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Far Away Places presents James Siekmeier

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This month’s Far Away Places series featured Professor James Siekmeier, historian from West Virginia University. He talked about “Bolivia and the United States: The Ties That Bind and Constrict” on Thursday, April 21 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Bowling Green, KY. His talk was followed by a heated discussion and book signing.

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This month’s speaker in our Far Away Places series is Professor James Siekmeier, historian from West Virginia University who’ll be talking about “Bolivia and the United States: The Ties That Bind and Constrict” on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1680 Campbell Lane.

boliviaJames is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan where he attended public schools.  After four years of studying and an abbreviated and unillustrious career on the basketball court, he graduated with honors in history and economics from Oberlin College.  After a stint as a Research Assistant with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where he assisted economist John B. Carlson and historian Walker F. Todd, he enrolled in graduate school at Cornell where he received his PhD in 1993.

His research has focused on U.S. Latin American relations since World War II and a recent reviewer called him “one of the most respected historians of post-World War II United States-Latin American relations.”  His first book Aid, Nationalism and Inter-American Relations: Guatemala, Bolivia and the United States, 1945-1961 was published in 1999.  His newest book

The Bolivian Revolution and the United States, 1952 to the Present was published this month by Penn State University Press.  In it he provides a concise analysis of U.S. relations with Bolivia since the 1952 revolution.  It’s based on extensive research both here and at the Archivo de Relaciones Exteriores in La Paz, Bolivia.

Please join us for an engaging evening about one of the most interesting but rarely studied countries of Latin America.  For more information call 745-6121.

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