We are excited to announce a few of our speakers for our Symposium Series. Click + to expand information regarding the speaker.
Dr. Joy Gleason Carew, Ph.D. is the resident linguist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville and the author of “Blacks, Reds, and Russians: Sojourners in Search of the Soviet Promise” (Rutgers University Press, 2008). She was born in Chicago, Illinois, but spent most of her adult life in other parts of the US or abroad, including numerous trips to the USSR/Russia. She has been teaching in academe for over forty years, in institutions as varied as community colleges, major research universities, small liberal arts colleges, and historically black universities. She met Jan Carew in 1974 and they spent the next 37 years together. Dr. Carew worked with Jan Carew on previous work, including his memoirs, and collections of essays, stories and poetry.
Vidur Dindayal, 81, London UK resident, Architect, former lecturer, author of books: ‘Guyanese Achievers UK and USA & Canada and website’, is a volunteer Chaplain, active in Inter Faith in South London. Born at Blairmont, he was educated at Rosignol, New Amsterdam, Georgetown, Delhi University and London South Bank University.
Dr. Rudy R. Jadoopat is the only Guyanese with a Doctorate Degree in economics from the prestigious Moscow State Lomonosov University. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in economics among many other outstanding academic achievements. He published and contributed many scientific papers and articles in the Economic Journal of the Latin American Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. His main academic focus has been on ‘The Economic Development of Guyana and Problems of Regulating International Economic Relations’ and ‘Planning the Development of International Trade of Guyana’. Dr. Jadoopat worked at Moscow State University. He was a member of a special team of economic advisors to the Russian Prime Minister 1992-1997, during the perestroika period and worked behind the scenes guiding the processes which ended the ‘cold war’. He was a ‘go-to’ person providing invaluable consultations and advice to the government of Russia on legislative, economic, political and social reforms.
Dr. Aliyah Khan is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Arab and Muslim Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research and writing focus on the literature of indigeneity, race, and religion in the contemporary Caribbean and its diasporas, and immigrant literature in the United States.
Dr. Lear Matthews is a professor at State University of New York Empire State College. A former lecturer at the University of Guyana, Faculty of Social Science, he is the author of “English-Speaking Caribbean Immigrants: Transnational Identities” (2014) and “Communities and Development: A neglected dimension of nation building” (1980), which he co-authored with Dr. Ken Danns. He is a member of the editorial board of the Caribbean Journal of Social Work, executive member of the Caribbean Association of Social Work Educators, and a certified clinical social Worker. Dr. Matthews served as clinical Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant Community Mental Health Center, Brooklyn, New York for more than ten years. He has written extensively on the adaptation of immigrants in North America, cultural retentions and coping with the trauma of natural disasters.
Dr. Wazir Mohamed is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology, Indiana University East. Apart from teaching classes in the sociology of inequality, social change, social conflict, social problems, race and ethnicity, sociology of work, and sociology of food, professor Mohamed chairs the diversity committee at Indiana University East, and is very active in social justice and human rights issues. He is heavily involved in community work and social justice activism at the local, national, and international levels of society, which ranges from participation as Chair of the Richmond Human Rights Commission, and involvement with local churches in the Children of Abraham Study Committee to coordinating the “Justice for Walter Rodney Committee,” a global watchdog group that educates and shares information on the Commission of Inquiry into the assassination of renowned historian and political activist, Walter Rodney. Dr. Mohamed holds a B.S. in Communication from the University of Guyana, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Binghamton University. His interests include the intersection of Atlantic slavery, particularly with the rise of slavery in the age of abolition, the second slavery in Cuba, Brazil, and the USA with the persistence of ethnic divisions and marginalization of the descendants of slaves in the African Diaspora of the Caribbean and the Americas. Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Mohamed was one of the co-leaders of the Working Peoples Alliance, the political party of Walter Rodney.
Dr. Kimani Nehusi, FHEA has been lecturer in history at the University of Guyana and the University of London, founder and Director of the Afrika Studies Centre at the University of East London, where he was also Academic Advisor for Black Students and Senior Lecturer in the School of Education. He is currently Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University, South Africa and Associate Professor in the Department of Africology, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. A former international athlete in Track and Field, Dr. Nehusi was Co-Founder and President of Ruralites Athletic Club and Atoms Athletic Club; National Track and Field Coach of Guyana; Vice President and Convenor of the Development Committee of the Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana; and member of the panel of international coaches of the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). He was honoured for his service to Track and Field in Guyana by the IAAF.
Ms. Ann Persaud is a Guyanese/Canadian with a background in Finance and Development. She lectures at the University of Guyana and is a PhD student at the University of Central Lancashire. She is also the Guyana Representative for the Canadian Executive Service Organisation which provides expert volunteers to support Economic Development.
Dr. Michael Ralph, a Graduate of New York University’s doctoral program served for a number of years as a Southern University System Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (Int.) and Assistant Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research, and university faculty at a number of universities in the U.S. Currently he is CEO and President of College & University Professional Accreditation Services, CUPAS – in partnership with Concord USA and XITRACS Corporations.
Mr.Peter Ramrayka, MBA, CIHM, FRSPH, FIHEEM, is a Guyana born British based healthcare leader who has also worked in a wide range of developing countries. Active in UK politics, he was a former Justice of the Peace for Inner London and served in the Royal Air Force.
Ms. Shanomae Rose, a University of Guyana lecturer, graduated with an MSc in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University, the Netherlands in 2000 and an MPH in Epidemiology from St. George’s University, Grenada in 2011. Ms. Rose has authored and co-authored publications in the area of environmental health. Shanomae is the third of four children and the mother of one.
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Dr. Nigel Westmaas is Associate Professor of Africana studies at Hamilton College, New York. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton and BA Hons from the University of Guyana. He has published articles in journals and magazines, including Against the Current, Small Axe, Emancipation Magazine, Caribbean Studies, Guyana Art Forum and An Introductory Reader for Women’s Studies in Guyana. He is the co-editor with David Granger of a UNESCO assisted booklet Guyanese Periodicals: 1796-1996. Dr. Westmaas is a longtime political activist of Guyana’s Working People’s Alliance (WPA.)