September 20, 2016
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18th Annual FIU Eric Williams Lecture Focuses on a Donald Trump Ascendancy

MIAMI, FL. (September 12, 2016)- The 18 th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida  International University's Modesto Maidique Campus (11200 SW 8 th 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'.

Established in 1999, FIU's annual Eric Williams Lecture honors the distinguished Caribbean  statesman, consummate academic, internationally renowned historian, and author of several other books. His  1944 groundbreaking study Capitalism and Slavery, popularly referred to as The Williams Thesis, arguably  re-framed the historiography of the British trans-Atlantic slave trade (and its concomitant European  incarnations) and established the contribution of Caribbean slavery to the development of both Britain and  America. The book has been translated into eight languages, including Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish  and soon-to-be, Korean. It continues to inform today's ongoing debate and remains "years ahead of its  time...this profound critique is still the foundation for studies of imperialism and economic development,"  according to the New York Times. Eric E. Williams was also the 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.

Among prior Eric Williams Memorial Lecture speakers have been: the late John Hope Franklin, one  of America's premier historians of the African-American experience; Kenneth Kaunda, former President of  the Republic of Zambia; Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas; Mia Mottley, Attorney  General of Barbados; Beverly Anderson-Manley, former First Lady of Jamaica; Portia Simpson Miller,  Prime Minister of Jamaica; Hon. Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia; Hon. Ralph Gonsalves,  Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and The Grenadines; the celebrated civil rights activist Angela Davis and  prize-winning Haitian author Edwige Danticat.

The Lecture, which seeks to provide an intellectual forum for the examination of pertinent issues in  Caribbean and African Diaspora history and politics, is co-sponsored in part by FIU's: Steven J. Green  School of International and Public Affairs, Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series,  Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center; Bilmor With Advertising Specialties, Inc.; Earl  Christian; Mr. & Mrs. Frank Collins; Carole Cumberbatch; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Edwards; Hometrust  Mortgage Corporation; Joy's Roti Shop; Dr. & Mrs. Leroy Lashley; Lentropic Properties Inc.; Miami Dade  College; Mr. & Mrs. Nesbitt; Mavis Perez; Mervyn Solomon; Linda Spears Bunton; Yvonne St. Louis;  Marilyn Taylor Duncan and Welch, Morris & Associates.

The Lecture is also supported by The Eric Williams Memorial Collection Research Library, Archives  and Museum at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago campus), which was inaugurated by  former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin L. Powell in 1998. It was named to UNESCO's prestigious Memory  of the World Register in 1999.

Books by Eric Williams will be available for purchase at the Lecture. For more information, please  contact 305-348-4156/271-7246 or

Two Full-Time Tenure-Track Positions at the Rank of Assistant Professor with a Focus on Criminology - The Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro

The Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro invites applications for two full-time tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor with a focus on criminology for an August 2017 appointment and 2.) we  seek a candidate with a specialization in theory who will teach theory courses. We are especially interested in candidates who may contribute to our curriculum in the Sociology of Culture.

The ideal candidate is expected to teach courses in our criminology concentration at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and will be encouraged to develop courses in their areas of expertise.

A commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds is expected from all candidates. Applicants must demonstrate promise of distinguished scholarship and excellence in teaching, as well as a commitment to seeking external funding.
The Department of Sociology consists of 12 tenure-track faculty and offers a BA is Sociology, BA in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, and MA in Sociology, MA in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology (see, for more information). Our teaching load is 5 courses per academic year.

Applicants must hold or anticipate a Ph. D. in Sociology or closely related field by August 1, 2017

For more information and to apply, applicants should submit all materials electronically (to apply, visit and click on "Faculty" Tenure Stream ), including a cover letter, a CV, a detailed description of their research program, a writing sample, a teaching portfolio (which may include evidence of teaching effectiveness, syllabi, teaching philosophy and a statement of teaching interests), and names and email addresses of three people to be contacted for letters of recommendation.  We will begin reviewing application on  October 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

UNCG is a Minority Serving Institution with an undergraduate student body consisting of approximately 27% African American and 7% Hispanic or Latino Americans. UNCG and the Sociology Department foster an environment of collaboration across departments and schools and support community-engaged research. UNCG is proud of the diversity of its student body, and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position.

