LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The prime minister of Belize, Said Musa, will present a free, public lecture Monday, Feb. 12, as part of a visit to the University of Louisville.

    Musa, political leader of the Central American nation, will present “Building Bridges with Belize: Forging Friendships between the Commonwealth and the Caribbean” at 11 a.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center.

    While at U of L, Musa will meet with students in the university’s International Service Learning Program, the McConnell Center for Political Leadership and the Pan-African studies program. He also will meet with Belizean students and citizens from neighboring universities, including Spalding, Kentucky State and Murray State.

    Musa also will meet with local and state government and business leaders to discuss trade relations between Kentucky and Belize. Belizean Ambassador to the United Nations Stuart Leslie, Ambassador to the United States Lisa Shoman and Belize’s honorary counsel to Kentucky, Karen Bradley, will join the prime minister in Louisville.

    U of L has strong ties to Belize through the university’s International Service Learning Program.

    ISLP students visit Belize each year and work with a variety of educational, governmental and tourism organizations. For instance, U of L students are helping a newly formed college develop its student personnel program, providing training in trauma treatment for emergency room personnel, helping develop a campus police system, conducting research and developing plans to boost tourism, and training coaches to treat children’s sports injuries more effectively.

    A delegation of about 50 U of L students, faculty and community members will visit Belize in March. Another group of about 20 will visit this summer as part of the program.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.