ICS Lecture: “A Dream Deferred—Constitutional Rights in the Caribbean and the Pacific”


As part of the Conferencias Caribeñas 2013 series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “A Dream Deferred: Constitutional Rights in the Caribbean and the Pacific” by Neil Weare (J.D., President, “We, the People Project”). Dr. Palmira N. Ríos González (Graduate School of Public Administration, UPR-RP) will present the lecturer. The activity will be held on Wednesday, September 11, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre of Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building (CRA 108), School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: 50 years ago, Martin Luther King said in his “I Have a Dream” speech, “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” That promise has fallen short for the residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of the Supreme Court’s controversial decisions in the Insular Cases. This presentation reflects on what the lessons of the civil rights era should mean for residents of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands today. It also refers to efforts challenging the Insular Cases in a federal lawsuit currently before the D.C. Circuit that asks whether citizenship by birth is a right or a privilege in U.S. territories. “We the People Project” is a new national organization advocating for the constitutional rights of the nearly 5 million U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other non-state areas.

All lectures will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71***

Comments and suggestions on the presentation will be welcome at iec-ics@upr.edu

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

Also see The Institute of Caribbean Studies on FACEBOOK

For more information, see http://iec-ics.uprrp.edu/?p=1383 and http://competition.ndapap.org; y http://www.scf-pr.com/news_details.asp?id=104

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