17th Annual Eric Williams Memorial Lecture

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Florida International University will host the 17th Annual Eric Williams Memorial Lecture, one in a series of lectures honoring the distinguished Caribbean statesman Eric E. Williams, first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. The Memorial Lecture, delivered by the Honorable Dr. Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, will take place on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Florida International University, 11200 Southwest Eighth Street, Miami, at the university’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center at 6:30pm. The lecture is free and open to the public. (There will be a reception prior to and following the lecture.)

Description: The Honorable Dr. Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will address “The US-Cuba Accord: How the Caribbean Paved the Way.” After months of negotiations and following five decades of political estrangement, Cuba’s flag now stands among those countries with which the United States has diplomatic relations. An agreement was reached in July to restore the ties between the two countries which had been broken since 1961. In his lecture, Dr. Gonsalves will explore the role that Caribbean nations and regional social/political influencers had in establishing normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba.

Dr. Gonsalves is the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and leader of the Unity Labour Party. He became Prime Minister in the 2001 and was re-elected in 2005 and 2010. His portfolio also includes positions as Minister of Finance, Economic Planning, National Security, Legal Affairs, Grenadines Affairs and Energy. Dr. Gonsalves has written several books including Our Caribbean Civilization and its Political ProspectsThe Case for  Reparatory JusticeDiary of a Prime Minister: Ten Days Among Benedictine Monks and The Making of the Comrade: The Political Journey of Ralph Gonsalves.

Established in 1999, the lecture series 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 until his death in 1981.  He led the country to Independence from Britain in 1962 and onto Republicanism in 1976. He was the author of several books including From Colombus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean. Books by and about Eric Williams and Ralph Gonsalves will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

For more information on the Eric Williams Memorial Collection, please contact Erica Williams Connell at 305-271-7246 or email: ewmc@ewmc-tt.org.  For information about the lecture on October 23rd at FIU, call 305-348-4156 or email: Africana@fiu.edu

[Many thanks to Cherise Stevens at Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications (www.cam-pr.com) for sharing this information.]

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