ONEONTA, N.Y. -Former World Bank staff member Douglas Gray will be the first speaker in the fourth annual Ralph R. Watkins Africana Studies Lecture Series at SUNY Oneonta. Gray will present “The Human Rights Obligations of the World Bank: An analysis from the perspectives of political theory and law” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Craven Lounge at the college’s Morris Conference Center. Admission is free, and members of the community are invited attend.
Gray was a staff member and consultant at the World Bank from 1996 to 2004. In addition to contributing to the preparation of more than $2 billion in project lending for the highways sector in India and Nepal, he co-authored the data tables for the 2002 Preliminary Needs Assessment (PNA) for Afghanistan. In conjunction with endorsements from the United Nations Development Programme, Asian Development Bank and World Bank, the PNA was used by the Afghanistan interim administration to raise $1.7 billion in first-year donor commitments. Gray currently works as a program analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management, whose mission is defense nuclear waste management and cleanup.
The annual lecture series honors the late Professor Emeritus Ralph Watkins of the SUNY Oneonta History and Africana and Latino Studies Departments. A specialist in African-American and American history, Watkins taught at the college for more than 30 years and served as chair of the Africana and Latino Studies Department for more than a decade.
Presented by the SUNY Oneonta Department of Africana & Latino Studies, the lecture series is sponsored by an Inclusion Diversity Equity Action (IDEA) Grant from the college with support from the Departments of Women’s & Gender Studies and Philosophy. More information about the lecture series is available from Dr. Chris Keegan of the SUNY Oneonta Africana & Latino Studies and Philosophy departments at (607) 436-2811.