Overcoming “Small Size” in the Caribbean: The Role of CARICOM
with Dr. Nand C. Bardouille
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Main Building Faculty Lounge

The March 2018 Island Studies Lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus and will feature Dr. Nand C. Bardouille speaking about the important role of regional integration in positioning Caribbean island states to overcome the disadvantages associated with “small size.”

“Either we integrate or we perish…” For forty-plus years, this famous aphorism has given impetus to a grouping of mainly small island states in the Caribbean Basin that is endeavouring to advance regional integration. This lecture addresses the question: What role does the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which is one of the oldest regional integration projects in the developing world, play in positioning its members to overcome their “small size” in the international system? CARICOM is a grouping of fifteen member states and five associate members, which span the archipelagic state of The Bahamas in the northern part of the Caribbean Basin to the low-lying coastal states of Suriname and Guyana in South America. Dr. Bardouille will call attention to the vitally important role of collaborative regional governance arrangements in undergirding the viability of Caribbean island states. He will focus on how CARICOM enables co-ordinated regional responses to constraints/vulnerabilities associated with “small size” and the achievement of policy success for its members that face “existential threats,” such as climate change and transnational crime. Dr. Bardouille will trace the key milestones/achievements of and the challenges that confront CARICOM and will reflect on CARICOM’s prospects.



Dr. Nand C. Bardouille, a national of Dominica, is currently a visiting professor in the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program at UPEI.



Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Watch for another lecture about islands – near and far – April 17. For more information, please contact Laurie at iis@upei.ca or (902) 894-2881.



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UPEI book on Owen Connolly chosen PEI’s Publication of the Year

The book Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy was named PEI’s Publication of the Year at the annual PEI Museum and Heritage Awards ceremony held February 20, 2018, in Summerside. The book tells the rags-to-riches story of Irish immigrant Owen Connolly, who is best recognized today as the man whose bust sits atop the Churchill Arms building on Lower Queen St., Charlottetown.

Upon his death in 1887, Owen Connolly was one of the wealthiest men on Prince Edward Island, and he dedicated his fortune to bursaries for young Islanders of Irish heritage, so they might gain a higher education and achieve career success. To date, his estate has provided over $3 million in bursaries, and benefitted countless thousands of Islanders. The bursary program continues today.

Eight of those Islanders, including contemporary entrepreneurs Regis Duffy and Danny Murphy, are featured in the book’s color section, crediting the importance of the Connolly bursary to their early careers. Their families, like so many others, couldn’t afford higher education so the Connolly bursaries were a godsend.

This award-winning book is written by Leonard Cusack, and co-published by Island Studies Press at UPEI and the estate of Owen Connolly. The book is available at Island bookstores, including the UPEI bookstore.

Author Leonard Cusack and researcher Lori Mayne receive their citation for Publication of the Year for the book Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy, from Lt. Gov. Antoinette Perry, at the recent PEIMHF annual awards in Summerside.

Photo Courtesy Gov’t of PEI / Brian L. Simpson



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