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November 21, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

Beyond the Fence Episode 89

Episode 89:  “Moving Towards the Political Decolonization of Guahan: Realities and Possibilities” (hosted by Dr. Michael Bevacqua) airs 10/14/11.

In recognition of United Nations Day (October 24) a public forum to examine Political Decolonization will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 5:30 -8:30 at the CLASS Lecture Hall. University of Guam.  This forum is sponsored by the Division of Social Work, in partnership with the Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice.  We Are Guåhan will provide live streaming at the following link:  Featured speakers for this forum are: Dr. Carlyle Corbin, United Nations Advisor and Internationally Recognized Expert on Decolonization, who will present on "The Role of the United Nations in the Self-Determination Process" and Attorney Julian Aguon whose talk is entitled "Defrosting the Self-determination Imagination:  The Trajectory of Right Under International Law." [As an added bonus, an edited recording of the October 19 public forum is included at the end of this podcast. ]

Program guest is Dr. Carlye Corbin ( and

Dr. Corbin is the Executive Secretary of the Council of Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly (CPGA), and an international advisor on governance, self - determination and multilateral diplomacy.  He presently serves as advisor to the U.S. Virgin Islands Fifth Constitutional Convention, and is on the faculty of the Institute for Future Global Leaders of the University of the Virgin Islands. He has had a distinguished career in territorial political development, serving as Minister of State for External Affairs of the U.S. Virgin Islands Government, former Washington Representative to the Governor, and the territory’s representative to various United Nations multilateral bodies including the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). He was a member of the territory’s previous Political Status Commission, and former Secretary-General of the Offshore Governors’ Forum comprised of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has also served as a United Nations self-determination expert and political advisor to the U.N. Decolonisation Committee, and governance expert for the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) in three island territories.  He is the author of four United Nations studies, and numerous scholarly articles on political and constitutional evolution as well as founder /Senior Editor of the on-line Overseas Territories Review and its printed publication Overseas Territories Report providing information and critical analysis on development issues affecting Pacific, Caribbean and other non-independent countries.

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