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American University Launches  Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

Keynote Speech by Ambassador to the Organization of American States

WHO:     Carmen Lomellin, ambassador and permanent representative of the United States to the Organization of American States
Eric Hershberg, director of American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

WHAT:    American University marks the founding of its Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

WHEN:
    5:30-7:30pm. Tuesday, March 16, 2010

WHERE:    Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center Rotunda, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Details:    Interested media contact Maralee Csellar, American University’s Communications Office, at 202-885-5952 or csellar@american.edu

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 9, 2010) – American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies will mark its founding with a keynote speech by Carmen Lomellin, ambassador and permanent representative of the United States to the Organization of American States, at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 16 at the university’s Katzen Arts Center.

American University’s new Center for Latin American and Latino Studies will engage diplomats and inter-governmental organizations, as well as academics throughout the Western hemisphere, in the study of Latin American and Latino societies. In addition, the AU’s new Center will be a resource for Washington, D.C. metropolitan area community organizations concerned with the welfare of Latino populations, particularly Central American populations that were missed in earlier migration studies that focused on Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans.

Eric Hershberg is the inaugural director of American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies. Hershberg is the past president of the Latin American Studies Association and past chair of the Board of Directors of the North American Congress on Latin America.  He most recently served as director of the Latin American Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His research focuses on the comparative politics of Latin America, and on the politics of development.

Ambassador Lomellin served for eleven years as executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIW). Most recently, she was director for outreach within the Department of External Relations for the Organization of American States before being nominated by President Barack Obama for her current role.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.