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Release Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:49 PM
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Guyana Ambassador Karran to Lecture on Contemporary Issues in International Affairs
Bayney Karran

WASHINGTON (October 11, 2013) – Guyana Ambassador Bayney Karran will deliver the lecture, “The African Diaspora in Latin America And The Caribbean,” at the Howard University Graduate School’s Contemporary Issues on International Affairs forum on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Graduate School, Room 205 at 7 p.m.

Ambassador Karran is also Guyana’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States. He previously served as ambassador to Venezuela (1997-2003) with concurrent accreditation as ambassador to Chile and Colombia as well as Ecuador. Since 1997, he has also been a delegate to ministerial summits of multilateral organizations such as the Rio Group, the OAS, the Association of Caribbean States and the Latin American Economic System.

Ambassador Karran’s professional experience also includes establishing a private law firm in Guyana and serving as director of the nonprofit Georgetown Legal Aid Clinic, chairman of the Guyana National Service Scheme Appeals Tribunal, secretary of the Guyana Bar Association and minister of legal affairs of Guyana. He also is a member of a lawyers’ group that advises the attorney general.  Ambassador Karran has worked in broadcasting, as an announcer, operator, program producer and chairman of the board of directors for the Guyana Broadcasting Corp.

The Contemporary Issues on International Affairs forum is a broad introduction to the key theories, concepts and issues in international affairs. It begins with a history of international organizations and then uses historical foundations to understand contemporary events and issues, including gender and global issues, migration and the African Diaspora, European and Middle Eastern relations, conflict and cooperation, strategy of arms control, weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. Participation in this forum represents a core requirement for the Certificate Program in International Studies offered by the Graduate School in response to national efforts to increase the global competencies of U.S. college graduates.

For more information, contact Kamla Deonauth, Ph.D., director of Certificate Programs,
Howard University Graduate School, at or call 202.806.5936.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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