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HONOLULU, Hawaii (August 10, 1998 -PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---During a tribute by the Democratic Governors Association for Guam Governor Carl T. C. Gutierrez at a Washington, D.C. hotel Friday night, an agreement was signed with Georgetown University, located in the capital, to establish a Pacific public policy lecture series and an undergraduate survey course on the Pacific Islands region.

The project is expected to help raise the profile of the Pacific Basin among Washington officials.

Among those in attendance for the signing ceremony were Governor Gutierrez, who also is President of the Honolulu-based Pacific Basin Development Council, Dr. David Steinberg, Director of Georgetown University's Asia Studies Program, and Fiji's Ambassador to the United States, Napolioni Masirewa.

Gutierrez signed the agreement on behalf of "participating Pacific governments." Steinberg represented Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

The agreement calls for Georgetown University to establish the project with Gutierrez responsible for raising the necessary funds from island governments.

The lecture series has been named in honor of the late American Samoa Governor Peter Tali Coleman, who received both undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown.

Coleman died of liver cancer at his Honolulu home last year at the age of 77.

During the Washington signing ceremony, the late Governor's daughter, Amata Coleman, on behalf of current American Samoa Governor Tauese Sunia, presented a contribution of $10,000 towards the Coleman lectureship.

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