PRESS RELEASE DATE: Feb. 20, 2013
Robert P. Smith, a pioneer in helping markets develop, as well as the president, founder and managing director of Turan Corporation, of Boston, Mass., will speak on “America’s Promise and Perils for the Twenty-First Century,” at the second lecture in the Open Doors Lecture series at the University of the Virgin Islands. The public is invited to the St. Thomas presentation which will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in UVI’s Administration Conference Center. It can also be attended via videoconference at the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.
Open Doors Lectures, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, are designed to provide a forum in which internationally recognized academics and practitioners can share their knowledge on vital topics with the University community and the public. With the closing of HOVENSA and the general economic recession, there has been much discussion on the state of the economy and its effects on tourism, financial services and other sectors here and in the wider Caribbean.
A graduate of Bowdoin College and Boston University School of Law School, Smith served as an economic officer for the State Department United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Viet Nam, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Brazil. He later joined Deltec Bank of São Paulo, Brazil, before returning to the United States in the mid-1970s where he established a law practice specializing in international debt collections. The author of “Riches Among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy,” Smith has worked with governments in the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nigeria, Vietnam and Russia. He is well positioned to provide an authoritative up-to-date perspective on the present state of the global economy.