Alberts to lecture on globalization tonight

POSTED: 10/20/11 2:07 PM

St. Maarten – The University of St. Martin (USM) invites the public to a viewing of the documentary film “Life and Debt,” directed by Stephanie Black. The viewing will be followed by a lecture by Arjen Alberts who is expected to put issues highlighted in the film in a St. Maarten perspective. This unique event, which is part of the USM Lecture Series themed “Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and St. Maarten, is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Utilizing the text of the award winning book “A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid, the 2001 American documentary film “Life and Debt” examines the economic and social situation in Jamaica, and specifically the impact thereon of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank’s globalization policies. Part of these policies were conditional on structural adjustment policies, which required Jamaica to enact harsh economic reforms, including trade liberalization, privatization, and deregulation. However, the reforms were unsuccessful and left the country with $4.6 billion dollars in debt.

Alberts, a lecturer at USM, will focus on explaining globalization and its effect on small island economies, comparing and contrasting issues presented in the film to that of St. Maarten and setting these issues within the broader context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“Come and join USM students and faculty at this event which is a first of its kind at USM, officials said on Tuesday. The event is free and will be held at the USM Lecture Hall which has a seating capacity of 200 people,” a release stated.

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