Provost to Address Drugs and Crime in Miami Speech

Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at York College/CUNY, has been invited by the African and African Diaspora Studies program at Florida International University (FIU) to deliver the13th lecture in the Eric E. Williams Lecture Series -- “Drugs and Crime as Problems Without Passports in the Caribbean: How Secure is Security and How Sovereign is Sovereignty?”

The event will be held on Friday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture, Room PCA 135, Modesto A. Madique campus, 11200 SW Eighth Street, Miami, Florida.

The late Dr. Eric E. Williams was the first prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago (1956-1981), and the lectures are a magnet for faculty, students and the external South Florida community. FIU’s School of International Affairs is one of the sponsors of the event. FIU is Miami’s only public research university, with 46,000 students, and 14 schools and colleges, including Law, Medicine, Architecture, Public Health and Engineering.

Dr. Griffith is in heady company. Over the years the Series has attracted many distinguished scholars. The first lecture was presented by Dr. John Hope Franklin, the late, distinguished historian and Duke University professor; and last year’s lecture was delivered by the Honorable P.J. Patterson, a former prime minister of Jamaica.

“I am especially delighted to deliver the Eric Williams lecture in the year of his birth centennial,” said Dr. Griffith. “I plan to address some of the extraordinary contemporary developments being experienced in the land of his birth and in the region he loved, including the Dudus Affair in Jamaica and the ongoing state of emergency in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Dr. Griffith has written and presented extensively in the field of Crime and Terrorism in the Caribbean. No stranger to accolades, he will also be presented with the Distinguished Africana Award for Service at the event FIU event.

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