August 01, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Havelock Brewster will give the talk, "The Caribbean and the Association of Caribbean States in the Wider Hemispheric Context," Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The talk, which is free to the public, is the first in the International Focus Year lecture series, "Latin America and the Caribbean at the Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Perspective."

Latin America and the Caribbean have been undergoing a profound transformation since the early 1980s, according to series organizers Stephen Stamos and Hilbourne Watson, faculty coordinators.

By the early 1990s, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was a growing emphasis on democratization and the enhancement of constitutional democracy across the region. The four speakers in the series will contribute their perspectives to the transition.

Brewster is a consultant to the Caribbean Development Bank and the Honorable Professor of Economics at the University of the West Indies. A national of Guyana and Jamaica, he spent most of his career in international institutions and government service. Most recently he was executive director for the Caribbean at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. He previously served as Guyana's ambassador to the European Union, Austria, Belgium and Germany.

Other speakers in the series are:

Patrice Franko will discuss "Corporate Social Responsibility: Was Milton Friedman Right? Applications from Latin America" Nov. 8. Franko, who directs Colby College's Oak Institute for Human Rights, teaches international finance, Latin American economic policy, and microeconomics. She has served as a consultant for the Office of Inter-American Affairs in the Department of Defense as well as the National Defense University and the National Academy of Sciences.

Debra Castillo, Cornell University, will give the talk, "I Call it New Orleans: The Transnational Writer – A New Comparative Literary Practice," March 27. Castillo, who specializes in contemporary narrative from the Spanish-speaking world, is the author of several books including The Translated World: A Post-modern Tour of Libraries in Literature and Border Women: Writing from La Frontera.

Douglas Massey, Princeton University, will discuss "Mexican Immigration: The Facts, the Reality, and the Consequences – What to do?" April 10. Considered one of the nation's leading authorities on Mexican immigration, Massey is director of graduate studies in the Woodrow Wilson School and serves as president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Bucknell's Focus Semester program, which began in 1990, is designed to provide undergraduates with exposure to international geographic and cultural themes. The series originally began with a geographic focus – Africa, Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and even outer space. The Focus Semester series grew to a year-long series in 2003 to allow a more comprehensive experience. For more information on past Focus Year series, see


Posted Aug. 1, 2007


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