Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon. Portia Simpson Miller will be guest presenter at the annual Eric William Memorial Lecture Series to be held on Friday, Nov. 6th at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center at the Florida International University in South Miami.
Mrs. Simpson Miller will address the theme “A New vision for a New World Reality: Prospects for the Anglophone Caribbean” and will focus on critical issues of sustainable development for the region. This will be followed by a question and answer session.
She will join the distinguished group of international scholars including several other Caribbean region leaders who have made presentations at the Lecture series since its inception in October 1999.
The event is also intended to provide an intellectual forum for the examination of pertinent issues about the history and politics of the Caribbean and African Diaspora, simultaneously highlighting world leaders and international scholars.
The Lecture series honors the distinguished Caribbean Statesman and the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago 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, he was author of several books.
Mrs. Simpson Miller became Jamaica’s first woman Prime Minister on March 30, 2006, having also served in several Cabinet and Ministerial positions in the Jamaican government. She is presently the Leader of the Opposition.
She currently serves on the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize action on critical women’s issues.
The Lecture Series continues to attract large numbers of students, academia and corporate citizens and is organized by the University of the West Indies, the African New World Studies Department of the Florida International University and the Erica Williams Foundation, headed by his daughter, Erica Williams Connell.
The event is free and open to the public.