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Bolivian President  Evo Morales to Speak

Speech at AU part of week long visit to Washington

WHO:  Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma to give speech at American University

WHEN:  7 p.m. Tuesday, November 18

  Ward Circle Building Room 1; 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

MEDIA RSVP:  All equipment must be set-up in the room prior to 5:30 p.m.  All media must be checked in and seated before 6:15 when the venue doors open. Registration and check-in located on the first floor of the building. Credentials required.

CONTACT:  Maralee Csellar, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5952 (o); 202-345-3295 (cell)  or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma will give a speech at American University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 18 in Room 1 of the Ward Circle Building of the AU campus in Washington, D.C.  President Morales will deliver his speech in Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation into English available.  Following his address, the President will take questions from the audience. 

President Morales was elected to Bolivia's highest office in December 2005 with nearly 54 percent of the vote, becoming the country’s first indigenous head of state.  He increased his majority in a referendum in August 2008, winning 67 percent of the vote. President Morales will be in Washington this week to speak at the Organization of American States.  It will be his first time visiting Washington.

Doors will open to the public at 6:15 p.m. As a courtesy, no signs or placards will be permitted in the room, and backpacks, handbags and satchels will be subject to security search. An overflow facility in Room 2 of the Ward Circle Building will accommodate additional attendees with a live video transmission.

The event is sponsored by the Embassy of Bolivia; the Washington Office on Latin America; American University; and George Washington University.

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.