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Curtis Kamman, the former U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Bolivia, and Colombia, to discuss U.S. policy in Latin America on April 19, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— Former U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Bolivia, and Colombia Curtis Kamman will explore U.S. policy in Latin America in a lecture entitled “Celebrating 200 Years of Gringo Diplomacy” at Vassar College on Monday, April 19. The event, which will begin at 7:00 pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 300, is free and open to the public.
Ambassador Kamman will review U.S. policy toward Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on contemporary issues facing the U.S. in Latin America. He will draw on his experiences as U.S. ambassador to Chile, Bolivia, and Colombia to plumb how these and other Latin American nations view the “Gringo colossus.”
Ambassador Kamman retired from the Foreign Service of the Department of State in 2000, following a career that spanned 40 years. His last three assignments were as Ambassador to Chile (1991–94), Ambassador to Bolivia (1994–97), and Ambassador to Colombia (1997–2000). Earlier, he served in diplomatic assignments in the former Soviet Union, as well as in Mexico, Hong Kong, Kenya, and Cuba. His assignments in Washington were related to the Soviet Union, East Africa, and Eastern Europe.

He is a graduate of Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He speaks Russian and Spanish. After his retirement, Kamman taught diplomacy and U.S. foreign policy at the University of Notre Dame.

The event is sponsored by the Dutchess County Chapter of the World Affairs Council as well as the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program, and Political Science Department at Vassar College.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar Campus are available online at www.vassar.edu/directions.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, March 10, 2010