Wednesday, September 14, 2016

18th Annual FIU Eric Williams Lecture Focuses on a  Donald Trump Ascendancy
Media Contact: Erica Williams Connell
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MIAMI, FL. (September 12, 2016)— The 18th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus (11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida) will take place at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public. This year, the African & African Diaspora Studies Lecture hosts the former President  of  Guyana,  the  Hon.  Bharrat  Jagdeo.  “The Caribbean  and  American Presidential Power: A Donald Trump Ascendancy” promises to explore the future relationship  between  the  US  and  the  Caribbean  in  a  Donald  Trump  presidency.

While  the  distinctions between the two US candidates may be stark, it is not clear how they would differ vis a vis their interactions with the Caribbean.   Bharrat  Jagdeo  was  born  in  Guyana  of  humble  origins.  He  joined  the  youth  arm  of  the  People's Progressive Party at 13 years old, becoming a full-fledged member at the tender age of 16.      Armed with a Master’s in Economics from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in 1990, he has held several high-level governmental positions, ranging from Minister of Finance to President of Guyana from 1999-2011.

He is currently his country’s Leader of the Opposition. During  Mr.  Jagdeo’s  tenure  as  President,  major  economic  and  social  reforms  were  undertaken, making Guyana one of the fastest growing economies in South America and the Caribbean with several years of consecutive growth, even through the global financial crisis of 2007-2008.   In addition to the financial arena, Jagdeo holds a number of global leadership positions in the areas of  sustainable  development,  green  growth  and  climate  change.    In  2008,  he  was  named  Time  Magazine’s ‘Hero of the Environment’ and in 2010, the United Nations declared him to be one of its ‘Champions of the Earth Awardees’.    

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