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FAU Lecture Addresses Jamaican Independence

BOCA RATON, FL (October 5, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents the lecture “Jamaican Independence Fifty Years Later,” with Rachel Manley, noted author and member of Jamaica’s most famous political family. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 10 at 3 p.m. in the Majestic Palm Room in the Student Union on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking passes should be obtained at the information booth at the FAU’s main entrance on Glades Road.

Manley, provides a unique inside perspective on decolonization and independence. Her grandfather was leader of Jamaica’s first political party and served as the island’s chief minister during the years leading up to independence. Her grandmother was an accomplished sculptor and founder of the Jamaica School of Art. Her father was perhaps Jamaica’s most charismatic and controversial Prime Minister. Manley’s poetry has won the Jamaica Centennial Medal, and her memoir about her family won the Governor General’s Literary Award, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes.

This lecture is sponsored by FAU’s Ethnic Studies Certificate Program, English Department, Political Science Department and the Philosophy Department in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and FAU’s New Student and Owl Family Programs. For more information, contact Raphael Dalleo at


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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