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Diversity Celebrated at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Former U.N. Chairman of the Latin American and Caribbean Group celebrates diversity at festivity that includes Soca and reggae dances, poetry reading, and skit performances.

February 5, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.— Former United Nations Chairman Charles S. Flemming will discuss “Separated by Seas, United as People” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Winn-Seeley Gymnasium on the Hobart and William Smith campus. Flemming’s discussion is part of the “Celebrate Diversity” festival sponsored by the Colleges’ Caribbean Student Association that will also include Soca and reggae dances, poetry readings, and skit performances. The discussion and celebration are free and the public is invited to attend.

Flemming is the current director of economic research and real estate of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation in New York City. He also heads ASHLIN, an international consultancy group that develops and finances projects for governments and multi-national corporations. Before joining the Bronx development corporation, Flemming spent 15 years at the United Nations, where he served in a variety of capacities, including vice president of the General Assembly, chairman of the Latin American and Caribbean group, and ambassador.

Flemming has served as chief negotiator for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. He taught at several universities, including New York University and the City University of New York. Flemming also published numerous articles and won many awards for academic and public work. He has been the subject of numerous articles in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Malaysian Times, and more.

Flemming holds a Ph.D. in political science from New York University.

The Caribbean Student Association at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, founded in November 1999, works to enlighten the campus and the Geneva community about Caribbean culture while emphasizing the Colleges' diverse student body.