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Kenneth Maxwell - December 04, 2006

Kenneth Maxwell

Senior Fellow at Harvard Univerity's David Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies; Visiting Professor in the Department of History, Harvard University

"The Red Wave in Latin America: What the Turn to the Left Means for the United States"

8:00 PM Monday, December 04, 2006
University Center Ballroom

From 1993 to 2004, Professor Maxwell worked as the Western Hemisphere book reviewer for Foreign Affairs, and he remains an active writer on Latin American politics and history for such publications as the New York Review of Books.  He will discuss the trends and events that have brought left-wing critics of the United States to the forefront of Latin American politics.

"Contemporary Brazil: Continuity and Change"

3:10 PM Monday, December 04, 2006
Gallagher Business Building 123

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar with Kenneth Maxwell. He is a leading authority on Latin American history. After graduating from Cambridge University, he earned a Ph.D. at Princeton University. During his distinguished academic career, he has taught at Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Kansas. He founded and was the director of Columbia’s Camões Center for the Portuguese-Speaking World. He also was the Herodotus Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. From 1989 to 2004 he directed the Latin American Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 1995, he became the first holder of the Nelson and David Rockefeller Chair in Inter-American Studies and in the following year served as Vice-President and Director of Studies of the Council. His latest book is a new edition of the classic Conflicts and Conspiracies: Brazil and Portugal, 1750-1809 (Routledge, 2004). His other books include:

  • Naked Tropics: Essays on Empire and Other Rogues (Routledge, 2003)
  • The Making of Portuguese Democracy (Cambridge, 1995)
  • Pombal: Paradox of the Enlightenment (Cambridge, 1995)

All of these books have been translated into Portuguese. He was the Western Hemisphere book reviewer for Foreign Affairsfrom 1993 to 2004 and has been a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and The World Policy Journal.Among his recent articles and essays are “Lula and Jorge: Brazil and the United States,” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America (Spring/Summer 2005), and “The Case of the Missing Letter in Foreign Affairs: Kissinger, Pinochet, and Operation Condor,” Harvard Working Papers on Latin America (December 2004).