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs; FIU:
College of Arts and Sciences, School of International and Public Affairs, College of Law, AADS
Graduate Students Association, Caribbean Students Association, Council of Student
Organizations, Haitian Students Organization, Latin American and Caribbean Center, National
Society of Black Engineers, Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, Student
Programming Council; Angostura, Ltd.; Air Jamaica/Caribbean Airlines, Ltd.; Miami Dade
College Professor Leroy Lashley; Mike Simmons of Mike Golf, Inc.; Emile Sabga; Aryian and
Gieowar Singh; Professor Linda Spears-Bunton; Victoria Mutual Florida Representative Office.
The Lecture is also supported by The Eric Williams Memorial Collection at the
University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago campus), which was inaugurated by former
U.S. Secretary of State, Colin L. Powell in 1998. It was named to UNESCO's prestigious
Memory of the World Register in 1999.
Books by and about Eric Williams and P.J. Patterson will be available for purchase and
signing at the Lecture.
For more information, please contact 305-348-6860/271-7246 or afi il(111(i fin 'i/h
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