Thursday, October 25, 2012

Reggie Dumas to deliver lecture in Florida on whether Eric Williams is still relevant

Reginald Dumas
Retired diplomat Reginald Dumas will deliver a lecture in Florida on Friday the subject: 50 Years After Independence, Is Eric Williams Still Relevant?.

The event is the 14th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique campus, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the at the Green Library. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Dumas is one of two speaker in this year's the African & African Diaspora Studies Program’s Distinguished Africana Scholars Lecture. The other is Rachel Manley, daughter and granddaughter of two former Jamaican Prime Ministers. Dumas is a veteran of Trinidad and Tobago’s Foreign Service and former UN Special Adviser on Haiti. 

Manley's lecture would be on the theme: 50 Years After Independence: A Manley Perspective. Both lectures will address critical issues pertaining to the last half-century of development – its successes and failures – in both countries. 

Manley is a well known Caribbean literary personality and winner of Jamaica’s Centennial Medal for Poetry. She teaches literary non-fiction and memoir in the MFA program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

She is a frequent contributor to literary anthologies and writes book reviews for leading newspapers in North America and Britain. She is a Mary Ingram Bunting Fellow of Radcliffe University, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Rockefeller, Bellagio Fellow.

Dumas was first appointed ambassador at the age of 38 and has served his country in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and North America. In 1988, he retired as Ambassador to Washington and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) to take up the post of Permanent Secretary (Chief of Staff) to the Prime Minister and Head of the Trindad & Tobago Public Service. He has also represented the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in various fora.

Established in 1999, the Lecture honours Dr. Eric E. Williams, first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago who headed the government for a quarter of 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 68-year-old Capitalism and Slavery, which has been translated into seven languages, including Russian, Chinese, Japanese and this year, Turkish. 

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, Rachel Manley and Reginald Dumas will be available for purchase and signing at the Lecture.

For more information, please contact 305-348-6860/271-7246 or

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