We are an EOE/AA/M/F/D/V employer and are strongly committed to increasing faculty diversity ( )

Jointly Appointed Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position - University of Georgia - The Department of Sociology and the Institute for African American Studies (IAAS) 

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA. The Department of Sociology and the Institute for African American Studies (IAAS) invite applications for a jointly appointed tenure-track assistant professor position to begin fall 2017. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Sociology or have completed all the requirements for this degree by August 1, 2017. We seek an outstanding scholar whose empirical research and substantive interests focus on race and ethnicity. Successful candidates will have a record of high quality research and demonstrate potential for a strong publication record. Preference will be given to candidates who also show promise in obtaining extramural funding. Successful applicants will demonstrate their ability to teach courses on race and ethnicity at both the undergraduate and graduate level. We invite interested candidates to visit the websites of the Sociology Department ( ) and the Institute of African American Studies ( ). Please submit applications online at . Applicants should upload a cover letter, C.V., research statement, statement of teaching experience and interests, and a writing sample. Applicants will be asked to provide names and e-mail addresses of three letter-writers who will receive an online link for submitting letters of reference. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Vet/Disability institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Faculty members are expected to support the college's goals of creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Georgia is well known for its quality of life in regard to both outdoor and urban activities ( UGA is a land- and sea-grant institution located in Athens, 70 miles northeast of Atlanta, the state capital ( ; Applicants whose files are complete by October 14, 2016 will be assured full consideration. The position will be open until filled. Inquiries may be directed to the chair of the recruitment committee, Ron Simons ( ). 

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (3 Posts) Department of Historical Studies Faculty of Humanities - University of Cape Town

Applications are invited for THREE full-time permanent appointments at Lecturer (1 post) and Senior Lecturer (2 posts) levels in the Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town. The Department is a leading centre for critical historical scholarship in Africa. Information about the Department can be found at Preference may be given to candidates whose research and teaching interests complement those already in the department.

  • A PhD in History or a cognate discipline for appointment. Exceptional candidates nearing the completion of PhD may also be considered for the Lecturer position. 
  • For the Senior Lecturer positions, a track record of research and peer-reviewed publications on histories of Africa and/ or the Global South. For the Lecturer position, publications will be an advantage. 
  • Undergraduate teaching experience. 
  • For the Senior Lecturer positions, postgraduate teaching and supervision experience. 

We particularly encourage application from scholars pursuing innovative research in any field of intellectual, cultural, political and social history of modern Africa; histories of gender and sexuality; histories of violence and racism; critical economic histories; and connected and comparative histories of colonial and postcolonial global south. Candidates would be expected to have strong empirical grounding in their fields of specialization, a collaborative spirit, theoretical fluency, and ability and willingness to develop and teach critical and imaginative courses beyond their immediate research fields. Experience in critically using non-English sources in their own research will be considered a strength. 

  • Teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 
  • Supervise postgraduate student research. 
  • Undertake and publish own research. 
  • Carry out administrative responsibilities at departmental level as required. 
The annual remuneration packages, including benefits for 2016 at the respective levels are as follows: 
  • Lecturer : R 558 915 
  • Senior Lecturer : R 687 208 
To apply, please e-mail the below documents to Ms Lily Nombombo at

Complete applications will include: 
  • UCT Application Form (download at
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae, including the names and e-mail addresses of three referees. 
  • A cover letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages, which includes a brief statement of teaching philosophy, a short description of past and current research, and an outline of future research plans. 
  • One writing sample of no more than 30pp. (for example, an article, conference paper or excerpt drawn from a dissertation chapter). 
  • A proposal for a twelve-week lecture course intended for final-year undergraduates in History. A course proposal may include: 
    1. A short 150-word introduction to the nature, contents and aims of the course, indicating the main questions, the types of study materials, and the skills involved. 
    2. (At most) twelve explicit sub-themes expressed clearly in the titles of weekly lectures. 
    3. Specific texts, with full citation details, for each week's theme (not to exceed three for each week). 
Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. 

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Telephone: 021 650 5689
Reference number: E16146
Closing date: 14 October 2016 

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