Lakes book is catalyst for debate on St. Maartens future

POSTED: 11/5/14 10:17 AM

St. Maarten – USM will be hosting a presentation on “Six 4 nine” a book by local author Jose Lake on November 6 from 7:00 to 9:00pm in the USM lecture Hall. This will be followed by a panel discussion.

In his book “Six 4 Nine,” local author Joseph Lake Jr. champions independence as the main solution to the problems of Country St. Maarten and Collectivité St. Martin. He argues that being colonies is not in the interest of the people who live on the island.

“A patriotic book is a cry, a critique, and a challenge; it tries in these three tonalities to convey the author’s prophetic opinion on the current state of his society. Mr. Lake’s book, on the fate of Sint Maarten & Saint Martin after the constitutional changes can be judged thus,” said Dr. Francio Guadeloupe, University of St. Martin (USM) Interim President and Dean of Academics.

As is the case with all judgments in democratic societies, it needs to be debated and discussed by a panel of experts and the wider public; as such, USM has invited Reynold Groeneveldt,  Daniella Jeffry, Miguel De Weever and Oldine Bryson-Pantophlet to give their views on the publication and their opinions on the fate of Country St. Maarten and Collectivité St. Martin. The discussion will be moderated by Wim de Visser. USM continues to contribute to educating the community, as the island proceeds with sustainable development and nation building, by hosting informative lectures open to the general public and its student body. The general public is invited to participate in the general discussion.

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