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Council to Hold Forum on Territory's Status


Sept. 13, 2005 – The public is invited to attend a panel discussion entitled "The Ambiguity of Our U.S. Citizenship" on Sept. 24. It runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Battery on St. John.
Admission is free, and a reception will follow.
The event is part of the V.I. Humanities Council's "We the People" project about the "U.S. Virgin Islands: A People's Quest for Self-governance." Its aim is to raise public awareness about the issues surrounding the political future of the Virgin Islands. The territory will take up that matter in 2006, when the Status Commission convenes.
Speakers will include St. Thomas attorney Judith Bourne and Carlyle Corbin, Government House's representative for external affairs. Additional speakers include Gerard Emanuel, who teaches at St. Croix Central High School and the University of the Virgin Islands, and UVI social studies chairman Malik Sekou. All the speakers have a long interest in the status issue.
Rupert Ross Jr. will serve as moderator.
The Humanities Council will also present its Humanist Award at the panel discussion. The award is given to Virgin Islanders who have made exemplary contributions to the cultural life of the community through the humanities.
The event is part of the Humanities Council's Daniel L. Heftel Lecture Series, named in honor of the deceased St. Thomas businessman, civic leader and Humanities Council co-founder.
Mabel Maduro at the Humanities Council could not be reached for comment.

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